THE PLANK JUNE 16, 2009
Obama's latest comments on Iran:
Now, it's not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be
seen as meddling -- the U.S. President meddling in Iranian elections. What I
will repeat and what I said yesterday is that when I see violence directed at
peaceful protestors, when I see peaceful dissent being suppressed, wherever that
takes place, it is of concern to me and it's of concern to the American people.
That is not how governments should interact with their people.
And my hope is, is that the Iranian people will make the
right steps in order for them to be able to express their voices, to express
their aspirations. I do believe that something has happened in Iran where there
is a questioning of the kinds of antagonistic postures towards the international
community that have taken place in the past, and that there are people who want
to see greater openness and greater debate and want to see greater democracy.
How that plays out over the next several days and several weeks is something
ultimately for the Iranian people to decide. But I stand strongly with the
universal principle that people's voices should be heard and not
To steal Crowley's line, this has been yet another episode of He's Not George W. Bush.