Protesters in Iran largely have been put down by the government in an aggressive and violent fashion in the wake of a highly-controversial and disputed election that it appears will keep Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his position as president of Iran. Many on the far right of the political spectrum wanted President Obama to speak out strongly against the government of Iran for the election results and to support the protesters. President Obama did express support for the rights of the protesters to express their views (contrary to what you will repeatedly hear from those on the right who see virtually nothing positive in our president). President Obama was wise not to make an irrational move and entangle the United States too deeply in an Iranian affair (as much as many people were angry by the disputed election results and the way the protesters were put down). A rush to judgement by President Obama would have made it even easier for Ahmadinejad to demonize the U.S. even more and rile up those who still dislike or hate the U.S. due to the policies of previous administrations (most notably the George W. Bush presidency).
TEHRAN (Reuters) –accused on Thursday of behaving like his predecessor toward and said there was not much point in talking to Washington unless the U.S. president apologized.
(EDITORS’ NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to report, film or take pictures in Tehran.)
Obama said on Tuesday he was “appalled and outraged” by a post-election crackdown and Washington withdrew invitations to Iranian diplomats to attend Independence Day celebrations on July 4 — stalling efforts to improve ties with Tehran.
“Mr Obama made a mistake to say those things … our question is why he fell into this trap and said things that previously (former president George W.) Bush used to say,” the semi-officialquoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
“Do you want to speak with this tone? If that is your stance then what is left to talk about … I hope you avoid interfering in Iran’s affairs and express your regret in a way that the Iranian nation is informed of it,” he said.
You can see that Ahmadinejad is trying to turn the comments from President Obama into a distraction from what is taking place on the streets in Iran and what took place during the election. That, I believe, is precisely what President Obama saw coming from some in the Iranian government.