“Supreme leader understands the Iranian people have deep concerns” — Huh?

The Boston Globe has a collection of pictures of Iran that give a sense of the scale of the protests. Images 39-41 are pretty disturbing. Question: does this comment from President Obama seem appropriate given what is going on: “You’ve seen in Iran some initial reaction from the supreme leader that indicates he understands the Iranian people have deep concerns about the election.” Huh?

UPDATE — Charles Krauthammer has had some similar thoughts on this matter of the “supreme leader” and his concerns:

after treating this popular revolution as an inconvenience to the real business of Obama-Khamenei negotiations, the president speaks favorably of “some initial reaction from the Supreme Leader that indicates he understands the Iranian people have deep concerns about the election.”

Where to begin? “Supreme Leader”? Note the abject solicitousness with which the American president confers this honorific on a clerical dictator who, even as his minions attack demonstrators, offers to examine some returns in some electoral districts — a farcical fix that will do nothing to alter the fraudulence of the election.

Moreover, this incipient revolution is no longer about the election. Obama totally misses the point. The election allowed the political space and provided the spark for the eruption of anti-regime fervor that has been simmering for years and awaiting its moment. But people aren’t dying in the street because they want a recount of hanging chads in suburban Isfahan. They want to bring down the tyrannical, misogynist, corrupt theocracy that has imposed itself with the very baton-wielding goons that today attack the demonstrators.

Krauthammer says: “Obama totally misses the point.” No, that’s not it. Some see a “deeper wisdom” in Obama’s reticence, and we wish that were true, but this is a serious enough situation that you ought to be on one side or the other. Obama’s relative silence chooses sides for him.

70% of the people under 30 in Iran despise the regime — pity that the US President can’t seem to side with these forces for hope and change.

One Response to ““Supreme leader understands the Iranian people have deep concerns” — Huh?”

  1. Sharkman Says:

    Sorry, but what the hell is Obama doing calling anyone “supreme leader”? He’s actually validating the status claimed by that person (whether the lunatic president of Iran or the mullah in the background) by calling him that.

    Idiot.

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