Skip to comments.White House: Cairo speech inspired the Iran uprising
Posted on 06/23/2009 9:05:59 AM PDT by MaestroLC
No, Im really not kidding about this. The Washington Post has the story:
But Obamas shades-of-gray approach rejects comparison to an era when Communist bloc dissidents had virtually no access to the Western media and the world was more neatly divided between a pair of superpowers, not complicated by the set of ambitious regional powers such as Iran that the Obama administration is seeking to manage.
Since taking office, Obama has argued that reclaiming Americas moral authority by ending torture and closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay provides essential diplomatic leverage to influence events in such strategic parts of the world as the Middle East and Central Asia. The speech he delivered to the Islamic world in Cairo eights days before the June 12 Iranian election sought to do that by providing what the president saw as an unvarnished accounting of U.S. policy in Iran, Iraq, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Were trying to promote a foreign policy that advances our interests, not that makes us feel good about ourselves, said a senior administration official who, like others, declined to be identified, citing the sensitivity of the issue.
Obamas approach to Iran, including his assertion that the unrest there represents a debate among Iranians unrelated to the United States, is an acknowledgment that a U.S. presidents words have a limited ability to alter foreign events in real time and could do more harm than good. But privately Obama advisers are crediting his Cairo speech for inspiring the protesters, especially the young ones, who are now posing the most direct challenge to the republics Islamic authority in its 30-year history.
This is the most despicable, self-serving, and arrogant spin Ive seen yet from this White House, and thats saying something. Obama gave a speech, and suddenly the people of Iran discovered that theyre being ruled by tyrants? Never mind that two weeks passed between the speech and the uprising, and that the very obvious trigger for the unrest was the incompetent manner in which the mullahs rigged the election for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Never mind the fact that this President took a full week to even sound like a watered-down Nicolas Sarkozy, let alone the leader of the free world.
This is very obviously an attempt at damage control. Obama has gotten hammered for staying behind the curve of Western leaders in the defense of liberty, freedom, and human rights. He has preferred to stay on the sidelines in the hope that silence will make the mullahs like him enough to grant him an audience, while Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, and the Brits slam the mullahcracy for its brutal treatment of political opposition. Now, suddenly, Obama wants to claim credit for getting their first with his Cairo speech which had nothing to do with overthrowing mullahs, and in fact had only a passing mention of democracy as an official US policy in the Middle East.
Obama is so full of himself. And the arrogance is nauseating. It gets more obvious day be day. Even average Americans that don't pay close attention are noticing.
Say nothing, do nothing .... see how things turn out, declare victory and tell the winners “we wuz with ya all along”.
What you would typically expect from someone suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
OK and the rooster thinks that his crowing makes the sun rise.
Brilliant analysis of everything:
The big question - did he decide who the winners are prematurely?
obama is a disgrace for EVERYTHING our great country has stood for
Give me a ****** break....
So the mullahs propaganda blaming us is justified then right?
Exactly. Events (by this administration) are all viewed as which outcomes would benefit them politically.
That is pretty laughable.. I suppose two new democracies in the neighboring countries had nothing to do with it.. or all the covert operations from the U.S. encouraging democracy, or George Bush’s endless speeches about how important democracy is for the middle east.. and iran in particular..
but rather Obama’s one tepid speech was the key..
Surely there must be something?
*ponders some more*
I got nuthin'...
It does sound a lot like Clinton claiming credit for every good thing, while hiding behind others for all the bad things ...
On the other hand, Iranians aren’t stupid and they have internet access. They can see we elected a guy who had to assure Americans that he wasn’t a moose-limb, and they see us telling him & his crowd to *get bent* every day, on FR and other sites.
Maybe they finally got tired of mullahs telling them to vote, shut up and go back to banging their heads on the ground five times and day.
Free Republic deserves the credit!
I can feel my recent lunch “up rising” as I read about BO.....
Obama should NOT be getting credit for what is happening in Iran. He’s SUCH a hypocrite and so full of crap....
When are the people going to wake up to what he truly is? When????
It’s a common characteristic of illogical minds to assume that if EventB happened after EventA then EventA must have caused EventB.
But, the White House is following a policy of neutrality, and will still “negotiate” with the regime if it suppresses the protests.
Neda DIED and Obamessiah went out for Ice Cream! Then he invited her killers, with blood dripping from their hands to JOIN HIM for barbeque at the White House on July 4th! Obomination to the freedom seekers in Iran:
"It is all about ME, fend for yourselves and drop dead!"
He proudly adds his name to the long list of 0’s lickspittles in the MSM.
I thought they didn’t want to appear to be “meddling”? Obama’s EGO can’t restrain itself.
If the White House issues enough confusing and contradictory statements, nobody will know where they stand on anything. “Nobody” includes our friends and enemies.
Quite a strategy. Inspire people to rise up against a tyrannical government and then abandon them. Pompous jerk!
HOORAY Ed Morrissey!
...and a separate reply to you, dead. LOL! Yes, Brilliant.
He definitely inspired the hardliner crackdown.
Why isn’t Obama saying he inherited President Bush’s foundation for Freedom in Iran?
“If they are taking credit for the uprising while at the same time doing nothing to help these people dont they then, logically, have blood on their hands?”
Yes, and if the protesters are successful in overthrowing the regime, why would they — the ones being shot, gassed and beaten — want to have anything to do with those who acted as a dispassionate spectator?
Remember that line from Wm F Buckley Jr about some leader — roughly, “he leads as the prow of a ship leads the ship.”
The media will make this speech Obama’s “tear down those walls” speech. The crazy thing about it is the dumb downed American public might buy it. TRULY INCREDIBLE!!
The op ed piece from the Washington Times needs to read “The Ghost of George W Bush” and how “W” set all of these things in place with freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I hope that is whyat Cheney will be talking about the next few days.
He invented the internet too.
I’d like to see a parody done in Floyd flavor.
If the administration believes the supposition that the Cairo speech inspired the uprising, how can they not consider themselves responsible for the murders of the protesters?
In retrospect, with this information taken into consideration, the 'ice cream run' takes on a harrowing specter.
The Liberals talk about a stable government but we don’t know how bad the stable is going to smell. ~ T.C. Douglas
In that case, the economy totally tanked after Obama took office, sooooooo..... ?
Let’s only hope he does that to us....
Regarding Communist Oppression of Workers Unions
December 17, 1981
All the information that we have confirms that the imposition of martial law in Poland has led to the arrest and confinement, in prisons and detention camps, of thousands of Polish trade union leaders and intellectuals. Factories are being seized by security forces and workers beaten.
These acts make plain there's been a sharp reversal of the movement toward a freer society that has been underway in Poland for the past year and a half. Coercion and violation of human rights on a massive scale have taken the place of negotiation and compromise. All of this is in gross violation of the Helsinki Pact, to which Poland is a signatory.
It would be naive to think this could happen without the full knowledge and the support of the Soviet Union. We're not naive. We view the current situation in Poland in the gravest of terms, particularly the increasing use of force against an unarmed population and violations of the basic civil rights of the Polish people.
Violence invites violence and threatens to plunge Poland into chaos. We call upon all free people to join in urging the Government of Poland to reestablish conditions that will make constructive negotiations and compromise possible.
Certainly, it will be impossible for us to continue trying to help Poland solve its economic problems while martial law is imposed on the people of Poland, thousands are imprisoned, and the legal rights of free trade unions -- previously granted by the government -- are now denied. We've always been ready to do our share to assist Poland in overcoming its economic difficulties, but only if the Polish people are permitted to resolve their own problems free of internal coercion and outside intervention.
Our nation was born in resistance to arbitrary power and has been repeatedly enriched by immigrants from Poland and other great nations of Europe. So we feel a special kinship with the Polish people in their struggle against Soviet opposition to their reforms.
The Polish nation, speaking through Solidarity, has provided one of the brightest, bravest moments of modern history. The people of Poland are giving us an imperishable example of courage and devotion to the values of freedom in the face of relentless opposition. Left to themselves, the Polish people would enjoy a new birth of freedom. But there are those who oppose the idea of freedom, who are intolerant of national independence, and hostile to the European values of democracy and the rule of law
. Two Decembers ago, freedom was lost in Afghanistan; this Christmas, it's at stake in Poland. But the torch of liberty is hot. It warms those who hold it high. It burns those who try to extinguish it.
Regarding Iranian Protests over Voting Irregularities
June 15, 2009
Obviously all of us have been watching the news from Iran. And I want to start off by being very clear that it is up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran's leaders will be; that we....
...respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran, which sometimes the United States can be a handy political football -- or discussions with the United States.
Having said all that, I am deeply troubled by the violence that I've been seeing on television. I think that the democratic process -- free speech, the ability of people to peacefully dissent -- all those are universal values and need to be respected. And whenever I see violence perpetrated on people who are peacefully dissenting, and whenever the American people see that, I think they're, rightfully, troubled.
My understanding is, is that the Iranian government says that they are going to look into irregularities that have taken place. We werent on the ground, we did not have observers there, we did not have international observers on hand, so I can't state definitively one way or another what happened with respect to the election.
But what I can say is that there appears to be a sense on the part of people who were so hopeful and so engaged and so committed to democracy who now feel betrayed. And I think it's important that, moving forward, whatever investigations take place are done in a way that is not resulting in bloodshed and is not resulting in people being stifled in expressing their views.
Now, with respect to the United States and our interactions with Iran, I've always believed that as odious as I consider some of President Ahmadinejad's statements, as deep as the differences that exist between the United States and Iran on a range of core issues, that the use of tough, hard-headed diplomacy -- diplomacy with no illusions about Iran and the nature of the differences between our two countries -- is critical when it comes to pursuing a core set of our national security interests, specifically, making sure that we are not seeing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East triggered by Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon; making sure that Iran is not exporting terrorist activity. Those are core interests not just to the United States but I think to a peaceful world in general.
We will continue to pursue a tough, direct dialogue between our two countries, and we'll see where it takes us. But even as we do so, I think it would be wrong for me to be silent about what we've seen on the television over the last few days.
And what I would say to those people who put so much hope and energy and optimism into the political process, I would say to them that the world is watching and inspired by their participation, regardless of what the ultimate outcome of the election was. And they should know that the world is watching.
And particularly to the youth of Iran, I want them to know that we in the United States do not want to make any decisions for the Iranians, but we do believe that the Iranian people and their voices should be heard and respected.
What a bloviating bag of hot air. I sure do miss a man like Ronald Reagan.
He is still a doper.
Obama is a legend in his own mind. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the US liberation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Just like Qaddafi’s relinquishing of his nuclear program had nothing to do with it.
Look for the left wing talking heads to pick this up and run with it.
I wonder if anyone in the media will mention the success in Iraq as an inspiration for the Iranian people’s desire to rise up and function democratically. Of course Iraq had help - George W. Bush. All Iran has is a telepromptor that wasn’t plugged in for a week.
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