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2009 FLASHBACK: Obama cautious as violent protests sweep Tehran (Remove Iran's Ahmadinejad? No way!)
McClatchy DC ^ | 6/15/09 | Warren P. Strobel

Posted on 02/10/2011 2:38:16 PM PST by Libloather

Obama cautious as violent protests sweep Tehran
By Warren P. Strobel | McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009

TEHRAN, Iran — Violence flared across Iran on Monday with the first reported death from anti-government riots, as hundreds of thousands of defiant Tehranis took to the streets demanding "Where is my vote?" after Friday's disputed presidential election.

The unrest, possibly Iran's worst political crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution, confounded predictions that the regime would be able to contain the fallout from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's unexpected claim of a landslide victory.

President Barack Obama spoke cautiously in his first comments about the election, in an apparent attempt to preserve his initiative for direct diplomacy with Iran on a range of issues, including its nuclear program.

He said he was "deeply troubled" by the violence against the protesters, but that it was "up to Iran to determine its own leaders," and as "odious as I consider some of President Ahmadinejad's statements," he was determined to continue pursuing "tough, direct dialogue."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: flashback; iran; obama; tehran
...it was "up to Iran to determine its own leaders"

Don't forget - the rookie Hussein is to the LEFT of the socialist Bernie Sanders.

Today - "People are calling for change."

...just as long as the Muslims can gain power.

1 posted on 02/10/2011 2:38:22 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Now that I think of it, during that period we didn’t hear the label “Muslim Brotherhood” lofted even once.

And Obama NEVER suggested a peaceful transition, or their involvement in that transition. In fact, I don’t think the word transition was ever uttered by the Obama team.


2 posted on 02/10/2011 2:41:57 PM PST by DoughtyOne (All hail the Kenyan Prince Obama, Lord of the Skid-mark, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: Libloather

Can’t wait to hear what Rush has to say about the latest development in Egypt.

Mubarak makes zero look like the moron he is.


3 posted on 02/10/2011 2:45:16 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: DoughtyOne

it wasn’t, curious isn’;t it how Obama chose Cairo to make his speech
How Ayers and wife has been over there since that speech many times.
How code pink is now over there.
How left wing groups, Soros groups and unions from around the world are sending messages to the protesters.

Then obama said nothing about transition with Iran.
CIA, said they told this admin repeatedly that this was about to happen.
Our corrupt biased media have never told an ounce of truth about all of this.

Must be an amazing coincidence hey


4 posted on 02/10/2011 2:47:33 PM PST by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: Libloather
Obama blew Iran... the Mullah's had airplanes on the runways ready to run... then Obama declared his "neutrality". It's a shame that Obama did not have the same "neutrality" when Honduras constitutionally removed its socialist, Hugo wannabe president. Now Egypt... what an embarrassment.

It took four years for Carter to have 3 foreign policy disasters!

5 posted on 02/10/2011 2:49:22 PM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: manc

There you go Manc, making sense again... ;^)


6 posted on 02/10/2011 2:50:54 PM PST by DoughtyOne (All hail the Kenyan Prince Obama, Lord of the Skid-mark, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: Libloather

32 years to the week Carter threw the Shah under the bus, as Obama threw Mubarak under the bus.

But we have only 633 days left to throw Obama under the bus.

Ironic that the Shah exiled to Egypt.


7 posted on 02/10/2011 2:51:02 PM PST by quantim (#ObamaTehranMoment <==twitter hashtag)
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To: Libloather; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Larry Lucido; ...
Re: [Obama] ...said he was "deeply troubled" by the violence against the protesters, but that it was "up to Iran to determine its own leaders..."

Yet our fearless leader now says he decides that it is time for Mubarak to go!

Where was Obama when... I died for freedom in Iran?

Mubarak is right on one thing when he says, "I Am an Arab Warrior, not a Community Organizer."

God help Egypt, Israel and the United States! With Obama at the helm, we certainly need all the help when can get!

8 posted on 02/10/2011 2:51:57 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: DoughtyOne

can you tell my misses please?

She agrees with me on that post but anything else and forget about it


9 posted on 02/10/2011 3:02:30 PM PST by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: 11th Commandment
Obama was against Bush's 'transition' to democracy in Iraq.
Obama never called for transition to democracy in Iran when there were protests there in 2009.
We have never heard from Obama a call for a transition to democracy in North Korea, Cuba, or Venezuela.
Yet, in Egypt, where we have had an ally that was a stabilizing force in the Middle east for over three decades - bam, we need immediate transition to... something or other.

The kid is in over his pay grade, I'm afraid.

10 posted on 02/10/2011 3:08:50 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Libloather
(Remove Iran's Ahmadinejad? No way!)

Iran is part of the Russia-Chavez-ChiCom alliance.

From CBS-News, July 29, 2006:

Chavez Vows To 'Stand By Iran'
After Oil Talks In Tehran, Venezuelan Leader Called 'Brother' By Ahmedinejad

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"Chavez pledged that his country would 'stay by Iran at any time and under any condition,' state television reported. Ahmadinejad said he saw in Chavez a kindred spirit." "'We do not have any limitation in cooperation,' Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying. 'Iran and Venezuela are next to each other and supporters of each other. Chavez is a source of a progressive and revolutionary current in South America and his stance in restricting imperialism is tangible.'":
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/29/world/main1847331.shtml
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From National Public Radio (NPR):
August 29, 2006
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been visiting countries such as China, Iran and Russia as part of an effort to build a 'strategic alliance' of interests not beholden to the United States. He considers the United States his arch enemy.":
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5729764
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President Obama and Venezuela dictator Hugo
Chavez at the 2009 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad.
Note the "soul bro" handshake. (my caption)

Obama, Chavez shake hands at Americas Summit:
http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2009/04/17/2698451-obama-chavez-shake-hands-at-americas-summit
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We are creating a new world, a balanced world. A new world order, a multipolar world,” Chavez told reporters during a visit to Communist China, one of many. His “new world order” includes [RUSSIA], China, Iran,... and a significantly weakened United States, he explained.

Resurgent Communism in Latin America
by Alex Newman, March 16, 2010:

http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/world-mainmenu-26/south-america-mainmenu-37/3122-resurgent-communism-in-latin-america?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=

11 posted on 02/10/2011 3:09:33 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: manc
Hey misses Manc, the guy is making a lot of sense in these parts. Give him half a chance will ya...

Did that help?

12 posted on 02/10/2011 3:13:12 PM PST by DoughtyOne (All hail the Kenyan Prince Obama, Lord of the Skid-mark, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: Libloather

In the context of his eagerness to overthrow an ally, what he did not do for Iranians is despicable and immoral.


13 posted on 02/10/2011 3:17:49 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: Bender2

Bump!


14 posted on 02/10/2011 3:18:35 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Libloather
If I were an overly emotional person devoid of any reasoning ability I would find myself feeling sorry for our Grifter-in-chief for the spot he has put himself in by saddling up to our countries sworn enemies and back stabbing our allies. Instead, I fear for the future of the USA as Carters evil twin continues to play community organizer by tearing down the very attributes that contribute to our exceptionalism that has drawn millions of citizens from around the world for over 200 years.
15 posted on 02/10/2011 3:33:07 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: Libloather

Soros his master controls what Obama does.


16 posted on 02/10/2011 3:37:08 PM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: Williams
We knew how bad Saddam Hussein was for years, if not decades. We know how bad Kim Jong-il is, its no secret. The excesses of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Castro, and Chavez are well documented. But for some reason, one of our allies, who for thirty years has never had the reputation of being one of the world's worst dictators - has to go NOW.

Egypt has recently become a net importer of petroleum. Before this time, Egypt has used oil money to subsidize food for the Egyptian people. Food prices are up, subsidies are gone, and the people are protesting. To my eyes, this is the same thing as what happened in Greece. Perhaps Greece's government should be overthrown.

17 posted on 02/10/2011 3:43:17 PM PST by fhayek
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To: DoughtyOne

LOL not really but appreciate it.


18 posted on 02/10/2011 3:45:07 PM PST by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: manc

Oh sure..., now you tell me.

I’m thinking your wife has struck the butcher knife deep, and you’re kiddin’ me. LOL

You take care bud.


19 posted on 02/10/2011 3:47:36 PM PST by DoughtyOne (There once was a man named Barack, whose pediatrition refused to talk...)
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To: DoughtyOne
Aye thanks and I will take care of myself, EEK got to go
20 posted on 02/10/2011 3:49:19 PM PST by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: manc

;^)


21 posted on 02/10/2011 3:50:19 PM PST by DoughtyOne (There once was a man named Barack, whose pediatrition refused to talk...)
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To: Bender2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJYaPgpkA80

Free Iran!


22 posted on 02/10/2011 3:51:31 PM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Libloather
Mubarak is a secularist ruler (like the Shah of Iran), even if Egypt's constitution (like the Iranian one under the Shah) has many Islamic components.

Mullahs' regime in Iran, OTOH, are true Islamic rulers together with their thorough Islamic Constitution, which stipulates many 'democratic' elements within the strict confines of Islam (such as voting & political participation by non-moslems, freedom of religion, assembly, etc..). The fact is that, in practice, it, primarily, has a semblance of 'democracy' & on paper only.

IMO, A reason, Obama referred to 2009 riots in Iran as "They are having a robust discussion" & "the U.S. should not interfere in Iranian "internal" affairs", was because Iranian regime is already a thorough Islamic one.

Obama doesn't have a problem with the Iranian regime because he believes, unlike Egypt under Mubarak or Iran under the Shah, the Islamic regime in Iran reflects the will of the majority of the People. So, it seems a religious dictatorship, to Obama, is not a 'dictatorship' at all, so long as it has democratic provisions under Islamic laws.

And, that the 2009 riots in Irans were primarily a post-election dispute between the two factions of the same Islamic regime.

23 posted on 02/10/2011 9:25:58 PM PST by odds
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