News reports of President Obama boarding his plane for Chicago this morning without saying word about the election protests in tehran say more about his mo than it does necessarily about policy.
In a spring news conference ABC reporter jake tapper (I think) asked Obama why he hadn’t responded immediately to some crisis of the day to which the president responded, (paraphrase here) “I want to know what I am talking about before I open my mouth”
It seems the Obama m.o. is at play here regarding the Iranian elections. I don’t begrudge the president for wanting to speak with deliberation. But at the moment the world is experiencing a citizen revolution, the scale of which has not been seen since Tianamon Square 20 years ago. Obam’s moral leadership as a world leader is also something that a US leader has not had in several decades.
It might be useful were the President to find a way to reconcile deliberation with responsiveness.
At some point during the next day or 2, the Iranian government is likely to move in even fuller force against the protests. Once they are quashed, and Ahmadinejad solidifies control again, it will be too late for Obama to do anything but “congratulate the winner.” At that point, Obama’s words or his silence will amount to policy, and we all lose.
check out link of people power on streets of Tehran, which demands a response: