Keith Olberman tonite started with President Obama speaking about the street violence in Tehran, which he finds deeply disturbing. He cites Iran’s lack of tolerance for political dissent as running against the currents of international law.
But Obama’s words only went so far. the prevailing wisdom is that Obama cannot speak too stridently about the stolen election because Mousavi would then be perceived as a stool pigeon of the U.S. government. Obama said US does not want to make decisions for Iranians.
Here’s a supplementary take. President Obama risks being branded a hypocrite due our our own stolen 2000 election, which we did nothing about. Was the 2000 election stolen? Yes. ask Greg Palast. Better yet, ask Justice Souter.
That’s right, the suggestion here is that Obama’s words are limited by America’s own diminished moral authority, a plague that spreads into several other Bush era wrongs that have yet to be remedied.
Obama moral voice here is constrained because we did nothing when our “Ahmadinejad” became president for 8 years. It serves notice that the president’s voice and actions might well be constrained on several other fronts as well, unless we act.