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IRAN: What Obama just said and meant about Iran and democratic protests

In a somewhat unusual Saturday statement, usually reserved for significant deaths or tragedies, just out from the White House now, President Obama warns Iran's leaders that the world is watching, mourns the loss of life among demonstrators protesting the recent elections there and urges respect for the people and by the embattled theocratic government there.

The president has come under increasing domestic criticism for not standing stronger vocally with the pro-democracy forces in Iran, although such vocal support has misled some in theIranian democracy protestors give a universal sign past to anticipate actual U.S. assistance, which was not forthcoming.

So Obama is walking a narrow public political/diplomatic line here. And no one knows what, if anything, the U.S. might be doing secretly to support/assist/advance the protesters.

Continue reading Andrew Malcolm's "What Obama just said and meant about Iran and democratic protests" on Top of the Ticket.

More on Iran's presidential election and the aftermath

Photos: Upheaval after Iranian election

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Obama's position is the right one. We must condemn the violence but not become reason for the Iranian regime to link the US to the opposition. There is a related post at

The crowds are of such size that their “movement” is beyond the point of no return. The violence now being perpetrated on them will turn these demonstrations into a full fledge and bloody revolution.

Borzou Daragahi is a brilliant reporter. His reports from Iraq and now Iran are the best I've seen anywhere in print or on TV. How lucky you (we) are to have him. If ever things calm down you should make him available for Q&A.


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