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And Iran. Iran So Far Away.

By ObamaNerd June 16, 2009

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I am addicted to the Iran election news!  Can't stop watching it.  I am following Tweets from Iran, I am reading news stories from the BBC and I am back to listening to NPR in the mornings. When did I turn into a liberal elitist who learns about foreign affairs?  Icky!

The Iran situation is riveting—so riveting that even that piece of shit CNN is covering it.  So riveting that Obama, who had quietly hoped for a Moussavi win or for the election results to be passively accepted, is now put in this uncomfortable position of making—dear God—a public statement on the results.

Here's the O-dilemma: Obama can't denounce the election results if, after the turmoil subsides, Ahmadinejad is affirmed as the President. Negotiating would be near impossible. Alternately, part of the O-plan on Iran was to win the hearts and minds of the Iranian people in hopes of de-stabilizing the hard line regime.  If Obama remains silent to the growing voice of protest of the Iranian people, that will make winning over the Iranian people difficult no matter who the President is.

Yesterday, Obama voiced concerns over the results of the Iran election but fell short of denouncing the results.

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Diplomacy with Iran involves certain things - like Iran has to stop funding Hamas and Hezbollah, stop developing nuclear weapons and stop threatening Israel. (Oh, and maybe, lighten up on the misogyny.)  Problem:  Ahmadinejad not the easiest negotiator.  Obama spent the last few weeks shifting and morphing a new direction on Iran diplomacy. Obama had earlier put his hopes on negotiating with Iran's clerical rulers, but those relations are straining under the political unrest in Tehran.

The Latest:  A day after a huge protest in the streets of Tehran where hundreds of thousands of Iranians defied a protest ban (by the way, if you are the legitimate ruler of a so-called democracy, why would you feel the need to implement a ban on protesting and ban media coverage?), the Gaurdian Council, who oversees the elections, ordered a partial recount (hello Florida 2000!).  This is a fairly shocking reversal that may not change the results, but certainly has shown that the Iron Hand that rules Iran is softening.

FYI: Despite the growing protests, media bans and overall unrest in his country, Ahmadinejad is off to Russia.
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