And from Forbes’ Anne Bayefsky:
‘Shouldn’t the present regime know that there are consequences?’ He answered: ‘We don’t yet know how this is going to play out.’ This is a man who embodies the opposite of the courage to act. His appalling ignorance of history prompted him to claim at his press conference that ‘the Iranian people … aren’t paying a lot of attention to what’s being said … here.’ On the contrary, from their jail cells in the Gulag, Soviet dissidents took heart from what was being said here–as all dissidents dream that the leader of the free world will be prepared to speak and act in their defense. The president’s storyline that we don’t know what has transpired in Iran is an insult to the intelligence of both Americans and Iranians.
Instead of denouncing the fake election, President Obama now tells Iranians who are dying for the real thing ‘the United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran.’ Whose sovereignty is that? The Hobbesian sovereign thugs running the place? Sovereignty to do what? To deny rights and freedoms to their own people? In a state so bereft of minimal protections for human dignity, why should the sovereignty of such a government be paramount?
To have in office a man so utterly lacking in knowledge of the basic principles of the basic fiber of America is a shame and an embarrassment. He is leading us into ruin at breakneck speed, and he couldn’t care less about the Iranian people fighting for their freedom.