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Obama's Meddling

5:44 PM, Jun 17, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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A friend emails:

Obama's tireless defenders have spent the past two days explaining that Obama's relative silence in the face of the Iranian crisis was actually aimed at helping the Iranian opposition. Anything he said, they claimed, would be cited by the Iranian government as unacceptable American intervention and thus hurt the opposition. Obama was right to avoid making the United States the issue in Iran, they claimed. And anyone who called for more forceful statements by Obama was irresponsible.

So what do they say now that the Iranian regime has gone ahead and condemned Obama's tepid statements as unacceptable intervention anyway? Will they now chastise Obama for making the United States the issue in Iran, after all? Presumably they will come up with a new story because, after all, for Obama's defenders, this isn't about Iran. It's about refighting Bush-era battles and defending the president.