Alex Massie Alex Massie

Neocons in a Persian Wonderland

Apparently black is white and up is down when it comes to some people’s analysis of events in Iran. Here, for instance, is our old friend Stephen Hayes:

Obama says he doesn’t want to be seen as “meddling” given the long history of US-Iranian relations. Leave aside the question of whether simply stating the obvious is “meddling.” If the majority of Iranians believe that Ahmadinejad’s re-election is not legitimate, isn’t it more likely that Obama’s silence in the face of a stolen election will be viewed as another chapter in that long history rather than the end of it?

There’s a simple answer to this: no it is not likely that the Iranian people, to the extent they give a damn about the American president, will see his circumspection as “meddling”.

And here’s John McCain, telling breakfast TV this morning that:

We’re not interfering when we take the side of the opposition.

This too is pretty simple stuff: you may not think of it as interference but what you think doesn’t matter. They may see it as interference and what they think matters rather more than whether or not pundits and politicians in the west can puff their chests out and feel good about themselves for saying all the right things…

It’s pretty amazing, really, that so many Friends of the Opposition want Obama to take actions that would damage the opposition.

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