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Cairo Speech Inspired Iran Protesters

We almost missed this bit of instant revisionism from Mr. Obama’s aides, via their stenographers at the Washington Post:

Iran Unrest Reveals Split In U.S. on Its Role Abroad

By Scott Wilson

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

… “We’re trying to promote a foreign policy that advances our interests, not that makes us feel good about ourselves,” said a senior administration official who, like others, declined to be identified, citing the sensitivity of the issue.

Obama’s approach to Iran, including his assertion that the unrest there represents a debate among Iranians unrelated to the United States, is an acknowledgment that a U.S. president’s words have a limited ability to alter foreign events in real time and could do more harm than good. But privately Obama advisers are crediting his Cairo speech for inspiring the protesters, especially the young ones, who are now posing the most direct challenge to the republic’s Islamic authority in its 30-year history.

One senior administration official with experience in the Middle East said, “There clearly is in the region a sense of new possibilities,” adding that “I was struck in the aftermath of the president’s speech that there was a connection. It was very sweeping in terms of its reach.”

The adviser said that "there is something particularly authentic about those who are carrying out these demonstrations," citing the fact that some are carrying symbols of the 1979 Iranian revolution as they march for new elections, including photos of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei…

Never mind that Mr. Obama’s speech was not broadcast in Iran, where the government jammed signals to block satellite owners from watching.

And never mind the blood sweat and treasure that has gone into the eight year effort to bring Democracy to the Middle East.

An Egyptian man buys a souvenir which reads ‘Obama New Tutankhamon of the World’. (Click to enlarge.)

The Obama advisors know that they can get away with any fantasy now. Mr. Obama merely has to give a vague speech and it is a new, golden age.

But if the Iranian protesters had by some miracle been able to hear the stirring words of the now legendary Cairo Speech, maybe these words would have rung the most hollow:

… The fourth issue that I will address is democracy.

I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.

That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people. Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people. America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election. But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere

And by supporting these human rights, Mr. Obama means we will continue to do business as usual (or better) with a regime that steals elections and then ruthlessly puts down any complaints about it.

Have a hot dog, Mr. Supreme Leader.

(Thanks to Bronzeprofessor for the heads  up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Cairo Speech Inspired Iran Protesters”

  1. bronzeprofessor says:

    This is the most disgusting thing I’ve read all year. Take Immodium before proceeding through this article:

    From the cavernous bowels of the Washington Post:

    White House Says Obama’s Cairo Speech Spurred Democracy Movement in Iran, Scoffs at the Neoconservatives’ 8-Year Mission to Democratize Mideast

    “We’re trying to promote a foreign policy that advances our interests, not that makes us feel good about ourselves,” said a senior administration official who, like others, declined to be identified, citing the sensitivity of the issue.

    Obama’s approach to Iran, including his assertion that the unrest there represents a debate among Iranians unrelated to the United States, is an acknowledgment that a U.S. president’s words have a limited ability to alter foreign events in real time and could do more harm than good. But privately Obama advisers are crediting his Cairo speech for inspiring the protesters, especially the young ones, who are now posing the most direct challenge to the republic’s Islamic authority in its 30-year history.

    One senior administration official with experience in the Middle East said, “There clearly is in the region a sense of new possibilities,” adding that “I was struck in the aftermath of the president’s speech that there was a connection. It was very sweeping in terms of its reach.”

    For the full article, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/22/AR2009062203026_pf.html.

    I believe it was Alan Dershowitz who said that chutzpah is “killing your parents and then throwing yourself on the mercy of the court, because you are an orphan.”

    I can’t map the analogy perfectly, but you get the idea.

    • canary says:

      oh make me puke. He’s still having AHhmadman for hotdogs for the 4th.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      It’s truly puke-worthy, isn’t it?

    • texaspsue says:

      Oh bulloney! What an huge ego he has. Does he truly believe that he IS God?

      Freedom is what spurred on the protests in Iran….. the freedom of America and the example of Iraq.

  2. Chinnubie says:

    I have to put Motzart on when I read these articles by the government-run media. I think the bottom line is, did or could we expect anything more than the drivel these people keep putting out?

    What amazes me is how are they able to sleep at night, knowing this is BS! Not to mention do they have any clue what they are doing to our countries reputation in the world? All we can do is keep protesting and wait til midterm elections and hopefully some changes can be made so at least we’ll be able to know the country isn’t being given away any further.

    Remember the days of not having to worry about what was going to happen tomorrow and how things seemed to be relatively safe? Six months into this administration and I’m already missing GWB.

    • Petronius says:

      Chinnubie: “I have to put Motzart on when I read these articles by the government-run media.”

      These days I find I need something stronger than Mozart. I put on Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” as befits the new golden age of Nerobama. Usually “Immolation of the Gods” or “Siegfried’s Funeral March,” like they played it in Germany after Stalingrad. Or else turn on the radio and listen to Mark Levin. Then kick back with a couple of bottles of Bass Ale to numb out the pain and memory.

      Jane Austen wrote, “If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory.” But lately I have discovered that better than memory is the power to forget.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    What part of Neo-Tuts’ speech that wasn’t transmitted in Iran inspired the masses?
    Hogwash and Bullshiite!!

    I now quote the late great Rodney Dangerfield, “The last time I saw a mouth like that …. it had a hook in it!!”

  4. Steve says:

    Mr. Limbaugh referenced this thread.

  5. proreason says:

    “But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose.”

    Sounds good.

    But why then has a a high-profile campaign been initiated to muffle Talk Radio and Fox News.

    And why was contract law violated with Chrysler, and in the firing of the Inspector Generals, and many other instances;, and why is the SCOTUS nominee one whose goal is to judge by her feelings rather than the law. And why is the census bureau begin moved under the White House.

    And why were the Black Panther voting place knee-breakers summarily released.

    And why is trillions of dollares from us and untold future generations being confiscated for political payola.

    And why are Cap and Tax and Universal Health Scare and Government Motors imposing government solutions that the people don’t want?

    But maybe that speech was just for “foreign countries”.

    In this country, facism rules.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      My thoughts exactly, PR!

      “But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things .. (he may certainly believe that, but care less about it) ..
      the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed .. (“I won”)..
      confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice .. (the auto industry bondholders?) ..
      government that is transparent (5day web site viewing of any legislation?) and doesn’t steal from the people (or get read – even by the authors)
      the freedom to live as you choose (“Ya can’t just eat anything you want .. drive your big SUV’s .. set your thermostats at 72”).
      Those are not just American ideas, (least not under my rule – administration!)
      they are human rights, (usually reserved for big shot humans – like me!)
      and that is why we will support them everywhere (with meaningless words).

      “Words! Just words.” Yup, o-blah-blah. Yup!

  6. jobeth says:

    “Mr. Obama merely has to give a vague speech”

    This is all he ever does. You can’t pin him down on anything.

    He waits to see which way the wind blows so as to be on the winning side and claim the victory as all in his plans, or as in “Hope & Change”, it means anything any one individual wants it to mean.

    If he fails to meet someones idea of “Hope & Change” too bad. He didn’t actually promise anything or actually say what you thought he said.

    1000 people = 1000 meanings of hope and change. Why can’t the libs catch on to that simple fact? Oh…right…they are simple minded.

    Teflon man!

  7. Right of the People says:

    WAR IS PEACE
    FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
    IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

    Pretty soon we’ll be seeing these words in the Washington Post, NY Slimes, LA Slimes, Boston Globe, etc, etc, etc once Newspeak becomes the official language of the press. Fox and talk radio better watch out, it’s 1984 just 25 years late.

  8. esikmo says:

    is there a source for the claim that the satellite feed was blocked? many of my obamaton friends keep insisting that BBC Persia aired the speech successfully.


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