Obama's Wrong: He Must Take Sides in Iran

He's deserting the brave revolutionaries: Krauthammer
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2009 7:12 AM CDT
President Barack Obama delivering remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 12, 2009.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – Electoral fraud fueled the protests in Iran, but now there is a full-fledged revolution brewing—and according to Charles Krauthammer, the demonstrators are desperate for just one signal that the US supports them. Instead, President Obama has pledged "dialogue" with a "clerical dictator" and left the green revolutionaries to fend for themselves. "The Khamenei regime is deciding whether to do a Tiananmen," writes the Washington Post columnist. "And what side is the Obama administration taking? None."

Only regime change can stop Iran's nuclear program, not "absurd" talks with a dishonest partner. And with Hezbollah on the ropes in Lebanon and Iraq finding its way, the fall of "Islamist dictatorship" in Iran would trigger a wave of democratization in the Middle East. For Krauthammer, "our fundamental values demand that America stand with demonstrators opposing a regime that is the antithesis of all we believe"—making the president's silence all the most disgraceful.