Words matter: both the ones you say and don’t say
As the protests continue to grow in Tehran in response to an apparent stolen election, our president has been uncharacteristically quiet on the matter. For a man who just recently proclaimed his commitment to "governments that reflect the will of the people" in his much touted speech in Cairo, the Iranian protesters are still waiting to see that commitment.
It would not take much for Obama to back up his words; a simple acknowledgment and words of support for those brave Iranian citizens risking their lives on the streets of Tehran would go a long way. But offering any kind of support, even mere words, would not advance the foreign policy agenda Obama and his advisers have devised. They need a stable Iranian regime they can talk to, not a country in political chaos. The bottom line here is that the protests in Iran are inconvenient for Mr. Obama, and therefore, he is not going to do anything to help them and quite possibly, he is going to do everything he can to help the Iranian regime restore order in the country. If the Iranian people are expecting the American government to side with them, they are going to be disappointed. Obama's administration is not interested in their complaint, they are interested in advancing their agenda. And unfortunately for those tens of thousands of brave Iranians, they are really not all that important to Obama.
In closing, we should take note of this administration's abandonment of Iranian protesters. If the same occurs in Cuba during the next four years, we can in all likelihood expect Obama to side with the Cuban regime. What could be more inconvenient to renewed relations with the Castro regime than a few thousand Cubans protesting in the streets of Havana?