ICYMI: Iranian 'Greens' sought Obama's support in '09 - he refused them
Iran's 'Green' movement reached out to the Obama administration seeking support during their 2009 mini-revolution. Obama had his priorities
, and they have not changed (via The Corner
But the ranks of reformists in Iran have been depleted. Many
activists are angry at the Obama administration for failing to support
them six years ago in a rebuff that hasn’t been previously reported.
Iranian opposition leaders secretly reached out to the White House in
the summer of 2009 to gauge Mr. Obama’s support for their “green
revolution,” which drew millions of people to protest the allegedly
fraudulent re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The demonstrations caught the White House off guard, said current and
former U.S. officials who worked on Iran in the Obama administration.
Some U.S. officials pressed Mr. Obama to publicly back the fledgling
Green Movement, arguing in Oval Office meetings that it marked the most
important democratic opening since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Mr. Obama wasn’t convinced. “‘Let’s give it a few days,’ was the
answer,” said a senior U.S. official present at some of the White House
meetings. “It was made clear: ‘We should monitor, but do nothing.’ ”
The president was invested heavily in developing a secret diplomatic
outreach to Mr. Khamenei that year, sending two letters to the supreme
leader in the months before the disputed election of Mr. Ahmadinejad,
said current and former U.S. officials.
#ThanksObama. And thanks all you stupid Jews who supported him.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Green Movement, Iran, Iran elections, Iranian nuclear threat, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad