Dramatically hardening the U.S. reaction to 's disputed elections and bloody aftermath, President condemned the violence against protesters Tuesday and lent his strongest support yet to their accusations the hardline victory was a fraud.
Obama, who has been accused by some Republicans of being too timid in his response to events in Iran, declared himself "appalled and outraged" by the deaths and intimidation in Tehran's streets — and scoffed at suggestions he was toughening his rhetoric in response to the criticism.
He suggested Iran's leaders will face consequences if they continue "the threats, the beatings and imprisonments" against protesters. But he repeatedly declined to say what actions the U.S. might take, retaining — for now — the option of pursuing diplomatic engagement with Iran's leaders over its suspected nuclear weapons program.
Protesters in Iran
FOX News' Major Garrett asks President Obama what took him so long to say he has "concerns" about the election in Iran. Obama said he has been very consistent about his position. Obama reiterated his message that this is "not an issue about the United States," but the Iranian people.
Iran's tenth presidential election was held on 12 June 2009. Than on June 13th Supporters of pro-reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi have cried foul and clashed with riot police in Tehran, despite a ban on public protests. Today ten day later President Barack Obama condemned the violence against protester. He suggested Iran's leaders will face consequences if they continue. What consequences?
President Obama was not talking about consequences from the United States but from the Iranian people. He told Major Garrett this is "not an issue about the United States," but the Iranian people. The President is still keeping open the option of pursuing diplomatic engagement with Iran's leaders over its suspected nuclear weapons program.
So was obama giving this speech because of being accused by some Republicans of being too timid in his response to events in Iran, yes.
This is not the first time President Obama was late with a response. On Monday, 8/11/08 Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama put out a statement condemning Russia for their escalation of the conflict with Georgia. “No matter how this conflict started, Russia has escalated it well beyond the dispute over South Ossetia and invaded another country. Russia has escalated its military campaign through strategic bombing and the movement of its ground forces into the heart of Georgia. There is no possible justification for these attacks,” Obama said.
On August 8, 2008 Russia sent tanks and warplanes into the former Soviet republic of Georgia on Friday after Georgia launched a military offensive to retake its breakaway province, South Ossetia. On this conflect Obama waited three days.
I will leave you with a few of Barack Obama words from his speech in Berlin Germany.
I come to Berlin as so many of my countrymen have come before. Tonight, I speak to you...a fellow citizen of the world.
People of Berlin and people of the world the scale of our challenge is great. The road ahead will be long. But I come before you to say that we are heirs to a struggle for freedom. We are a people of improbable hope. Let us build on our common history, and seize our common destiny, and once again engage in that noble struggle to bring justice and peace to our world.
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