This Won’t End Well…

Pics from protests in Iran via The Goldfarb on Twitter:

protesters attack base

Smoke billows from a burning car as supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi attack a local base of the Islamic Basij militia. AFP PHOTO/STR. AFP. WAR.

protesters attack building

Protesters attack a building of pro-government militia near a rally supporting leading opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in Tehran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi).

The protesters can expect no help, or encouragement from the Obama administration…

But Robert Gibbs did issue this  forceful statement: “We continue to be heartened by the enthusiasm of young people in Iran.”

Some quick links:

The UK Telegraph: The Iranian election: Barack Obama’s cowardly silence

Obama’s deafening silence over the Iranian election is a disgrace. According to The New York Times, the president “did not even convene any high-level White House meetings or conference calls on Sunday”. That’s not the mark of a leader but a clear display of weakness. It’s a sad day when the greatest power in the world withholds criticism of a brutal, tyrannical and illegitimate regime for fear of upsetting its rulers.

Hot Air: Good news: State Department refuses to condemn Iranian crackdown

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters Monday that the United States is concerned about allegations of ballot fraud.

Kelly described the U.S. government as “deeply troubled” by the events in Iran, which is a stronger expression of concern than over the weekend when Vice President Biden cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

When pressed by a reporter, Kelly declined to condemn the Iranian security forces for their crackdown on street protesters. And he said the U.S. knows too little about the conduct of the election to say for sure whether there was fraud.

See Hot Air link for examples of the crackdown.

More must-see pix from the uprising, here.

Gateway Pundit: Iranian Opposition Leader Defies Ban– Leads Massive Protest in Tehran (Video) …Update: Gunfire at Rally- At Least 1 Dead …Update: 15 Dead

Here’s a website with all the Iranians on Twitter during the clashes.

More good coverage at Atlas Shrugs: IRAN BLOWBACK

CNN: Hatred, chaos and savage beatings in Tehran

Hot Air: 66% Say Obama Not Being Tough Enough On Iran

Worth a read:

The Election that Wasn’t By: Jamie Glazov
FrontPageMagazine.com

FrontPage Interview’s guest today is Roozbeh Farahanipour, an Iranian journalist, democracy activist, former political prisoner in Iran and head of Marze Por Gohar Party (MPG), an Iranian opposition party seeking the establishment of an secular republic in Iran. He was a student leader in the 1999 uprising, just one year after creating MPG.

Raw video from today:

Weasel Zippers: Twitter Reschedules Planned Downtime so Iranian Protesters Can Continue to Use Service During Crisis…..

Ace of Spades HQ: Obama Finally Speaks: “I am deeply troubed by the violence I’ve been seeing on television;” “It’s up to the Iranian people to determine their leaders.”
Update: Full Statement Added

The Washington Times:Revolutionary Guards Arrested in Iran

According to the Cyrus News Agency, Tuesday morning 16 senior members of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps were arrested. “These commanders have been in contact with members of the Iranian army to join the people’s movement,” CNA reports. “Three of the commanders are veterans of Iran-Iraq war. They have been moved to an undisclosed location in East Tehran.” This report has not been confirmed by other sources. If true, it shows that the regime is losing the loyalty of some members of its control appartus, which is necessary if the opposition has any chance of achieving fundamental change.

MORE (June 16):

Gateway Pundit:

President Panty Waist: “It Would Not Be Helpful if the US Was Seen by the World as Meddling” …Update: Sarkozy Denounces Iran Vote Fraud

and

George Bush Stood With Democracy Activists– Obama Stands With Dictators

Obama has made it clear that he intends to continue to seek dialogue with Iran despite the irregularities in the election, but now even liberal Slate thinks Obama should disengage with Iran:

It’s time for President Obama to rethink his policy of “engagement” with Iran.

Given the near-certainty that Iran’s election was fixed and the documented fact that protesters are being brutalized, there is no way that Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could go to Tehran and shake hands with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, much less to expect that any talks would be worthwhile.

Some helpful ideas for Obama:

Powerline: A word from Ronald Reagan

Dr. Zero, The Green Room: What The President Should Have Said To The Iranian People

An alternate viewpoint:

Innocent Bystanders: Muslihoon Sez: Obama’s Right About Iran

If Obama, or any official of the US administration, were to come out in support of the protestors, it will be exceedingly easy for Mahmoud Ahmadi-nezhad and Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseyni Khaamene’i (the theocrat of Iran) to dismiss the entire “enghelaab” (revolution) as a foreign “saazesh” (plot, plan). As an external attempt to destabilize the Irani state, the current government would delegitimize the “enghelaab” and authorize the state apparatus to use excessive force against the protesters, reformists, and other leaders (because, see, then it wouldn’t be a revolution but rather a riot plotted by the Great Satan to overthrow the government).

Discuss.

No, “Everyone” Did Not Guess Wrong

stimulus-vs-unemployment-may-corrected1Geoff ‘s now famous chart

Geoff, from Uncommon Misconceptions comments on Joe Biden’s most recent brain fart over at Innocent Bystanders:

Joe Tries to Spin, But Ends Up Twisting in the Wind

Vice President Joe Biden says “everyone guessed wrong” on the impact of the economic stimulus.

Really. Let’s look back about 4 months and try to remember who was guessing what:

  • Obama reminds GOP in stimulus meeting: “I won” (Hot Air): 1/23/09
  • House passes stimulus plan, but with no Republican votes (McClatchy): 1/28/09
  • Pence Opposes Democrat Stimulus Bill: “It Won’t Work”: 1/28/09
  • Economists say stimulus won’t work (St. Louis Post-Dispatch): 1/29/09
  • Analysis: Stimulus Won’t Jump-start Economy (AP): 2/13/2009
  • Sen. Cornyn: Stimulus Won’t Work (Fox): 2/13/09
  • Republican Governors Step Up Attacks on Obama Economic Policies (Bloomberg): 2/23/09
  • And among the highlights to the opposition to the bill, we had 200 economists taking out an ad in the New York Times saying it wouldn’t work, all GOP representatives voting against the bill, and all but 3 GOP senators voting against the bill. [And as Joey Buzz points out in the comments, I’d forgotten to mention the Tea Paries, which involved hundreds of thousands of American citizens of all political affiliations.]

    I’ve already posted this video from last February once, but I’m doing it again because it cannot be stressed  enough how smug and sure of themselves The  Obama Team and his sycophants in the media were, in selling Porkulus to the American people in the face of mass opposition:

    Wrong

    Everyone did not think massive spending was the way to go:

    stop the spendingWe knew.

    A plurality of Americans now say, cancel the stimulus.

    It’s important to keep all of this in mind, because now he’s trying to sell his disastrous ObamaCare program, under the same pretense that he sold the stimulus – there is a (health care) crisis that needs to be acted upon immediately.

    The president says health care reform is no longer just a moral imperative, it is an economic imperative.

    “If we want to create jobs and rebuild our economy and get our federal budget under control, then we have to address the crushing cost of health care this year, in this administration,” said President Obama.

    He says the goal must be to bring down medical expenses, while improving the quality of care for everyone.

    How’s that for audacity? Obama is using the budget crisis caused by his stimulus as the reason we need to have a health care bill, this year.

    Megan McArdle says Obama intends to do this through slight of hand:

    Obama’s health care plans are very, very expensive, and they mean higher taxes for everyone, not just that elusive klatch of greedy fools who are not in the 95% of working families now allegedly slated for stable or lower taxes.  Otherwise, how could Obama hope to pay for it?

    I think we found out today:  magic!

    Of course. Are the American people starting to wise up, yet? They’d better hurry. ObamaCare has to be massively opposed.

    Bottom line: Obama’s Stimulus bill was an epic failure. His health care bill will be, too, if it passes.

    Who Does Ahmadinejad Remind You Of?

    YAWNNNN:

    CBS takes the opportunity to engage in some BDS inspired Bush bashing:

    Via Gateway Pundit: CBS: “Meet Iran’s George W. Bush”

    CBS republishes vile New Republic article–
    Meet Iran’s George W. Bush

    cbs mahmoud bush

    This  story is from June 8th, and does a fair job introducing readers to the candidates. But the dopey  comparison of  Ahmadinejad to George W. Bush is a weak,  cheap shot.

    Oh hey!

    What do you know? Another idiotic comparison, this time  from Excitable Andy writing in the once proud periodical, Atlantic monthly:

    Andy sGraphic swiped from AoSHQ

    Via RS McCain: Karl Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Rove?

    Do the publishers of The Atlantic Monthly have no shame at all?

    Ahmadinejad’s bag of tricks is eerily like that of Karl Rove – the constant use of fear, the exploitation of religion, the demonization of liberals, the deployment of Potemkin symbolism like Sarah Palin . . .

    Good lord, he even found a way to involve Sarah Palin in his  deranged delusion, but it took some doing. Sarah Palin  as Potemkin symbolism? Yeah, ooooookay.

    And then there’s this imbecility, caught by  William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection:

    Ahmadinejad Stole The Election, Just Like Bush

    But this post at Crooks and Liars caught my eye:

    “Isn’t rioting in the streets the appropriate reaction when your country is taken over through election fraud? What’s the alternative, to reward theft? We’ve already seen what that did here!”

    You know? Since the left is getting its kicks comparing Ahmadinejad to Bushies…can we conservatives play that game, too?  I bet I can name somebody Ahmadinejad reminds me of,  if I think about it for a minute.
    Let’s see….skinny, narcissistic, ‘on the outs’ with Israel, dyes hair, will say and do anything to win, ruining the economy…anyone have any ideas?