We are excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in Iran. Whoever ends up winning the election in Iran, the fact there has been a robust debate hopefully will advance our ability to engage them in new ways.
Powerline aptly describes his remarks as “criminally useful idiocy.”:
Obama should not have lauded the election, much less characterized it as advancing our ability to engage Iran in new ways, until he was satisfied that the election was honest. A fraudulent election in which the existing, intransigent regime claims a landslide victory will not advance our ability to engage in Iran in new ways.
A senior official of the Obama Administration remarked: “The administration will deal with the situation we have, not what we wish it to be” — prompting Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes to note the inconsistency between Obama’s tepid response and his Cairo speech.
On Meet the Press today, Vice President Biden expressed his doubts about the legitimacy of the election, but concluded “we have to accept for the time being” Ahmadinejad’s claim of victory.