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    Re: Obama Pressured to Strike a Firmer Tone

    I don't know if anyone has posted this article by Paul Wolfowitz, but I think it's brilliant. I have disliked him ever since the Iraq war started, but I read this on my way home from work and was completely in awe of his insightfulness.

    'No Comment' Is Not an Option

    By Paul Wolfowitz
    Friday, June 19, 2009



    President Obama's first response to the protests in Iran was silence, followed by a cautious, almost neutral stance designed to avoid "meddling" in Iranian affairs. I am reminded of Ronald Reagan's initially neutral response to the crisis following the Philippine election of 1986, and of George H.W. Bush's initially neutral response to the attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991. Both Reagan and Bush were able to abandon their mistaken neutrality in time to make a difference. It's not too late for Obama to do the same.

    Paul Wolfowitz - Obama Needs to Change Stance on Iran

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    Re: Obama Pressured to Strike a Firmer Tone

    Senate was by voice so no # record

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    Re: Obama Pressured to Strike a Firmer Tone

    Obama took a very firm tone, and it was well received....in Cairo two weeks ago. He need say nothing more.

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    Re: Obama Pressured to Strike a Firmer Tone

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    I don't know if anyone has posted this article by Paul Wolfowitz, but I think it's brilliant. I have disliked him ever since the Iraq war started, but I read this on my way home from work and was completely in awe of his insightfulness.

    Wolfowitz is having an inside struggle with the Obama administration on a book he s to write. So...
    removing that-

    IMO this just goes to show how 'off' Obama is.

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    Re: Obama Pressured to Strike a Firmer Tone

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    I don't know if anyone has posted this article by Paul Wolfowitz, but I think it's brilliant. I have disliked him ever since the Iraq war started, but I read this on my way home from work and was completely in awe of his insightfulness.
    It was Wolfowitz who persuaded the administration to attack Iraq. He lives in some sort of chess world, where casualties are irrelevant and a lost game is just a game.
    Obama triggered the strong reaction in Iran through his speech in Cairo. If he supported one side now, that side would be linked to the "Great Satan" and would be crushed. The only way to help the opposing side at this point is to keep quiet and let democracy and non-violence work.

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    Re: Obama Pressured to Strike a Firmer Tone

    I hope that this message of support reaches the people of Iran and is well received.
    *insert profound statement here*

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    Re: Obama Pressured to Strike a Firmer Tone

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    So Iran nuke program started only 8 years ago? I mean how naive do we think you are? Very.
    I didn't say "started" now did I?

    You need to read the quote in context before you respond.
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    Re: Obama Pressured to Strike a Firmer Tone

    Quote Originally Posted by Triad View Post
    IMO this just goes to show how 'off' Obama is.
    In my opinion, any comparison of Obama to Wolfowitz is retarded. Wolfowitz is no shining light of wonder.

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    Re: Obama Pressured to Strike a Firmer Tone

    Obama is doing the correct thing. In 2003 the same young people in Iran were protesting, once Bush supported them, the protesting collapse. Iranian state tv played it loop after loop, saying how the Great Satan are controlling the protesters, this is America's doing etc etc. The result was that the protestors did not get the support of the rest of country BECAUSE AMERICA SUPPORTED THEM.

    In some parts of the world America's support is a curse rather than a blessing.

    I personally think these protests are so strong this time round because Obama is offering Iran a hand, it is giving the young people an incentive, this is their chance I feel.
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    Re: Obama Pressured to Strike a Firmer Tone

    Quote Originally Posted by The Jovial One View Post
    ...because what we SHOULD be doing is throwing GAS on the FIRE over there and giving the clerics who actually RUN the show a reason to open up the machine guns on the protestors by convincing folks that this is all AMERICA'S doing. Because that would be the SMART thing to do!

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