President Obama’s former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Tuesday joined critics of Obama’s failure to support the massive 2009 Green Revolution in Iran.
Panetta told CNN:
I do think that that was an appropriate time for the United States to have sent a clearer message that we stand by those who try to represent the rights of people. That’s what the United States is all about. And it would have been important to have sent that message at the time.
At the time, of course, Obama so coveted an eventual nuclear deal with Iran and “normalization” of relations that he put his won priorities over those of the Iranian people. The movement was crushed, and Iran got its nuclear weapons program accepted by Obama – as long as they toned down their program for about a dozen years – and the freeing up of billions in sanctions, which have helped further prop up the regime.
Later this month, President Trump faces a decision on whether to scrap the deal by deciding whether to continue waiving sanctions against Iran. It is inconceivable to me that Trump will keep the money flowing to the mullahs while Iranians are being killed in the streets fighting for their freedom.
Good for Jake Tapper, who often shows less bias than others in the MSM, for asking the question.