The Iranian election is dominating the news today and there are some good videos available over at Michael Totten’s site. Also, to his credit, Andrew Sullivan has done a nice job of covering the elections. He along with Hugh Hewitt have noted the lack of MSM coverage this weekend. One interesting comment from Totten and Sullivan:
Andrew Sullivan writes: “The last time a news event gave me chills like this was the Soviet coup. It ended the regime.” Yes, it did.
You know what this reminds me (Totten) of? The convulsion that shook Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, Iraq.
As Ben Smith observes, the White House nonsense about Obama’s speech influencing the elections has just been mugged by reality:
The notion of an “Obama effect” sweeping the Middle East appeared to collide with the realities of the Islamic Republic of Iran Saturday, as the country’s confrontational, anti-American president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, celebrated a landslide victory in Friday’s election amid wide doubts about the honesty of the official vote count
Jennifer Rubin says:
The problem with claiming credit for events in other countries is that when things go poorly people will interpret it as a personal rebuke. You can’t have it both ways. And the problem with pretending that theocratic thugs are conducting a “real” elections is that when they prove to be not so “real” you look foolish for having cheered from the sidelines. Perhaps a less egocentric foreign policy is in order.
Predictably, many of the experts” are stunned by the level of fraud in the election. While it may be surprising to witness the reaction of Iranians to the fraudulent election, the fraud itself is not news. What else should be expected from The Little Kidnapper? John Podhoretz lays out the challenge for President Obama:
If this is Tiananmen II, and the regime crushes it, there will be no easy approach to regime change. And there will be no pretending any longer that Iran’s regime isn’t a unified, hardline, irridentist, and enormously dangerous one.
The White House is treading water on the crisis for now. Unlike his previous foreign policies ventures, when the President has attempted to have it both ways by utilizing soaring rhetoric that was absent any substance, the Iranian election crisis will be seen as a watershed moment in his presidency. The issues at stake are Middle East democracy, a nuclear Iran, an imminent attack by Israel and, of course, the Left’s favorite cause (when it fits the narrative)…human rights. The clumsy mullahs have, if nothing else, painted the President into a corner with this sham election. He will have to make some real foreign policy decisions.