Belmont Club

Engage

The dubious results of the Iranian election won’t deter Obama from “engaging” Iraq, according to a Bloomberg report.

June 14 (Bloomberg) — The Obama administration will proceed with its plan to engage Iran and deal with re-elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, even as it monitors complaints from his opponents that the election results were fraudulent. The administration has concluded it must forge ahead with efforts to persuade the regime to abandon its nuclear program, and work with the situation as it is, not as they wish it would be, a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. will “continue to monitor the entire situation closely, including reports of irregularities,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement yesterday, after Iranian opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, 67, challenged the validity of results and thousands of protesters clashed with police in Tehran. “We hope that the outcome reflects the genuine will and desire of the Iranian people,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters yesterday.

Iran’s undeclared war on America and it’s support for attacks against US troops in Iraq haven’t deterred the President from engagement. Why should the Iranian ‘elections’? This is realpolitik at its finest. You really feel sorry for the people who believed in the “Hope and Change” label on the box.  It is really “Stasis and Rigor Mortis”, paid for by deficit spending.

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