UPDATE at 8:06pm: In response to Obama saying there’s not a huge difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi, Mousavi’s spokesman, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, came out and said this:
Obama has said that there is no difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi. Does he like it himself [when someone is] saying that there is no difference between Obama and [George W.] Bush? Ahmadinejad is the Bush of Iran. And Mousavi is the Obama of Iran…
Well, if Mousavi’s the Obama of Iran, the protesters should all go home and let Ahmadinejad have his victory.
I’m kidding, of course.
Peters wrote a column for the NY Post today, in which he wrote:
SILENCE is complicity. Our president’s refusal to take a forthright moral stand on the side of the Iranian freedom marchers is read in Tehran as a blank check for the current regime.
The whole thing is worth reading if you get a minute.
Here is his interview with O’Reilly:
By the way, the Obama quote Ralph Peters was citing was this:
“It’s important to understand that although there is amazing ferment taking place in Iran, that the difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi in terms of their actual policies may not be as great as has been advertised.”
That was from the president’s interview with CNBC on Tuesday.