From Fox News:
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on President Obama on Thursday not to interfere in Iranian affairs after the U.S. president said he was “appalled and outraged” by post-election violence, a news agency reported.
“Mr. Obama made a mistake to say those things … our question is why he fell into this trap and said things that previously (former U.S. President George W.) Bush used to say,” the semi-official Fars News Agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
“Do you want to speak (with Iran) with this tone? If that is your stance then what is left to talk about,” said Ahmadinejad. “I hope you avoid interfering in Iran’s affairs and express your regret in a way that the Iranian nation is informed of it.”
I consider all of this to be faux outrage, as it’s hard to believe Ahmadinejad really thought Obama would continue to stay silent as the Basij kept murdering Iranian citizens. Not that he didn’t want to, (four days of silence before his first strong public statement against the regime proves that) but the public outcry for him to condemn the Iranian regime got to such a fever pitch that he felt he had no choice but to do so.
Another reason I believe it to be faux outrage is that he knew the one person Obama wouldn’t want to be associated with was George W. Bush, and yet he chose to do just that. It was as if he was attempting to guilt the president into reversing his position and apologizing for condemning the regime. Nice try, Mahmoud.
Another way in which Ahmadi attempted to foist guilt upon the president was by saying, “If that is your stance then what is left to talk about?” What is he, five? Grow up. Did he really think Obama would respond to that comment by panicking and apologizing for interfering? I hope by now that Obama realizes he was never going to be able to negotitate with Khamenei anyway. If he doesn’t, that’s another issue. But there’s no way Obama’s going to backtrack on condemning the murderous regime. He would have to be a fool to do so.