Obama got Iran wrong, Mullen admits
And Trump is getting it right, not that picking the Iranian people over the blood crazy mullahs was really a difficult choice!
This from Timothy Meads at Townhall:
MULLEN: Well, I think that the 2009 timeframe is very instructive. I think we chose to not be as supportive as we could have been then. And I hope we can be right now so that Iran can continue to evolve.
They have an incredibly young population. They look to a future that they cannot see. They’ve been promised change and a healthier economy by the current government. And I think the protests represent the inability to deliver that so far.
So, I think support of them and their people is absolutely the right thing to do.” (emphasis added)
Mullen began his tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2007 under President George W. Bush and continued under President Obama until Sept 2011.
In 2012, GOP candidate Mitt Romney harangued President Obama’s tepid response at the time to the 2009 Iranian protests.
Romney gave a blistering speech against President Obama saying, “When millions of Iranians took to the streets in June of 2009, when they demanded freedom from a cruel regime that threatens the world, when they cried out, ‘Are you with us, or are you with them?’ — the American president was silent,” Romney said.
In the 2009 protests, known as the Green Revolution, Barack Obama was silent during the first few days they occurred. It was not until increasing pressure from American media as well as obvious signs of oppression from the Iranian government that President Obama issued support for the anti-government demonstrators.
The non-partisan Council on Foreign Relations said that “While Obama initially opted for a muted response, the Iranian regime’s violent crackdown of opposition supporters complicated his administration’s attempt to balance outreach with its defense of human rights.”
President Donald Trump’s administration issued support for the Iranian people on Friday night, less than 48 hours after the initial protests began.