June 18, 2003

Bush on Iran Strong language

Bush on Iran

Strong language from the President regarding not tolerating a nuclear Iran. But of greater interest to me (in the short term) was his statement that the U.S. "stands squarely by their [Iranian protestors] side."

What if, rather than petering out, the protests gained steam? And what if, Tiananmen style, certain hardline clerical factions muscled out Khatami and decided to crack down using major force?

What then does it mean to "stand squarely" with the protestors?

All this is improbable, perhaps, but the last thing we should be doing is artificially raising expectations that the cavarly is rushing in to Teheran if, at the end of the day, that likely won't happen (see the Iraqi Shi'a after Gulf War I or Bosnian Muslims for previous examples of leaving parties in the lurch).

UPDATE: Bill Safire thinks the President's "stands squarely" language hits just the right notes.

Posted by Gregory at June 18, 2003 10:33 PM
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