Obama, Iran and North Korea: Meeting thuggery with coolness |
- AS IRAN is rocked by the largest street protests since the revolution of 1979, Barack Obama is pursuing a policy of â€śwait and seeâ€ť. His priority is to prevent the Iranian regime from acquiring a nuclear bomb. His preferred method is to negotiate directly with Iranâ€™s leaders. Since it is not clear who will end up in charge in Tehran, he is biding his time.On June 12th, Iran held a presidential election. Before there was time to count the votes, the Iranian government announced that the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had won by an astonishing margin. At this point, many Americans would have liked their president to have spoken out. Most take a dim view of Mr Ahmadinejad, who denies that the Holocaust happened but makes veiled threats to unleash another one on Israel. Many Americans believe that he or his allies rigged the poll, and that Mr Obama should say so in clear and searing language. Senator John McCain, Mr Obamaâ€™s former rival, called the Iranian election an obvious sham and called for action of some kind.