Re: Hagel: Iran’s Government ‘Elected’ and ‘Legitimate’
To Andrew’s point about Hagel’s comments on the Iranian government, Senator Hagel confidently says today that Iran’s government is “an elected, legitimate government.” Below is what President Obama had to say about a week after the Iranian elections, when protests had already been going on and the Ahmadinjead government’s forces and militias had been attacking them for a week:
My understanding is, is that the Iranian government says that they are going to look into irregularities that have taken place. We weren’t on the ground. We did not have observers there. We did not have international observers on — on hand, so I can’t state definitively one way or another what happened with respect to the election.
Three-and-a-half years later, Chuck Hagel, apparently, thinks he can — must have been the Iranian government’s legitimate and assiduous investigations of the alleged fraud following the president’s remarks. Wait, that didn’t happen — the Ahmadinejad regime was too busy continuing its assaults on protesters for the entire summer of 2009. Is that what convinced Hagel of the government’s legitimacy?