Backlash in Iran against President Biden’s vow to “Free” the Country


NB: Just what I wrote about here, this kind of moronic statement is calculated to assist the theocracy. DS

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – At a campaign event in California late on Thursday, President Joe Biden said, “Don’t worry, we’re going to free Iran, they’re going to free themselves pretty soon.” Biden’s pledge drew a sharp rebuke from Iranian president Ibrahim Raisi, who said the Iranians had already freed themselves with their 1979 Islamic Revolution and Biden should please keep his mitts off their country.

On Friday, National Security Council Communications Director John Kirby tried to clean up Biden’s exuberant comment. “He was expressing, again, our solidarity with them [the protesters],” he said. “The president’s been pretty clear about this … we’re going to continue to look for ways to hold the regime accountable for the way that they’re treating their own people.”

Obviously, giving verbal moral support to the protesters, saying “Go protesters!” is a little different from “freeing Iran.” Though, note that Biden did go on to say, “they’re going to free themselves pretty soon,” giving them the agency.

Biden’s comment makes it easier for the Iranian government plausibly to depict the demonstrators as CIA agents, though to be fair they will do that whatever Biden says. This consideration had caused President Barack Obama to be cautious about speaking out in favor of the 2009 Green Movement, which the ayatollahs successfully repressed….

Mohammed Hanif: The rest of the world has had it with US presidents, Trump or otherwise