New Report Finds Obama Assisted Khamenei Regime to Crush Rebellion – Hundreds Died, Thousands Were Imprisoned
One of the great hypotheticals of Barack Obama’s presidency involves the Iranian uprising that began on June 12, 2009, after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was announced the winner of contested presidential elections.
What if the president had done more to help the protesters when the regime appeared to be teetering? It’s well known he was slow to react.
Obama publicly downplayed the prospect of real change at first, saying the candidates whom hundreds of thousands of Iranians were risking their lives to support did not represent fundamental change.
When he finally did speak out, he couldn’t bring himself to say the election was stolen:
“The world is watching and inspired by their participation, regardless of what the ultimate outcome of the election was.”
But Obama wasn’t just reluctant to show solidarity in 2009, he feared the demonstrations would sabotage his secret outreach to Iran.
In his new book, “The Iran Wars,” Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon uncovers new details on how far Obama went to avoid helping Iran’s green movement.
Behind the scenes, Obama overruled advisers who wanted to do what America had done at similar transitions from dictatorship to democracy, and signal America’s support.
Solomon reports that Obama ordered the CIA to sever contacts it had with the green movement’s supporters.
“The Agency has contingency plans for supporting democratic uprisings anywhere in the world. This includes providing dissidents with communications, money, and in extreme cases even arms,” Solomon writes.
“But in this case the White House ordered it to stand down.”
At the time, Solomon reports, Obama’s aides received mixed messages. Members of the Iranian diaspora wanted the president to support the uprisings. Dissident Iranians from inside the country said such support would be the kiss of death.
In the end, Obama did nothing, and Iran’s supreme leader blamed him anyway for fomenting the revolt.