Obama harshly condemns Iran crackdown on protestersGood for him. He finally chose a side to be on. And, thank God, it was our side.
By John Whitesides and Jeff Mason, Reuters
Washington (Reuters) - President Barack Obama toughened his criticism of Iran on Tuesday for its crackdown on anti-government protesters, harshly condemning the violence and declaring scenes of death in Tehran "heartbreaking."
The Democratic president, facing heavy criticism from Republicans that he was being too timid in backing street protests over Iran's contested election, said the United States was "appalled and outraged" by the violence.
"I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost," Obama said.
He called the video of an Iranian women killed in the streets, which has become a staple of news coverage of the protests, "heartbreaking" and said it made clear the violence against the protesters was "fundamentally unjust." [link]
But why did it take him so long?
And how will his defenders rationalize this?