Has it occurred to anyone that Barack Obama has just delivered to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a gift that the Iranian president directly asked of him in January? After Obama’s Nowruz video greeting to Iran, Ahmadinejad responded with this:
“Change means that they should apologize to the Iranian nation and try to make up for their dark background and the crimes they have committed against the Iranian nation,” he said in the speech broadcast live on Iranian television.
The catalog of crimes, Mr. Ahmadinejad said, stretched back decades, beginning with American support for the 1953 coup that ousted the democratically elected government of Mohammed Mossadegh and installed Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who ruled until he was ousted in the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Judging from Obama’s speech this morning, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the U.S. President decided to comply with Ahmahdinejad’s demand for American contrition:
For many years, Iran has defined itself in part by its opposition to my country, and there is indeed a tumultuous history between us. In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically- elected Iranian government. Since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has played a role in acts of hostage-taking and violence against U.S. troops and civilians.
In other words, “Sorry, we started it.”
I wonder if Obama will go down the rest of Ahmadinejad’s list of demands. Then he can get started on Ayatollah Khamenei’s list.
Keep in mind, Obama is obediently delivering on Tehran’s pre-conditional demands, as he continues to invite the mullahs to the table without his own pre-conditions. Obama alludes to a sense of mutual respect between Iran and the U.S., but he has adopted a doormat posture that has made Iranian respect for America impossible. I can’t recall a time when the U.S. has been so devoted to the mad whims of a noxious enemy regime, and I can’t imagine what it will take to undo the damage of this unprecedented prostration.
UPDATE: According to AFP: “It is the first time a serving US president has publicly admitted American involvement in the coup.”