Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, January 01, 2018

When protests erupted in Iran in 2009, then-President Barack Obama reacted cautiously, concerned that a forceful intervention could make America -- reviled as the "Great Satan" by Iranian revolutionaries -- a rallying cause for the clerical regime. Eight years on, with demonstrations and violence breaking out again in Iranian cities, the US position is reversed, with President Donald Trump and his team almost gleefully leaping at the chance to line up alongside Iranian protesters. In one of his first tweets of the new year, Trump was openly rooting for regime change.

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"Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!"

The sharp change of tack reflects the gulf in the intellectual and temperamental approach of the last two presidents and illuminates a dispute between rival schools of foreign policy thought about how the US should act and wield power in the world.

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I love this "different intellectual approach" thing. Trump had no intellect. He deals with the world like a Facebook pissing contest.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-01 11:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

All ------ the Pakistani has to do is critique the United States and he pisses me off, even if his critique agrees with mine.

The man is not from here. He has no business in our business. I don't think that the great Iranian People are so different from me.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-01 11:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

All ------ the Pakistani has to do is critique the United States and he pisses me off

Yeah man... he pisses me off too.

Guy's a real piece of work.

#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-01-01 12:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

You can pretend Obama's weakness and inability to make decisions and his support of the Mullahs was statesmanlike, but you're not even fooling yourselves.

#4 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-01 12:18 PM | Reply

"You can pretend Obama's weakness and inability to make decisions and his support of the Mullahs was statesmanlike, but you're not even fooling yourselves." - #4 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-01 12:18 PM

A self-retorting retort.

#5 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-01 12:25 PM | Reply

I don't think that the great Iranian People are so different from me.

The "great" Iranian people are spineless. They let these clerics run their lives. If a cleric tells them to lie down in the middle of the street so they can get run over by a truck and go to heaven, they'll believe it and do it... like they were given a plastic "key to heaven" and told to be suicide bombers against Iraq during Iran-Iraq War. They are programmed to NOT question authority. Their minds have rotten away.

So you are the same, huh?

Who knew?

#6 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-01-01 12:26 PM | Reply

You can pretend Obama's weakness and inability to make decisions and his support of the Mullahs was statesmanlike, but you're not even fooling yourselves.
#4 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

I disagree Vistor, Obama made the decision to support the Mullahs and their oppressive regime.

The evidence is clear, he stopped Hezbollah drug running task forces, secretly sends pallets of cash, allows Russia to send uranium, Invalidated UN Resolutions That Curb Iran.
www.huffingtonpost.com
nypost.com
www.latimes.com

Obama was a one man wrecking crew....

He had to remain quite about the protest, it wasn't an intelectual decision, it was a decision to keep his "signature","legacy" treaty intact.

Obama made a decision, not a good decision, not one for the people, but he made a decision.

Perhaps if the protesters were carrying AntiTrump signs it might be on the major news outlets.

All feminists not supporting these protests, loudly and proudly should turn in your ----- hats...

Imagine if Hillary was President, and keeping quite.....

The hypocrisy would be astronomical, liberals should consider themselves lucky she lost.....

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-01-01 12:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7

No one's lucky the Human Dungbeetle is in office, except 10,000 ---- creating trolls working Ney Year Day outside Leningrad.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-01 01:09 PM | Reply

I hope we start arming the moderates.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-01-01 01:55 PM | Reply

The current regime was and is fighting the same people we are. That may have played into the decision to simply ask them to not develop nuclear weapons.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-01 02:04 PM | Reply

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Obama's policy: Neville Chamberlain

Trump's policy: JFK--Ich bin ein Berliner, and Reagan--Tear down this wall, Mr. Gorbachev.

#11 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-01-01 02:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

As long as Trump doesn't take any action, I think encouraging Iranian protesters is a good thing.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-01 05:26 PM | Reply

#12

Agreed. The main downside to Trump encouraging the protesters is that it supports the mullah's narrative that this was "inspired" by the US, but at this point that isn't going to fly with most Iranians.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-01 05:32 PM | Reply

#11 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2018-01-01 02:06 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

Please. Go ahead and support this argument. It's not that it's without basis, but more like Trump refutes it every minute of his life.

#14 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-01 05:35 PM | Reply

As long as Trump doesn't take any action, I think encouraging Iranian protesters is a good thing.
#12 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

How about locking down some of the UN Sanctions Obama dropped in his treaty?

It lets the protesters know "we hear them", which is huge when you think about Reagans giving inspiration to prisoners under Communist Soviet Union.

People who take freedom for granted, Ronald Reagan for granted, always ask such questions. Of course! It was the great brilliant moment when we learned that Ronald Reagan had proclaimed the Soviet Union an Evil Empire before the entire world. There was a long list of all the Western leaders who had lined up to condemn the evil Reagan for daring to call the great Soviet Union an evil empire right next to the front-page story about this dangerous, terrible man who wanted to take the world back to the dark days of the Cold War.
www.weeklystandard.com

Sound familiar...

#15 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-01-01 05:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

hmmm protesters come out to protest their government, apparently for economic reasons-they say government isn't doing enough to help them.

Government responds heavy handily-detaining protestors.

Pro government supporters go out and protest.

Accusations that outside agitators are prompting protests

Concern that government is spending too much time on foreign affairs and not enough on domestic affairs.

of course there are tweets by Donald "the dummy" Trump: "fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism abroad"

"The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!

----, this story could be about America.

How bout this? We stay out of another country's business!

#16 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-01 06:06 PM | Reply

Look at Syria and how Assad dealt with protests, coming to Iran soon.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-02 07:39 AM | Reply

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