"[Gibbs' gaffe] reflects what the administration wants in Iran. It wants [Ahmadinejad] in power. It did not want the demonstrations," - Charles Krauthammer, Fox News.

Seriously: it was Krauthammer's buddy Daniel Pipes who wanted Ahmadinejad in power, like many other neocons. They wanted him in power so they could get a pretext for bombing the country. Mousavi would have been a far better interlocutor - and might, with Obama, have changed the dynamics of the region. The idea that Obama was not encouraged by an outpouring of support for reform - which he specifically called for in Cairo - is partisan nonsense.

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