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Obama seeking to pivot on Iran strategy

As the news of brutality continues to flow out of Iran, Obama and his administration are finally beginning to take notice. Via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

Senior U.S. officials said the Obama administration recognizes that it is now at a "pivot point" in its strategy toward Tehran. This shifting U.S. position, said these officials, has been driven by Iran's rejection of direct negotiations over its nuclear program and its crackdown on democracy activists in the country.
What explanation do they have for being surprised here? Has Iran ever seriously negotiated its nuclear program? Did anyone in the Obama administration actually think that they were going to this time? Are they surprised that a regime with a history of violent crackdowns on opposition would continue to do so?

Once again I feel that this is a case of Obama's advisers buying into the hype they created during the election. Obama is "the one" so surely he would be able to successfully negotiate with Iran where everyone else had failed. If there were doubts of Obama's experience level in foreign politics during the campaign, they are being confirmed here.

Morrissey also notes that this is the second time official white house communications have used the term pivot. Previously the term was used to explain a delay in the health care push and a focus on job creation. Cap and trade is all but dead and buried given the current economic news.

Republican hopefuls should stand up and take notice. Issues that polling suggests would devastate supporters in the midterm elections (health care, cap and trade) are not-so-quietly being tabled for things such as job creation and a tougher stance on international terrorism. An astute observer might conclude that Obama is doing these things because he has to not because he wants to. But how will this shift in priorities be received by voters in upcoming elections?


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Comments (12)

Acutally, I think Obama is ... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Acutally, I think Obama is trying to "Punt" on the Iran strategy.

B+... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

B+

"What explanation do the... (Below threshold)
Sabre5:

"What explanation do they have for being surprised here? "

What explanantion do you have for saying they are "surprised?"

In fact, who's to say that US intelligence forces aren't behind the insurgency?

(See. I can make up bullshit too, just like you!)

If they were not surprise t... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

If they were not surprise then they are incompetent. They came out on one side then later switch. They gave one message then almost immediately do a 180.

Pivots like these really sh... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

Pivots like these really should be assisted by a gyroscope.

Otherwise the dizziness factor is insurmountable.

Morrissey also notes tha... (Below threshold)

Morrissey also notes that this is the second time official white house communications have used the term pivot.

Didn't "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" have a dance (on politics) called "The Sidestep"?

That could be the meaning of "pivot" here.
("I think that's a possible maybe.")
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Fellow Texans, I am proudly... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Fellow Texans, I am proudly standing here to humbly see.
I assure you, and I mean it- Now, who says I don't speak out as plain as day?
And, fellow Texans, I'm for progress and the flag- long may it fly.
I'm a poor boy, come to greatness. So, it follows that I cannot tell a lie.

Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don't-
I've come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
cut a little swathe and lead the people on.

Now my good friends, it behooves me to be solemn and declare,
I'm for goodness and for profit and for living clean and saying daily prayer.
And now, my good friends, you can sleep nights, I'll continue to stand tall.
You can trust me, for I promise, I shall keep a watchful eye upon ya'll...

Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don't-
I've come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
cut a little swathe and lead the people on.

Now, Miss Mona, I don't know her, though I've heard the name, oh yes.
But, of course I've no close contact, so what she is doing I can only guess.
And now, Miss Mona, she's a blemish on the face of that good town.
I am taking certain steps here, someone somewhere's gonna have to close her down.

Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don't-
I've come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step,
cut a little swathe and lead the people on.

Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep...

And, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step...

Cut a little swathe and lead the people on.

"PIVOT" Does that mean Bar... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"PIVOT" Does that mean Barry WAS GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION?

Hmmmm.....PIVOT on Iran. PIVOT on jobs and the economy. PIVOT on health care.

Jp, SAUD, Bryan D, Stevie, VIC. Care to comment?

sabre[5 percent of a brain ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

sabre[5 percent of a brain cell].... "In fact, who's to say that US intelligence forces aren't behind the insurgency?"

Are you saying when obama said in June after the much disputed Iranian election that refusing to "meddle" in those elections was the proper policy?

Adding that "It is up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran's leaders will be. We respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran,..."

Was he lying then and the CIA etc was actually meddling in the election and it's politics?

"PIVOT" Does that mean B... (Below threshold)
914:

"PIVOT" Does that mean Barry WAS GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION?

Hmmmm.....PIVOT on Iran. PIVOT on jobs and the economy. PIVOT on health care."


Just call it Flip Flopping...

I'm getting nostalgic for t... (Below threshold)
epador:

I'm getting nostalgic for the old high school marching bands days. I want to see more "Right Spins."

As if it wasn't bad enough ... (Below threshold)

As if it wasn't bad enough that an "education"-defined-down-to-fit quota "qualified" coke-headed commy cretin took a week while meanwhile loafing around the beach to be coached to perform as if he'd noticed there'd been another contemptuously carried out Islamanazi Terrorist-War attack on the American homeland, we are now -- more than six months and innumerable innocent lives into the Iranian War For Individual Liberty -- to believe the Hitler's-little-helper-Soros/Socialist International-steered marijuana-mumbling mobbed-up Mussolini-modeled modified-Marxist murtadd-Muslim multiple-mothers'-milquetoast empty-galabiyah glove-puppet has noticed it?

Get real.

Neither this s**t-stirring, Alinskyist street-agitating natural-born-British/Kenyan/Indonesian pretender to what these days passes for a "presidency (who says he sat through 20-years of the rancid rages and rantings of a rabid racist ratbag, yet didn't hear a word) -- nor even one of the lock-stepping Goebbelsesque propagandists and pamphleteers who pose as "the press," could unassisted find Iran on a map.

0zero is the creation of the kind of illusionists (delusionists?) who "marketed" the Immaculate Golfer, Cheetah What's-His-Name -- and like the image on a failing TV there are so many vertical lines and ghost images on his screen that Humpty Odumpty has already had his great fall -- and now amount of prostrations before other tyrants and all the kings' men will never put Odumty together again.

(And his loathsome and fearsome spouse's seething contempt and his own Narcissism will soon reach critical mass and will see to his implosion -- and to his post-2010 mid-terms resignation!)

Put a fork in him.

PALIN/PETREAUS/2012.

Brian Richard Allen
Lost Angels - Califobambicated 90028
And the Very far Abroad




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