I’m getting really frustrated with people who criticize Obama’s reactions to the Iranian election protests, and say the US should be more “involved”. The US was “involved” in 1953 and we have still not regained any credibility there since. (If you don’t know what I’m referring to, read All The Shah’s Men by Stephen Kinzer.)
Anything we might do would only undermine the protesters, not help them. Any hint of US involvement would take away the ownership they rightfully feel over their own election. It would give Ahmadinejad and Khamenei the “out” of opposing the US rather than facing and addressing the legitimate complaints of Moussavi’s supporters. The US must not give them that option.