The XX Factor

Obama On Iran

I agree with nearly everyone that Obama’s speech was way too long-like 30 minutes worth. But I wish he’d had time for a couple more sentences when he got to Iran. In his perfunctory remarks about Iran, he said if the country doesn’t curb its nuclear ambitions, it will find itself facing unnamed “consequences.” Obama has mostly seemed flummoxed by the brave Iranian demonstrators fighting in the streets-and dying-as they seek democracy and a new government. I wish Obama had used last night’s platform to say to them and the world that we stand with them, that a government that kills its own children has no legitimacy and will not last.