EXCLUSIVE: U.S. contacted Iran's ayatollah before election
Prior to this month's disputed presidential election in Iran, the Obama administration sent a letter to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, calling for an improvement in relations, according to interviews and the leader himself.
Ayatollah Khamenei confirmed the letter toward the end of a lengthy sermon last week, in which he accused the United States of fomenting protests in his country in the aftermath of the disputed June 12 presidential election.
U.S. officials declined to discuss the letter on Tuesday, a day in which President Obama gave his strongest condemnation yet of the Iranian crackdown against protesters.
An Iranian with knowledge of the overture, however, told The Washington Times that the letter was sent between May 4 and May 10 and laid out the prospect of "cooperation in regional and bilateral relations" and a resolution of the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
I don't believe he is wrong at all...yes he is appalled, yes he with the rest of the super powers and UN agree if Iran *behaves* they will include them in more things, invite them, drop sanctions, etc...and if you listened between the lines, he basically said it's none of our business to get involved, it's the iranaina people that need to decide....but we will watch the violence and we do not agree with it one bit
Sounds about right...I agree with the Ayotollah, btw.
I doubt very much Obama had anything to do with it. I'm guessing this was a contract job that was privately funded. Lots and lots of money to be made in Iran. If we destabilize it much like we have in Iraq and Afghanistan, both countries who share borders with Iran, there will some serious business being done for those oil companies.
I'm all for a free market and big business (that's pretty much what paid for my college education), but damnitall, PLAY FAIR!!
I guess the OP doesn't know. Maybe she just gets a kick out of typing the phrase "Obama was wrong".
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Wednesday denied that it planted question about Iran from a left-leaning Web site at a presidential news conference this week.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said there was nothing inappropriate in how an administration official phoned the Huffington Posts' Nico Pitney and suggested President Barack Obama might take a question from him if he came prepared with one submitted to the reporter from someone inside Iran.
"The question wasn't planted," Gibbs said. "That question wasn't planted."
But reporters at the White House pressed Gibbs on how often the White House might preselect specific reporters to ask specific questions about specific topics. Gibbs pushed back, saying the White House didn't plant the question, just invited a writer who had asked Iranians about what they would ask the White House.
"What the president did was take a question from an Iranian. That's, I think, the very powerful message that that sent just yesterday," Gibbs said.
Pitney, who has been blogging from the United States about protests in Iran, relayed a question from an Iranian he described as "still courageous enough to be communicating online." Pitney asked Obama if he would recognize Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election, or if such a move would be a betrayal of protesters.
Obama replied with a familiar response, that it was too soon to know.