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I want -- -- life Senator John McCain criticizing the president's muted reaction to Iran's protest.
The housing to be taking matters into its own and passing it built it and Dan Iran's crackdown and send a message of solidarity but political reporting.
That aides -- President Obama worked with Democrats -- -- down the language.
Pushed by GOP leader so maybe the bill to support the protesters is not as supportive.
As it seemed.
Joining us now for happy hour we want to welcome Democrat from Ohio Dennis Kucinich -- -- thank you very much for joining us.
Good to -- thank you.
-- -- you know there's that business taking out there and it that we see in for the Obama administration's muted response and guidance.
Taking -- back seat in -- wait let me see what happens.
We haven't journalist -- crying from Israel on it and knows the situation very well he's saying that that.
You know it's great for them to take -- muted response because and this way Ahmadinejad Iranian President is going to use it against the protesters that the protesters are backed by the US.
And there's an uprising overthrow the government it which would not be good for the popular democratic movement point not all -- -- there any -- Now I would agree I think that's.
It's very dangerous for the US to weigh in at this moment I mean just think for a moment to drop parallel if China had weighed in and our election dispute in 2000.
That they've taken a position in favor one candidate they would there would have been.
Massive demonstrations in the United States we should.
Work diplomatically with Iran without trying to enter into their political decision making process.
-- -- represented Dolly -- I've gone back to this again a couple of weeks ago I guess two weeks ago.
President Obama was in Egypt saying that we -- we're in supportive of Muslims as long as it's also a situation where they're promoting democracy.
But this would seem like a great opportunity for the Obama administration for -- that that's what I'm talking about so hey guys make sure that election was democratic.
What -- then he'd be seen as taking a position in favor one candidate and actually.
You know that you know both candidates -- from a US perspective present some difficulties.
I think you also have to look at president Obama's speech.
Where he pointed out -- the United States at one point 15150 years ago.
Was involved in overthrowing the government of Iran.
Terrain and people are particularly sensitive about any kind of US involvement that could be -- the politically and used against us we have to be Smart about the way -- -- Yeah I'd follow up -- to him a job -- -- a disagreement Peter I see pictures of -- -- -- people with protests cards.
A green card saying hey what do what about our -- our vote we -- vote in English so they're not -- people are actually telling us get involved.
Here's the copy of the congressional resolution.
And -- gonna read you what it says congress passed this today and I -- Ford says.
Expressing support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom human rights civil liberties.
And rule of law.
And so I think that -- took a prudent approach.
I think you Obama administration's taking a prudent approach we certainly want to express our support for people exercising.
That they're their rights in in Iran.
But at the same time we've got to be careful that it doesn't look like America is trying to stop the ballot box after the fact that we have for one candidate or another.
Represented you know you -- hit you mention that word prudence in the end.
That it comes back to I don't understand why our government the Republicans and Democrats in power this time.
Are choosing to be prudent they are constantly telling me I've got to hurry I've got to get this thing passed -- -- something else pass through the world's coming to an end.
These people and I ran this might be the defining moment for them what what what about having some sort of look.
And as good sense of urgency about it.
Well affected you get the United States congress in a single day without -- committee -- meetings to move -- bill that.
Takes a position that supports -- citizens in Iraq I think that's -- -- he didn't really.
Really but there's no teeth -- that -- I think that's sort of my point you guys just sort of the Luxembourg religions say.
Hey we got -- backs.
Well you just think about this the last thing we want to do is to take the position that would cause those -- in Iran who may not like the United States.
To say that look the US is trying to interfere I think there's a lot of -- well among Iranian people for.
The United States generally.
-- -- talk about their leaders and talking about the people of Iran and I think that in the move that we made here we have showing that that United States takes note.
Of their situation.
But we're not going to be trapped into a position which would be slightly politically how saying that we want one candidate or another.
What we we learned that with Iraq when we were backing Saddam Hussein and look at how that it is the -- you know -- the other thing is well -- that.
You know for the bears some supporting.
The demonstrations -- -- and the demonstrators on the ground say wow we have the backing.
Of the US government they're going to come in with there missiles and with their tanks unless we're willing to do that folks think you tread very carefully -- how much support.
You're giving these folks I mean we've seen this happen and -- let me before.
Well let's look forward -- we need to we need to negotiate a deal with Iran over their nuclear weapons.
We need -- -- help in being able to solve some of the problems in the region to nation of ninety million people it's a very advanced nation technologically.
We need to do we can to bring.
-- -- Iran in to help us off some of the difficulties that we're having.
-- in Pakistan Afghanistan.
And -- let's face it for rent is seen as being.
Close to some of the problems that Americans having wouldn't make sense not to talk to them directly and why should we alienate.
The grand Ayatollah.
By making it seemed there were trying to tell him what to do as to what the direction of -- -- -- Flap about congressman Kucinich thank you very much for joining us for happy hour thank you very much.
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