Andrew Sullivan counsels the Obama Administration to rely upon restraint, and green neck ties (!), to effectuate the liberation of the people of Iran.
[T]he evidence of outright fraud is now overwhelming. And the infliction of violence against defenseless protesters should be condemned forcefully.
The administration should, in my view, resist the grandstanding of the neocons – who remain almost autistic about the world they seek to remake – but insist that no violence be used against peaceful demonstrations. The truth is: if these crowds continue to grow and the regime does not massacre them, there’s a chance they could topple the regime. By focusing on government restraint, you can empower the resistance without giving Ahmadi’s thugs an opening.
Oh, and the president should wear a green tie from now on. Every day. He need say nothing more.
Even fellow converso John Cole finds Andrew’s approach a little twee.
If someone can give me one legitimate piece of evidence that wearing green boxers is going to help bring democracy to Iran, so help me Iâ€™ll wear plaid from head to toe and shoot for world peace.
I know he means well, but this is what I was talking about this morning when I said that the coverage of the events in Iran by American bloggers was giving me a warblogger circa 2003 vibe. I canâ€™t be the only one who is reminded of Abbie Hoffmanâ€™s plans to levitate the Pentagon through the power of meditation.
My thoughts are with the folks in Iran risking it all fighting for democracy, but this can not be said enough- this is not about us, it is about them. I love the coverage of events, but please stop with this narcissistic nonsense.
Andrew Sullivan has become (as the Brits would say) so wet you could shoot snipe off him.