Monday, June 22, 2009

Obama criticised for being 'timid and passive' over Iran

President Obama was accused yesterday of being "timid and passive" in his response towards the turmoil in Iran where, Republicans claim, protesters are crying out for America to show moral leadership.

Although he used his strongest words yet over the weekend, when a written statement called on the Iranian Government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people, Mr Obama has so far declined to pronounce on the fairness of the election and is facing growing criticism at home.

Senator John McCain, who was defeated in America’s own presidential election last November, said yesterday that Mr Obama had still not gone far enough in offering support to the protests.

"It’s not just what takes place on the streets of Iran but what takes place in America’s conscience. We have to be on the right side of history," he said. "We just need to say that we’re on their side as they seek freedom."

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