Biden on Iran: ‘Some Real Doubt’ About The Electoral Outcome
Joe Biden is still on Meet The Press, but now he’s arguing with David Gregory about the economy, so it’s safe to blog about what he said about Iran. The Obama administration inches a bit forward in its reaction to the stolen election: whereas yesterday Robert Gibbs talked about monitoring the situation and checking out reports of "irregularities," Biden said that there’s "some real doubt" that Ahmedinejad won. He said the alleged demographic breakdown of the vote across the country made it difficult to credit the stated out come. "But I’m getting ahead of myself," he said, saying there needed to be "analysis, not just by us but every country in the world."
No matter what the outcome turns out to be, the administration’s outreach to Iran will continue, Biden said, since "talks with Iran are not a reward for good behavior." Obama has made the judgment that diplomacy with Iran is in the national interest, and "that judgment remains the same." The administration is already involved in the P-5 Plus One process over the nuclear question, and Biden started to say that "if there are talks, it’s something gonna be done with the regime, not the president," but Gregory talked over him.
So this is the Day-Two position from the administration: doubting the stated result of the Iranian election, but not making affirmative statements to get involved in the dispute.
Update: David Gregory is parroting Charles Krauthammer’s idiotic line that Obama is "only" making "unconditional" demands of Israel and no other country. Biden, looking like he’s dealing with a child throwing a temper tantrum, says that Obama said in Cairo "we are unconditionally tied to Israel, Israel’s security is our security. We’re not distancing ourselves from Israel." Said that the Obama administration has made unconditional demands of the Palestinians to stop terrorism and respect Israel’s security and for the Arab states to stop incitement against Israel.