Obama Defends Iran Stance -- Quietly

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Monday, June 22, 2009; 9:11 AM

By Ben Pershing President Obama has already made clear that his strategy in dealing with post-election unrest in Iran will continue to be marked by caution. But has the administration's effort to sell that strategy itself been too cautious? "The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States. We shouldn't be playing into that," Obama explained in an interview with CBS broadcast this morning. But the Associated Press notes, "The White House did not book any surrogates on the Sunday talk shows to defend or explain the administration's approach [while] Republicans used their broadcast appearances to call the president timid or feckless." The processsion of GOP senators who criticized Obama Sunday included John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley. A few Democratic

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