US rejects victory claim by Iran's Ahmadinejad
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (AP) — The U.S. on Saturday refused to accept hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's claim of a landslide re-election victory in Iran and said it was looking into allegations of election fraud.
Any hopes by the Obama administration of gaining a result similar to Lebanon's recent election, won by a Western-backed moderate coalition, appeared to be in jeopardy.
"We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Iran, but we, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at a news conference with Canada's foreign affairs minister, Lawrence Cannon.
Minutes after Clinton spoke, the White House released a two-sentence statement praising "the vigorous debate and enthusiasm that this election generated, particularly among young Iranians," but expressing concern about "reports of irregularities."
How they expected anything other than election "irregularities" in Iran is surprising, and I think it's doubtful that Iran will go out of its way to calm our "concern" regarding the veracity of their election.
That said, casting public doubt on Iran's sham "election" is a welcome turnaround from the pollyannaish statements coming from the administration as detailed in the previous post.