From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon May 04 2009 - 07:50:59 EDT
Iran: Obama fishing in troubled waters
Mon, 04 May 2009 11:36:55 GMT
Iran's president says the difference between the Bush administration and
the Obama White House is that the former caused 'bloodshed' while the
latter seeks to 'profit' from it.
"An individual assumes power for eight years, kills over a million
people, raises refugee numbers by the millions and shatters the global
economy. Then he [simply] steps down and nothing happens," Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said in Tehran on Sunday.
"His successor says he was wrong, but when you ask where he went wrong
he says: The mistake was failing to benefit from murder," Ahmadinejad
added, in an apparent reference to US President Barack Obama and his
predecessor George W. Bush.
The Iraq war is widely considered to be one of the failures of the
previous US administration.
Independent sources such as the British polling agency, Opinion Research
Business, estimate that well over a million Iraqis have been killed
since the beginning of the 2003 US invasion.
President Ahmadinejad and other senior Iranian officials have on various
occasions said that Obama's campaign promise of change is hollow as the
US has shown no real change with respect to its Middle East policy.
This is while, in Iraq there is talk of a prolonged US military stay in
the capital Baghdad and the city of Mosul, past the deadline set in the
security agreement between Baghdad and Washington.
News of a possible decision to revive the military commission system for
prosecuting terrorism suspects at the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison
also indicates that Obama may be poised to backtrack on more of his