The fierce complacency of amoral pragmatism

Recommended reading on Our President’s reaction to the protests in Iran.

Mark Steyn: Iran neutrality no option for Obama

For the Obama administration, this presents a particular challenge – because the president’s preferred rhetorical tic is to stake out the two sides and present himself as a dispassionate, disinterested soul of moderation: “There are those who would argue…” on the one hand, whereas “there are those who insist…” on the other, whereas he is beyond such petty dogmatic positions.

Charles Krauthammer: Obama Clueless on Iran

All hangs in the balance. The Khamenei regime is deciding whether to do a Tiananmen. And what side is the Obama administration taking? None. Except for the desire that this “vigorous debate” (press secretary Robert Gibbs’ disgraceful euphemism) over election “irregularities” not stand in the way of U.S.-Iranian engagement on nuclear weapons.

Obama’s coolth depends on appearing to float above controversy, and that legend is more important to him than any other consideration whatsoever.