[Guest post by DRJ]
The AP reports Barack Obama “scoffed” at Ahmadinejad’s demand today that the U.S. apologize for meddling in Iran and characterized Obama’s response as an “unusually personal war of words.” Not only did Obama criticize Ahmadinejad for his government’s violence against protesters, he also backed away from his prior willingness to meet with leaders of the Iranian regime:
“Obama also said for the first time that his offer to loosen the decades-old U.S. diplomatic freeze with Iran through direct talks is now in question.
“There is no doubt that any direct dialogue or diplomacy with Iran is going to be affected by the events of the last several weeks,” Obama said, without elaborating.”
This is not the Iran Obama thought he knew.