Barack Obama has stayed suspiciously silent concerning the controversial Iranian presidential elections. Mr. Obama has managed to say that he is troubled by the situation and that Iran must determine its own leaders.
I would say to Mr. Obama that leaders lead. A leader does not wait for an outcome to become obvious. While Obama does not have to support the opposition candidate, he should indicate his support for an investigation and his support of democracy. By failing to insert himself in the dialogue he has guaranteed that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is reelected. This may be his point; I am not privy to the strategy of the State Department. However, more often than not, silence is a sign of weakness.
It will be interesting to see how this situation resolves itself.