Wednesday Short Cuts
But WaPo's competitor, The New York Times, claims that Iranian protestors "ignored calls for calm."
Braying Jackass: “With wholesale condemnation of Iran and nuclear deal over past year, Trump Admin squandered opportunity to bolster reformists in Tehran and prospects for peaceful political reform in Iran. Bluster is neither a strategy nor a mechanism for exercise of U.S. power and influence.” —former CIA Director John Brennan (“Because eight years of appeasement, including the lifting of sanctions, illegally sending hundreds of millions of cash straight to the Iranian government, and allegedly easing up on Hezbollah worked so well. I’ll take the Trump Administration’s moral clarity on Iran over that any day.” —David Bernstein)
Non Compos Mentis: “Trump, Who Blocks Americans on Twitter, Tells Iran to Unblock Social Media During Protests.” —Newsweek headline (“These situations aren’t remotely the same. Iran is shutting down entire systems of communication, specifically to prevent groups of people from organizing protests and sharing images of their activity. … What Trump has not done is order the FCC to shut down Twitter (or anything else) to limit the opposition to his administration.” —John Sexton)
Dezinformatsiya: “Iranian authorities have clamped down on Tehran after demonstrators across the country ignored calls for calm.” —The New York Times
A blind squirrel finds a nut: “President Trump has been right to tweet his backing for the demonstrators; European leaders, who have been far more cautious, should speak up." —The Washington Post
Measuring stick: "North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"—Donald Trump
And last… "Iranians will have to earn their own freedom, but Americans can help by admitting that this isn’t a fight between moderates and ‘hardliners’ or Tehran vs. Trump. It’s a fight between people who want liberty and their oppressors.” —The Wall Street Journal