Shame on me for overreacting (misreacting) earlier to the House vote based on one report.
Per Andrew Sullivan, the actual wording of the House measure seems to be about where it should be and is largely consistent with Obama’s stance earlier in the week:
Expressing support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law, and for other purposes.
Resolved, That the House of Representatives —
(1) expresses its support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law;
(2) condemns the ongoing violence against demonstrators by the Government of Iran and pro-government militias, as well as the ongoing government suppression of independent electronic communication through interference with the Internet and cellphones; and
(3) affirms the universality of individual rights and the importance of democratic and fair elections.
Ben Smith, in spotlighting Ron Paul’s loan dissension, apparently made the same original assumption I did, i.e., that the resolution surpassed rather than tracked with Obama. (For what it’s worth, the earlier drafts of the House measure were purportedly more confrontational in tone, prompting Obama’s team to intervene.)
And now even the President is upping the ante … slightly.
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