Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says it would be unwise for the United States to get any more involved than it is in the disputed Iranian election.
Sen. Richard Lugar said in a nationally broadcast interview Tuesday that the clerical leadership of the Persian Gulf nation undoubtedly would use ill will toward the United States to "hold onto power" in the event Washington got actively involved in trying to resolve electoral disputes there.
The Indiana Republican said that the clerics governing Iraq "are in charge. They are the government. The election is interesting, but not decisive."
The Obama administration has been closely watching the election, and President Barack Obama has said that all Iranians should be able to have their voices heard. But the administration has gone no further than that.