by Max Brantley
The guys in power in Iran may indeed be the bad guys -- there's ample evidence. But that doesn't mean the guy leading the protest is a good guy. The Middle East remains far more complicated than chest-thumping Republican chickenhawks want you to believe. That's why Obama's careful response seems appropriate, with condemnation for the obvious excesses.
Interesting article from Congressional Quarterly illustrates how hard it is to neatly pigeonhole players over there.He may yet turn out to be the avatar of Iranian democracy, but three decades ago Mir-Hossein Mousavi was waging a terrorist war on the United States that included bloody attacks on the U.S. embassy and Marine Corps barracks in Beirut.