By Jackson Richman
Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) said on Tuesday that amid the recent protests in Iran, the United States has the opportunity to redeem itself from not supporting Iranian protests in 2009.
“When the Green Movement was taking place and I remember pressuring the administration, people saying ‘Why did you not act,’ [the administration said that] ‘maybe we missed an opportunity,'” Lamborn said. “Well, that’s the understatement of the century.”
He added, “We can’t miss that opportunity again.”
Lamborn called for backing the people oppressed by what he called a “dangerous theocracy” and that by listening to them, Iran will no longer have a “maligning influence in the Middle East and actually even know in our own hemisphere.”
Taking place at an event on Capitol Hill about the Iranian protests, Lamborn’s remarks were followed by brief speeches by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, and a couple members of a panel sponsored by the Endowment for Middle East Truth, which is an Israel advocacy group.