Obama's approach to Iran, including his assertion that the unrest there represents a debate among Iranians unrelated to the United States, is an acknowledgment that a U.S. president's words have a limited ability to alter foreign events in real time and could do more harm than good. But privately Obama advisers are crediting his Cairo speech for inspiring the protesters, especially the young ones, who are now posing the most direct challenge to the republic's Islamic authority in its 30-year history.
I've been looking over the text of the Cairo speech, and I can't find anything that would be so inspiring that people would be willing to challenge the established authority.
Could it be that they were inspired by the blossoming democracy in neighboring Iraq instead? If that were the case, wouldn't it blow Obama's middle-east world view and actually prove Bush right? We can't have that now, can we?
(Thanks to HotAir for the link to the original story.)