February 9, 2010 7:04 PM

As Iran protests loom, Obama sticks to a cautious script

As huge new street protests loom in Tehran on Thursday, the 31st anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution, the Obama administration is keeping its distance from the opposition movement that sprouted during last June's disputed presidential elections. Senior U.S. officials say that, given the sorry history of American intervention in Iran, any effort the U.S. government makes to help the opposition will do more harm than good.

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