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Monday, June 15, 2009

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wins Victory in Iran's Turbulent Presidential Election

Is the White House just naive or is it just me? You are talking about a theocracy-dictatorship and you say that there has been "robust debate" and that "the reformist Mousavi could still make it in a run-off." You can't hope your way into a better world. Of course the reformer won, but did you guys really think that the election would be fair? C'mon now!

The White House was given erroneous intelligence evaluations about the way Iran's presidential election was managed. The administration's Iranian experts missed the point that in Middle East politics (except for Israel) it is not the people who determine an election, the shape of government and its policies but the unelected head of the tribe - in this case supreme ruler Khamenei
Riiighhhttt. Who the Hell are these people giving intelligence? I learned in a basic international relations class in college that the really power in Iran lies in the supreme ruler, the president is just a figure head. Seriously, you are the president of the United States and you have people less intelligent than me giving you intelligence. That is saying quite a lot.

"Despite the US envoy George Mitchell's unquestioned diplomatic skills, the tour he began in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, moving on to Cairo, Amman, Beirut and finally Damascus on Saturday, has produced no breakthroughs."
What dialogue doesn't work with tyrants and murders, who would have thunk it?

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