Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ahmadinejad's Hot Air

I wish there were a way to gather all the fear-mongers who have used this guy's blabbering to advance the a case for attacking Iran.
Yo, Bibi!   You getting this?
How about all you Christian Zionists?  Do you really believe Iran is monolithic?
And hawks in the House and Senate who have oversimplified Iranian politics ever since this guy got elected about eight years ago.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is almost a Persian imitation of Kim Jong Un.with his mouth. But he has far less power -- politically or militarily -- to back up his words.

Could Ahmadinejad End Up Under House Arrest?
Ahmadinejad has six weeks left in office — six weeks in the highest political office he has ever held and is likely ever to hold in his entire political life. What’s worse for him, however, is that his rivals know that the supreme leader will no longer be willing to throw fights his way, so they are going after him, verbally and politically. Until Ahmadinejad leaves office, the pent up anger felt by his rivals for the last eight years will continue to manifest itself in blows against him, and things could get much worse after he leaves office. At that point, the attacks could become more frequent and more merciless. 

With six weeks before the presidential elections, Ahmadinejad seems to be trying to use the electoral process and his remaining influence over it to show his teeth. By doing so, he is also hoping to send a warning to his rivals. He also seems to be using his influence as political leverage to improve Meshai's chances of being approved by the Council of Guardians, should he decide to run. 
This is a gamble. Should Ahmadinejad continue to drag his feet, Khamenei could simply appoint seven people himself. Judging by the reported cheating in the 2009 elections, fairness and procedure are not exactly the supreme leader's priorities.

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