June 24, 2009


Emanuele Ottolenghi simply and effectively takes apart a newly minted friend of Iranian democracy.

Posted by Howard Baskerville at June 24, 2009 2:35 PM

The story ran away from Obama. And, yes, the story has also been overtaken by Internet coverage. The dying media is just that. No longer just shot in the foot. Even the flavor of news cycles has changed. Since people pick up news on the fly. Through the Internet. And, its derivatives. Of course, iran's not going to admit anything is askew! But the same thing is happening at the White House. Best I can tell? Obama is smoking more these days. And, wondering how Nixon and Jimmy Carter's records came to overtake his attempt at having his teleprompter play FDR.

From America, I could discuss with you the different constituencies that make up party politics. And, yes. I'm surprised that Obama had no trouble mishandling the Jews. Mishandling the elderly, (by calling Walpin's firing "just the ticket" when you become old and confused.)

I'd also point out that Walpin is a lawyer. And, trial lawyers first fed John Edwards lots of money. And, when he turned out to be a loser. The shift didn't go to Hillary. Obama collected millions. So what?

In Iran, it's now a different fight. Ahmadinijad was NEVER legitimately elected! And, some day? Someone will profile the mad ayatollah; who destroyed all the good things Kohmeni left them to inherit. INFIGHTING.

Rafsanjani is in Qom. In Irak. Outside the reach of the iranian mullahs right now. Sistani, who also has stakes in the Shi'a push towards having real cards to play ... must also be distressed! To say nothing of how people just exit the pews. (When the Catholic Church saw the onslaught of the priests being accused of playing with alter boys, they had no idea it would add to their "strategy" of seeing fewer people coming by. In other words? The money stopped coming in.) And, then? Money began going out to pay off claims.

If you take the long and broad view.

But on the short stick? In iran, those in control, are members of a DEATH CULT. So, this suits them. Do they think nothing changes? Well, if that's the case, why hasn't Ahminijad been on TV, ranting? He's been ranting for years and years. Wall to wall coverage in iran. And, it's gone now.

It's going to be a long, hot summer. And, ya know what else? Yesterday's article in the British Spectator, that dared to mention just how many Hezbollah folk live in England. As sleeper cells. Waiting to be "called." Waiting to trot out terror. En Masse. Streets of London. Tourist season. (Why only Beirut getting clobbered during the summer of 2006?) Stakes are up. It's just a question of time.

WHile Obama? Can't even stop the staining of his reputation of being weak. And, being clueless. Not exactly the kind of a reputation that sits well in history books.

Rahm Emanuel? You mean Obama trusted a ballet dancer? With a dirty mouth? It's like watching the Miss America contest, where Perez Hilton destroyed the prettiest girl getting the crown.

Outcomes like that always pack surprises. Ahead.

Posted by: Carol_Herman Author Profile Page at June 24, 2009 6:08 PM

Re: Roger Cohen -- I think Ottolenghi is being snide and catty. You know, it is possible for people to learn from experience. Normally we welcome that, not piss on it. I suspect a lot of other people have unexpectedly learned that Iran is full of people we can really identify with, not ciphers we can happily blow to kingdom come.

Cohen's been a very good, and IMO fairly courageous, writer this last week. If he previously bought the idea that there was 'enough' freedom to make the repression tolerable -- repression he didn't ignore, but only referred to obliquely -- he wasn't alone; lots of Iranians apparently felt likewise until they got their rude awakening (see With the Marchers in the current online New Yorker).

Posted by: AZZenny Author Profile Page at June 24, 2009 8:59 PM

AZZenny: I agree with you on most things. However, I disagree with you on Roger Cohen. He has been a Hamas & Hezbollah apologist and has exploited every opportunity to bash Israel. So now he wakes up -- finally! -- to the ferocity of the Iranian regime? Well hello!! He is now astonished at the brutality of the Iranian regime, something that the rest of us have known for years!!! So why should I look to him as some "knowledgeable," "insightful," "perceptive," "columnist??"

Posted by: Harold Author Profile Page at June 25, 2009 8:53 AM

OK, fair enuff. I never read him before I started reading NYT The Lede for vetted updates since the 06/12 election, and I appreciated his recent columns very much. Maybe he was a flaming a-hole before, although the quotes in the cited article don't sound quite that bad, but he didn't seem that way now.

In any case (and this often seems to be a minority opinion all the way around) I feel like there needs to be room for people who share some, but not necessarily all, views on a whole lot of important topics. I hate all ideologues, whatever the stripe.

So if someone who was a major-league dimwit or a damfool apologist suddenly face-slaps himself and gets it, I think it is wiser to say, "Glad you could make it." To be snarky is like berating the wandering dog when it finally comes home -- why would it want to stay?

Posted by: AZZenny Author Profile Page at June 25, 2009 1:25 PM

When it comes to snark, Roger Cohen is a master at it. And look, I'm not asking for the guy to be shipped off to some desert island. Just don't expect me to drop everything and come running whenever Roger Cohen "expounds."

Posted by: Harold Author Profile Page at June 25, 2009 6:25 PM

I wouldn't ask that of anyone.

Posted by: AZZenny Author Profile Page at June 25, 2009 8:06 PM

"Rafsanjani is in Qom. In Irak. Outside the reach of the iranian mullahs right now."

Qom is in Iran, a few miles south of Tehran.

I don't know why people are speaking about Rafsanjani as if he was the great hope. He is Iran's Goebels. He is "the mullahs".

Khameini's power base is the revolutionary guard and other non-clerics.

This is not mullahs vs the people and Rafsanjani, this is one mulla vs the mullahs vs Mousavi's supporters vs the rebels (who want regime change, not just reform).

Posted by: Leauki Author Profile Page at June 28, 2009 4:46 PM
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