June 17, 2013
If I hear words like "moderate" or "reformist" associated with the name Hassan Rouhani one more time, I will literally and figuratively bust a gut!
Today’s newspapers are replete with articles, analyses, editorials and commentary on Iran’s new president-elect, cleric Hassan Rouhani.
You can read about his background – including that he was lead nuclear negotiator for Iran (2003-2005) – in any newspaper or hear about it on TV/radio, ad nauseum – but remember: All the candidates in the Iranian election were pre-approved by Ayatollah Khamenei and his regime, while those whom they deemed unacceptable, were disqualified ahead of time.
So how will the so-called “moderate’, “reformer”, “pragmatic”, “diplomatic,” “centrist” cleric Rouhani govern? Well, there’s a reason Ayatollah Khaminei approved his candidacy and it wasn’t because of his sunny disposition.
So wake up, folks. The emperor has no clothes! The West has a habit of romanticizing events (and people) that are dangerous and ugly by nature. Remember the blooming “Arab Spring”?
[Oh, and a special shout-out to NSR’s new Twitter follower, i.e., Dr. Hassan Rouhani, President-elect of Islamic Republic of Iran. Please feel free to peruse our site, President-elect Rouhani.] Posted by R.S.
June 5, 2013
Rabid Israel-hater, Samantha Power, was nominated by President Obama today for position of U.S. ambassador to the UN.
Foreign Policy magazine just posted a piece entitled "Neocons Praise Samantha Power Pick" (see below).
Does anyone know who the "neocons" are in this piece? We're perplexed.
FP article here.
"Let me be very clear: The policy of strategic patience has ended. ... All options are on the table. If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level we believe requires action, that option is on the table."
~ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at a news conference in Seoul on Friday with his South Korean counterpart, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (more here).