Alex Massie

Neocons in a Persian Wonderland

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Apparently black is white and up is down when it comes to some people's analysis of events in Iran. Here, for instance, is our old friend Stephen Hayes:

Obama says he doesn't want to be seen as "meddling" given the long history of US-Iranian relations. Leave aside the question of whether simply stating the obvious is "meddling." If the majority of Iranians believe that Ahmadinejad's re-election is not legitimate, isn't it more likely that Obama's silence in the face of a stolen election will be viewed as another chapter in that long history rather than the end of it?


not likely

And here's John McCain, telling breakfast TV this morning that:

We’re not interfering when we take the side of the opposition.



It's pretty amazing, really, that so many Friends of the Opposition want Obama to take actions that would damage the opposition.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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