Iran elected a new President this weekend, a relative moderate by most accounts. One can almost hear the neo-conservative wing of the GOP sighing in disappointment as the prospect of a lucrative war with an oil rich Islamic nation scuttles further out of reach:
NBC — Rowhani was the closest thing to a reform candidate in the election to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after Mohammad Reza Aref dropped out of the race on Tuesday. Some Iranians showed their support for Rowhani on the streets by wearing purple bracelets. Aref’s withdrawal was seen as likely to help Rowhani, who drew substantial crowds at his campaign rallies.
Rowhani also won the support of an advisory council aligned with reformist former President Mohammad Khatami. A former nuclear negotiator, it is not considered likely that Rowhani will bring about any major policy shift regarding the country’s disputed nuclear program. The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini is responsible for all major national security policy decisions in the country.
Rowhani is a moderate in comparison to the hard-line fundamentalists that have ruled Iran since the revolution in 1979 deposed the preferred genocidal maniac installed by the CIA and British Petroleum. Mohammad Reza, better known as the Shah of Iran, was a Shiite version of Saddam Hussein, a bloodthirsty monster who preyed upon his own people but kept those corporate earnings and barrels of black gold flowing to the west like a good little toady. The Shah was put on the throne in 1953 thanks to a pile US money and weapons, after his predecessor was democratically elected and threatened to limit the exploitation of Iran’s oil by the west.
The blowback from that asinine decision, code named Operation Ajax (Eyeroll), eventually resulted in the Iranian Hostage Crisis, helped put Ronald Reagan into power, and continues to cost the US dearly to this day. Which on Bullshit Mountain under old man McCain and Huckleberry Graham means we better go in there and meddle with Iran some more and maybe invade them …