The Sleep Time and Rise : Iranian Elections-Do Some Neo-Cons Want Ahmadinejad To Win Today?
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Imagine if Lex Luthor secretly wanted Superman to be okay. Or that Red Sox fans wanted the Yankees to win just so that the American League can have bragging rights. Or that Bill O’Liely wanted Keith to continue to making him look like the liar he is each night.
You get all the analogies right now, because all three happening are totally unfathomable. And from pure common sense, you would think the same about American neo-conservatives (and some right wing extremists in Israel) wanting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to win today in Tehran and throughout.
Unfathomable right? Well……….
They actually want Ahmadinejad to win it seems . Yup, you read right, they actually do.
Now for some readers, this may not come as a surprise at all. But the others including myself, when driving into the last days of the now neck and neck race between the controversial president and his fierce challenger reformist Hossein Mousavi, it is at first totally unexpected to see the people calling this man “a great Satan” over the years cheering for him as his political life is on the line.
M.J. Rosenberg’s post over at TPMCafe noticed this very unreported trend:
But, as I noted earlier, there is some evidence that the neocons are worried. They want Ahmadinejad in there because without him the Iran nuclear threat could fade and they would lose their justification for bombing Iran. In Yedioth Achronoth today (that is Israel’s #1 circulation newspaper) Soli Shahvar director of the Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at the University of Haifa)writes that “Mousavi is bad for Israel” and that Israelis need to hope that Ahmadinejad wins. His reasoning: Mousavi’s moderation will weaken western resolve to confront Iran.
Then Rosenberg notes the New Republic’s owner not even worried about the man he has slammed repeatedly, and one of the more ultimate nuts unbelievably passive views on Iran .
The New Republic’s proprietor, Martin Peretz, is already writing that Ahmadinejad doesn’t matter anyway. He’s obviously scared that the crazed Holocaust denier will disappear.
Daniel Pipes, on the far right edge of neocondom, flatout says “I would vote for Ahmadinejad,” so reports Daniel Luban in Inter Press Service (IPS).
And Rosenberg highlights an even more concerning piece. Some Congressional figures want to give Ahmadinejad a boost here if the election goes into a run off
But Ahmadinejad has helpers in unexpected places: The US Congress. The Democratic House Leadership has put on the suspension calendar – meaning fast tracking a vote deemed to be uncontroversial – H.R. 1327, the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2009.
H.R. 1327, among other things, authorizes State and local governments to divest from Iran. As of now, at least ten States have enacted Iran divestment legislation, but most legal experts agree that without federal authorization such measures violate the Constitution.
Supported by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, proponents of the bill argue that additional sanctions on Iran increases US leverage over Iran. The bill has been portrayed as a measure to enhance President Obama’s diplomatic strategy.
Obama, however, doesn’t seem to agree – even though he himself sponsored a similar bill when he served in the Senate. Secretary of State Clinton told lawmakers earlier in May that “Until we have tested, within the time period set forth by the president, where we think this engagement is going, I am not sure that adding new unilateral sanctions is really that helpful.”
When AIPAC pushed hard for another sanctions legislation this spring, the White House pushed back hard. The White House prevailed, but the showdown revealed that the window for US-Iran diplomacy may not only get closed by the ticking nuclear clock, but also by pressure from Congress for new sanctions.
Wow, all I can say is wow. But then again, it isn’t really a surprise. We all are cognizant of AIPAC’s shady ways, and that will always continue I fear, overshadowing the good, pure folks at J-Street and throughout the country.
And it should all makes sense to those still in disbelief for them cheering for their enemy. Rosenebrg puts it perfectly
But one thing that becomes clear as the neocons pray for an Ahmadinejad victory: there is no limit to what these people will support or endorse in order to achieve their goal of a civilizational war with Muslims, absolutely nothing. Don’t think they are motivated by love of Israel (which is obviously better off with Ahmadinejad gone). They are motivated solely by hatred of Muslims. (See this hate piece by fringe neocon columnist Debbie Schlussel who says that even though the Holocaust museum killer is a white supremacist, the attack was the fault of the Muslims).
If they truly loved Israel, then they wouldn’t say stupid things like wanting Ahamdinejad to win or not saying it means anything if he isn’t in power anymore. It means a lot for the united States, Israel, and most importantly, because it is their election, Iran.
Update:It is morning currently in Iraq, and the tension is obviously deep at the moment. Josh has updated how nervous the incumbent is at this point:
But in his final television appearance, which I think was Wednesday, Presidnet Ahmadinejad accused his presidential rivals of conspiring with the Israelis to falsify graphs and documents to discredit him (presumably on his management of the economy).
Here’s Tevin. May tomorrow bring a better you, and a better me.