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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Good news, bad news
Not necessarily in that order. I prefer getting the bad news first, so I feel better at the end, because I'm such an upbeat person.
Neil MacFarquhar wrote in today's New York Times, that while there does seem to be some dissent among Iran's ruling clerics, President Ahmadinejad has been very savvy about loading the country's media, military, and security forces with people who are loyal to him.
Not to mention Ahmadinejad's unwavering support from the Supreme Leader...
Now for some good news.
The BBC's John Simpson, who had been in Iran until last Sunday when his visa expired, writes that President Ahmedinejad doesn't have unanimous military support:
This is comforting, but only in a small way. I wrote in April of 2007 about some American generals, who, after retiring, found their voices in speaking out on the blunder that was Iraq. I castigated them for not speaking out when doing so could have prevented this entire misadventure, and to simply say what was obvious long after everyone else had realized it was no virtue.
In the Iraninan military officer's case, he has a hell of a lot more at stake than just being demoted or asked to retire, so I'm not going to start in. But I sure hope that he or she has at least had open and frank conversations with his troops, and that there is support for the opposition in Iran's military. No revolution can succeed if the military is united behind Ahmadinejad.
posted at 3:23 PM
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