That is the conclusion of Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s senior media adviser and the director of IRNA, Iran’s official news agency, as told to New Yorker writer Jon Lee Anderson, whose chilling portrait of Iran as it is today, post-suppression of the vote and on the threshold of nukes, “After the Crackdown,” should be in every Administration briefcase and the briefing pile of every candidate.
The menace of Iran is so profound that it seems hard to imagine that North Korea, seizing ships and shelling islands this morning, is just as unstable.
The election is supposed to be about the economy, and if the fragile piece holds in the Middle East and the nut in the NK stays on the brink of war as opposed to crossing it, that is indeed what Americans will vote on.
But the GOP has got to keep making the argument that our weakness abroad, and especially the president’s obsequiousness and indecision, has emboldened our enemies, especially the two most fanatical regimes of all.
When a new Congress comes to D.C. in 2011, it must have campaigned on a strong defense and not just an end to waste and corruption.