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“Which makes it all the more essential that a regime that has lost its legitimacy in the eyes of its people not recover it through international recognition.”

Tuesday, June 23, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens has an op-ed on the theological challenge to Khamenei/Ahmadinejad that should be read and forwarded. In it he interviews a Shiite imam with extraordinary credentials, Mohsen Kadivar. Mr. Kadivar believes there are factions within the Revolutionary Guard prepared to side with the demonstrators, the one development that most agree would shatter the regime quickly.

The decision of the Guardian Council to refuse to annul the election signals the demonstrators that there will be no compromise. The messages at Twitter point to strikes outside of Tehran and of a demonstration tomorrow. The White House can be counted on to, well, change the subject?

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Iran, Health Care, and Cap-and-Trade

Monday, June 22, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I could devote every hour of every show to any of these three subjects given the significance of each. Because each is pressing forward, I juggle between them.

On Tuesday’s show I’ll host Newt Gingrich for a three segment conversation on the proposed massive energy tax masquerading as a “cap-and-trade system.” Background is here at the American Solutions website.

I’ll also return to the growing consensus that the Obama/Pelosi/Reid push for a “government option” or “public plan” is a disaster for American health care. Today I taped an interview with Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School, co-author of The Innovator’s Prescription. The interview will air on July 6 along with two other in-depth conversations with experts in the field of genuine health care reform, just as Congress returns from its break to begin the debate in earnest. What is being pushed through the Congress is a radical restructuring of American medicine that will both break the bank and cripple the effective delivery of quality medical care. People have to get involved now if they are to have any role in the outcome.

Sign the petition to stop the “government option,” and check the TeaPartyPatriots website for a tea party in your area organized around the defeat of this massive expansion of the state.

Finally, and of greatest consequence to the globe, is the turmoil in Iran. The transcripts of my interviews from today’s program with Senator Jon Kyl and with AEI’s Michael Rubin will be posted here later. Rubin especially offered a sober assessment of the prospects for the protestors. Tehran is a “holding its breath,” writes the Times’ columnist Roger Cohen. If the protestors pause for long, their savage suppression will be a near-certainty.

Time is also running out to do whatever can be done for the courageous Iranians opposing the ruthless regime. There isn’t any real debate over which side is right in Iran, and there shouldn’t be a “split” in the U.S. over whose side we are on or how to calibrate our response.

There is perfect clarity. The only question is whether there is the political courage to express it.

“Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness”

Monday, June 22, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

A wonderful and eye-opening book that is must reading for critics of President Obama’s attempt to massively expand the central government and to govern via moral rehtoric. Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness’ author Joshua David Hawley will be a guest on today’s show.

Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness

“The Stoning of Soraya M”

Monday, June 22, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My new Washington Examiner column is about the powerful new movie The Stoning of Soraya M, and the message its success this weekend will send to the mullahs.

Follow updates from Iran via #iranelection at search.twitter.com.

Jennifer Rubin sees signs that President Obama may be “pivoting” towards a more full-throated defense of the protestors in Iran. That would be very good news with which to begin a week of extraordinary significance for Iran and the world.

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