Take the most recent piece of nonsense published on the civil rights movement in Iran by Flynt and Hillary Leverett, “Another Iranian Revolution? Not Likely” ( The New York Times, 5 January 2010), which has absolutely nothing to do with or seriously to say about the Green Movement, and yet everything to reveal about the pathology of American politics as determined inside the self-delusional Beltway cocoon.
As early as mid-June 2009, the Leveretts defending the fraudulent election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (“Ahmadinejad won. Get over it,” Politico, 15 June 2009). That millions of Iranians had poured into their streets and put their lives on the line did not seem to bother the Leveretts. In addition to a condescending tone, in which the Leveretts partake freely when talking about a groundbreaking civil rights movement about whose origin and disposition they are categorically ignorant, the chief characteristic of their take is that they keep fabricating non-existent targets and then shooting them down. The result: what say has everything to do with the besieged and bunkered mentality inside the Beltway and absolutely nothing to do with the Green Movement. Chief example: “The Islamic Republic of Iran,” they believe, “is not about to implode. Nevertheless, the misguided idea that it may do so is becoming enshrined as conventional wisdom in Washington.”
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