The Bangkok Post recently interviewed a former officer of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence service, who has been in regular contact with the Green Party since he left Iran.:
A former high-ranking intelligence official in Iran has called for his country to form better relations with the United States and Israel and says the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on the verge of collapse.
In an exclusive interview with the Bangkok Post Sunday, Mohammad Reza Madhi, a former officer in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards’ intelligence service, described Mr Ahmadinejad as ”crazy” and unfit to lead his country.
”He has already destroyed international relationships with many countries and made them enemies of Iran,” said Mr Madhi, who was forced to flee Iran in 2008 after being jailed for 73 years on what he described as ”trivial” charges. ”This has cost the Iranian people so much. His ideas are dangerous.” (“jailed for 73 years” is surely a typo – ed).
Iran’s opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said on Friday he was ready to sacrifice his life in defence of the people’s right to protest peacefully against the government after the worst unrest since the disputed June presidential election.
Mr Madhi was highly critical of Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi, a spiritual adviser to a group of hard-line fundamentalists closely connected to senior leaders in the current Iranian government.
”He is a very crazy man who hates Israel and the United States especially. Unfortunately, President Ahmadinejad is one of his big fans as well.”
The former intelligence officer said that instead of imposing sanctions, western nations should look to supporting opposition groups and not recognise the Ahmadinejad government.
Oh, but what has the Obama administration been doing all year… and getting rebuffed at every turn?
Or as Mere Rhetoric reports on the latest outreach: Iran To US: No Visa For Kerry, Please Consider Yourself Officially Humiliated.
The Iranians can’t even muster enough respect for Obama to let him send envoys to debase themselves in front of the mullahs. The administration wanted to dispatch Kerry to Tehran in the midst of the most recent crackdown, a move naturally seen as a shameless betrayal by the Iranian dissidents being beaten and shot and run over by basij cars. Nope.
Remember when conservatives ridiculed “smart power” as a faux sophisticated excuse for US obsequiousness? And the left said that conservatives were thoughtless warmongers and – in fact – Obama was going to restore America’s dignity and respect? That’s definitely the sense I’m getting from this gambit. Dignity. And. Respect.
If this what the left had in mind when they kept hyping the “smart power”, they can keep it. I’ll take “the cowboy” over the “weak horse” any day.
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers
Rick Moran at The American Thinker: This is why the Iranian government will not survive