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  •  The best diplomacy is quiet (1+ / 0-)
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    FrankCornish

    If we really want to influence events in Iran we should be working behind the scenes. If we don't have any influence then I guess HRC is free to spout whatever she wishes to spout.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 09:43:02 AM PST

    •  Oh she's free to do it, (3+ / 0-)
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      but I think it's counterproductive.

      Just today members of the Majlis are calling for the execution of Mousavi, Karroubi and Khatami.

      Ideologically, the Green Movement is winning--but the ruling clique still holds nearly all the power. It is a difficult situation for the foreseeable future.

      You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife, and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

      by FrankCornish on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 09:52:22 AM PST

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      •  If we can't influence events (0+ / 0-)

        we should not pretend we can.

        It's Bush-style dick-wagging.

        In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

        by blue aardvark on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 10:03:17 AM PST

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        •  We do influence events... (3+ / 0-)
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          mrkvica, Eiron, blue aardvark

          Her statements make the lie that protests are paid for by the US seem plausible to some inside Iran. If the US took a more detached and less bellicose view the ruling clique's position becomes less and not more tenable.

          However, I  don't think the government is on the verge of collapse--they have too much power and support from a fanatic cadre of followers who believe everything they say and are ready to die for it. It will take time, and more of those 1.5 million university student graduating and more of the overwhelming youth of the country reaching adulthood.

          You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife, and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

          by FrankCornish on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 10:09:01 AM PST

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