We know Iran’s elections are still two weeks out, but where it counts – Iran’s threat to global peace and security – it’s already a done deal. They’re not interested in negotiations, and the ballot box isn’t going to change that. Regrets to the overly optimistic.
If he loses the election, we’d love to be a fly on the wall at his next meeting with Lady Ashton, to see the look on the face of Wendy Sherman and the rest of her P5+1 counterparts from the “oppressive powers” (he’s including Russia and China, no?).
Exhibit B: The others. As pointed out by RAND analyst Alireza Nader, the eight dwarfs are competing for the favors of their Snow White: Khamenei. Just look at them: Rouhani, who admitted to deceiving his interlocutors and exploiting diplomacy to advance nuclear technology; Rezai, former head of IRGC and wanted by INTERPOL for the AMIA bombing; and Velayati, timeless Khamenei caddy also implicated for AMIA.
Then there’s Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf: Senior Basij commander, IRGC air force head, suppressor of student protestors, national police commander, and reportedly backed by none other than Qasem Soleimani – commander of the IRGC Quds force, mastermind of Iran’s worldwide terrorism activities.
Ghalibaf and Soleimani probably roomed together at IRGC cadet school or something.
Exhibit C: One of the guys really calling the shouts, head of Iran’s nuclear organization Fereydoun Abbasi Davani, just made it crystal clear: “Definitely the result of the presidential election will not have any influence on the nuclear issue.”
So you can stop tweeting about this and move on to something else.