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But there is yet another cry from Iran. This one comes from Ahmadinejad's opponents. They have been hoping to use the upcoming 2009 to oust him not because of his nuclear policy but because of Iran's wrecked economy. Guess what? Ayatolla Khamenei, the"moderate cleric" with whom Obama is hoping to negotiate has just signaled that the presidential elections, will be as"predictable" as the parliamentary ones have been:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have gotten a limited boost to his embattled political career over the weekend when supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei weighed in on some of the contentious debates heating up in the country ahead of the 2009 presidential election. Lately, Ahmadinejad has come under fire from every imaginable angle, with his domestic rivals launching increasingly vehement public attacks on his political and economic performance. On Saturday, Khamenei met with the president and his Cabinet and instructed them not to take the mounting criticisms to heart or admit political defeat, but rather to address obvious shortcomings and continue to work diligently for the benefit of the people as though they would"stay in charge for five years."
Very rarely does the supreme leader enter domestic political disputes, and when he does, his words - or at least carefully selected sound bytes - get everyone's attention. Evidence of this can be seen in the way that various media outlets relayed Khamenei's remarks to the public. Kargozaran, a newspaper linked to one of Ahmadinejad's rivals, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, seized on the the supreme leader's criticisms of the Cabinet's economic performance and his warnings that double-digit inflation, if left uncurbed, could undermine the entire government of the Islamic Republic. However, the official IRNA agency, a media outlet whose management the president has purged and replaced with his own supporters, highlighted the supreme leader's warm praises of the president, portraying his words as a blanket endorsement ahead of the polls. And as always, most of the Western media provided befuddled analyses that recycled the IRNA report and interpreted it as an ominous sign of Khamenei's overt interference in the political process.
Will Obama's foreign policy expert, Joe Biden, (who Michael Rubin claims has blinked on Iran listen, reevaluate his position that appeasement (i.e., paying attention of Iran's emotional needs) is the way to deal with Iran and explain it all to his young protege?
Does the man who wants to be our protector in chief, Barack Hussein Obama, even care?