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March 05, 2005

A Clinton Storm Brewing

When I first read blog posts (here, here, here and here) about the comments made by Bill Clinton regarding Iran, I thought it was a joke of some sort.  Unfortunately, it does not seem that way.  Notice of Clinton's remarks was sparked by this Amir Taheri  article which questions Clinton's thinking.

The most baffling part of Clinton's comments is the following:

[It is] the only one with elections, including the United States, including Israel, including you name it, where the liberals, or the progressives, have won two-thirds to 70 percent of the vote in six elections: two for President; two for the parliament, the Majlis; two for the mayoralities.

In every single election, the guys I identify with got two-thirds to 70% of the vote. There is no other country in the world I can say that about, certainly not my own.

Does Clinton believe that Iranian elections are really free (someone needs to explain to him how the slate of officials are really chosen)?  Does Clinton really "identify" with the liberals and progressives in Iran?  Does he really have a CLUE what being a "liberal/progressive" politician in Iran means?  Maybe he should find out what President Muhammad Khatami's views are on equal opportunity for women, or his stance on the acceptance of homosexuality by society, or his concepts of separation of "church" and state, or his ideas about tolerance of other religions.  It sounds like Clinton might be in for a shock.

A "real" liberal, as most westerners would define it, in Iran is considered a heretic and can best be expected to be thrown in jail and definitely does not have the opportunity to run for political office in the Iranian system. 

This may set off quite the storm.  How adeptly Hillary can handle it should go a long way toward displaying how ready she is to run for President in 2008. 

I actually though that Clinton, outside of the whole Lewinsky affair, was a decent President.  Not the most honest or morally upright, but he did a decent job of stewarding this country.  However, his comments really leave me wondering how smart a person he really is. 

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