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Old February 21st, 2013, 10:12 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by baloney_detector View Post
The hardliners in Iran promote the idea that America (and Israel) are their greatest enemies in order to help themselves maintain power. And, this sort of play book works to some extent in most, if not all, countries. And those Iranian hardliners would certainly have made use of any regime-change support signals coming from America during that period in 2009.

(Another detail to consider is Iran and the P5+1 were in negotiations concerning Iran's nuclear program right about the same time as the 2009 Iranian presidential election. And, typically governments-including Iran's government-don't like to step on each other's toes when they are negotiating major issues between themselves.)
Yes, and the president actually was bearing that in mind in his handling of the situation. Maybe too cautiously, but who knows?
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