Just had this interesting conversation with Keith Olbermann on Countdown about the historic elections in Iran today.
Historic because Ahmadenijad is getting election results that are just about impossible to believe. I always thought he would probably win — but nuance and subtlety are not skill sets of the regime’s election rigging operation.
To be up front, I never thought that Mousavi’s strategic policy course would differ substantively from his now unlikely predecessor Ahmadenijad — but a change in optics and posture, which Mousavi would have offered, might have yielded significant new opportunities down the road.
Iran will be tied in knots now — for a long time. What worries me about this is the tendency of Iran’s leadership to generate external crises and international focal points to try and distract a frustrated citizenry and unify the nation
So, much to worry about. Off to DC and departing London in a few hours.
— Steve Clemons