Drama in Iran Permeates All Discussions in DC


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(photo credit: David Bass)
International political consultant David Bass, CNN’s Edie Emery, Bloomberg’s uber connected PR diva Judith Czelusniak, Hollywood on the Potomac’s Janet Donovan, and Politico’s Mike Allen had a “recovery brunch” this morning in Georgetown following the pretty incredible MSNBC After Party festivities following the Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner with Barack Obama last night.
Despite the glitz and occasional fun of the dinner and the party, Iran’s convulsions were on everyone’s minds. The images of brave citizens fighting off police thugs cut through the frivolousness of DC banter. And while at brunch this morning, a group of marchers expressing support for Iran’s election protests made their way through Georgetown.
I have heard an as yet unconfirmed rumor that Christiane Amanpour will be hosting CNN’s Larry King Live tonight from London – and Amanpour has had some of the most informed material out there on the civil war among the elites — where this battle will be solved or crushed one way or another.
I will link Amanpour’s piece here — but encourage her tonight, if she does the show, to share a great more detail about who the primary inner circle players are and what their stance is now given Mousavi’s “preparation for martyrdom.”
— Steve Clemons


2 comments on “Drama in Iran Permeates All Discussions in DC

  1. arthurdecco says:

    Amen, rich.


  2. rich says:

    Were Bass, Emery, Czelusniak, Donovan and Allen equally consumed when DC cops — thugs in Clemons’ words — clubbed Americans exercising free speech in Lafayette Park to protest our illegal & dishonestly arrived at decision to invade Iraq? Was the same coverage leveled at that event? At the preemptive & warrantless crackdown on Americans behaving lawfully at the RNC convention in Minneapolis?
    Just askin’.
    I don’t minimize what’s happening in Iran. Left unexamined is U.S. covert ops & our massive cash injections into the Iran’s electoral process. Left unackowledged is the documented record that such operations violate our core principles and damage our national security.
    Totally omitted is Flynt & Hillary Mann Leverett’s assessment that Iran’s election was possibly/likely not stolen at all. We don’t yet know the facts. But if they’re right, our work in raising expectations and in asserting an opposition victory that never had the electoral numbers to back it up — renders us (American agencies, pundits, media, pols) responsible for the destabilization and resulting violence.
    Inconvenient for you, I’m sure. Nonetheless, abuse of power etc. in Iran does not justify more abuse of power & repression on our part.
    Again, I don’t discount the possibility the election was rigged. That does not differ from Ohio in 2004 or Florida in 2000. We still haven’t cleaned our own house, in either the domestic policy or foreign policy arenas.


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