Ahmadinejad reads the fatwa on the wall, dumps VP

posted at 8:24 am on July 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Poor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  He thought that having an election rigged for him meant that he had real power in Iran, rather than the more obvious conclusion that he’s the mullahs’ favorite puppet — and that might change quickly.  After having a senior cleric read a public fatwa against his choice of first vice-president and a televised order from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei telling Ahmadinejad to get rid of his toady, the Iranian president finally accepted the resignation of his son’s father-in-law from the post:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad caved into pressure from hardline clerics and the country’s supreme leader Friday and allowed the resignation of his top deputy after a week-long standoff.

For days, the president had resisted pressure from hard-liners, including a direct order from the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to dismiss his choice for the key post of first vice president, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, who last year angered conservatives when he made friendly comments toward Israel.

The final blow, however, appeared to be the public reading on state television of the order issued earlier by Khamenei to dismiss Mashai because he is “contrary to the interest of you and the government.”

The issue created a rare rift between Ahmadinejad and the hard-liners that form the bedrock of his support and comes at a particular sensitive time as he is battling opposition reformists who accuse him of winning the June 12 presidential elections through fraud.

I’d say it came at a “particularly sensitive time,” since tens of thousands of Iranians continue to publicly demonstrate against the “dictator.”  That term initially applied to Ahmadinejad, but has broadened to at least include Khamenei, if not mean entirely the chief theocrat and the true wielder of power.  Khamenei and his colleagues on the Guardian Council had to send the Revolutionary Guard and Basij irregulars into the streets to bludgeon the populace into silence, and they still haven’t quite succeeded in doing that.

One has to wonder about the mental state of a man who picks that kind of moment to alienate the people keeping him from being thrown from power altogether, or at least the illusion of power.  Mashai angered the mullahs with remarks about Iranians being friends of Israelis while running the tourism industry not long ago.  However, the real issue for the mullahs had to be Ahmadinejad’s clumsy attempt to build a personality clique based on nepotism that threatened the mullahs’ control over the government.

If nothing else, it shows that Ahmadinejad is an ingrate.  After having gone through all that trouble to rig an election for him, the dimunitive mouthpiece had the arrogance to steal power from them!  A little more of this infighting, and the ruling class won’t even notice when they get overthrown by an Iranian populace fed up with the lot of them.


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Such robust debate

blatantblue on July 25, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Yea I’m up at 830 on a Saturday
so what

blatantblue on July 25, 2009 at 8:30 AM

  A little more of this infighting, and the ruling class won’t even notice when they get overthrown by an Iranian populace fed up with the lot of them.

you think this would happen?

blatantblue on July 25, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Didnt slow down Nutjob one bit

TEHRAN – The Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that Iran would strike Israel’s nuclear facilities if the Jewish state attacked it, state television reported.

“If the Zionist Regime attacks Iran, we will surely strike its nuclear facilities with our missile capabilities,” Mohammad Ali Jafari, Guards commander-in-chief, told Iran’s Arabic language al-Alam television.

William Amos on July 25, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Poor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He thought that having an election rigged for him meant that he had real power in Iran, rather than the more obvious conclusion that he’s the mullahs’ favorite puppet —

Ahmadinejad had better step out of the way, Obama is quickly becoming the mullahs’ new favorite puppet.

Keemo on July 25, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Obama’s public humiliation continues. The mask of Iranian theo-democratic rule has been so firmly torn away, that only a true moron couldn’t see that regime for what it is. Republicans–start hammering. There’s plenty of footage of O talking about negotiating with this regime.

Obama: Wrong on the economy
Wrong on Israel
Wrong on Iran
Wrong on Health Care
Wrong on Cap n Trade
Wrong on Judges’
Wrong on Race relations

Just plain wrong on everything.

JiangxiDad on July 25, 2009 at 8:34 AM

YIKES did we dodge a bullet ?

Questions surround the Mashaei controversy.

While some analysts have said hard-liners oppose him because of friendly comments he made last year toward Israel, others say he is a member of a secretive sect, the Hojjatieh, with a messianic worldview so extreme that Iran’s revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini outlawed it.

On Friday, a news Web site quoted Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf as accusing Mashaei and his wife of supporting the outlawed Mujahedin Khalq Organization, which the U.S. government considers a terrorist group.

William Amos on July 25, 2009 at 8:35 AM

Ahmadinejad had better step out of the way, Obama is quickly becoming the mullahs’ new favorite puppet.

Keemo on July 25, 2009 at 8:34 AM

The connection seems obvious to people here, but prob. not to everyone else.

Republicans need to publicize this stuff and make the connection clear and concrete, and show that O is wrong time after time–and dangerously wrong.

JiangxiDad on July 25, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Hey blatantblue I see you’re up and ready to go today.

I thought the same thing….so what! He’s got such an attitude for such a little guy.

yoda on July 25, 2009 at 8:38 AM

Obama: Wrong on the economy
Wrong on Israel
Wrong on Iran
Wrong on Health Care
Wrong on Cap n Trade
Wrong on Judges’
Wrong on Race relations

Just plain wrong on everything.

Don’t forget El Salvador!

jgapinoy on July 25, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Obama: Wrong on the economy
Wrong on Israel
Wrong on Iran
Wrong on Health Care
Wrong on Cap n Trade
Wrong on Judges’
Wrong on Race relations

Just plain wrong on everything.

Don’t forget Honduras!

jgapinoy on July 25, 2009 at 8:45 AM

I thought the same thing….so what! He’s got such an attitude for such a little guy.
yoda on July 25, 2009 at 8:38 AM

lol
the sister managed to graduate high school so gotta get stuff ready for the pahhtay today. Drunk posts are inbound. Eta
seven hours

carry on.

perhaps something will break in Iran. Ahmoody’s circle of friends is shrinking

blatantblue on July 25, 2009 at 8:48 AM

JiangxiDad on July 25, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Agreed… I can’t help but to wonder why Steele is not canvasing the airwaves right now, exploiting the obvious missteps taking place by Democrats in all leading positions, on all leading issues. Once again, the RNC lets Rush, Malkin, Hannity, our very own Ed M., and others do the heavy lifting while they sit back and watch like a bunch of wussies.

Keemo on July 25, 2009 at 8:49 AM

The charade called Iran continues. Ho-hum. I still think this whole affair is being staged what with all the opposition being allowed to run about stirring the pot. This from a country that beats women in the street for sport. I don’t get it.

Speaking of VP’s. Not to be missed are Biden’s thoughts on Russia in today’s online Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124848246032580581.html

“I can see Putin sitting in Moscow saying, ‘Jesus Christ, Iran gets the nuclear weapon, who goes first?’ Moscow, not Washington.”

patrick neid on July 25, 2009 at 8:51 AM

William Amos on July 25, 2009 at 8:35 AM

So let me get this straight. He supposedly makes conciliatory remarks towards Israel yet is in a group that’s too extremist for Ayatollah Khomeini??!!

Something is not adding up here.

J.J. Sefton on July 25, 2009 at 8:52 AM

patrick neid on July 25, 2009 at

yea Putin would not be saying that

blatantblue on July 25, 2009 at 8:54 AM

This regime will not fall because of protests.

It’s going to take bullets and bayonets. A real president would be reaching out to the Iranian army, promising US support if they back the protesters.

If only we had a real president.

Rebar on July 25, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Keemo on July 25, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Don’t know either. Could be infighting–u know, who’s in charge of the party kind of thing. But sometimes I think that Reps tend to be so individualistic and pride their independence. Don’t think they’re into the “group” thing or “group think.” That’s generally a strength, but there are an awful lot of generals in our army :)

JiangxiDad on July 25, 2009 at 8:56 AM

JiangxiDad on July 25, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Agreed… I can’t help but to wonder why Steele is not canvasing the airwaves right now, exploiting the obvious missteps taking place by Democrats in all leading positions, on all leading issues. Once again, the RNC lets Rush, Malkin, Hannity, our very own Ed M., and others do the heavy lifting while they sit back and watch like a bunch of wussies.

Keemo on July 25, 2009 at 8:49 AM

With this in mind why hasn’t there been a dissembling of the Health care bill, line by line, published in editorial form in leading newspapers explaining the implications of each provision. Force the Dems to explain each and every detail. Instead we get commercials with Repubs jumping up and down in their playpens–meanwhile the bill will be passed next week in the House without debate. WTF.

patrick neid on July 25, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Rnc is weak

blatantblue on July 25, 2009 at 9:01 AM

The polls have spoken
people want healthcare

/AnninCa

blatantblue on July 25, 2009 at 9:01 AM

The polls have spoken
people want healthcare

/AnninCa

blatantblue on July 25, 2009 at 9:01

Then let Poland have healthcare. The Americans have spoken and don’t echo the polls. 8 – )
(just warming up the sarcasmatron)

thomasaur on July 25, 2009 at 9:06 AM

patrick neid on July 25, 2009 at 8:59 AM

yeah, precisely. Enormously frustrating.

JiangxiDad on July 25, 2009 at 9:15 AM

All Bush’s fault.

Del Dolemonte on July 25, 2009 at 9:18 AM

patrick neid on July 25, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Not so sure about this bill (what ever that means these days since the event of throwing hundreds of pages into the pile at 3:00 a.m.) being passed in Congress next week. With protests taking place around the country, polling data clearly showing support for government controlled health care sinking rapidly, Obama approval rates sinking rapidly, and the voices of constituents ringing louder by the day… With Democrats up for re-election in 2010 watching their chances sink rapidly, and overall support for Conservatism rising rapidly, the Democrats voting for this radical bill must consider their own political future, as well as the political future of the Democrat Party in general. Our future (the people) doesn’t seem to count for much of anything with either party quite frankly, but these critters must think about their own future, which they all seem to do without much effort required.

Keemo on July 25, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Keemo on July 25, 2009 at 9:27 AM

I wish I was that hopeful. Now I admit I’m a bit jaded and pessimistic having Boxer and Feinstein as my Senators. Millions of Californians are able to survive this but I am burdened by an unbearable additional weight–Pelosi is my Congresswoman. The pain is too much, the wounds too deep. I have learned over twenty years that she gets her way! Health care passes next week.

patrick neid on July 25, 2009 at 9:40 AM

patrick neid on July 25, 2009 at 9:40 AM

I feel your pain! Having lived in So. Cal. most of my adult life, having opened my business during the Reagan revolution, having watched as a once thriving economy fueled by a government that supported business (both small and corp) turn against such businesses, while throwing regulation and road blocks up at every turn…

My wife (Architect) and I (construction plumbing co. owner) each had thriving businesses in Ca., training people, providing career job opportunities… My company offered an apprenticeship program, and turned out thousands of licensed plumbers. I shut the doors of that 25 year old company in 2006 due to impossible working conditions for making any kind of a profit. I watched (along with you) as Liberalism destroyed one of the largest economies in the world, the California economy that has been damaged to the point of no return.

Keemo on July 25, 2009 at 9:51 AM

JiangxiDad on July 25, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Amen to that! Sure wish a true leader would emerge, someone who is the opposite of the Lindsey Graham type. The Liberal media along with the RINO media, attack any person who remotely resembles such a true leader, as the Palin episode has so blatantly revealed. I can’t help but to wonder how much of the 700 billion bailout money went to the likes of Brooks & other supposed “Conservative” media heads in order to get them on board the Liberal Train.

Keemo on July 25, 2009 at 10:07 AM

After having a senior cleric read a public fatwa against his choice of first vice-president and a televised order from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei telling Ahmadinejad to get rid of his toady, the Iranian president finally accepted the resignation of his son’s father-in-law from the post.

When is Soros going to tell Obama to get rid of his toady (Biden) or his press secretary?

Christian Conservative on July 25, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Mahmoud needs to join a new party.

The Necktie Party.

profitsbeard on July 25, 2009 at 5:48 PM