Hillary: Hey, by the way, Iran’s turning into a military dictatorship

posted at 8:39 pm on February 15, 2010 by Allahpundit

I saw two dozen headlines about this story in my RSS reader this morning and can’t for the life of me figure out why. It’s the most banal observation in the world. Of course Iran’s turning into a military dictatorship. We’ve been linking big media reports to that effect for practically as long as Hot Air’s been in existence. Revisit this WaPo report from April 2007 about the fantastic consolidation of power that the Revolutionary Guard had already achieved inside the country, combining military assets, nuclear oversight, economic and industrial interests, and of course control over terrorist elements like the Quds Force and Hezbollah under its umbrella. Ahmadinejad has been a patronage gravy train for the Guard, to the point where I wondered last summer whether Khamenei wasn’t forced to endorse the rigged election by Guard elements loyal to Dinnerjacket. (Prominent Iranian pols actually used the word “coup.”) Whether Khamenei is in full control of the Guard or the Guard is in full control of Khamenei — or something in between — is an interesting question, but observing that they’re moving towards military rule is by now banal. So what gives with the media attention? This, I guess:

Senior White House officials described what they said would be a “systematic” effort to drive a wedge between the Iranian population and the Revolutionary Guards, which the West says is responsible for running Iran’s nuclear program and also has a record of supporting militant Islamist organizations and cracking down on antigovernment protesters.

In putting together a United Nations Security Council resolution that names specific companies and the wide web of assets owned by the Guards — assets that include even the Tehran airport — the administration is hoping to substantially increase pressure on the organization, which one senior administration official described as a new “entitled class” in Iran…

Previous resolutions have designated a handful of senior figures in the Iranian nuclear program, including the man believed to run much of the military research program for the Revolutionary Guards. But the administration’s latest push would name dozens, if not hundreds, of companies.

In other words, they want to hit Iran hard with sanctions but they’re afraid of alienating the population, so they’re going to emphasize that the trend towards militarism is some sort of newly arisen “illegitimate” Iranian usurper government. Except that it’s not, really: Iran’s elections have always been a sham, but rather than get bogged down in making that case internationally, which leads inexorably to the idea of regime change, the White House would rather be conservative and insist that the trend towards dictatorship is some recent contingency that must be dealt with. What I can’t figure out is if they’re making a neoconservative Bushian moral case against dictatorship, which realists shouldn’t care terribly about, or a more pragmatic case that while nukes in the hands of Islamic fanatic clerics might be okay, nukes in the hands of a military junta simply won’t do at all. Hmmm.


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God save us if this ignorant woman ever wins election for POTUS.

daesleeper on February 15, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Smart Power.

Enoxo on February 15, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Thanks for the news, Hil. We would have prefered to you to your boss. Sorta sad to see you reduced to this.

thebrokenrattle on February 15, 2010 at 8:46 PM

nukes in the hands of Islamic fanatic clerics might be okay, nukes in the hands of a military junta simply won’t do at all. Hmmm.

How about nukes in the hands of an Islamic fanatic military junta…

tommylotto on February 15, 2010 at 8:46 PM

We US Americans could like, be really preparing for like an attempt to try and come up with a plan to deal with Iran. Our goal should like be to use words to convince the people that are like in charge of stuff to listen to our ideas. We could like offer an option of like a different path.

daesleeper on February 15, 2010 at 8:48 PM

What I can’t figure out is if they’re making a neoconservative Bushian moral case against dictatorship, which realists shouldn’t care terribly about, or a more pragmatic case that while nukes in the hands of Islamic fanatic clerics might be okay, nukes in the hands of a military junta simply won’t do at all

It’s called smart power. We are probably too dumb to get it.

Free Constitution on February 15, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Hillary: Hey, by the way, Iran’s turning into a military dictatorship

here’s my shocked face

FontanaConservative on February 15, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Very good take on this, Allah.

Obama would much prefer to bow to a mullah than insult one.

It’s those dastardly Revolutionary Guards, don’t ya know?!

Freeze their assets and bar them from Disney World!

That’ll hit em’ where it hurts!

David2.0 on February 15, 2010 at 8:48 PM

I’m glad that Smort Powah has finally caught on.

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on February 15, 2010 at 8:49 PM

Remember the good old days…?

Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on February 15, 2010 at 8:49 PM

Criminey, these people suck.

Troll Feeder on February 15, 2010 at 8:49 PM

They are? Oh noes!

Quick, send them an Overcharge button! That’ll fix it!

malclave on February 15, 2010 at 8:50 PM

What I can’t figure out is if they’re making a neoconservative Bushian moral case against dictatorship, which realists shouldn’t care terribly about, or a more pragmatic case that while nukes in the hands of Islamic fanatic clerics might be okay, nukes in the hands of a military junta simply won’t do at all

No, AP. They’re not doing either. They’re groping their way along.

ted c on February 15, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Senior White House officials described what they said would be a “systematic” effort to drive a wedge between the Iranian population and the Revolutionary Guards

Huh? I never knew that the Iranian population was so chummy with the Rev0lutionary Guards. (moderation word in the post alert!!)

In other words, they want to hit Iran hard with sanctions but they’re afraid of alienating the population,

Yep … they’re going to run a siege the same way they give tax cuts, with all sorts of moronic leftist strings that render the actions totally worthless, if not actively destructive.

The people have to suffer for the threats that emanate from their government. That’s just how it is. Life ain’t fair, folks. Get your sh!t together, or suffer.

neurosculptor on February 15, 2010 at 8:52 PM

they have nothing else to do. They won’t blockade, they won’t bomb, they won’t use covert ops, they won’t support the green flag wavers and girls like Neda who get shot in the chest. What are they left with? Uh oh, military dictatorship! Ohhhh, here’s my shocked face! Tschaaa

ted c on February 15, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Sharp as a cueball.

JammieWearingFool on February 15, 2010 at 8:53 PM

so glad she is in charge…yeah baby!

/s

cmsinaz on February 15, 2010 at 8:53 PM

DUH

Philly on February 15, 2010 at 8:54 PM

It’s called smart power.

Free Constitution on February 15, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Actually, they are currently on a variation, smarts power. The kid at the White House made a mistake writing it down and no one has the heart, or guts, to tell him. It certainly smarts, though. That’s for sure.

neurosculptor on February 15, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Nothing gets past the smartest woman in the world, does it?

BD57 on February 15, 2010 at 8:56 PM

“The willing suspension of disbelief…”

Seven Percent Solution on February 15, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Time for Hill to pick up her Nobel Prize.

innominatus on February 15, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Iranian Muslim clerics presumably believe that the ignorant, thieving, murderous, liar who started their religion is the ideal role model.

Iranian soldiers are not necessarily anything more than Muslims in name only and are far more likely than a cleric to have received some sort of technical, rational education and to have a better role model.

Consequently Iran governed by a military dictatorship could potentially be far more reasonable and predictable than Iran governed by revolutionary clerics.

YiZhangZhe on February 15, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Brilliant deduction Sherlock . . . thank goodness we have such visionaries as Hillary to lead us and protect our interests. This administration and its gaggle of inept, incompetent loons will destroy all of us.

rplat on February 15, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Can’t stand Hillary, but I am surprised that she is staying aligned with Obama.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 15, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Sanctions! For the ninety-ninth time…

Says Hillary:
.
We’re gonna get tough,
just you wait and see-
Why is everybody always pickin’ on me?

Insufficiently Sensitive on February 15, 2010 at 9:06 PM

AP. The bigger news is that she actually asked the audience for help with Iran. She said she needed Ideas! OMG that should be a drudge siren. The Sec of State admits she has no effin clue what to do.

Amadeus on February 15, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Want to bomb Iran? Ask Hillary what Bill thinks of this? lol

RobCon on February 15, 2010 at 9:07 PM

AP might be on to something.

A military dictatorship can be contained. A revolutionary religious regime cannot. So, a nuclear-armed military regime can be quarantined by counter military actions. A nuclear-armed religiously-based regime cannot.

If there is a purpose behind her statement we’ll see more in the coming weeks.

The purpose being: we can live with a nuclear Tehran.

SteveMG on February 15, 2010 at 9:09 PM

AP. The bigger news is that she actually asked the audience for help with Iran. She said she needed Ideas! OMG that should be a drudge siren. The Sec of State admits she has no effin clue what to do.

Amadeus on February 15, 2010 at 9:07 PM

The crowd roared:

“Overcharged!! No … uh … RESET! Yeah, RESET! Do the RESET, Shrillary. Hit ‘em with the RESET.”

neurosculptor on February 15, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Hillary: Hey, by the way, Iran’s turning into a military dictatorship

Hussain: Hey , I should go to Tehran and bow to A’jad and Khamenei

macncheez on February 15, 2010 at 9:11 PM

So… is she worried for Monkeyinajacket and the Grand Poohbar Ayatollahs health? Is this some unimaginative call to arms over a “radicalizing” among the military Muslim savages? The Saudis seem a little nervous as quoted here. I imagine their tune will be danced to.

If they get much more frightened they are liable to demand Jeb be installed before 2010 is out!

BL@KBIRD on February 15, 2010 at 9:12 PM

so glad she is in charge…yeah baby!

/s

cmsinaz on February 15, 2010 at 8:53 PM

LOL!

She ain’t in charge. She’s like a dog in the ghetto.

Tied up on a too short leash and thrown a bone once in a blue moon.

David2.0 on February 15, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Hillary virtually apologizes herself out of existence in that clip. Another weak performance by the US under Bambi. This crap will only breed contempt among the nations of the world, and humor among bloody Iranian tyrants.

paul1149 on February 15, 2010 at 9:17 PM

For some reason the screen shot of Hillary posing in her blue suit against an ultra blue background reminds me of Ursula from the Little Mermaid.

glennbo on February 15, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Never seen the Administration of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner sound so…jingoistic. You can hear the sabers rattling from here.

What ever happened to “They’re just afraid of America, is all”?

misterpeasea on February 15, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Mrs. Clinton: Take your Iranian plan and shelve it. If you can’t get up off your pantsuit and do something about this problem then resign your post and send a message to the world and your boss that more needs to be done. Would you like to know what our plan is? Well, here it is. You see all those people in the streets there, protesting? That’s “We the People” Iran version. There’s a whole helluva lotta horsepower bottled up in those people and, with the right mix of encouragement, covert supplying and funding, then “We the People” would summarily dispatch the Iranian government. Stir up a fire of freedom and liberty within them, and they’ll topple that mess. They’re already shown a propensity to do it, why not facilitate it? Either you are for freedom and liberty, or you are for the murderous thugs that rule that sandy dirthole, which is it going to be?

Choices.

ted c on February 15, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Hillary? Oh yea, isn’t she in Obama’s cabinet?

Hummer53 on February 15, 2010 at 9:19 PM

“We will not stand idly by; rather we will sit, like me in this blue chair.”

GaltBlvnAtty on February 15, 2010 at 9:20 PM

No, AP. They’re not doing either. They’re groping their way along.

ted c on February 15, 2010 at 8:51 PM

I agree. For some reason the national security/foreign policy component of the presidency seems to take the Obama administration continually by surprise. It’s almost as thought they expected the world’s bad guys to greet the Obama presidency with flowers and candy.

Glad you’re back, Allah.

Infidoll on February 15, 2010 at 9:20 PM

David2.0 on February 15, 2010 at 9:14 PM

yepper…

cmsinaz on February 15, 2010 at 9:20 PM

“Iran is becoming one of the predominant democratic states in the region,” said Javad Larijani, secretary general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights.
(from the BBC article linked by BL@CKBIRD)

Can’t really argue with that … most of Iran’s neighbours are so awful that, by contrast, Iran positively hums with civilisation and is a beacon of moderation in the region.

YiZhangZhe on February 15, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Hillary? Oh yea, isn’t she in Obama’s cabinet?

Hummer53 on February 15, 2010 at 9:19 PM

No, she’s kept in his sock drawer with his other puppets.

thomasaur on February 15, 2010 at 9:21 PM

If they get much more frightened they are liable to demand Jeb be installed before 2010 is out!

BL@KBIRD on February 15, 2010 at 9:12 PM

So the sunnis+wahabis are frightened of shiias?
Whatever happened to the religion of peace !
And P.S.
Bush did it

macncheez on February 15, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Says Hillary:
.
We’re gonna get tough,
just you wait and see-
Why is everybody always pickin’ on me?

Insufficiently Sensitive on February 15, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Fe-fe, fi-fi, fo-fo fum
I think she’s blowing smoke up our duodenum.

Barnestormer on February 15, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Well….NOW I believe it.

HAnthonyWayne on February 15, 2010 at 9:43 PM

So they’re going from Islamo-Fascist to Fruitcake-Military Junta-Islamo-Fascist?

Damn! How perceptive our Secretary of State is!

Not that this has been blindingly obvious for, oh, the past decade…

ajacksonian on February 15, 2010 at 9:44 PM

YiZhangZhe on February 15, 2010 at 9:03 PM

You’ve forgotten the third option: A military dictatorship with Twelver loonies at the helm and God knows how far down the command chain.

Assuming that Iran is being controlled by ‘garden variety’ power/money hungry thugs could very well be the last mistake we ever make.

When a quarter of the world is on fire, oil goes to $500/bbl, millions are dead and the Banner of the Mahdi waves over Mecca . . .‘gee, we messed up, didn’t we’ . . . won’t work for me.

CPT. Charles on February 15, 2010 at 9:45 PM

RESETRESETRESETRESETRESETRESETRESETRESETRESETRESET

SouthernGent on February 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Thanks for the heads-up, Shrillary. And what exactly do you intend for us to DO about it? Our military is stretched thin as it is, and sanctions are a JOKE.

Dark-Star on February 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Thank you Hillary for opening our eyes. What wonderful observation. You were finally able to make time to think about this. How is that extending the hand working out?
/s
You hear all those folks laughing? They are laughing AT YOU?

antisocial on February 15, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Hillary has picked up on what’s going on in Iran almost as fast as she picked up on Bill’s escapades. Tough to put anything over on her.

MB4 on February 15, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Yeah, and the military dictators are really intimidated being outed by Hillary, a failed, opportunistic sexagenarian with lumpy shoulder pads and a hairdo that looks like a desiccated jellyfish.

RushBaby on February 15, 2010 at 9:57 PM

There will need to be some careful thought regarding the precisely appropriate backdrop for your speech-response to this, Mr. President.

rogerb on February 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Doesn’t make a lot of difference. Israel don’t give two sh!ts what Obama or Hillary or anyone else thinks and will take care of the situation as they see fit once it’s gone terminal.

Eff ‘em. They can’t take a bigger-than-day hint if it walked up and punched in the sack anyway.

JoeinTX on February 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM

rogerb: Once Obama decides to get involved in this decision, that is.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 15, 2010 at 10:02 PM

.
We’re gonna get tough,
just you wait and see-
Why is everybody always pickin’ on me?

Insufficiently Sensitive on February 15, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Fe-fe, fi-fi, fo-fo, fum
I smell smoke in the White House auditorium
Obama Brown, Obama Brown
He’s a clown, that Obama Brown
He’s gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why’s Hotair always pickin’ on me?)
That’s him yet again dithering on his knees
I know that’s him
Yeah, from 7 come 11
Down in the Saudi King’s gym
Obama Brown, Obama Brown
He’s a clown, that Obama Brown
With his mom jeans down, he’s gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why’s Hotair always pickin’ on me?)
Who’s always dithering on the Iranian call
Who’s always goofing in the hospital hall
Who’s always at the economy throwing a spit ball
Guess who (who, me?) yeah, you!
Who walks in the White House auditorium, cool and slow
Who calls the Founding Fathers’ Constitution, Trash-O
Obama Brown, Obama Brown
He’s a clown, that Obama Brown
With his mom jeans down, he’s gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why’s Hotair always pickin’ on me?)

MB4 on February 15, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Sharp as a cueball.

JammieWearingFool on February 15, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Or as Foghorn Leghorn put it, “That boy’s about as sharp as a bowling ball.”

Seriously, watching this video, all I could think was, “She’s talking out her @ss. She has no idea what she’s saying.”

And have you ever seen anyone say “uh” as often as Hillary? Not even Obama is that bad. Very unprofessional. Not at all confidence-inspiring.

UltimateBob on February 15, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Way out of her league.

Hard to believe this incompetent hag holds the same position once held by Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

UltimateBob on February 15, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Next thing this brilliant woman will realize is that we have a crappy president and will run against him in 2012.

NoDonkey on February 15, 2010 at 10:11 PM

I am always amazed at Hillary’s ability to reach into that sea of political obscurity and pick out the obvious.

crosspatch on February 15, 2010 at 10:28 PM

allah, you have missed the biggest story here. It’s her hair. She is palinizing herself. She is growing out her hair into a Palin type hair do. That is the biggest news. It means she is going to run for president. Don’t ask me how I know, I just do. She is morphing in front of our eyes and yet few realize that she is going the process of Palinization.

bloggless on February 15, 2010 at 10:30 PM

This is not the Iran I thought I knew.

Mojave Mark on February 15, 2010 at 10:35 PM

In other words, they want to hit Iran hard with sanctions but they’re afraid of alienating the population, so they’re going to emphasize that the trend towards militarism is some sort of newly arisen “illegitimate” Iranian usurper government. Except that it’s not, really: Iran’s elections have always been a sham, but rather than get bogged down in making that case internationally, which leads inexorably to the idea of regime change, the White House would rather be conservative and insist that the trend towards dictatorship is some recent contingency that must be dealt with.

Not that Obama, and company won’t try the same shams on the election processes in the future. Bahahahaha

I loved Rush’s response to this today.

I can’t quote, but it went something like….pffffffffft well Duuuuuuuuuuuuh! LOL

capejasmine on February 15, 2010 at 10:39 PM

She is morphing in front of our eyes and yet few realize that she is going the process of Palinization.

bloggless on February 15, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Ain’t no way that shriveled old shrew is going to become the left’s anti-Palin.

Dark-Star on February 15, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Obama to Ahmadinejad:

We will end our hand to you if you unclench your fist.

Ahmadinejad to Obama:

Turn your head and cough.

Kaisersoze on February 15, 2010 at 10:49 PM

If ever you doubt the decisions being made at the oval office, check under the desk. No one knows this better than the Hill.

bluegrass on February 15, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Gee, looks like someone woke up “The Smartest Woman In The World”. Iran becoming a military dictatorship? You don’t say!

GarandFan on February 15, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Where the hell is OUR reset button???

phreshone on February 15, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Give her a break, she’s got Mad Cow disease…

Nozzle on February 15, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Uh, no. Iran is a mullah dictatorship. Since 1979.

wildcat84 on February 15, 2010 at 11:11 PM

HRC is the smartest person in the Obama administration. It’s like being the valedictorian of summer school, but it’s something.

Johnson on February 15, 2010 at 11:13 PM

From Shaving Leviathan.

File this one in the “ya think?” folder.

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Monday that the United States feared Iran was drifting toward a military dictatorship, with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps seizing control of large swaths of Iran’s political, military, and economic establishment.”

So, during the past 30 years, when has it been anything else?

Ok, I grant you that there are technical differences between that and a totalitarian theocracy that rules by ethical guilt induced by a soul-killing religion coupled with the ever-present threat of coercion by Revolutionary Guards. But, as Ira Gershwin might have it, potay-toe, potah-toe.

Personally, given the choice between an 870 AD-style dungeon and a 1970s Chilean jail, I might have to flip a coin. But that’s just me. Hillary might see it otherwise.

JDPerren on February 15, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Hey Hillary,

How does it feel to work for a marxist dictator wannabbe? We always knew you had a bright future…This is a fitting end to your political life. Then you and your grifter philandering husband can rake in more millions lobbying for foreign governments and retire in Arkansas, I mean New York…Or maybe this time, it will be London or Dubai…Further away from the little people and their prying eyes…

Nozzle on February 15, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Watch Biden take credit for this new-, dare I say it, neo- conservative take on Iran.

John the Libertarian on February 16, 2010 at 12:32 AM

***
Hillary catches on quick, doesn’t she!
***
Next she will be telling us that the Iranians abuse their own citizens and are trying to build nukes.
***
Smart power indeed. Good thing she replaced the incompetent Condi Rice.
***
John Bibb
***

rocketman on February 16, 2010 at 12:55 AM

Can’t stand Hillary, but I am surprised that she is staying aligned with Obama.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 15, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Just a matter of time. If Obowmao goes below 40% by the end of this summer, she’ll be leaving to form her exploratory committee for 2012.

rmel80 on February 16, 2010 at 2:12 AM

The incompetance of the Obama admin is breath taking. It’s frightening to think what they might do in a real emergency. God help us if there is another 9/11. We’ll surely need His help.

docdave on February 16, 2010 at 3:07 AM

This is serious shiite, folks, no matter how moronically obvious it sounded coming out of the Pantsuit’s mouth. This is the prelude to a major policy shift or course of action.

Stay tuned.

hillbillyjim on February 16, 2010 at 3:16 AM

Well duh!

I heard this on the radio and thought I was going to have an aneurysm.

Are these people that stupid?

gdonovan on February 16, 2010 at 4:30 AM

Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

UltimateBob on February 15, 2010 at 10:09 PM

If only she would run for office. **dreaming of the video where she schooled the drooling liberal at Stanford**

But back to Hillary…I’m sure if Obama extends a hand bows to Dinnerjacket, everything will be fine…

Grace_is_sufficient on February 16, 2010 at 5:38 AM

This just in:

Hillary just discovered Bill Clinton likes 21 year old fat girls and beats up women he allegedly tries to rape. China, North Korea, Iran and Russia can’t be trusted. Obowma is a screwup and nobody wants another Clinton as president.

These people went to the best east coast schools and run our country? You gotta be kidding me.

dthorny on February 16, 2010 at 6:43 AM

Another Obama supporter sees the light. It is a brilliant move by Hillary as she prepares to run against Obama in the democratic primaries. Look for her to resign about 6 months before the end of Obama’s term (notice I did not write first term ;>) )

kanda on February 16, 2010 at 7:45 AM

They have no idea what they’re doing. They are winging it and have been since Day 1.
On just about Every single issue there is, not just Iran.

bridgetown on February 16, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

UltimateBob on February 15, 2010 at 10:09 PM

If only she would run for office. **dreaming of the video where she schooled the drooling liberal at Stanford**

Grace_is_sufficient on February 16, 2010 at 5:38 AM

Yes, unfortunately (last I heard) she was not interested.

I’d love to see Dr. Rice and John Bolton in positions where they could actually have some effect on policy, rather than just being talking heads on FOX News. But that would require a REAL president.

UltimateBob on February 16, 2010 at 9:33 AM