The following excerpt from a Reuters analysis of the political situation in Iran risks putting the news service's readers in a state of terminal befuddlement, as they attempt to sort out the irreconcilable contradictions between the analysis and the propagandistic hogwash that passes for its coverage of developments in the Persian Gulf.
Analysis: Ahmadinejad seen big loser in Iran election | Reuters: "(Reuters) - Loyalists of Iran's supreme leader, who is implacably hostile to the West and its drive to curb Tehran's nuclear work, look set to triumph in Iran's parliamentary poll at the expense of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a contest among hardliners.How can one blindly follow the Zionist propaganda that posits that Ahmadinejad is an unstable, suicidal fanatic bent on "wiping Israel off the map," with this portrait of a politician struggling to hold his place after having fallen out of favor with the ruling cleric who wields real power in Iran?
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei turned against the man he backed in a disputed presidential vote in 2009 after Ahmadinejad challenged his authority over top government posts.
Ahmadinejad, first elected in 2005, had shown signs of seeking real power for the presidency, which in the Islamic Republic has always played second fiddle to the supreme leader in all state matters such as nuclear and foreign policy."
The know-nothing goobers with drool running down their chins have been whipped into a bellicose frenzy and are spoiling for a fight based on the premise that the Iranian president is a threat to our way of life -- and a monster "worse than Hitler, " as the common refrain goes. And now they're being told that the guy is on the ropes, and probably washed up as a political force after next month's elections.
The ruling cleric, on the other hand, is actually more hardline than Ahmadinejad, but the media hasn't been as diligent in whipping up the fury against him, as he appears to be less of a lightning rod for criticism, and more the calculating and cautious opponent.
While we in the West disdain the Iranian leaders as creepy old guys in black robes who are just out of touch with the way things work, it seems more likely that Khamenei knows exactly what time it is in Iran's standoff with the US and its minions. He is doubtless not the flamboyant hothead that forms the public image of the US' enemies.
When the West finally makes it move, one can be quite assured that Khamenei has carefully thought out his moves well in advance for maximum effect. The West is easily seduced by its own propaganda, and it would come as a rude surprise if someone suddenly comes along and knocks the yahoos upside the head.