Jim Lobe has a great post on the neo-con right’s spin on Iran. For years and years, they have publicly ignored the fact that Khamenei runs foreign policy, and used Ahmedinejad’s insane comments as fodder to help garner support for an invasion of Iran. But this quote from Daniel Pipes shows that apparently, proponents of this view were always aware of this fact:
“I’m sometimes asked who I would vote for if I were enfranchised in this election, and I think that, with due hesitance, I would vote for Ahmadinejad,” Pipes said. The reason, Pipes went on, is that he would “prefer to have an enemy who’s forthright and obvious, who wakes people up with his outlandish statements.”
Now, whether or not you agree with this line of thinking – and I do not – is irrelevant. The point to remember is this is a cardinal example of Orwell’s ‘doublethink’. One minute we’re at war with Eurasia, the next with Eastasia. One minute we hang on the Iranian President’s every word, and the next what he says counts for nothing. Simply stunning.