Cheat-Seeking Missles

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Bad News For "Ebola" Ahmadinejad

Ebola spreads lightening fast, killing nearly all it touches. But its very quickness and lethalness is the only reason we're not all be dead from it by now -- it kills its hosts too quickly, running out of bodies to spread to before it can become a transnational epidemic.

More and more, I am reminded of Ebola when I see Mah- I'm- in- the- moud for Shia Power Ahmadinejad (rhymes with "There's still Sunnis; ain't that sad?"). From the Telegraph:
Internal pressure on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran to abandon his confrontational policies with the West has intensified after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme spiritual leader, snubbed a request for a meeting on the country's controversial nuclear programme.

Iran's president meets regularly with Ayatollah Khamenei, who is regarded as the guardian of the Islamic Revolution, to brief him on international and domestic political issues. But when the president requested a meeting earlier this month, the ayatollah declined.

It is the first time that he has refused to meet Mr Ahmadinejad since the former Revolutionary Guard commander was elected president in 2005 and is a further indication of the growing unrest within Iran at his hard-line policies.

"It is a clear indication that the cracks are starting to appear in the highest echelons of the Iranian regime," said a senior Bush administration official with responsibility for monitoring Iran. "If the country's leading religious figure is not talking to the political leadership then obviously something is going seriously wrong."
Khamenei sees ebola in Ahmadinejad's soul. His holocaust ferver and 12th Imam baiting makes for some hot rhetoric the ayatollahs most have found amusing at first. Now they see that if Ahmadinejad gets his way, their host -- the Iranian people -- will be dying too fast for them to survive.

The ideal attack on Iran would be to let it attack itself. The game is to provide enough time for that to happen ... and not provide enough time for Mahmoud to get his nukes. If there ever were a place for intelligence, diplomacy and the threat of imminent military action to work together, it is in Iran.

I would like to be seeing more evidence of that sort of coordination right about now, but we all know that's still a big problem with Washington. C'mon guys; enough with the inter-departmental conflicts; get on with your jobs and take advantage of these opportunities to accomplish our objectives without spilling the blood of our troops.

Hat-tip: memeorandum
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