December 11, 2005

EVERYBODY PRETEND TO BE SURPRISED:

Iran's leader drawing fire: President Ahmadinejad is proving too radical even for some Iranian conservatives. (Scott Peterson, 12/12/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

While Iran's parliament is dominated by conservatives, analysts say that Ahmadinejad can only count on one-quarter of the votes. The parliament rejected his first three inexperienced candidates for oil minister - an unprecedented setback for a new president here. [...] Now some in parliament are trying to unseat his defense minister over the military plane crash that killed 108 people last week.

"The fundamentalists criticize [Ahmadinejad] because they don't want a bad situation to get worse," says Mohammad Ali Ayazi, a cleric and professor at the prestigious seminary in Iran's religious center of Qom. "The more [Ahmadinejad's cabinet] do not satisfy the promises they made, the criticism will increase toward them," says Mr. Ayazi. The president's [populist] election slogans "have less color now; it's not the same. Maybe after six months, they will have no color at all."


At this rate even the MSM won't act shocked when the Guardian Council sacks him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 11, 2005 5:10 PM
Comments

The MSM doesn't write about him because his name is too difficult to pronounce (and spell).

Plus, they want to be the first to accuse Bush of "rushing" to war against Iran. So, it's best to say nothing for now.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 11, 2005 9:58 PM
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