Mr. Stephens, the unapologetic Neo-Conservative war monger ‘uncovers’ the corruption of the Iranian Revolution in 2018. The Reuters expose of 2013 is offered as quite compelling evidence. Yet Stephens is not just content with this three part expose, he enlists his fellow travelers Ken Weinstein of the Hudson Institute and Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. In his essay framed by the notion of ‘finding a way forward on Iran’. Does he make his case?
If the reader looks to the Russian Revolution of 1917, as instructive of the possible evolution of these kinds of political upheavals: its leader Lenin, was a State Capitalist, as he was a reactionary, and as greedy and mendacious as the Iranian Ayatollahs in the 20th and 21st Centuries.
Mr. Stephens isn’t quite historically sophisticated, or more likely he pursues an ideological agenda that finds ‘history’ an inconvenient impediment. As what he produces are some conjectures that don’t amount to ‘a way forward’, but remain in the arena of self-aggrandizing foreign policy chatter, of a would be Technocrat. With an appetite for fomenting politically useful discord.
Obama is the villain in the Iranian Melodrama, as confected by Stephens, but he is simultaneously a ‘fellow traveler’ in the NATO, EU, and Foundation for the Defence of Democracies’ Ukrainian Coup and the continuing War in that country!