President-Elect Hasan Rowhani on the Sublimity of Khomeini’s “Model”: Andrew Bostom

Shiite cleric Hasan Rohwani has been elected as Iran’s next President, from amongst a slate of ruling Ayatollah “guardian council”-approved candidates.

Hassan Rowhani has a lengthy history in Iranian politics, having served as the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council for more than 16 years. He was also a former deputy speaker of the parliament. During the Mohammad Khatami’s Presidency, in 2003, Rowhani became Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator. Rowhani maintained the post for two years before being replaced by Ali Larijani when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assumed the presidency in 2005. He is also a member of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, an advisory body to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as the Assembly of Experts, a body vested with the power to elect and remove the Supreme Leader. Rowhani is reputed to be close to both Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Chairman of Expediency Discernment Council.

Right until his election to the presidency, Hassan Rowhani headed the Tehran-based think tank, the Center for Strategic Research. Rowhani, in a 2009 monograph published by the Center for Strategic Research, “Islamic Political Thought, Volume I: Theory,” extolled Iranian theocrat Ayatollah Khomeini’s alleged enlightened “vision” for Islamic governance, as follows (translation kindly provided by Amil Imani):

It appears distancing from any fundamental ideals of the Islamic Revolution, would only mean to be held in the prison of western politics, “politics without ethics” or a medieval European dungeon, “backward religious thoughts”…And we all have witnessed and taken notes of the warning of great architect of the Islamic government, Ayatollah Khomeini, that we avoid falling over that cliff…[T]he Islamic Revolution and its theorists, and above all, Imam Khomeini, were exemplary leaders who were the first projected, defined and implemented a superb divine Islamic model for all humans and all times.


….FROM AND E-PAL BUD B. One wonders if all of those people and countries who are advocating a boycott of Israeli companies and products are willing to fly in aircraft not outfitted with this system
The company is based in Haifa. No gimmick, it’s the real thing.

EPA TARGETS WYOMING FARMS: KARIN McQUILLAN The EPA join in the power abuse, targets Wyoming farms This week, we learned the Environmental Protection Agency illegally released personal names, phone numbers, emails and addresses of 80,000 farmers and ranchers in 30 states to activist environmental groups interested in prosecutions under the EPA’s Clean Water Act. Family farmers with fewer than 1,000 […]

THIRD FIRE BOMBING OF JEWISH CENTER IN MONTREAL Following the latest in a string of firebombing attacks on Jewish targets in Montreal, Canada, a Jewish community group is demanding answers from the police. The B’nai Brith Canada is “calling on the Montreal Police to get to the bottom of the attacks before people are seriously injured,” wrote the group in an email […]


Last fall, a young man who is a student in Dartmouth was at a family lunch. Among the thousand conversations and interjections of three generations of family, the young man told me that his grandfather served in World War 11. The remark was lost in the chatter and laughter and bickering that attends such gatherings. […]

We utilize systems to achieve goals whether it’s defending the country or fighting poverty or making the trains run in time or achieving political change.
Modem systems are systematic creatures that aim to achieve goals by maximizing control over all the subsidiary elements of the problem.
So if you set out to solve poverty, you need control over all the social and economic elements that either cause poverty or could be used to ameliorate poverty. Those elements include the sum amount of national wealth for the purposes of wealth redistribution, the rate of unwed teen pregnancies and any forms of racial discrimination… and that’s just for starters. Even poverty, which would seem like a rather simple phenomenon becomes a system which takes into account tools like abortion, progressive taxation and discrimination laws.
The scope of each social problem becomes so limitless that all social problems must merge into a Holistic Socialism of piano wire in which every string touched spreads vibrations everywhere. Solving even the most minor problem requires solving all the problems and the only solution is the absolute power of the system.
Socialism relies on systems as means to achieve social ends. The systems develop policies that control as a means to achieve those ends.


IN MAY 2013- James Carville (yes the James Carville who is a democrat and staunch defender of Bill Clinton) called Sen. Ted Cruz :

James Carville heaped praise upon Sen. Ted Cruz Sunday on “This Week,” calling him “the most talented and fearless Republican politician I’ve seen in the last 30 years.”

“I further think that he is going to run for president, and he is going to create something,” he added emphatically. “He touches every button. This guy has no fear. He just keeps plowing ahead. He is going to be something to watch,” the pundit said, adding that he thinks Sen. Cruz is “more talented than all of the other guys.”

The same week, former Governor of New Mexico, Democrat Bill Richardson said of Cruz:

Bill Richardson, the former governor of New Mexico, had harsh words of criticism for Sen. Ted Cruz and his tough immigration views: He’s not a real Hispanic…..His border protection views are “anti-immigration,” Mr. Richardson said, as Fox News reported. And he really shouldn’t be “defined as a Hispanic.” Mr. Cruz brings a “measure of incivility in the political process,” Mr. Richardson said, Fox News reported.

And yesterday Vice President Joe Biden said:

Vice President Joseph R. Biden is urging Democrats to donate money for the 2014 election because, he said, Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas “control” the GOP.

“They are the ones that control the Republican party right now, literally,” Mr. Biden said. “I’ve never seen a time in all the years I was in the Senate that two freshmen have so much impact on the entirety of the Republican party.”

He did call them “bright young guys.”

Something about Ted Cruz drives the liberals bonkers and I love every minute.

KERRY’S WEST BANK FOLLIES: ABRAHAM KATSMAN The View from the West Bank Syria spirals out of control. Iran marches toward nuclear Islamageddon. So, naturally, Secretary of State John Kerry schedules yet another trip to “solve” the region’s relatively stable, if not ideal, Israel-Palestinian dispute.   Like so many in foreign policy circles, Kerry and the Obama administration know — absolutely […]

‘Moderate’ win in Iran is the worst possible outcome

Many opinion makers and shapers in the West already seem to be in a swoon over Hassan Ruhani’s victory in Iran’s presidential election.After all, in the six-man field (no women allowed), Ruhani was the only “moderate” or “reformist” and the most likely to give heartburn to Supreme Leader Khamenei. In fact, some mavens go so far as to call the election outcome a resounding rebuke to Khamenei by Iranian reformers. Ruhani, with his electoral “mandate” might weaken or soften Khamenei, they postulate.

So what’s not to like? Plenty.

For starters, under Iran’s two-level governing regime, the Supreme Leader calls all the shots on security and foreign policy matters. Ruhani’s win no withstanding, Khamenei will continue with Iran’s genocidal agenda against Israel, the rush to acquire nuclear weapons, a determination to attain supremacy in the Middle East over more “moderate” Sunni-led regimes in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, and extensive sponsorship of terrorist groups like Hezbollah.

For his part, Ruhani will be left with only a domestic portfolio, akin more accurately to a prime minister’s function, while the fanatical mullahs hold sway over Iran’s imperial ambitions and quest for Shiite domination throughout the region.

Where Ruhani’s victory really matters, however, is in providing propaganda fodder to modern-day Chamberlains in the West who are averse to confronting Iran’s existential threats and now will have some ammunition to counsel more patience, more talks, more quixotic “engagement” with Tehran. Their argument will be that there now may be an Iranian “spring” worth exploring — with the West needing to show patience and not confronting Khamenei and his co-horts.

In the meantime, Iran’s growing arsenal of centrifuges will continue to spin and proceed unimpeded toward production of weapons-grade nuclear materials for atomic bombs.

Watch the Good Guys and Leave the Terrorists Alone By Jeannie DeAngelis Barack Obama alleges that snooping is in the nation’s best interest because it is a powerful tool needed to keep Americans safe from dangerous terrorists. Yet, taking political correctness to a whole new level of lunacy, mosques, where terrorist types like to mingle with likeminded people, are currently off-limits to spying, snooping, and undercover […]