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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Hasan Rowhani
Iranians closed the page on the tumultuous eight-year tenure of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when they went to the polls on June 14 to pick a new president.
Hasan Rowhani, the president-elect of Iran, was part of a special government task force that plotted in 1994 to bomb a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, a terrorist attack that ultimately left 85 dead and hundreds wounded.
Underlying the chaotic situation throughout the Middle East is the Obama administration's dysfunctional political strategy of switching sides in the Arab Spring revolutionary wars.
As the U.S. media have focused on the Syrian civil war and Iran's elections, news organizations have failed to concentrate on what I consider a key player in the equation: Hezbollah, the Shiite militia.
It is a well-known axiom of presidential politics that when things aren't going well at home, chief executives go abroad.
As soon as the results of the Iranian elections were announced, the world's media proclaimed that a "moderate and reformist" cleric, Hasan Rowhani, would become the new president of Iran.
The United States and its Western allies see a chance for a breakthrough on containing Iran's suspected nuclear-weapons program with Hasan Rowhani, who won Iran's presidential election last week.
As the polls opened Friday in Iran's presidential election, a leading member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee declared the winner would be nothing more than a "pliable and dependable lap dog" who will serve Iran's extremist religious rulers.
The surprising victory of a reformist candidate in Iran's presidential election has put Israel in a difficult position as it tries to halt the Iranian nuclear program: With Hasan Rowhani likely to enjoy an international honeymoon, Israel could have a hard time rallying support for new sanctions — or possible military action — against its archfoe, even as it says the clock is ticking on Tehran's march toward nuclear weapons.
Iran's newly elected reformist-backed president said Sunday that the country's dire economic problems cannot be solved "overnight," as he took his first steps in consulting with members of the clerically dominated establishment on his new policies.
Iran's top leader gave a salty rebuke Friday to U.S. questions over the openness of the presidential contest in the Islamic Republic, telling Washington "the hell with you" after casting his ballot in a race widely criticized in the West as rigged in favor of Tehran's ruling system.
"In all probability, we would have heard about it if [Mr. Rowhani] had risen up and said, 'Don't do that [attack], it's a disgrace.'
"All should know that the next government will not budge defending our inalienable rights," he said defiantly in Tehran on Monday.