John on April 22, 2008 at 10:50 am
I guess I should never be surprised by anything in the LA Times. The paper has a long track record of liberal obsolescence. Still, today’s article titled Iran watching U.S. campaigns with hope for detente is an amazing piece of, uh, work. Author Jeffrey Fleishman begins:
TEHRAN — If an Iranian woke up in America and glimpsed the front page of a newspaper, he’d be reminded of home: a teetering economy, a restless populace, a tough-talking leader.
So in the first sentence we’ve roughly equated Iran to the US and Ahmadinejad to Bush. It gets worse, much worse. First there’s a lot of talk about detente and hints that Iran might be willing to stop killing our soldiers in Iraq if we’d unfreeze some of their assets. Then this stunner:
Some analysts wonder whether the Islamic Republic, led by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wants a significant improvement in relations with the U.S. Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, when militants in Tehran seized 52 American hostages and held them for 444 days, the weekly chants of “Death to America” have become a defining mantra, much in the same way Bush’s “axis of evil” resonates with American conservatives.
One more equivalence for good measure:
But, like the U.S., Iran is feeling the squeeze of an economy in turmoil and an uneasy population.
With all of this set up, the story now gets to the actual news content which is, essentially, that Iranians would like to see either Obama or Hillary win the election:
“If Mr. Obama won the election, it would be good,” said Hooshang Tale, a former member of parliament.
And (of course) we have the passing mention of McCain’s “bomb Iran” statement. Finally, Fleishman concludes his piece with a quote to the effect that it’s all America’s fault:
“If the Iranians feel less threatened by America, they’ll be more open. When you have 160,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, three American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, and a president and vice president who keep talking about military options, it’s hard to think about Iranians being open.”
Yeah, that’s tough. And when you have Quds Forces training militants, handing out cash to anyone who will attack US soldiers and transferring deadly EFP roadside bombs to Iraq by the truckload, it’s also hard to “be open.” Somehow none of that made it into Fleishman’s analysis.
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