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Time's Joe Klein: Ahmadinejad the Iranian Version of George W. Bush
Newsbusters ^ | 6/23/09 | Noel Sheppherd

Posted on 06/23/2009 12:51:09 PM PDT by pissant

If beating dead horses were an Olympic event, Joe Klein would have more medals gracing his neck than Michael Phelps.

On his magazine's Swampland blog, the Time columnist returned to his latest overwrought left-wing pandering point: labeling hardliner President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the Iranian version of George W. Bush:

The protesters admire our freedom, but they are appalled--and insulted--by our neocolonialist condescension over the past 50 years. The reformers, and even some conservatives, consider Ahmadinejad the George W. Bush of Iran--a crude, unsophisticated demagogue, who puts a strong Potemkin face to the world without very much knowledge of what the rest of the world is about. This was an anology [sic] that came up in interview after interview, with reformers and conservatives alike.

Klein doesn't explicitly reference the "axis of evil" remarks in then-President Bush's 2002 State of the Union address as an offense, although he quite probably has it in mind. Yet a review of the relevant passage from that speech shows Bush was dead-on and arguably eerily prophetic about the iron-fisted repression that the world is witness to presently on the streets of Tehran (portion in bold is my emphasis):

Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction.

[...]

Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom.

[...]

States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.

Although Klein won't admit it, he partially agrees with former President Bush -- the Iranian people want greater freedom -- although the Time columnist also insisted that the Iranian protesters are content with the Islamic "revolution" that is denying them said freedom (emphasis mine):

They do not believe they live in an Evil Empire. They still support their revolution. They shout "Allahu Akbar" in the streets, which was the rallying cry of 1979. They are proud of their nuclear program, even if many have doubts about the efficacy of weaponizing the enriched uraniam that is being produced. They want greater freedom, to be sure. And they believe that the Khamenei-Ahmadinejad forces--and the militarized regime they have empowered, the millions of basiji and revolutionary guards--is a profound perversion of that revolution. They are right. They deserve our prayers and support. But they don't need grandstanding from an American President, and they certainly don't need histrionics from blustery old John McCain.

It seems Klein is the one that has bought the Iranian mullahs' "Potemkin face to the world." After all, the basij and the Revolutionary Guard are not perversions of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, they are a fundamental component of it, the armed enforcement mechanism and thought police, as it were, of the "revolution" which Klein insists the intelligent, sophisticated, and world-wise Iranian protesters support.

What's more, contrary to Klein's insistence, there is evidence that there are at least some protesters now publicly long for Ayatollah Khameini's death and perhaps with it fundamental change to the regime's theocratic structure. As the Associated Press reported on Saturday (emphasis mine):

On the streets, witnesses said some protesters also shouted "Death to Khamenei!" — another sign of once unthinkable challenges to the authority of the successor of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the Islamic Revolution.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: ahmadinejad; antiamericanism; bds; bush; bushlegacy; dementalillness; iran; joeklein; liberalmedia; libtards; pravdamedia; time; timelies; timemag
Joe Klein is Cindy Sheehan without the balls.
1 posted on 06/23/2009 12:51:11 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

with bags


2 posted on 06/23/2009 12:51:58 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (The plan... 0 in power for life. At least that's what they told him.)
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To: pissant

Obama is the American version of Ahmadinejad. Ooops. Meant Kenyan... or is it Indonesian? Whatever.


3 posted on 06/23/2009 12:52:42 PM PDT by SolidWood (Down with the islamic regime! Freedom for Iran!)
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To: pissant

The state-run media, once again, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt why they are despised and why magazine’s such as TIME has no residual value other than toliet paper for survivalists.


4 posted on 06/23/2009 12:55:23 PM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: pissant

You made me spit up a mouth full of pepsi on my computer screen.


5 posted on 06/23/2009 12:57:18 PM PDT by kjo
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To: pissant

I would say Klein has lost it, but he never had it. Now he’s only fit as a “guest” on Olbermann’s hate-Amerika show. He fits right in with the other Bolscheviks, and I see Olbie now has a CIA traitor on his roster of yes-men.


6 posted on 06/23/2009 12:57:36 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: pissant

Who is Joe Klein and what does his BS matter? Is Time magazine still being published? When I visit my doctor all I see is 3 year old copies of it.


7 posted on 06/23/2009 12:58:41 PM PDT by casino66 ( If I vote Dem I'll get everything 'free')
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To: pissant; Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING

Boycott Time-Lies-Warner-Turner


8 posted on 06/23/2009 1:00:49 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: pissant

Cindy Sheehan is also Cindy Sheehan without balls too :)


9 posted on 06/23/2009 1:03:16 PM PDT by Rookie Cookie
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To: pissant

“Time’s Joe Klein: Ahmadinejad the Iranian Version of George W. Bush”

“Joe Klein is Cindy Sheehan without the balls.”

These people live in a deranged parallel universe!


10 posted on 06/23/2009 1:06:20 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: pissant
Obama is American version of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini if you remember 1979.
11 posted on 06/23/2009 1:06:44 PM PDT by Rookie Cookie
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To: pissant
Joe Klein is Cindy Sheehan without the balls.

LOL! They're both dated and irrelevent, balls or not.

12 posted on 06/23/2009 1:08:06 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: pissant

Oh yea? Well Joe Klein is a Clymer.


13 posted on 06/23/2009 1:08:29 PM PDT by DManA
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To: pissant

Ahmadinejhad and george Bush. Ask this stupid stupid person how many died the day we gave America over to the Kenyan.


14 posted on 06/23/2009 1:10:20 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: pissant
What's Joe smoking?

They do not believe they live in an Evil Empire. They still support their revolution. They shout "Allahu Akbar" in the streets, which was the rallying cry of 1979. They are proud of their nuclear program, even if many have doubts about the efficacy of weaponizing the enriched uraniam that is being produced. They want greater freedom, to be sure. And they believe that the Khamenei-Ahmadinejad forces--and the militarized regime they have empowered, the millions of basiji and revolutionary guards--is a profound perversion of that revolution.

Iranians cry "Death to the Islamic Republic" (FOX NEWS LIVE Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 2:56:04 PM)

15 posted on 06/23/2009 1:11:07 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: pissant

It would be interesting to kick Klein in the crotch just to see if he has any or not. Inquiring minds want to know.


16 posted on 06/23/2009 1:13:14 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Obadiah
I prefer leaves in the wilderness. If you think I carrying around a Time Magazine just for that instead of some Peanut M&Ms, well you're nuts! ;)
17 posted on 06/23/2009 1:18:19 PM PDT by Chgogal (American Mugabe, get your arse out of my bank, my car and my doctor's office!)
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To: pissant

What a dumb jerk Joe Klein is.


18 posted on 06/23/2009 1:19:05 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The Democrats have returned to their game of supporting totalitarian regimes. Now they're muslim.)
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To: pissant
Joe Klein is Cindy Sheehan without the balls.

Oh he has balls. They're just plastic.


19 posted on 06/23/2009 1:20:32 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: DManA

Except for those summer weeks when it’s not.


20 posted on 06/23/2009 1:23:53 PM PDT by DManA
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To: pissant
Somebody needs to punch that sonofabitch in the mouth...nothing more...just a single hard teeth shattering punch.
21 posted on 06/23/2009 1:25:54 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: pissant
Every time a Dem President loses numbers in a poll the press tries to divert our attention with a hit piece on Nixon, now Bush. Hey MSM, your man sucks! Get used to it!
22 posted on 06/23/2009 1:30:37 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: pissant

Joe Klein is the Time magazine version of Joseph Goebbels.


23 posted on 06/23/2009 1:34:13 PM PDT by cookcounty (He who controls the Language controls the Debate.)
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To: pissant

Jumped the shark after Primary Colors.


24 posted on 06/23/2009 1:35:27 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: pissant

Joe Klein is just never going to forgive Bush for introducing serious democracy and freedom into the Middle East. What started in Iraq is slowly spreading to Iran and the entire left of the political spectrum despises this fact because it shames them.


25 posted on 06/23/2009 1:37:37 PM PDT by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: pissant

Joe Klien is the US version of Tokyo Rose.


26 posted on 06/23/2009 1:58:32 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Gasoline has gone up 60% since the Osama inauguration.)
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To: pissant

Klein is nothing but an @$$ho!e with dentures.


27 posted on 06/23/2009 2:06:54 PM PDT by twister881
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To: pissant
Joe Klein is Cindy Sheehan without the balls.

Or a mime without the makeup. Too bad he doesn't stay silent.


28 posted on 06/23/2009 2:20:48 PM PDT by edpc (01010111 01010100 01000110 00111111)
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To: pissant

Joe, this isn’t much of a step up from making fun of people in wheelchairs. Try again.


29 posted on 06/23/2009 2:20:52 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (It doesn't matter who votes for whom, it matters who counts the votes. Joe Stalin)
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To: pissant

Relly Joe? why does your boy Hugo love the guy


30 posted on 06/23/2009 3:02:58 PM PDT by tophat9000 ( We are "O" so f---ed)
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To: pissant

Really Joe? why does your boy Hugo love the guy


31 posted on 06/23/2009 3:04:42 PM PDT by tophat9000 ( We are "O" so f---ed)
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To: pissant

I have a bad feeling that as we watch Obama and his goons destroy what’s left of America, the rage-filled howling of the loony left, calling for the head of George W. Bush, will get louder and more insane.


32 posted on 06/23/2009 3:05:24 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (Obama lied, America died.)
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To: a fool in paradise
One of Joe's friends should deal with the issue.

"Friends don't let friends write editorials while they're drunk or stoned. Or high on Hopium..."

33 posted on 06/23/2009 8:44:39 PM PDT by an amused spectator (Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz's lawn jockey doesn't speak Austrian)
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