If the Bush administration hopes to use Iran's President Mahmood Ahmadinejad as Iran's villainous face in a major conflict, they had better keep things moving right along. With his allies' defeat in Iran's recent election being interpreted as a rebuke of his policies, conservative newspapers have begun blaming him for an unnecessary crisis with the West
, while reformists have over half the MP's they need to request his impeachment
. Although elected as a populist, he has apparently failed to address pressing economic issues
. One Iranian journalist has even spoken of a countdown to his fall
I'd really like to know more about the situation behind the scenes there. I always thought Ahmadinejad's role in inter-Iranian power struggles went too unremarked in the American media. In something I never got around to blogging about earlier, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has even revealed that after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's 1989 death, insiders were divided over whether he should have a single replacement
, possibly foreshadowing a push to weaken the power of Faqih Ayatollah Ali Khamene'i, as well.
(Crossposted to American Footprints