Only one hardliner in Tehran has a chance at winning a seat, and he is in the last position.
There are two bodies – one that is widely elected, and a second that is chosen only among senior clerics. The system is far from perfect, but I bet a poll of Iranians would say that they think their election matters, unlike the vast majority of Americans.
Lifting the sanctions was the right thing for President Obama to do – economic forces and increased contact with the West will quickly undermine the authoritarian Islamic rule. Iran is not Afghanistan.
Iran is not buying Airbuses to fly into American skyscrapers. The derangement of Fox News and Drudge Report readers is growing to mass insanity. Iran had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11. The Air Force of Iran still flies US made aircraft. The Persian culture is not going away, no matter how much Benjamin Netanyahu and the King of Saudi Arsbia might want to fantasize about using nuclear weapons on Tehran.