September 7, 2012 | 3:13 am
The Barack Obama who spoke on Thursday night is far from the man who addressed the Democratic convention n 2008, writes Jonathan Tobin in Commentary.
After four years in office the president labors under the burden of having a less than stellar record and that has made it impossible for him to recapture the fervor that catapulted him into the White House. With the country still mired in a downturn that he tried and failed to fix, his list of achievements is slim.
Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Weekly Standard presents the case of Iran's former ambassador and nuclear negotiator Seyed Hossein Mousavian, who has been teaching at Princeton since leaving Iran in 2009.
Throughout [his book] The Iranian Nuclear Crisis and in his small-group gatherings at Washington’s think tanks, Mousavian has remained respectful towards Supreme Leader Khamenei. Mousavian prefers to suggest that his own personal travails—a brief imprisonment in 2007 following charges of espionage on behalf of the British, leading to his flight to America—owe more to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s machinations than to Khamenei’s determination to purge anyone too closely aligned with Rafsanjani, who refused to back Ahmadinejad’s “triumph” in 2009.
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