Monday, February 15, 2010

US: Iran Drifting Toward Military Dictatorship

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today that the US feared Iran was drifting toward a military dictatorship, with IRGC seizing key political, military and economic positions in the country.

“That is how we see it,” Clinton said. “We see that the government in Iran, the supreme leader, the president, the Parliament, is being supplanted and that Iran is moving towards a military dictatorship” [NYTimes, 15 February].

Last week, the US imposed new sanctions against the commander of IRGC’s sprawling construction conglomerate, Khatam-ol Anbia, and four of its subsidiaries.

The Obama administration is working on a series of broader UN sanctions that would take aim at IRGC, publicly singling out the Revolutionary Guards’ vast array of companies, banks and the wide web of assets owned or controlled by IRGC.

Clinton’s blunt remarks in linking IRGC to the growing fear of Iran’s drift toward a military dictatorship were remarkable. In the past couple of years, a number of Iran analysts have also raised concern about the growing control of IRGC over the country’s political and economic institutions, a dangerous concentration of power in the hands of the armed forces.

UPDATE (Monday 15 February): As Secretary Clinton was leaving Doha, she voiced concern over the inability of the civilian leadership in Tehran to make their minds on the uranium enrichment policy.

"The civilian leadership is either preoccupied with its internal political situation or is ceding ground to the Revolutionary Guard," Clinton said.

She added that it appears the IRGC is in charge of Iran's nuclear program and any change in nuclear policy depends on whether the civilian leadership could reassert itself.

"I'm not predicting what will happen but I think the trend with this greater and greater military lock on leadership decisions should be disturbing to Iranians as well as those of us on the outside," she said.


Anonymous said...

There is not a single negative thing that has not been said to Iran by the western media and regimes... military dictatorship is the latest.. simnply ignore as the rest

Mark Pyruz said...

Clinton's remarks on the IRGC, Iran's military and nuclear deal decision making appear to be expedient rather than based on fact.

In the recent past, certain editorials in the press that are closely connected with the IRGC had voiced approval of the nuclear deal with the West, as has Major General Hassan Firouzabadi.

Clinton appears to be posturing (rather clumsily) towards heightened tensions with the Islamic Republic.

Anonymous said...

Iran has been called worse by people a lot better than her.
( like some Arab monarchs and Egyptian Terrorists)

Anonymous said...

"Which path to Persia? Options for a New American
Strategy toward Iran" .... a full report by a white house
think tank institute called the Brookings institution (democrat think
tank) that was put together before the iranian elections!

Pay close attention to part III "regime change" on how they have
suggested plans beforehand to take advantage of the the internal
conflicts after the elections.

Anonymous said...