Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer seemingly debunked the assertion that Iran's new President-elect Hassan Rowhani is somehow a "moderate" that may reign in the radical regime.
"The search for Iranian moderates is perpetual. And the answer is always the same, it's a mirage," Krauthammer said.
He explained that the search for the elusive "moderate" in Iran failed in 1979 during the Iranian hostage crisis and then again during the Iran-Contra scandal when an advisor to former President Ronald Reagan mistakenly believed he had found some moderates in Iran and secretly traveled to the country.
"This happens over and over again. This is a wish, not a reality," he added.
Krauthammer said Rowhani is the same man who "spearheaded" the crackdown on the student uprising in Iran in 1999, which was "absolutely ruthless."
"He's not a moderate, he's not a Democrat," he explained. "And on the issue of nuclear negotiations, which he was heavily involved, he boasted about the fact that as he negotiated, they never stopped enriching uranium, which was the one demand of the West."
Krauthammer concluded by saying there is not an "iota of difference" between Rowhani and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the issues that matter for America. He suggested that the president-elect supports expanding Iran's nuclear program, backs Assad in Syria and wants to destroy Israel.
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