I hope that the US military strategists are monitoring the Iranian interest in gold as it speaks of the mood of the country independent of the clerics.According to Michael Ledeen of the AEI, the mood of the country independent of the fake-lerics (and their clients) is to get rid of them. You may read, in example, this article:
Iran Is at War with Us, by Michael Ledeen
"He [president terrorist Ahmadinejad] and his cronies have a lot to worry about, because the Iranian people, in the face of a vicious wave of repression that recalls the worst moments of this dreadful regime, are showing themselves prepared to stand against it, and to move to remove it. Lacking a full picture, we should base our judgment at least in part on the behavior of the mullahs, and their dispatch of so many armed forces to three different regions suggests they are profoundly worried. This is not a good time to throw the mullahs a diplomatic lifeline. We should instead show them and their democratic enemies that the tide of history is running against them.
"Itís time to take action against Iran and its half-brother Syria, for the carnage they have unleashed against us and the Iraqis. We know in detail the location of terrorist training camps run by the Iranian and Syrian terror masters; we should strike at them, and at the bases run by Hezbollah and the Revolutionary Guards as staging points for terrorist sorties into Iraq. No doubt the Iraqi armed forces would be delighted to participate, instead of constantly playing defense in their own half of the battlefield. And there are potent democratic forces among the Syrian people as well, as worthy of our support as the Iranians."
I think he is a bit too optimistic on the current capacities (a) of the Iranian population of breaking their totalitarian yoke, and (b) of the American government of making a tough decision if required; in example:
One up for Tehran in Its Secret Bout with Washington, from DEBKAfile
"The American [diplomatic] delegation proposed that Tehran be satisfied with the sensation it caused by its uranium enrichment bombshell and abandon its centrifuges and weapons program.
"If not, Washington would deliver threefold punishment: A. The heat would be maintained for UN Security Council sanctions; B. The Saudi and Egyptian nuclear programs would be allowed to move forward. And if Tehran started building a weapon, both these Arab states would either produce or buy a nuclear weapon from countries like Pakistan. C. The US would line up a nuclear-armed Middle East front, including Israel, against Iran. Moscow and Beijing might then rethink their support for the Islamic Republic and weigh its worth against lost points in the Arab world and Persian Gulf. Tehranís clerical rulers did not back down in the face of the American ultimatum.
"They adopted four courses, revealed here by DEBKA-Net-Weeklyís Iranian sources:
1. Supreme ruler Khamenei, while leaving the shrill rhetoric to president Ahmadinejad, tightened his grip on the national nuclear program and cut the president out of the ongoing diplomatic talks with the Americans.
2. Rafsanjani took over dealings on the Iraq issue and relations with Arab governments, while Larijani was put in charge of contacts with the Americans, the Russians and the Europeans.
3. To balance the American track, Iran went into secret negotiation with Moscow on a new Russian plan for international oversight of its enrichment activities.
4. Rafsanjani was dispatched on a tour of the Arab emirates to calm their fears of Iranís nuclear motives and invite them to lend their support to its nuclear option. Our Gulf sources report that he failed in his mission. Aside from Damascus, which was his last stop, the emirates presented a solid wall of resistance to any suggestion of an Iranian nuclear bomb."
Today, in America, the State Dept, the CIA, and the MSM almost rule the country. Still, trust me, the best government in the world is the American one.
(Edited by Joel Catalŗ on 5/05, 9:25am)