Democracy, Now?

As part of, I guess, the continuing campaign to get the United States to launch a war with Iran, there’s going to be an article forthcoming by a liberal hawk that quotes a good friend of mine in a misleading way as part of his effort to make the case that the damn dirty hippies of the blogosphere have become apologists for Iran’s ruling oligarchy (we know how this story goes). Meanwhile Jim Henley observes:

Gary Farber is onto important news about the actual effects of America’s “pro-democracy” program for Iran. It’s getting lots of people arrested, and various Iranian reform leaders abroad warned the State Department and others against stamping “Made in the USA” all over Iranian dissident groups within the Islamic Republic.

It’s almost as if all this chest-thumping isn’t really about putting serious thought into the best interests of the Iranian people.