Roger L. Simon

Reactionaries of the State Department

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has expressly said that regime change in Iran is not the U.S. goal. But… ,” as Anne Gearan of the AP continued in her very next sentence, “…[Secretary of State Condoleeza] Rice would not say whether the United States supports a change of government.

Speaking to reporters on the plane as she began her weeklong trip, Rice said Iran’s approach to human rights and its treatment of its own citizens were loathsome.

“I don’t think anybody thinks that the unelected mullahs who run that regime are a good thing for the Iranian people and for the region,” she said Thursday. On Friday, she referred to Iran’s leaders as “an unelected few.””

Somebody’s not ib the same page with Rice (who, to be clear, is not advocating military intervention). I have a suggestion for Lord Armitage, a seeming State Department lifer. He should go live in Iran for a while, see what it’s like to be a citizen of a mullocracy. He might develop a little empathy.

MEANWHILE: Some extremely disappointing news from Power Line. “Say it ain’t so, Condi” indeed.