Krauthammer’s Take: Iranian Moderates ‘A Mirage’

by NRO Staff


The initial wave of optimism following the election of Hassan Rowhani as president of Iran is just the latest episode in Americans’ “perpetual” search for Iranian moderates, Charles Krauthammer argued Monday evening.  “The answer is always the same,” he explained, “it’s a mirage.”

Western hopes that Ahmadinejad’s successor may be willing to negotiate on Iran’s nuclear program “is a wish, not a reality,” Krauthammer emphasized. “There is not an iota of difference” between Rowhani and Ahmadinejad on the three main issues — “Iran being nuclear, supporting Assad in Syria, and ultimately destroying Israel, our chief ally in the region” – that the United States is concerned about, he concluded.

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