When he says: ” (the Iraqi election) is not a model for anything, and would not willingly be imitated by anyone else in the region. The 1997 elections in Iran were much more democratic…” he has really disqualified himself from being taken seriously. The 2005 Iraqi elections were wide open. Anyone could form a party and run. The 1997 elections in Iran were a sham. The government decided who could run. The guy who “won,” Khatami, was “cleared” by the mullahs after they had purged more than three hundred other candidates.
And this is the president-elect of the Middle East Studies Association! Pfui.