Yes, he's a moderate, all right. Here's the thing, the switch up to a clever, silver-tongue stealth jihadist (newly elected Rowhani) from a neanderthal jihadist (Ahmadiniejad) is just another ruse in which Iran cons the slumbering West with talks of talks, with talks of nuclear enrichment for civilian purposes, with talks of sanction tweaking. Rowhani? Ahmadinejad? Same objectives, different ....styles. Two sides of the same coin.
I wrote of this Khomeinist here: Islamic Cleric Wins Iran's Presidential 'Election' - Atlas Shrugs
Andrew Bostom here:
Right until his election to the presidency, Hasan Rowhani headed the Tehran-based think tank, the Center for Strategic Research. Rowhani, in a 2009 monograph published by the Center for Strategic Research, “Islamic Political Thought, Volume I: Theory,” extolled Iranian theocrat Ayatollah Khomeini’s alleged enlightened “vision” for Islamic governance, as follows (translation kindly provided by Amil Imani):
It appears distancing from any fundamental ideals of the Islamic Revolution, would only mean to be held in the prison of western politics, “politics without ethics” or a medieval European dungeon, “backward religious thoughts”…And we all have witnessed and taken notes of the warning of great architect of the Islamic government, Ayatollah Khomeini, that we avoid falling over that cliff…[T]he Islamic Revolution and its theorists, and above all, Imam Khomeini, were exemplary leaders who were the first to have projected, defined and implemented a superb divine Islamic model for all humans and all times.
A cleric in charge of a nuclear arsenal. What could go wrong? He was Iran's top nuclear negotiator while the mullahs continued to deceive the world and build a nuclear arsenal.
When asked about the presidential election, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon replied: "It is (supreme leader Ayatollah) Ali Khamenei who will decide who gets elected."
I love the media's use of the word "moderate." Such propagandist pablum is criminal. Hasan Rowhani is no “moderate.” He was endorsed by the only Iranian leader ever to publicly call for Israel to be destroyed by nuclear weapons.
Obama, of course, is relieved that the Iranians gave him the out in which to cop-out. Obama will play along with this transparent piece of really bad theater. As the world titters on the brink ......