The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Doomed

(Politico) Ray Takeyh - Even though Iran's relentless imperialism is denounced by the protesters who do not want to see their nation's assets wasted in Arab civil wars, the hardliners aren't likely to change course. This was always a revolution without a border and the Islamic Republic sees unique opportunities to project its power. Tehran is too proud of its Hizbullah protege in Lebanon, too invested in the Syrian civil war, and too involved in Iraq to dispense with foreign adventurism just because it is becoming a financial burden. Imperialism has always been tempting to revolutionaries despite the fact that its costs usually outweigh its benefits. The writer is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

2018-01-04 00:00:00

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