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Iran: Dysfunctional Game Of Chess, Or Something More?

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map_of_iran.jpgThe United States' relationship with Iran, formerly known as Persia, has been a complex and often dysfunctional one over the decades. In some ways, it's been a love-hate relationship. Average Iranians have a great deal of admiration for average Americans; at one time, Tehran was home to American-style jazz clubs and American movies were commonly shown in local cinemas. Of course, conservative and corporate elements in the U.S. have conveniently forgotten the show of support from the Iranian people in the days after the attacks of 11 September 2001, when thousands of people held candlelight vigils in the streets of the city.

The Democratic and Republican Parties have made the 2010 elections all about keeping their base and moving them to the polls on November 2. They are not debating the issues, which is what the anti-incumbent voter needs to hear about to win back their support. They are instead, throwing out the lowest forms of distractions and personal attacks designed to energize their base supporter's animosity toward the opposition. What a mistake, and they will pay for it, as will the nation.

Party leaders, analysts, and political pundits are trying to make sense of the polling data, but, they simply can't. They want to predict November's race outcomes, but, they can't. The growing anti-incumbent movement is the reason.

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