yes but why so blatantly?
There’s a fairly wide consensus building that the Iranian election results were fraudulent. Much speculation exists regarding the who, why, etc. John Holbo wonders why the apparent fraud was so crudely done. It’s a good question. Why not make the results more believable?
One possible hypothesis is that the Iranians want the world to know that these elections were rigged. They set it up as a way to thumb their noses at the Obama administration and put the Americans off guard – making it undeniably more difficult for us to move forward with diplomatic efforts. What they didn’t count on was the huge uprising this would cause. It seems entirely plausible to me in any case. Already the neocons are talking about how impossible it will be for Obama to move forward with Iranian talks now that the government there is “illegitimate” – though that raises the question of its previous legitimacy as well as the fact that they were opposed to talks prior to this as well.