“the big lie”
I wondered about this the other day. While I commend Obama’s restraint and am glad that he is not, as the neoconservatives are clamoring for, actually meddling in Iranian affairs, it did seem, as Totten puts it, inevitable that the regime would say the US was meddling one way or another. Propaganda only needs the whiff of truth afterall:
Iran has accused the United States of “intolerable” meddling in its internal affairs, alleging for the first time that Washington has fueled a bitter post-election dispute.
A state television channel in Iran says the government summoned the Swiss ambassador, who represents U.S. interests in Iran, to complain about American interference. The two countries broke off diplomatic relations after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. An English-language state-run channel quoted the government as calling Western interference “intolerable.”