This guy Gerecht is a menace. He has parlayed some college classes, a bit of language training, and a stunt trip into Iran hiding in a box into some sort of fake expertise about things Middle Eastern. No wonder the NeoCons haven't got a clue. They are listening to people like him.
from Norwegianity via arse poetica:
They really don’t give a shit about assuring women the right to vote. Not here, not there. On the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, the United States of America – where more than half the eligible voters are women – has decided that “democracy” means most people don’t get to cast a ballot:
MR. GERECHT**: Actually, I’m not terribly worried about this. I mean, one hopes that the Iraqis protect women’s social rights as much as possible. It certainly seems clear that in protecting the political rights, there’s no discussion of women not having the right to vote. I think it’s important to remember that in the year 1900, for example, in the United States, it was a democracy then. In 1900, women did not have the right to vote. If Iraqis could develop a democracy that resembled America in the 1900s, I think we’d all be thrilled.
from his bio at the Project for a New American Century:
He is recently a contributor to Present Dangers: Crisis and Opportunity in American Foreign Policy (Editors Robert Kagan & William Kristol; Encounter Books, 2000) and is the author under the pseudonym of Edward Shirley of Know Thine Enemy: A Spy's Journey into Revolutionary Iran (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997).
A former Middle Eastern specialist in the CIA, Mr. Gerecht writes frequently on the Middle East, Central Asia, terrorism, and intelligence, in such publications as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Middle East Quarterly, Playboy, and Talk.