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Congressman Zinke Shows His Geopolitical Expertise Once More

One of the great amusements and frustrations about Congresman Ryan Zinke is that he fashions himself as some kind of geopolitical expert, a belief no doubt nurtured by the right wing media, who uncritically allow the Congressman to say really whatever he wants without review.

Predictably, Congressman Zinke has come out against the proposed Iran deal, telling the Montana Standard through rhetoric that is somewhere between hyperventilating and hyperbolic, that the deal is “perhaps the greatest national security mistake of our time.”

While it seems odd that someone who talks about his military service in Iraq every moment would forget the actual largest national security mistake in recent history, it’s not surprising at all that Mr. Zinke doesn’t even understand the players involved.

He writes in the Standard:

And earlier this year, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, rallied crowds with chants of “Death to America,” and called for the annihilation of Israel. His words are not political rhetoric; they are reality.

Now that would be terrifying. You see, as actual geopolitical experts (not too mention, most adults)  know, Khomeini died in 1989. It was kind of a big deal, since he led the Iranian Revolution and was responsible for the hostage crisis. Maybe Mr. Zinke saw the movie Miracle and might remember that.

Of course, the person real geopolitical experts are negotiating with his Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader of Iran, and the one chosen to replace Khomeini 26 years ago.

It’s pretty easy to run around screaming about the threat of a deal you don’t understand, and it’s pretty easy to seriously try to scare people into thinking that Iran will somehow attack Helena with ICBMs, as Mr. Zinke has actually done, but it might be a better starting point to read a book or newspaper about Iran.

Especially one written after, say, 1990. Or maybe he could just check Wikipedia.


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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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