Juan Cole feels my pain when he points out that he's been vindicated in what he's been saying for a while now about Ahmadinejad's supposed threat to "wipe out" Israel:
I made the same point in 2005 and was raked over the coals by the late Christopher Hitchens and his Neoconservative friends, and by Likudniks ... and Israel’s military chief of staff, Gen. Benny Gantz, came out and said that Iranian leaders are rational actors and that they have no current nuclear weapons program, not having decided to go for warheads.
And, of course, I’ve been saying these things for years and vilified for it, but this is the Israeli Army chief of staff speaking now.
Now if only Juan Cole also conceeds that there was no evidence of election fraud -- as I and some others like Eric Brill have also been saying for years - even though he was promoting that view without any evidence (or, the evidence he cited was debunked) and he has yet to retract it (specifically, the Chatham House study he cites as "definitive" was faulty because it was an apples-and-oranges comparison, as the Leveretts pointed out.) So, how about feeling some more of my pain?