Iran A Loser In Changing Middle East

In a press briefing at the Pentagon, U.S. Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the Iranian regime a "loser," in the face of the popular revolts taking place in the Middle East:

"Iran is the real loser here, whether they want to admit it or not. They've had no hand in the change sweeping the region, except the one they have used to slap back their own people. Violence only begets more violence, while peaceful protests and government restraint can lead to meaningful dialogue and progress and a commitment to change, as we've seen in Egypt, Bahrain, and Tunisia."

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates agreed that the transformations taking place in the Mideast constitute a major setback for the Iranian government "now," he said, "and perhaps even more so in the future":

"Because the contrast between the behavior of the militaries in Tunisia and in Egypt and, except for a brief period of violence, in Bahrain, contrast vividly with the savage repression that the Iranians have undertaken against anybody who dares to demonstrate in their country."

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