MILANI’s U-TURN: Abbas Milani’s evolution from Pro Bush to Pro Obama


MILANI’s U-TURN: Abbas Milani’s evolution from Pro Bush to Pro Obama
by Darius Kadivar

“The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.” ― Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord  


What I admire most about Milani is his steadfastness … ;0)

Milani Blames Romney of changing his opinion all the time and complains that he as a university teacher is a “Moalemeh Faghir” (i.e: Poor Teacher) yet pays more taxes than Romney … 

“Faghiroh Mostaza’af” indeed …

Abbas Milani Guest of Morocco’s Prince Moulay Hicham



So long Comrad ...


Khosro Fravahar Challenges Abbas Milani & ex-Maoist “Comrads” to an Open debate on Shah’s Rule


Ofogh with Abbas Milani, Bijan Kian on the Last Presidential debate:

Good Night, And Good Luck:






An excerpt from The Iranian Optimist by 

By Romesh Ratnesar(Stanford Magazine)

In 2006, Milani was invited to a dinner with President Bush at the home of former Secretary of State George Shultz, just down the road from Stanford's Hoover House. Hadley had asked Milani to write a memo for Bush to read in advance, in which Milani reiterated his position that democracy was achievable in Iran if the United States and its allies refrained from using force against the regime. When Bush met Milani, the president told him to stay after the other guests left. "I want to talk to you one-on-one," Bush said. Milani and Bush chatted privately for 15 minutes. Bush asked if there were any reliable intermediaries who could negotiate with the mullahs on Washington's behalf. As they were leaving, Milani told Bush, "You know, you've got a lot of popularity in Iran for standing up to these guys." The president wheeled around and stared at Milani. Then he said, "You're not bullshitting me, are you?"







NEW DEAL: Shah Explains “The Great Civilization” During Press Conference (1971)

Saadabad Palace. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi gives a press conference, after the celebrations for the 2500 years of the Persian monarchy in Persepolis. (Source:

The Shah offers a définition of what he sees as an ultimate goal of his reign « The Great Civilization » which seems to echo with that of US President Roosevelt’s New Deal 

Shah Explains What He Means By “The Great Civilization” During Press Conference (1971):

(Video Courtesy: frauenatz)

Description: Footage included 1971 Press conference followed by footage of Shah a few years later with Ministers (during Sharif Emami’s term) 










ENTER THE DRAGON: Shah Greets China’s Party Chairman Hua Kuo Feng (1978)


Chinese Communist Party Chairman Hua Kuo Feng arrives in Iran, where he is met by the Shah of Iran, attends a ceremony at Shahyad Tower and later, a formal banquet. (circa,1978) (Source:

Shah of Iran Greets Chinese Communist Party Chairman Hua Kuo Feng:

(Video Courtesy : frauenatz


The Shah of Iran's Message to the "blue eyed People" :

Shah of Iran tells Mike Wallace that the West Should Wake Up from it's self complacent Utopia that their well being will be eternally guaranteed.


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NAME YOUR PRICE: Islamic Republic
 Auctions Items of Royal Treasury and Valuables (1983)

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Milani: Man of Many Modes

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Abbas Milani can portray different images of himself to different audiences at the same time. When he used to speak to Hassan Mohri in his weekly readio programs, Milani would come across as Pahlavi sympathiser. He immensely admired Reza Shah and and had lots of sympathy for Mohammad Reza Shah and the achievments made under his leadership and against all the opposing forces. Even Mossadegh was presented as a failed politician who acted illegally by dissolving the parliament and refused to move out of office after receiving the Shah's removal orders, hence it was Mossadegh who staged a coup d'etate. When Milani's audiences are non-Iranians, Reza Shah becomes a ruthless despot, Mohammad Reza Shah becomes a reluctant and weak leader (and autocrat) and Mossadegh becomes the only democratically elected Iranian prime minister who was toppled by a CIA coup!


Mr Milani, while acknowledging his scholarly work, is a frequent side-switcher.


Thanks Darius jaan for a timely blog.

Darius Kadivar

Vildemose Jan ... ;0)

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Daily KOS ? ... Or KOSEH Sher ? ... ;0)


"A Country that Loses it's Poetic Vision is a Country that faces death"-Saul Bellow.