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This is the image they both want for for their own purposes. Yes, the coup-organizers will do this anyway, just as Khamenei just made up a statement by Obama for his crowds of pious apparatchiks. But it is revealing that this is the regime's main rhetorical weapon against the revolt. The people who gave us the Iraq war and the people who simply want to attack Obama risk empowering Khamenei some more.

(Photo: Pro-government demonstrators burn an American flag at Tehran University, on June 19, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. By Getty.)

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