Gary Sick
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"Gary G. Sick" is an United States/American academia/academic and analyst of Middle East affairs, with special expertise on Iran, who served on the staff of the United States National Security Council/U.S. National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He has written two books on U.S.-Iran relations, in addition to a number of co-edited books and numerous articles and scholarly contributions. He also maintains a blog.

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You didn't have to think about it. Nobody every challenged you on the inside about what you thought about Iran. You just disliked them, that's all. Suddenly that view began to be questioned.

I think in fact the regime, which initially thought they had been very clever in getting him elected ... realize they've got a tiger by the tail. I don't think they're all that pleased about it.

We know that they have had the drawings for P-2 centrifuge and they've publicized that.

Although they may be reckless with the security of the United States, I think they are utterly cold-blooded realists when it comes to political power.

Taking an anti-Israel position is certainly not going to hurt him in the public mind. His attitude says that 'no one is going to shut me up' and probably goes down pretty well with [average people] in Tehran.

This affects everything they do. What are their chances with the WTO when the whole world's passing resolutions against them?