The near miss at UN betwixt Great Satan and top cats from Persia's Preacher Command have always been about as fake as a wedding cake
That's one way of putting it. Another way is that Iran's ruling clerics and Revolutionary Guard Corps remain ideologically incapable of reconciling themselves to the Great Satan. This shouldn't surprise anyone who reviews the 34-year-history of Iranian rebuffs to American diplomatic overtures, which makes the U.S. embarrassment on Tuesday all the more acute
Internal politics in Persia simply means Iran is doing the Persian Version of the olde Deutsche Führerprinzip:
One cat calling ALL the shots and in this case it's Iran's Supreme Leader
Supreme Leader - a jumped up Ayatollah of sorts and the illegit depotry he inherited simply cannot abide anything other than dang near open enemies with Great Satan - and by extension nearly any member of Free World.
Khamenei's contempt for Great Satan, documented in three decades' worth of writings and speeches, has been remarkably consistent. Whether the topic is foreign policy, agriculture, or education, he seamlessly relates the subject to the cruelty, greed, and sinister plots of what he calls American "global arrogance." Former senior Iranian officials, including even a former president, have LOL'd in private discussions Khamenei has declared, "Ma doshmani ba Amrika ra lazem dareem," i.e., "We need enmity with America." A month before the tainted presidential election of June 2009, Khamenei declared that Iran would face a national "disaster" if a candidate who attempted to thaw relations with America came to power.Pic - "Ironically, the collapse of the Assad regime would produce a common interest for Washington and Tehran in making sure that rad Sunni cats, who hate Shiite Iran even more than America, do not rule Damascus."
44's unprecedented and unreciprocated overtures to Tehran -- including two personal letters from 44 to Khamenei -- undercut the narrative that Iran's hard-liners, despite their own rhetoric, secretly aspire to cordial relations with Great Satan
They don't. Indeed, underneath the ideological veneer, the anti-Americanism of Iran's hard-liners is driven in no small part by self-preservation. They are acutely aware of the argument made by many Iran analysts over the years that a rapprochement with the United States could spur unpredictable reforms that would significantly dilute their hold on power. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of the powerful Guardian Council, put it plainly in a 2009 interview with Etemad newspaper: "If pro-American tendencies come to power in Iran, we have to say goodbye to everything. After all, anti-Americanism is among the main features of our Islamic state."