Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Reported "In A Stable Condition"Pajamas Media is noting that there is a report of the death Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
We wish him much stability.
Meanwhile, has Iran entirely suppressed the results of its recent elections?
Because worse than Khameini as Supreme Leader would be that crazy apocalyptic nutter, Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi (born 1934), who is Ahmadinejad's spiritual leader.
A nice unstable Iran could turn out to be a big help for the US position in the short term.
In related news, Drudge has an unlinked headline reporting that President Bush will nominate Zalmay Khalilzad, the current Moslem-American ambassador to Iraq, as the new US ambassador to the UN. That looks to be a good choice for a few reasons - the Democrats cannot possibly filibuster it for any rational reason and he can call bullshit on anyone making up data points about the Middle East. From what I understand, he did a widely respected job in Iraq.
Kim Priestap at Wizbang points out that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon may select Khalilzad as Undersecretary General for Political Affairs, one of the most important jobs in the UN, setting the stage for an entirely different UN, hopefully a competent non-third world one.