Rouzbeh and Trita Parsi on the revolutionary government's return to despotism.
The problem is that “this dude” does more than “one thing”—unless Rodman is referring to despotism generally, which I doubt.
In his time, in the ashes of world war, another critical part of the world was torn between democracy and despotism.
Unlimited political rule by one person.
Note: The term usually suggests unscrupulous rule, or tyranny.