The world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism is pulling out all stops to ingratiate itself with Washington elites with an image makeover projecting their supposedly peaceful culture - and it is all thanks to President Barack Obama, whose deal with the devil opened a window for the first time since Iran held 66 Americans hostage for 444 days during the 1970s.
Now, billions of dollars richer and with at least three Arab states under its sway, Iran is laying-out vast sums to increase its influence with US politicians, influential decision makers and, of course, the media all under cover of “promoting friendship between the Iranian and American people,” indicates Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed in Alwasat News.
One of the main driving forces behind Iran’s dynamic lobbing efforts is the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) that seems to have used every contact in its black book to sell the US-Iranian nuclear deal to Congress.
NIAC’s founder is former Congressional staffer and author Trita Parsi, proven to be cozy with heavyweight Washington insiders as well as Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed Javed Zarif.
Swedish-US national Parsi actually boasted to Al-Monitor that it was usual for US lawmakers to ask him, “Hey, how can I talk to Zarif? How can I have access to the Iranians?” Yet, he denies he is Iran’s man in Washington.
According to The Observer, the NIAC was created as “a balance between the competing Middle East lobbies” and “to derail America’s alliance with Israel, so the Shiite theocracy in Iran could infiltrate American diplomatic circles.”
An article in The American Thinker asks: “Is Iran ratcheting up influence-peddling in American universities,” where “a network of apologists for the Iranian clerical regime already exists” and a new wave is anticipated.
The writer believes there are “scouts” preparing the ground towards the pro-Iranian indoctrination of US academia and he cites an “Iranian-controlled” charity that has funded dozens of Persian Studies course in American colleges and universities.
Do not imagine for a minute that Israel is the prime target of the Iranian lobby! That is a scenario designed to appeal to Arab supporters of PalestineKhalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor