Jewish Lobby bad. Iran Lobby good.
Hagel has long-standing ties with the pro-Tehran lobby in the United States. Since 2002, he has appeared as a keynote speaker at fund-raisers and conferences for the American-Iranian Council, a group whose founder, Housang Amirahmadi, has boasted that he is “the Iranian lobby in the United States.”
How involved is Housang Amirahmadi in Iranian politics? So involved he ran for president. Housang boasted of his campaign to “conquer” Obama’s heart.
Iranian leaders should pay attention to what is going on, and strengthen their friends. They [Iranian leaders] should have confidence in, energize, and trust their friends [in Washington] so they enter the arena. This is very important. Therefore the next two or three months are the time to conquer Obama’s heart and mind and that of his teams.
Looks like the conquest was successful.
And guess who the other former Senator and top White House figure who addressed the AIC was? No, not that obvious. It was Joe Biden.
Mr. Biden, who in October suggested that the United States might be viewed as a “high-tech bully” in attacking terrorist targets in Afghanistan, this time urged that the Bush administration “acquiesce” to Tehran’s demands to join the World Trade Organization. Insight magazine reported several weeks ago that Mr. Biden raised $30,000 at a fund-raiser held Feb. 19 at the home of Dr. Sadegh Namazi -Khah, a Los Angeles activist pushing for a softer U.S. line toward the ruling regime in Tehran; the magazine added that Mr. Biden, in private discussions at that fund-raiser, delivered a sweeping condemnation of Mr. Bush’s “axis of evil” remarks.
You get what you pay for. So does Iran.
Biden was one of 16 U.S. senators who voted against a bill that would add Iran’s Revolutionary Guards corps to the State Department’s list of international terrorist organizations, because of its involvement in murdering U.S. troops in Iraq. Rather than sanction those in power in Tehran, Biden and Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel have argued that the United States should offer Tehran a greater role in Iraq’s domestic affairs. At a March 2002 conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the American-Iranian Council (AIC), Biden made the case for closer U.S. ties to the government of Iran. “I believe than an improved relationship with Iran is in the naked self-interest of the United States of America,”
A Vice-President and a Secretary of Defense. Score two for the Iran lobby.