NIAC is at it again.
Now they are working together with pro-Tehran regime policy analysts, to propose a disastrous “new” policy for the incoming Obama administration toward Iran.
According to a report from the Associated Press today, they will present their proposals next Tuesday in Congress. Key among the proposals: back off on economic and military threats.
"Threats are not cowing Iran and the current regime in Tehran is not in imminent peril," according to a copy of the report obtained by The Associated Press.
The NIAC-sponsored report, written by former U.S. ambassadors Thomas Pickering and James F. Dobbins, Columbia University scholar Gary G. Sick and 17 other "experts", calls on the new administration to "open the door to direct, unconditional and comprehensive negotiations at the senior diplomatic level,” the AP reported.
Recall that Pickering and Dobbins have been working with another pro-regime lobbyist, Hooshang Amirahmadi, and his discredited American-Iranian Council. As for Gary Sick, he worked on Iran policy in the White House of Jimmy Carter – a credential that ought to disqualify him from uttering the name of “Iran” ever again.
Amirahmadi was recently humiliated during several trips to Tehran by regime government ministers who ridiculed him for trying to curry favor in Washington and Tehran.
URGENT ACTION: CALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO PROTEST THIS GATHERING.
I am calling to urge you to oppose a new plan being proposed to the Obama administration next Tuesday, that calls for negotiations without preconditions with the clerical dictatorship in Iran.
This plan is being proposed to you by a group of well-known pro-Tehran lobbyists, with no claim of representing the Iranian people or their aspirations.
The Foundation for Democracy in Iran and other pro-democracy groups strongly reject negotiations with the Tehran regime. Negotiations will only embolden the regime to continue its support for terrorism abroad and repression at home.
Negotiations are the wrong policy at the wrong time.[And if you have more time, you can include this]:Instead of loosening sanctions, as NIAC and the pro-regime lobbyists are urging, I urge you to support stronger, multilateral sanctions at the UN Security Council, and continued financial sanctions through the U.S. Department of Treasury.
A senior French government official, recently visiting Washington, urged the new administration to abandon the folly of negotiations with Tehran.
“We’ve been negotiating with the Iranians since 2003,” said French nuclear advisor Therese Delpech. “We came to the conclusion that they are not interested at all in negotiating, but in buying time for their military (nuclear) program.”
The full story of Ms. Delpech’s comments is here
CALL:The Good Guys:
Call these members to urge them to intervene with their colleagues to cancel this meeting:
• Sen. Joe Lieberman (D, Conn). Since the report will be presented by law professor Richard Parker of the University of Connecticut, Sen. Lieberman needs to be kept in the loop and can help. Tel: 202 224-4041. Key staffer on Iran: Joe Goffman and Vance Serchuk.
• Rep. Eric Cantor (R, Va). 202-225-2815. Chief of staff, Rob Collins.
• Rep. Trent Franks (R, Az). 202-225-4576 Key staffer: Rebeccah Heinrichs.
• Rep. Brad Sherman (D, Ca). 202-225-5911. Key staffer for Iran: Don MacDonald.
• Rep. Steve Rothman (D, NJ). 202-225-5061. Key staffers: Bob Decheine and Shelly Stoneman
• Rep Steve Israel (D, NY). 202-225-3335. Key staffer, Michael Ryan.
• Rep. Roy Blunt (R, Mo). 202-225-6536. Retiring as minority whip but staying in the House. Key staffer: Brian Diffell.
• Rep. Paul Broun (R, Ga). 202-225-4101
The Bad Guys:
Call these members to shame them for supporting a radical, terrorist regime that continues to murder Americans in Iraq, that represses its own women, jails its journalists, and murders its children.
•Sen. Chuck Hagel (R, NE). Hagel is retiring after this term, but has been a strong NIAC supporter.202-225-4224.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D, MD). Van Hollen has helped NIAC in the past and is the chair of the DCCC. Tel: 202-225-5341. Chief of Staff: Karen Robb.
• Rep. Jim Moran (D, Va). Moran is arguably NIAC’s biggest supporter. He needs to be shamed.202-225-4376. Chief of Staff: Phil Sunderland
On the Fence:
Call these members to urge them to get involved.
• Rep. Howard Berman (D, CA). Rep. Berman is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs committee. 202-225-5021 Key staffer for Iran: Alan Makovsky.
To read more about NIAC and its efforts to undermine U.S. National security and serve the policy objectives of the Islamic Republic, go to www.iran.org .