That both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have spoken out against the drone execution of Qassem Soleimani should not come as any great surprise. Both are to the far left of their party and thus tend to oppose the use of force against America’s enemies, a tradition that stretched back to the Vietnam War and President Ronald Reagan’s aid to anti-communist rebels in Central America. However, it appears that both Warren and Bernie have gone farther than offering denunciations or even supporting measures being drawn up in Congress to tie President Trump’s hands for future operations against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Fox News explains.
“Democratic presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders faced criticism online Wednesday for participating in a conference call with an Iranian-American advocacy group just a day after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack in Iraq aimed at U.S. military personnel.
“The group was the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), which critics claim lobbies in Washington on behalf of the Iranian government.
“The “#NoWarWithIran Strategy Call,” hosted by MoveOn.org, another advocacy group and political action committee first organized in 1998 in response to former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, also included commentary from Jamal Abdi, president of NIAC. U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna, both California Democrats, and others also participated.”
Wow talk about colluding with the enemy!
The fact that a lobbying group tied to the regime in Tehran was a participant in the call has raised more than a few eyebrows. Charlie Cook, the founder of Turning Point USA and a frequent presence on Twitter, was especially irate. He asked the pertinent question, “Whose side are the Democratic frontrunners actually on?”
The Washington Free Beacon notes that NIAC pushed for the nuclear accord with Iran that was struck by the Obama Administration. In return for Iran promising to suspend its drive to acquire nuclear weapons, Obama arranged to have about $160 billion in funds that had been frozen since the hostage crisis returned to the Teheran regime. In addition, $1.7 billion in cash had been flown to Iran, stacked om pallets, in the middle of the night.
Critics slammed the deal on two counts. First, the inspection regime included in the accords were considered inadequate to guard against cheating. Second, as Sen. Ted Cruz recently noted, the Iranians used the sudden largess to finance terrorism and fund their missile program. Cruz suggested that the missiles Iran fired at American service men and women were literally paid for by President Obama.
NIAC closely worked with the Obama administration to craft a public relations program to try to sell the nuclear accord, meeting with officials such as Ben Rhodes. Rhodes was another participant in the conference call.
NIAC is also campaigning for the lifting of economic sanctions against Iran levied by the Trump administration. The sanctions have imposed heavy costs on the Iranian economy, causing unrest inside the country that has been savagely put down at the cost of at least 1,500 innocent lives.
NIAC claims that it is an independent group, unaffiliated with the Teheran regime. The facts, according to Fox News, suggests otherwise.
“NIAC has been accused by other members of the Iranian-American community of working as part of a U.S.-based pro-Islamic jihad alliance. A former CIA officer alleged in a 2009 brief that NIAC was actively working to influence Democrats — in Congress and the Obama administration — to push a foreign policy that would benefit Tehran’s cleric regime. A federal judge ordered NIAC to pay more than $180,000 in 2013 after its failed defamation lawsuit against Iranian-American writer Hassan Daioleslam, who published pieces showing NIAC’s links to the regime, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
“The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said the work of NIAC’s founder, Trita Parsi, was ‘not inconsistent with the idea that he was first and foremost an advocate for the regime.’ Parsi lobbied Congress and met with Obama administration officials before the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Documents uncovered during the defamation lawsuit also showed correspondence between NIAC and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.”
How the news that two of the frontrunners for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States will affect the campaign is open to question. Since virtually every Democratic candidate has slammed Trump’s execution of Soleimani as a precursor to war, likely the primaries won’t be too affected. But the Trump reelection campaign is planning to use the president’s policy toward Iran as an issue, touting it as firm but prudent. Trump will likely attack whomever his Democratic opponent as an appeaser to the Iranian regime, no better than 1930s isolationists who opposed war with Hitler.