“I have been involved in the search for the elusive Iranian moderate for 30 years,” he said. “Every administration since then has reached out to the Iranians in one way or another and all have failed. … [T]he reality is the Iranian leadership has been consistently unyielding over a very long period of time in response to repeated overtures from the United States about having a different and better kind of relationship.”
The techniques used by the pro-Tehran lobby are reminiscent of those pioneered by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, who wrote in 1941: “When one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it.”
An essential part of the big lie technique involves silencing critics. This is what NIAC tried to do on Tuesday in a U.S. Senate forum hosted by Sen. Thomas Carper, Delaware Democrat, by refusing entry to an accredited reporter unsympathetic to its cause and by turning off microphones for audience questions.
While Tehran’s track record is too extensive to be developed here, a top adviser to French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned the incoming U.S. administration it would be folly to pursue a new round of talks with Tehran.
“We’ve been negotiating with the Iranians since 2003,” said Therese Delpech said during a visit to Washington. “We came to the conclusion that they are not interested at all in negotiating, but in buying time for their military [nuclear] program.”
Whatever decision the Obama administration makes regarding Iran should be based on an appreciation of U.S. national security interests and the real threats from Iran, as described by Mr. Carper on Tuesday, not upon the advice of groups spouting the prescriptions of our adversaries.
Kenneth R. Timmerman is a contributing editor for Newsmax Media. His latest book is “Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender”(Crown Forum, 2007).
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