What should American foreign policy be in dealing with Iran?
The Obama policy is to negotiate. Where have we witnessed that policy in action in addition to Iran nuclear negotiations? Hamas and Israel are the answer. The Obama administration with Secretary of State Kerry on point sought to negotiate with Hamas, a terrorist organization that is sponsored by Iran. Now, is that what Americans want as U.S. foreign policy? Is that what Congress wants?
Foreign Policy (online journal) helps us recall history. It isn’t just Obama who has compromised U.S. foreign policy. It includes the most revered Ronald Reagan.
“Islamist extremists capture a young Westerner, holding him hostage for years. To secure the young man’s release — and his life — the United States sets free a militant responsible for the deaths of American citizens in the Middle East.
If this sketch is ringing a bell, think again. We’re not talking about Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier released in exchange for five Taliban fighters held at the Guantanamo Bay prison. We’re talking about Peter Moore, a British civilian held hostage and released by Iraqi militants after American authorities agreed to set free Qais al-Khazali, a former spokesman for influential Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Moore was kidnapped in Baghdad after he and his bodyguards were ambushed by Shiite militiamen in 2007. Khazali was implicated in the killing of five American soldiers in Karbala. By January 2010, both Khazali and Moore walked free.
The criticism of and handwringing over the Bergdahl swap was almost immediate. A constant refrain: the United States doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. But that is more Hollywood than history. The Khazali-Moore swap is only a recent — and obscure — example. Probably the best known was the Iran-Contra affair, in which the Reagan administration sold missiles to Tehran to secure the partial release of American hostages held in Lebanon.”
Knock it off Washington, Congress and the President. When ethnic Iranians come knocking and want to fight for freedom, embrace them and offer to assist. What’s wrong with that?
When the free world is at war with terrorists, and nations that support it, you don’t negotiate. You fight it with all of your might. (Save the ammo and don’t fire on Russians.) Pick the fights that you can win.
Eric Shawn leads his story with a quote from Behrooz Sarshar. Do you know who he is? He is the former Iranian translator who worked for the FBI and gave to them and the George W. Bush administration advance warning about the 911 attack on the World Trade Center. He is a credible leader.
If Congress and the President were fully engaged in their jobs, they would not take a summer vacation. They would rethink American foreign policy.
“Profile: Behrooz Sarshar
Behrooz Sarshar was a participant or observer in the following events:
April 2001: FBI Translators Learn Al-Qaeda Suicide Pilots Plan to Hit Skyscrapers in US and Europe
FBI translators Sibel Edmonds and Behrooz Sarshar will later claim to know of an important warning given to the FBI at this time. In their accounts, a reliable informant on the FBI’s payroll for at least ten years tells two FBI agents that sources in Afghanistan have heard of an al-Qaeda plot to attack the US and Europe in a suicide mission involving airplanes. Al-Qaeda agents, already in place inside the US, are being trained as pilots. By some accounts, the names of prominent US cities are mentioned. A report on the matter is filed with squad supervisor Thomas Frields, but it’s unclear if this warning reaches FBI headquarters or beyond. The two translators will later privately testify to the 9/11 Commission.[WORLDNETDAILY, 3/24/2004; SALON, 3/26/2004; WORLDNETDAILY, 4/6/2004; VILLAGE VOICE, 4/14/2004] Sarshar’s notes of the interview indicate that the informant claimed his information came from Iran, Afghanistan, and Hamburg, Germany (the location of the primary 9/11 al-Qaeda cell). However, anonymous FBI officials will claim the warning was very vague and doubtful. [CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/21/2004]”
“Iranian opposition leaders press Obama administration to back them, seek regime change
By Eric Shawn
Published July 31, 2014
Behrooz Sarshar has clear hopes for his native Iran: “We want to be free, independent, and a good friend for America and the West. This is what we want.”
A former colonel in the Iranian police under the reign of the shah, he is one of a group of activists supporting The Iranian Democracy Front, a coalition of 30 opposition groups that met on Capitol Hill earlier this week to press for democracy in Iran.
The conference, “Human Rights Violations in Iran,” highlighted the Iranian regime’s dismal record on human records and its disputed nuclear program while calling on the West to continue to pressure the regime in Tehran.
The group is now demanding that the Obama administration throw its support behind the Iranian opposition, tighten sanctions on Tehran and pursue policies that will lead to the end of the regime.
“Help the Iranian people, let us be free,” Sarshar said. “Genuine support means helping the opposition groups.””