Tillerson said the Trump administration is reviewing America’s overall Iran policy, a welcome opportunity to end nearly 40 years of botched rapprochement. A good place to start is by recognizing two basic realities: The regime is vulnerable to a hostile population eager to overthrow it, and the notion that the mullocracy can “reform” itself is a dangerous illusion that prolongs past mistakes.
A new approach, which enhances Washington’s policy options, would be political backing of the Iranian people’s decades-long desire to achieve democratic change.
The previous administration ignored the people, instead, setting its sights on reforms within the regime. But hopes for reform fell flat during the tenure of Hassan Rouhani, who enriched Tehran’s terrorists and executed opponents at an alarming rate.
Last month, Ebrahim Raisi, a prominent ally of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, announced he would challenge Rouhani in the upcoming presidential elections. The spectacle is prompting some in the West to once again trot out the “reformers vs. hardliners” horse race. But both men are veterans of suppression at home and export of terrorism abroad, and both have proven their loyalty to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Are there no differences between them? Of course there are, but they are limited to style rather than substance. Not only are the regime’s officials unwilling to reform major policies, but Khamenei has also effectively guaranteed that they will remain unable to do so for the foreseeable future.
In 2005, Khamenei ordered the government to transfer 80 percent of its holdings to “non-governmental public, private and cooperative sectors” — i.e., Khamenei and his Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) — by 2009.
A month later, the obscure Ahmadinejad beat the famous former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to become president. Ahmadinejad’s election was no fluke. He quickly stacked ministries with veterans of the paramilitary IRGC. Half of his cabinet members were IRGC. A year earlier, IRGC veterans had won a majority of seats in parliament.
The newly released “The Rise of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Financial Empire” describes the transformation as a power grab of overwhelming proportions. By some estimates, $12 billion worth of assets were transferred to Khamenei and the IRGC from 2005 to 2008. Today, one of the financial empires run by Khamenei, called the Setad, has assets worth well over $90 billion.
Iran Briefing | News Press Focus on Human Rights Violation by IRGC, Iran Human Rights
Dec 10, 2018 Comments Off on Europe is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violations
Nov 29, 2018 Comments Off on ‘We are desperate’: economic crisis hits ordinary Iranians
Nov 26, 2018 Comments Off on IRAN’S ROUHANI CALLS FOR MUSLIMS TO UNITE AGAINST UNITED STATES
Nov 23, 2018 Comments Off on US sanctions highlight Russian complicity in smuggling Iranian oil to Syria
Dec 14, 2018 Comments Off on Iran’s Rouhani warns West will be flooded with drugs after US sanctions
Dec 14, 2018 Comments Off on NETANYAHU DOESN’T RULE OUT TAKING BATTLE INSIDE IRAN
Dec 14, 2018 Comments Off on IRAN EXPERT: DETERRING IRAN IN SYRIA KEY, BUT STILL FAR FROM DIRECT ATTACK
Dec 14, 2018 Comments Off on Report: Iran Hackers Targeted US Officials, Nuclear Experts
Dec 10, 2018 Comments Off on Europe is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violationsEurope is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violations Europe is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violations Iran on Saturday launched a ballistic missile that can deliver nukes — and the...
Dec 09, 2018 Comments Off on UPDATE 7-Israel targets “Hezbollah attack tunnels” from LebanonUPDATE 7-Israel targets “Hezbollah attack tunnels” from Lebanon UPDATE 7-Israel targets “Hezbollah attack tunnels” from Lebanon Israel said on Tuesday it had launched an operation to...
Jul 14, 2016 Comments Off on Corps’ one hundred thousand of triggered missiles in Lebanon:An official Israel-threatening by CorpsIran Briefing: Since August 7, 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of Ramadhan as “Quds Day”, the Islamic Republic has always tried to hold an imposing ceremony by using state resources as well as requiring people’s involvement. This year’s Quds march had fundamental...