Friends of Iran in the United States

On February 19, 2015, a full-page ad was published in the New York Times by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) opposing the invitation given to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress. It asked the question: “Will Congress side with our President or a Foreign Leader?”

The ad did not disclose that the founder and president of the organization, Trita Parsi, was an Iranian-Swedish citizen who holds a Green Card and has had links with Iranian authorities, especially the Iranian defense minister, Javad Zarif.

Those links were held to be extremely close by a critic, Hassan Daioleslam, an Iranian-American journalist and human rights activist who left Iran in 1981 and lives in Arizona. He wrote that NIAC, and its leader Parsi, are an organization engaged in lobbying Congress on behalf of a foreign government – namely, that of Iran.

  • Brett_McS

    Oh, I thought this would be about Obozo and his Merry Manipulators.

  • luna

    Those who continue to maintain that Iran can be dealt with as if it functions according to Western norms should carefully note that the closing sentence of the Iranian constitution’s preamble expresses “the hope that this century will witness the establishment of a universal holy government and the downfall of all others.”

  • Reader

    Obama seems to forget about the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran against international law over 35 years ago.

    Obama seems to forget about 8 UN motions passed against any and all Uranium enrichment by Iran.

    Obama seems to forget about the Iranian funding of terrorism around the world for three decades.

    Or maybe he hasn’t forgotten. He just doesn’t care.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Zarif is foreign minister, not defense minister. Is NIAC registered as a lobby for a foreign government?