Trita Parsi, that undeniable cheerleader for the Iranian
regime, may have traded in his president’s title for the National Iranian
American Council, but he is still a busy beaver in peddling the same, tired old
tropes in defending the regime, while ignoring the worst offenses and actions
by the mullahs.
It’s a neat trick worthy of a Las Vegas magic act if the
cost to ordinary Iranians and their neighbors wasn’t so grievously high.
latest missive in defense of the regime is a doozy where he tries to make
the case that the coalition assembled by the Trump administration to re-impose
economic sanctions is somehow falling apart.
How does Parsi come to this conclusion? He simply makes the
assumption that the “anti-Iran” coalition is simply comprised of a triumvirate
of the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel. He then goes on to dutifully explain the
various internal political pressures each are facing and how that will
magically let Iran off the hook.
First, Parsi points to the controversy over the slaying of
journalist Jamal Khashoggi and how it will undermine the Saudi monarchy and
weaken it’s resolve in opposing Iran because of political pressure that will
surely be brought to bear by an outraged Congress that will cut off arms sales
to the Saudi kingdom.
“Even if the Republicans end up siding with Trump on
continuing relations with Saudi Arabia on the current terms, the Democrats are
unlikely to simply allow the relationship to return to business-as-usual,”
“This is partly because the Saudi-U.S. relationship embodies
everything progressives oppose: A cozy relationship with a brutal authoritarian
ruler driven by the greed of arms manufacturers, all while the U.S. is
complicit in a Saudi-engineered famine in Yemen and the House of Saud’s human
rights and women’s rights abuses,” he adds.
Of course, Parsi conveniently leaves out a few important
details, such as the Iranian regime was responsible for instigating the
conflict in Yemen by inciting Houthi rebels and supplying them with arms and
then escalating the conflict by shipping missiles there used to directly attack
It’s also laughable for Parsi to attack “human rights and women’s
Let’s also not mention the ongoing domestic protests roiling
Iran ranging from Iranian women rejecting medieval morals codes and
proscriptions that limit their job prospects and stifle daily freedoms like
riding a bicycle.
It’s noteworthy that throughout the perceived turmoil in
Saudi-U.S. relations, there has never been any mention or serious policy
discussion by anyone in Congress altering the kingdom’s role in countering
But let’s not let facts stand in the way of hyperbole from Parsi. The most dubious of Parsi’s claims is that the U.S. sanctions effort is failing and he bases that silly notion on the flimsy proof of a “stabilized” rial and ongoing sales of Iranian oil.
If Parsi considers a plunge in the value of the rial to an all-time low in the history of the Iranian regime “stabilized” then he may consider another stint in college to study economics a worthwhile investment for his career.
The Iranian rial has lost a whopping 70 percent of its value
against the U.S. dollar since the current Iranian fiscal year began in March.
The use of artificial price freezes by the mullahs to
prevent runaway inflation has failed as the costs of consumer goods has
skyrocketed and the purchasing power of Iranian savings is beginning to
approach beggar status.
The ballyhooed sales of oil Parsi touts are a drop in the bucket of Iran’s exports and more worrisome for the mullahs is the plunge in the price of oil hovering barely above $50 per barrel of benchmark crude. Iran pegs its budget forecasts on anticipating oil prices at nearly $70 per barrel; the difference is crushing the regime’s ability
“Today, if you’re sitting in Tehran, you’re probably more
confident in the future than if you’re in Riyadh or Washington. Trump has
thrown everything he has at Iran, and it hasn’t worked. And once the European
“Special Purpose Vehicle” — an alternative payment system that will enable
companies to defy Trump’s sanctions — is up and running next year, the Trump’s
Iran strategy may face yet another crippling blow,” Parsi said.
Unfortunately for Parsi, that special purpose vehicle is
sputtering on life support after France, Germany and Denmark have all denounced
Iran for staging attempted bombings and assassinations on their soil against
Iranian dissidents and are now calling on stiff action against Tehran.
It may be hard for Parsi to understand, but you’re not
likely to get help from someone when you use their house to plan a murder.
But then again, facts were never a strong suit for Trita