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Rewarding Terrorism Denial

I’ve been at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, for the past couple days, and am only catching up on reading now.  Over at Power Line yesterday, Scott Johnson lamented “the decomposition of the administration’s foreign policy.”

If only the example he cites was the last egregious instance of Bush administration implosion. The Bush administration just licensed the American Iranian Council, an organization run by Rutgers Professor Houshang Amirahmadi, to operate in Tehran while utilizing US money. Amirahmadi often downplays Islamic Republic excesses and seeks to rationalize its behavior. Earlier this year, he bent over backwards to exculpate the Islamic Republic for any involvement in terrorism, saying, (as recorded in the March 16, 2008 Iran News Round Up):

 ”Unfortunately, a large part of the problems between Iran and the U.S. are not based in reality, but are based on myths. The problem of terrorism is a true myth. Iran has not been involved in any terrorist organization. Neither Hezbollah, nor Hamas are terrorist organizations….”

Way to reward such terrorism denial.  No wonder the Iranian regime no longer takes White House rhetoric seriously.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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