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Pro-Rouhani Defector Blasts US Negotiators as Iran Apologists

A media aide to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani covering the P5+1 nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, is seeking asylum in the West and has blasted the U.S. negotiating team as apologists for Iran, reports the Telegraph (h/t Yair Rosenberg):

Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA).

He then appeared on an opposition television channel based in London to say he no longer saw any “sense” in his profession as a journalist as he could only write what he was told. […]

Mr Mottaghi also gave succour to western critics of the proposed nuclear deal, which has seen the White House pursue a more conciliatory line with Tehran than some of America’s European allies in the negotiating team, comprising the five permanent members of the UN security council and Germany.

“The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” he said.

The usual caveats apply here: this is just one individual, and we would like to hear more detail. But on the face of it this is an important indicator. When a Iranian liberal defector emerges to tell us that the hardliners are winning back home, that discipline on the Iranian press is intensifying, and that the U.S. is caving, we should probably pay attention.

If the standard pro-White House, liberal analysis were right—that the hardliners were fighting a last-ditch battle against a rising liberal tide, and that a deal is therefore the best way for the U.S. to promote democracy and moderation in Iran—then we would expect a liberal defector to be begging the West to hurry up and sign a deal. The fact that he’s doing precisely the opposite speaks volumes about the agreement taking shape and the state of play in Iran.


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  • Suzyqpie

    The 0bama debris field grows on a quotidian basis.

  • Angel Martin

    it’s just bizarre…

    (only 590 more days to go.)

    • Albert8184

      Not just bizarre.

      Spitefully vindictive

  • Albert8184

    Whether or not the “rising tide” of liberals in Iran would decide to forego the standard Muslim pledge to “drive Israel and the Great Satan America into the sea” is another thing all together. I don’t think they would make that leap, just because they don’t like their anti-Western “revolution” any more.

    Getting rid of the clerics and being friends with the infidels are not mutually necessitated concepts.

  • Curious Mayhem

    There was never any “liberal reformer” waiting in the wings in Iran. There was the 2009 “green” movement, which Obama mysteriously failed to support, reversing decades of US policy to at least rhetorically support the Iranian dissidents. Iran’s elections are highly controlled by the regime and have no impact on its foreign policy.

    Kerry must go, under the pain of impeachment.

  • Peter Miller

    What matters most is that on our side it is Dumbicil doing the negotiating and his record is that the results of any policy goal he announces are precisely the opposite, whether in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Russia, etc. It is either that he has a deliberate plan to undermine US interests or has no ability to see ahead and comprehend multiple outcomes.

  • The.Ends.Justify.The.Means

    Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim, who has no interest in the “problems” that have existed for centuries between Shiite and Sunni factions. As with our 50 year-long embargo of Communist Cuba, Obama means to end our treating the Islamic Republic of Iran as “The Bad Guys” since 1979. This mindset falls squarely within his announced “Fundamental Transformation” of the United States.

    He is a Utopian Progressive and in his view, America has always been the world’s “bully”, not protector. We are Imperialistic and force other countries to bend to OUR will, which is simply “NOT FAIR”. Remember, with this guy, EVERYTHING is about fairness….
    The icing on the ideological cake is his Muslim Faith. I think even someone who had only been in America for a couple of years would clearly see that President Obama HATES Israel and REALLY HATES Benjamin Netanyahu. So, Iran WILL be allowed to develop and deploy Nuclear Weapons because Pakistan, India and Israel has them. Again, it’s all about FAIRNESS with Utopians….

  • Attila

    At best, Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are dangerously naïve idiots (Neville Chamberlain anyone?).
    At worst (or at least the worst I venture to think about), Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are seeking to aid the Iranian march towards Nukes because in the liberal bizarro-universe it is a “fairness” issue. Liberals hate Israel and the West in general, so the notion of the Ayatollahs holding nukes with which to enforce their fatwas on the world does not bother them (anymore than the sight of yazzidi women and children being slaughtered bothers liberals).
    Are spineless, liberal swine going to suddenly grow backbones and decency AFTER Iran has nukes?

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