Iranian Expert's Book Points to Obama Administration Sabotage Of War Avoidance
February 17, 2012 • 10:30AM

An "urgent briefing on Iran" called by Reps. Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Lee, and John Conyers for Feb. 15, featured noted Iran expert, author, and head of the National Iranian-American Council, Dr. Trita Parsi, speaking on the "diplomatic option" for preventing war with Iran. While Dr. Parsi expressed his view that the Obama Administration is currently trying to "de-escalate" the situation with Iran, his short presentation, and follow-up during the question and answer period, provided a devastating picture of Administration sabotage.

The small room on Capitol Hill was packed, with over 40 people, mostly young Congressional staffers, attending. Rep. Kucinich introduced Dr. Parsi, with a general statement about how sanctions are not effective, and war has to be avoided.

Dr. Parsi's presentation was in significant part based on his recent book, "A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran," which provides a detailed chronology of the negotiations. His basic argument is that while Obama started off with genine intent, he didn't have the "political space" to follow through.

The actual story he tells, however, reflects the actual truth of British directed sabotage. Start off with the title: "A single roll of the dice" is a phrase from an Obama official, who told Parsi that it reflected the Administration's approach to negotiations — it either works immediately, or not at all. Of course, it didn't work right away, and, as Parsi pointed out in his presentation, no serious negotiations ever do. For example, the Vietnam negotiations took at least 10 months, all told. And the Northern Ireland investigations, Negotiator Mitchell said, failed totally for 700 days — until on the 701st they made a breakthrough!

Rather than negotiations, of course, the Administration went with sanctions. Parsi argues that the sanctions have hurt the Iranian people, not the regime, and that they have basically reached the point of an embargo, and therefore are a "stepping stone to war."

In the conclusion of his opening remarks, Parsi gave a sketch of what he thought an actual solution would look like — which involves some enrichment on Iranian soil, heavily supervised, with as "thick a firewall as possible." He thought the Obama administration and Iran would go for this, but 4 hawkish countries would present difficulties: the UK, France, Saudi Arabia, and Israel! His advice was to figure out a way to "increase their comfort level."

When asked by EIR about the UK opposition and the fact that this approach was leading to a thermonuclear confrontation with the Russians and Chinese, Parsi was at pains to insist that Britain was involved in the negotiations, despite their hard line. He didn't touch the Russia/China question — and Kucinich responded like the coward he is to the part of the EIR question which raised the need for impeachment — "I'm against impeachment," he said as he said he left the room.

The rest of the discussion revealed other interesting elements of the sabotage of negotiations, through application of sanctions. He noted that the real trade sanctions (besides oil) began in 1994, with massive pressure on Clinton, whom he said was trying to mitigate them. Sanctions have gotten progressively worse, and those who say that they are "winning time," are basically winning "an hour or two." Sanctions are an effort to kill diplomacy.

One instance he referenced from his book reports on discussions early in the Obama Administration on whether to pursue negotiations, which he learned from interviews. He was told that some members of the Administration had a plan for creating the "political space" to go on with diplomacy, but the "political people" said no. Additionally, he reported on the Obama sabotage of his own offer, presented through Turkey and Brazil, which the Iranians accepted — only to have the Obama Administration then turn it down! Since the Chinese and Russians had finally agreed to increased sanctions at the same time, Parsi said, Obama had to decide which way to go — and (our words) he went for confrontation and war!

EIR also intervened on the British/Mossad involvement with terror operations against Iran, on the MEK, Jundullah, and al-Qaeda. Parsi only commented on the MEK, expressing his hope that such an explosive story would help the U.S. distance itself from war measures.