It’s interesting to note how some of pro-Israeli think tanks are now recommending Washington to establish a partnership with Tehran in Afghanistan – in order to neutralize its threat to the Zionist regime and alienate it from Islamic Resistance in occupied Palestine (Hamas) and Islamic Resistance in Lebanon (Hizb’Allah) – both fighting with Zionist regime to recover their stolen lands. These think tanks are suggesting Washington to share its political influence with Tehran in both in occupied Afghanistan and Iraq – while, the great majority of Zionist think tanks, as usual, are churning lies about the Islamic regime in Iran and pushing Obama administeration to bring a pro-Israel regime-change in Tehran through war.
West’s most powerful pro-Israel think tank ‘Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) – on June 5, 2009 published its internaional affairs fellow, George Gavrilis’ expert brief titled “Harnessing Iran’s Role in Afghanistan” – claiming that Iran has been a better neighbor to Afghanistan than Pakistan: “This contrast lends a subtle irony to Obama administration ‘s Af-Pak Strategy, a strategy that seeks to deliver nearly $8 billion in military and development aid to Pakistan so that it can essentially behave more like Iran does (control Taliban border-crossing) toward its Afghan neighbor……Afghan President Hamid Karzai has frequently praised Iran’s aid and constructive relations with his government. The United Nations office On Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) has lauded Tehran’s efforts to stem the cross-border movement of Afghan opiates. NATO official indicate Iran’s policy toward NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan has been one of careful restrain…..It’s high time for United States to engage Iran over Afghanistan in a way that is public, decisive and comprehensive….The sad state of US-Iran relations over Iraq, Israel, terrorism, and nuclear weapons program makes it easy to overlook Iran’s contribution to Afghan state building. By one estimate, Tehran has contributed half a billion dollars in humanitarian assistance since 2001…..”
The report also refutes US Defence Secretary Robert Gates’ recent allegations that Islamic Iran is arming Taliban with weapons and explosives.
According to some estimates – there could be as many 400 CFR members in Obama administration including vice-presiden Biden, secretary of state Hilary Clinton, Rahm Emanuel, Lawrence Smmers, Timothy Geithner, Dennis Ross, Robert Gate, Susan Rice, and so on.
One of America’s most influential pro-Israel think tank, RAND Corporation (funded by US Air Force), has released its report titled “Dangerous But Not Omnipotent”, on May 19, 2009. Some of its observations and recommendations – would be hard to digest by Obama’s Jewish-majority government and Bibi’s radical Jewish government in Tel Aviv. The authors of the report give all credit to Washington for eliminating two of the most anti-Iran regimes in the region – Taliban (for oil) and Saddam Hussein (for Israel) – both financed and supported by the US against Islamic regime in Tehran in the past. However, according to the report: “We found significant barriers and buffers to Iran’s strategic reach rooted in both regional geopolitics it is trying to influence and its limited conventional military capacity, diplomatic isolation, and past strategic missteps.”
I guess, by “isolation”, the writer mean that since Tehran doesn’t have diplomatic relations with the US and Israel (2 out 187 member countries of UN) – and by the “past strategic missteps”, he is referring to Tehran’s refusal to allow US forces to use Iranian territory to attack its Afghan neighbors. The report also point out Tehran’s support for the “terrorist groups”, Hamas and Hizb’Allah – and the “Sunni-inspired terrorism” in Iran’s Balochistan and Khuzestan provinces.
The study also raises doubts that in the event of a US attack against Iran, “the willingness of these groups (Hamas and Hizb’Allah) to retaliate (against Israel) purely in the service of Tehran should not be assumed as automatic.” The report concludes that “it is best to conceive of Iran as exerting influence over its Shiite allies, but not control.”
Gareth Porter commenting on US Senate Foreign Relation Committee’s report released last month – wrote in Anti-War Com: “That false and misleading charge from an intelligence official of a foreign country, who was not identified but was clearly Israeli, reinforces two of Israel’s key propaganda themes on Iran – that the 2007 U.S. National Intelligence Estimate on Iran is wrong, and that Tehran is poised to build nuclear weapons as soon as possible. ….”