Of course, I don't have any "inside knowledge," but it is near-certain that the US will not support MEK the organization (although I think I read today some senators may annouce their own support for MEK this week).
What is not certain is whether the Administration will support elements of the MEK. I agree with all here that supporting the MEK itself, or any of its elements, is wrong. I believe (and hope) the the White House will remain opposed to MEK. But other American voices supporting MEK could confuse the Iranians, and may assume that they are speaking in conjuction with the president. I confess that I don't know how, say, senators speaking out in America gets played in foreign Arab media, and if they recognize the difference between the branches of government. A comparable recent event might be Senator Kennedy blasting the elections in Iraq and the American forces there a few days before the vote. Were the Iraqis aware of his comments? Do they understand that Ted Kennedy and George Bush have quite different beliefs (very different!) ? It may not come down to what Bush actually says or thinks, but what people *believe* he said or thinks. I must admit that I personally tend to view foriegn governments as a fairly homogenous mixture of people. That's largely to a lack of information gathering on my part. I sure hope that Iranians are more politically-savvy than Americans. Many Americans don't seem to understand their own government, let alone foreign governments. Fortunately, I am not one of them.
As far as the MEK is concerned, I think information is what is needed. Well-intentioned people for the most part, I believe, are willing to support the MEK because they don't actually understand what the MEK is. They see that they are opposed to the Iranian regime, and thus assume that they are the good guys.
What's needed is a American publicity campaign to make sure everyone knows what the MEK is. A cheaper alternative would be for the White House to sit down all members of Congress mae sure that they understand. I don't think any responsible American would support the MEK if they knew who the MEK is. So, it's an information problem. And the dissemination of information is one of the really poor spots of this Administration, unfortunately.
You're right. It IS an information problem. And part of the problem is that congressmen and senators are listening to information coming from the MEK themselves.
We've run a number of articles here on this Thread since 2003 on MEK and what they are. And their members and spokespeople may smile and be polite, but this group has its own agenda: They want to rule Iran themselves.
They are dangerous and they are despised by most Iranians.