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Iranian Alert - October 25, 2005 - Sen. Brownback to the Dept of State: Spend Iran Democracy Money
Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.25.2005 | DoctorZin

Posted on 10/25/2005 9:49:47 PM PDT by DoctorZIn

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Sen. Brownback to the Dept of State: Spend Iran Democracy Money

Six months after announcing a plan to give $3 million to promote democracy in Iran, the U.S. State Department has yet to release the funds, says a USA Today report.

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who put the $3 million in the budget, expressed frustration: "This money should be made available immediately for those seeking to express their opposition to the hard-line Islamic government and to promote internationally recognized human rights."

Tom Casey, a State Department spokesman, said the delay is bureaucratic. "There are no outside political considerations affecting these decisions," he said.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack noted that projects to promote democracy had indeed been approved over the summer. However, no funds have been dispersed, he said, because the decision came too close to the beginning of the new fiscal year, which began Oct. 1.

McCormack added that the administration isn't planning to announce grantees for fear they would be harmed by the Iranian government.

The Iran effort was singular for the U.S., which hasn't tried to openly channel funds into Iran for such a purpose since breaking diplomatic relations with the Islamic government 25 years ago during the hostage crisis.

Iran is seen as having a major influence with militants in Iraq, where the U.S. is fighting to restore stability.

Brownback said human rights and democracy promotion in Iran "should remain top and pressing issues if we hope to achieve a freer and more prosperous Middle East."

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1 posted on 10/25/2005 9:49:51 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 10/25/2005 9:51:12 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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This amount is a pittance for the monster of a problem which is the mollacracy in Iran, and the SD still wrings its hands deciding how to use the money???


3 posted on 10/25/2005 10:00:31 PM PDT by parisa
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Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who put the $3 million in the budget, expressed frustration

Brownback is worth consideration.

4 posted on 10/25/2005 10:14:40 PM PDT by Rudder
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And we need the State Department because. . . .

Iran is the force behind the killing of 2,000 of our people in Iraq.

Will this government not spend $1500 for each who gave his life for America while lavishing twenty times that on Katrina "victims"?

Condi Rice, if you would be president, try some executive action right now.

5 posted on 10/26/2005 12:08:05 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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6 posted on 10/26/2005 1:25:34 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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