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The New Iran Man at the State Department's Iran Desk
The American Thinker ^ | Ed Lasky

Posted on 11/10/2009 12:43:26 PM PST by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

John Limbert will be the senior Iran official at the State Department, replacing Dennis Ross, who has moved to the National Security Council (and who has not been heard from publicly since). Should America be concerned? Yes. Limbert is not a neutral arbiter; he serves on the advisory board of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).

What is the National Iranian American Council?

The Council is widely considered the de facto lobby for the Iranian regime in America. It opposes sanctions on Iran, soft-pedals any controversial events in Iran, and counsels "patience" regarding Iran's stance towards its nuclear program. The NIAC has been at the forefront of lobbying against continued congressional funding of the Voice of America Persia service, Radio Farad, and grants for Iranian civil society. To top it off, the NIAC has reportedly received funding from anti-Israel advocate George Soros, who at the very least was an honored guest and speaker at one of its symposiums. (He called for a more equitable Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and advocated for America to renounce regime-change as a goal).

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bho44; georgesoros; iran; islamobama; johnlimbert; kirk; limbert; me; middleeast; niac; obama; obamabinbiden; sodomhusseinobama; soros; statedepartment; tritaparsi; wot

1 posted on 11/10/2009 12:43:26 PM PST by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
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To: nuconvert; FARS; SolidWood; freedom44; LibreOuMort

Figures.


2 posted on 11/10/2009 12:49:09 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

Obama strikes again. Most certainly one can tell much about someone by the company the one keeps.


3 posted on 11/10/2009 12:49:46 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
^ The Council is widely considered the de facto lobby for the Iranian regime in America. ^

Conflict of interest much?

4 posted on 11/10/2009 12:53:48 PM PST by the anti-liberal
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce that earlier today at a ceremony held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore-in ADC National Executive Director Kareem Shora as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

"Today, I am proud to make two key personnel announcements for the U.S.. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) President Obama’s intent to nominate David Heyman as Assistant Secretary for Policy and my appointment of Arif Alikhan as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development.

'nuff saeed?

5 posted on 11/10/2009 12:54:08 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 293 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: All

A Look at Iran
http://www.truthusa.com/IRAN.html


6 posted on 11/10/2009 12:54:28 PM PST by Cindy
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To: null and void
muslims are infiltrating our government and defense.

0 welcomes them, eagerly.

7 posted on 11/10/2009 12:57:16 PM PST by the anti-liberal
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To: the anti-liberal; SJackson

Everything 0bama has done has:

A. weakened America
B. strengthened islam
C. attacked Israel

or some combination of the above.

Can anyone cite something he’s done that doesn’t fit A, B, or C?

SJackson has dibs on: “He bought a Portuguese water dog.”

Anyone else have something, anything?


8 posted on 11/10/2009 1:08:13 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 293 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

“He bought a Portuguese water dog.”

Didn’t the swimmer pick the breed, or is that just a rumor?

How ironic.


9 posted on 11/10/2009 1:19:02 PM PST by Califreak (Obama's Purple Reign must be stopped!)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

The NIAC is a regime front group plain and simple.


10 posted on 11/10/2009 1:29:28 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

I .,.. am... IranMan....(cue guitar riffs)


11 posted on 11/10/2009 2:53:44 PM PST by Mr Inviso (ACORN=Arrogant Condescending Obama Ruining Nation)
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To: null and void

http://www.theobamafile.com/ObamaIslam.htm (links at the site)

Obama is protective of civil rights for Muslims in the U.S., saying, “In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging,” he laments. “I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

Barack Hussein Obama said the Muslim call to prayer is “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth.”

In an interview with Nicholas Kristof, published in The New York Times, Obama recited the Muslim call to prayer, the Adhan, “with a first-class [Arabic] accent.”

The opening lines of the Adhan (Azaan) is the Shahada:

“Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that Muhammad is his prophet... “

According to Islamic scholars, reciting the Shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith, makes one a Muslim. This simple yet profound statement expresses a Muslim’s complete acceptance of, and total commitment to, the message of Islam.

Obama knows this from his Quranic studies — and he knows the New York Times will publish this fact and it will be seen throughout the Islamic world.

Regardless of Obama’s religion, what message is he sending the world’s 1.2 billion Muslims?

I suppose it’s easy for Obama to remember the Shahada for the 35 years since he left Indonesia — and in ‘first-class’ Arabic — especially since he believes the Muslim call to prayer is “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth.”

The fact that Obama can recall the Shahada after 35 years and the fact that he believes that the daily call to prayer is “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth” say that those Muslim prayers run through his head often — what does that make him?

Original New York Times source — has been deleted by Obama’s water-carriers at the New York Times — HERE is the Kristof article on another site.

Ho, ho, ho — and here’s a copy I forgot I cached from Obama’s own website.


12 posted on 11/10/2009 3:10:20 PM PST by hattend (Palin Power... shape of an Eagle!)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

The replaced the wrong boob.


13 posted on 11/10/2009 3:13:55 PM PST by dr_who
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To: Califreak

Obama’s dog is a descendant of one of Swimmer’s dogs. It was a bonding, symbolic experience for both./s


14 posted on 11/10/2009 6:00:20 PM PST by khnyny (Fort Hood Terrorism: It is dereliction of duty.)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
What better way to pass on our secrets than by putting leakers directly in sensitive areas?

0bama will easily set our intelligence back decades while assuring future administrations are targeted instead.

Expect to find our few remaining spies in the area dead.

15 posted on 11/10/2009 6:45:06 PM PST by ConservativeMind (I love it every time a criminal dies at the hands of a victim.)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

No surprise. I’m just surprised it took zero this long to put this guy in. I’m sure the new guy will get as many State Department and Defense Department secrets to ahmanutjob.


16 posted on 11/10/2009 7:36:49 PM PST by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: SolidWood

How much more of this are we going to take?


17 posted on 11/10/2009 7:41:05 PM PST by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

“Representative Kirk (R-IL), spoke last week before the US Institute of Peace, and issued his allegation against NIAC saying: “Regime-sympathizers like the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) came to Capitol Hill urging members of Congress to cut off U.S. funding for democracy programs in Iran. Democracy funding ‘taints’ Iranian dissidents, they claimed, and only invites harsher crackdowns on the Iranian people.” He provided no explanation backing up his statement, nor did he acknowledge that the foremost leaders of Iran’s pro-democracy movement have denounced the very same Congressional “regime change fund” that Kirk has championed.

NIAC communicated with Representative Kirk’s office immediately after his statement, requesting a retraction. His office refused to respond. “


18 posted on 11/10/2009 7:47:37 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: AdmSmith; freedom44; Valin; odds; sionnsar; LibreOuMort; Pan_Yans Wife; Army Air Corps; GOPJ; ...

Pong


19 posted on 11/10/2009 7:50:35 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
Dick Cheney keeps warning us !!
20 posted on 11/10/2009 9:34:36 PM PST by W-Girl
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass; nuconvert

By a Commentator at American Thinker website:
http://comments.americanthinker.com/read/42323/471260.html

Posted by: Jack Bauer
Nov 10, 10:59 AM

“John Limbert is simply the best possible pick for that position.” -— the official neo-commie position.

No he’s the worst possible choice.

Limbert is a notorious sympathizer and promoter of Iran. Amazingly he was one of the US Embassy hostages held for 444 days in 1979/80. He went native very early in the 1960s; and his wife is Iranian.

Instead of representing the US to Iran he took it upon himself to represent Iran to the US.

After first escaping the fire in the US Embassy stairwell, he joined the crowd outside chanting Allah Aquba... and other such crazed Kohemeni (the evil swine) inspired nonsense.

The thing to remember here is almost unthinkable, but on the evidence, it’s inescapable.

Within the Obama administration, probably up to the Preisdent himself, there are many leftists who WANT Iran to get a nuclear weapon.

I suspect Limbert is of that (publicly unspoken) school.

Though he is, apparently, a decent guy on a personal level, by written accounts of the Hostage crisis. He is a bonafide Iran cultist. And clearly a longtime appeaser of a wicked regime.

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If true it is very interesting & disturbing about John Limbert.

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Also this comment on the same website:

Posted by: Parvin Irandoost
Nov 09, 08:14 PM

In the Iranian-American society, NIAC and Trita Parsi are know to represent the government of Iran. Though they claim otherwise, as mentioned in this article, NIAC’s position on many issues are aligned with those of Islamic Republic of Iran. NIAC is known in Iran as a lobbyist group for the Iranian government. Of course to save their face, after the world witnessed the brutal crackdown on the Iranian citizens by IRI, NIAC has come to speak out against the human rights violations by IRI.

Mr. Obama has decided NOT to be on the side of humanity by responding to the Iranian youth asking him to either choose the terrorist government of Iran or choose them. Obviously he showed he has chosen the terrorist government of Iran by hiring a NIAC’s advisor and ex-hostage John Limber. I believe Mr. President will come to regret this decision. The pro-democracy movement in Iran will NOT stop regardless of what Mr. Obama does but history will not be kind to him for not supporting this movment.

____________________________________________

Regarding Trita Parsi, and NIAC.

“On January 18, 2008, Trita Parsi was asked “why NIAC never takes any meaningful stand against human rights violations in Iran?”

Trita Parsi in the clip below repsonded: “Let me first off tell you that NIAC is not a Human Rights Organization; this is not our expertise”.

[The YouTube clip “Trita Parsi on NIAC and Human Rights in Iran” contains disturbing images. To view this video or group, please verify that you are 18 or older by signing in or signing up.]

http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?&next_url=/watch%3Fv%3Dj_EthZoSTvQ


21 posted on 11/10/2009 10:08:25 PM PST by odds
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

ping


22 posted on 11/11/2009 2:26:10 AM PST by Ulysse (a)
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To: null and void

ping


23 posted on 11/11/2009 2:26:43 AM PST by Ulysse (a)
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To: the anti-liberal

Looks like liberal-proislamic-fascists are in a hurry in order to own deeply for a long time the once FREE USA.

NO WAY!
There should be blood...Already soldiers are dead in Fort Hood


24 posted on 11/11/2009 2:31:51 AM PST by Ulysse (a)
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To: odds
Interesting info about Limbert. I think this writer's comment is the truth:

Within the Obama administration, probably up to the Preisdent himself, there are many leftists who WANT Iran to get a nuclear weapon.

Except that I would change it to "leftists and Muslim sympathizers." I don't know if Limbert is actually a Muslim (although if he was actually out there shouting the Allah thing, it sounds pretty likely), but if he isn't, he's certainly a sympathizer, and they're just as bad.

25 posted on 11/11/2009 3:52:11 AM PST by livius
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To: odds

“Let me first off tell you that NIAC is not a Human Rights Organization; this is not our expertise”

Gee, Trita didn’t handle that one very well.
Sometimes you need to trust first impressions when you just see someone - mine was that he’s a slimeball - which he is.

Here’s more on Limbert -
http://www.usna.edu/MiddleEast/limbert.pdf


26 posted on 11/11/2009 4:43:23 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

John Limbert’s Résumé per your link is impressive; almost as much as Trita Paris’s official one, which I viewed on NIAC website almost 2 yrs ago.

In the context of an earlier comment on Limbert, an interesting bit on his CV is: “Award for Valor after captivity in Iran (1981)”


27 posted on 11/11/2009 5:04:06 AM PST by odds
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To: odds

Trita Paris = Trita Parsi

Late at night here.


28 posted on 11/11/2009 5:12:04 AM PST by odds
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To: odds
No he’s the worst possible choice.

Not if your goal is the utter destruction of The USA, the end of personal freedoms, and the total elimination of western civilization.

In that case:

“John Limbert is simply the best possible pick for that position.”

29 posted on 11/11/2009 7:25:34 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 294 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: livius; fanfan; Canadian Outrage
(although if he was actually out there shouting the Allah thing, it sounds pretty likely)

I might give him a pass on that. If I managed to escape the Embassy I'd try to blend in while working my way to the edge of the crowd, and ultimately the Canadian Embassy.

I say might, because from the reportage, it's by no means clear that was the case.

(BTW, Canada? Thanks again for your kind assistance in those dark days)

30 posted on 11/11/2009 7:32:24 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 294 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

I’d be more inclined to think that without his subsequent track record.


31 posted on 11/11/2009 7:54:38 AM PST by livius
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To: null and void

Nully I perceive the day in the not too distant future where many Americans will be fleeing to Canada. I know that I and many of my family are ready to receive them. What a totally disasterous situation America is in. How pathetic it is that you cannot even have a fair election anymore.
And we, in Canada, need to work hard to make sure that we keep Harper and Company as the leaders of this country. I can’t wait to get together with my dear friend Marg to find out if she knows what Harper has been threatened with if he reveals Obama’s biography. I’m going to try my best tho. She is in contact with him and his wife ALL the time. It’s through her that I met him personally. CO


32 posted on 11/11/2009 9:13:31 AM PST by Canadian Outrage (Conservatism is to a country what medicine is to a wound - HEALING!!)
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To: null and void

We’d do it again in a New York minute. :-)


33 posted on 11/11/2009 10:45:18 AM PST by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: Pride_of_the_Bluegrass

Oh Geesh, we are just dead meat. I can’t takes no more.


34 posted on 11/11/2009 10:47:21 AM PST by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: fanfan; Canadian Outrage

Thanks.


35 posted on 11/11/2009 11:18:23 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 294 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

Canadian Wisdom! ;-)


36 posted on 11/11/2009 11:56:07 AM PST by odds
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To: null and void; Cindy
The ADC is former Senator James Abourezk's group. It's real comforting to know that the ADC [or AADC] has a seat at Obama's national security table /s :

2002 : (FORMER US SENATOR FROM S DAKOTA, JAMES ABOUREZK, PRAISES HEZBOLLAH {see IRAN}) The second-generation Lebanese-American seemingly has no problem exercising his first amendment rights. In 2002, Abourezk praised the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah and the "positive role it was playing in Lebanon.""[Hezbollah] was like the tool that forced the 'Israelis' to withdraw," Abourezk said.Also last year [2002], Abourezk suggested that the solution to Israel's terrorism problem would be to "get the hell out of the occupied territories.""It's not a wonder there are suicide bombers, it's a wonder there aren't many more," Abourezk said. ---- "20-Year-Old Republican Website Owner Sued by Former Democrat Senator, " By Jeff Gannon, Talon News, July 31, 2003

Anyway, there's more in my pile of stuff:

..After the infamous Baghdad Trio delegation of congress crtters turned from their trip to Baghdad that was apparently paid for by dictator Saddam Hussein, their buddy Kucinich formed an coalition of leftwing nuts of which Abourezk was a part to try to protect Saddam Hussein's regime.

Abourezk and the terrorist apologist, muslim congressman Rahall traveled to Iraq on a trp sponsored by south Africa's Nelson Mandela and met with Saddam Hussein's oil voucher bribe man Tariq Aziz in Sept 2002.

Abourezk is also involved with the very nasty group that was known as NION.

37 posted on 10/01/2012 10:56:07 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa
Abourezk took Nelson's money to go on the trip to coddle Saddam Hussein, but where does Nelson get some of his money?

In the run-up to the 1994 election in South Africa, Mandela raised prodigious sums of money for his African National Congress -- including from such undemocratic regimes as Libya, Saudi Arabia, Suharto's Indonesia -- and Saddam's Iraq.... (/snip)------------Mandela picks Iraq over U.S. National Post ^ | October 11 2002 | R.W. Johnson via 8 posted on 12/26/2004 12:50:28 AM PST by piasa | To 6 |

38 posted on 10/01/2012 11:01:41 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

So we have an ADC/AADC/AAADC mole in DHS thanks to Obama. ADC’s Abourezk is supportive of Hezbollah [see Iran] and receptive of travel handouts from Saddam Hussein & Mandela a supporter of assorted nasties ...
and also thanks to Obama, we have Eric Holder , who came to the rescue of Marc Rich, whose comapany GLENCORE was on the Saddam Hussein Iraqi Oil Voucher bribe recipient list:

Eric H. Holder Jr. - was a ‘’willing participant in the plan to keep the Justice Department from knowing about and opposing’’ a pardon for Marc Rich. - http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D06E3DB1239F930A25750C0A9649C8B63


39 posted on 10/01/2012 11:12:27 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

ping


40 posted on 10/01/2012 11:13:46 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

Thanks Piasa for the updates here.


41 posted on 10/01/2012 11:50:02 PM PDT by Cindy
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