Saturday, August 27, 2005

Tanter Links To Michael Ledeen, AIPAC, Reza Pahlavi and Likud

"In early 2002, Leeden, along with Morris Amitay, a former AIPAC executive director as well as a CSP
adviser, founded the Coalition for Democracy in Iran (CDI) to build congressional and administration
support for Iran regime change. AIPAC and CDI helped ensure passage of recent House and Senate
resolutions that condemn Iran, call for tighter sanctions and express support for Iranian dissidents.
The CDI includes members of key neoconservative policy institutes and think tanks, including
Raymond Tanter of the Washington Institute for Near East Affairs (WINEA)—an off-shoot of
AIPAC—and Frank Gaffney, president of CSP. In the ’90s, Feith served as the board chairman of CSP,
whose slogan is “peace through strength,” and where Woolsey currently serves as co-chairman of the
advisory committee. Other neoconservative organizations represented in the coalition by more than one
member include AEI and Freedom House.
Rob Sobhani, an Iranian-American, who like Ledeen and other neoconservatives is a friend of the
Shah’s son Reza Pahlavi, is also a CDI member. CDI expresses the common neoconservative position
that constructive engagement with the Iranian government—even with the democratic reformists—is
merely appeasement. Instead, the United States should proceed immediately to a regime change strategy
working closely with the “Iranian people.” Representatives of the Iranian people that could be the front
men for a regime change strategy, according to the neoconservatives, include, the Shah’s son, Reza
Pahlavi (who has also cultivated close ties with the Likud Party in Israel), the Iraq-based guerrilla group
Mujahadin-E Khalq (MEK), and expatriate arms dealer Ghorbanifar."