Robert Malley’s confidence shot, the State Dept won’t say how big the attack is
Adam Kredo • October 25, 2022 4:30 pm
Biden’s top Iran adviser Robert Malley is under increasing pressure to resign, as members of Congress and Iranian-American opposition groups lose faith in his ability to promote opposition is growing in the Islamic Republic that threatens to overthrow the government.
The protests, which first occurred after the government’s morality police killed a young woman who did not wear her head properly, have evolved into a protest against the Iranian government’s personal. But Malley, who heads the public face of diplomacy with Tehran, please the protesters were simply demonstrating “for their government to respect their dignity and human rights” – despite increasing evidence they are fighting to end government oppression.
The Biden administration is also avoiding economic sanctions on the Iranian government as it seeks to uphold the 2015 nuclear deal, although the prospect of reaching a deal is increasing. These efforts have also forced the leaders to walk on strict customs as it has negative support for the opposition to not separate the government hard from the dialogue. After Malley’s online gaffe, the State Department declined to comment Washington Free Beacon The question of whether it measures that the Iranian opposition is looking for a change of government, although the opposition has said “Death to the Leader” and made it clear that they want the government to rule destroyed.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), a leading congressional critic of the new Iran deal, said on White Beacon “The Biden administration has put in place the survival of the Iranian regime because the administration wants Iranian oil to do the damage that they have done by attacking the American people. electricity. the people of Iran for change.”
“Robert Malley will go down in the history books as one of the most useless and useless officials in the Department of Labor of the last 50 years. It’s time for him to go,” Bryan Leib, director of Iranian Americans for Liberty, a grassroots pro-liberty group. , said to White Beacon. “His recent gaffe on Twitter is just another example of how he aligned the US government with the Islamic Republic and not with the freedom seeking Iranian people. His fake apology is unacceptable accepted and it should be terminated immediately.”
Leib’s comments were echoed by many on Twitter, who accused Malley of overstating the issue.
“It’s revolutionary,” Alireza Nader, an Iran expert and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracy think tank, responded to Malley’s tweet.
“Respect?” asked the famous Iran expert Saman Arabi. “Iranian [people] is a request for regime change!”
Although Malley later apologized for his tweet, saying it was “bad language,” congressional sources and other foreign policy insiders said the damage was done. finished and Malley’s credibility with the Iranian reformers was shattered.
“However if Malley is the special representative, you know that the right-wing leaders are still imposing sanctions on the government in Tehran,” said. Richard Goldberg, a former White House National Security Advisor who has worked on the Iran issue and now serves as a senior adviser to the Foundation for Defense of Democracy. “If he leaves, it will be the first sign of a policy shift away from following the government and toward helping the Iranian people.”
The State Department’s official position on counter-terrorism is also muddled. Spokesman Ned Price would not say during the department’s daily briefing on Monday if the administration believes that the protesters want a change of government, although he presented clear evidence that the this is the problem.
“It is not for us to interpret what the people of Iran are asking,” Price said. “We don’t want to tell what it is they’re looking for.”
Many journalists were confused by this answer, with one saying, “Ned, I think the point is, however, that you don’t have to interpret what they say. What do you think they are calling for. Do you think they are calling for something less than a change of government?
“I will not speak on behalf of the Iranian people,” Price replied.
The journalist, Matthew Lee from the Associated Press, continued his question: “Well, let’s say that if I walk down the street with a sign saying that oranges are bad, no-orange, orange, bad orange; they must be. stop-what would you say my words are?”
“I’m a spokesperson for the US Department of State. I’m not a spokesperson for Orange,” Price replied.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Security has denied a White Beacon Please advise the management of the measure of what the Iranian opposition wants.