AIC President Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi recently responded to the controversial Ben Rhodes profile in the New York Times magazine, offering his thoughts on the status of the nuclear accord. Dr. Amirahmadi said that while the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was formally adopted only last year, the road to the accord was paved by the White House and Supreme Leader Khamenei years earlier and included an “engineered” 2013 presidential election in which Mr. Rouhani was the preferred candidate.
Asked about Ben Rhodes’s statements on Iranian hardliners vs. moderates, Dr. Amirahmadi said, “The White House spread propaganda that in Iran there are “hardliners” and “moderates” and that they are dealing with the moderates. In fact, Obama was almost always dealing with the hardliners, the top of whom is Khamenei; but, in the media, it was presented as if he was dealing with moderates like Rouhani and Zarif.”
Listen to the interview below