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US Congress targets Iran for regime change
« on: January 18, 2005, 09:13:32 PM »
US Congress targets Iran for regime change
By Guy Dinmore in Washington
Published: January 17 2005 22:05 | Last updated: January 17 2005 22:05

us iran flagsSupport for "regime change" in Iran is growing in
Congress, encouraging new exiled opposition groups supported by
Washington's neoconservatives to spring up in the hope of receiving US
funding.

Having adopted legislation in the past aimed at Cuba and Iraq,
Republicans and Democrats in both houses are starting to champion
political reform in Tehran.

The activity comes amid a magazine report that the US has been
carrying out secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran in preparation
for possible military strikes.

However, Dan Bartlett, a counsellor to George W. Bush, US president,
said the article by Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker magazine was
"riddled with inaccuracies".

Lawrence DiRita, Pentagon spokesman, said Mr Hersh had been fed with
"rumour, innuendo and assertions about meetings that never happened,
programmes that do not exist, and statements by officials that were
never made".

One Washington exile group the Alliance for Democracy in Iran
describes itself as an opposition umbrella group that would act as a
"clearing house" for US taxpayers' money dedicated to advancing the
cause of democracy.

"Our true purpose is to empower the Iranian people, to change the
regime to become more democratic," said Kamal Azari, the alliance
president. He stressed that the group renounced violence.

In Congress, the proposed Iran Freedom and Support Act calls on the
Bush administration to back "regime change" and promote alliances with
opposition groups that renounce terrorism.

A similar bill in the House does not mention regime change but would
back pro-democracy groups.

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US Congress targets Iran for regime change
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2005, 10:10:51 AM »
The  Iran Freedom and Support Act sounds like more of a diplomatic way of going about an Iran regime change.  :lol:
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