Though the recent nuclear talks with Iran ended with an apparent whiff of progress, and though the two sides have agreed to meet for further technical negotiations this month and then for political level talks next month, the U.S. continues to approach Iran with a hostility that can barely contain its hypocrisy.
The current generation of hypocrisy has three faces: Iran as a terror threat, Iran as a nuclear threat, and Iran's need to be monitored.
At the end of 2012, an astonishing and little noticed bill became law in America. The bill declares Iran's terrorist presence in Latin America. The bill gives the go ahead for the State Department to provide a strategy to address the threat of "Iran's growing hostile presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere". It declares that the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has boosted its presence in Latin America and that there is now "direct Iranian government support of Hezbollah activities" in South America.
The bill passed both houses and was signed into law by Obama on December 28.
According to Alex Main of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the US government has produced no evidence for these claims. Despite the lack of evidence, Iran's terrorist presence in our hemisphere is now official. At the recent AIPAC conference, Vice President Joe Biden echoed these assertions. Iran, he said, is "using terrorist proxies to spread violence in the region and beyond the region. . . . For too long, Hezbollah has [plotted] against innocents in Eastern Europe to East Africa; from Southeast Asia to South America.