Excerpts from The New Iran Man at the State Department's Iran Desk
John Limbert will be the senior Iran official at the State Department, replacing Dennis Ross...Limbert is not a neutral arbiter; he serves on the advisory board of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).
What is the National Iranian American Council?
The Council is widely considered the de facto lobby for the Iranian regime in America. It opposes sanctions on Iran, soft-pedals any controversial events in Iran, and counsels "patience" regarding Iran's stance towards its nuclear program...The NIAC staunchly opposes any military attacks on Iran. In other words, it all but serves as Iran's embassy in Washington...
The NIAC is also headed by the controversial Trita Parsi. Who is Trita Parsi?
...Parsi serves as an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute...the author of the book The Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States, which was an expanded version of his dissertation thesis. The book was warmly endorsed and recommended by none other than John Mearsheimer, Zbigniew Brzezinski (who served as Parsi's dissertation adviser), and the former Foreign Minister for the State of Israel who has become an appeasement-focused dove...Parsi distorts history and willfully mistranslates the Iranian call for Israel to be "wiped off the map."...and blames the problems between America and Iran on Israeli machinations to turn nations, including our own, against Iran...
...One curious fact is that board members of the NIAC contribute to J Street, the anti-Israel lobby that tries to pass itself off as "pro-peace" and supportive of Israel (just as the NIAC tries to palm itself off as being pro-American and pro-peace). Not so coincidentally, Trita Parsi himself was on a panel at the recent J Street conference.
...the National Iranian American Council now has one of their own as the Iran man (literally and metaphorically) at the State Department. The caviar is flowing in Tehran.
See this and this.
(Kippah tip: AtlasShrugs)