July 23, 2018
U.S. Likens Iran’s Leaders to the Mafia – Carol Morello
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday, “The level of corruption and wealth among regime leaders shows that Iran is run by something that resembles the Mafia more than a government” – a message the U.S. plans to broadcast heavily in Iran. Pompeo said the U.S. is creating a round-the-clock Farsi channel across television, radio, digital and social media formats to circumvent Internet censorship in Iran “so that ordinary Iranians inside Iran and around the globe will know that America stands with them.”
Pompeo singled out “the billionaire general,” Interior Minister Sadegh Mahsouli; Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, the “Sultan of Sugar”; and Sadeq Ardeshir Larijani, the head of Iran’s judiciary, whom he said had embezzled $300 million in public money.
Pompeo said Tehran has no moderates. “Some believe that President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif fit the bill,” he said. “The truth is they are merely polished front men for the Ayatollah’s international con artistry. Their nuclear deal didn’t make them moderates, it made them wolves in sheep’s clothing.” (Washington Post)