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Amb. Bloomfield Discusses Stronger Policies Against Iran’s Clerical Regime

On the opening day of the Iranian Resistance's 2023 gatherings, Amb. Lincoln Bloomfield Jr., Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, 2001 – 2005 sheds light on the history of the Iran regime's misinformation campaigns against the MEK.
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During a recent episode of “The Untold Story” podcast, Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield Jr., who has served in five U.S. administrations and held key positions such as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, shared his views on the necessary steps the U.S. government should take regarding the regime in Iran and its organized resistance movement.

Amb. Bloomfield, an experienced diplomat, emphasized the importance of recognizing the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MEK/PMOI) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as legitimate opposition forces. “I’d like to see US embassy officers go to the major events they hold,” he suggested, pointing out that these events attract prominent figures such as former prime ministers, foreign ministers, and UN dignitaries. 

The former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs elaborated on the critical need for engagement, asserting, “There’s no reason why you can’t send a political officer and write a neutral cable that said, this is very interesting. Here’s what they said.” He argued that such steps would counteract Iran’s extensive efforts to suppress dissent and maintain the illusion of a thriving revolution. According to Amb. Bloomfield, “50% or more of the effort that the regime has put out, whether it’s terrorist effort, assassinations, propaganda, deploying missiles and whatnot, is to give the appearance that the revolution is still alive.”

Addressing the broader geopolitical context, the former ambassador called for the U.S. to halt Tehran’s arms flow to conflict zones like Yemen and Gaza. He emphasized that these actions are part of the Iranian regime’s strategy to destabilize the region and maintain its influence. “We need to stop the weapons flow that comes from the Revolutionary Guards toward Yemen and Sinai, make sure there are no more weapons that can reach Gaza,” he stated. Furthermore, Bloomfield highlighted the regime’s practice of hostage-taking as a tool for political leverage, citing recent examples involving hostages from Sweden and Belgium.

Amb. Bloomfield also urged the U.S. to scrutinize Tehran’s diplomatic practices, revealing that Iranian operatives had transported explosives under diplomatic cover. “The Belgian court wrote a report that said they transported a very powerful bomb from Iran to Vienna on a commercial airline. Well, that must mean it was under a diplomatic cover,” he explained and called for the closure of Iranian embassies to prevent such abuses. “We should probably close their embassies, just close them, and not just put the IRGC on the terrorism list,” Amb. Bloomfield recommended.

In discussing the internal dynamics of Iran’s leadership, the former US Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs criticized the illegitimacy of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s rule. He recounted the controversial succession after Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s heir apparent, was sidelined for opposing mass executions. “Khamenei should never have been a supreme leader…it looks a whole lot like the Pahlavi dynasty dressed up in clerical clothes,” he remarked. Amb. Bloomfield argued that the Iranian people are disillusioned with both the monarchy and the clerical regime, emphasizing that the revolution is far from thriving. 

Amb. Bloomfield further highlighted the urgent need for robust information campaigns to expose the regime’s true nature. “We need to, why don’t we point out the illegitimacy of this regime? I mean, Khamenei should never have been supreme leader,” he asserted. He noted that this would help accelerate the regime’s downfall by empowering the Iranian population to push for democratic change. “We need to invite the population to push you out and finally allow the people of Iran to sort out their own affairs democratically,” Bloomfield concluded.