Hamid Yazdan Panah is an attorney focused on asylum and immigration in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also a human rights activist focused on the Middle East and Iran.
Last Tuesday, President Obama claimed that “our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran”. Yet I can’t help but think that it is Iran who has put Obama’s diplomacy “to work”, namely using it to obtain its strategic goals. Democratic Senator, Robert Menendez referred to Obama’s remarks on Iran in the State of the Union, saying: “The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran. And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization, when they are the ones with the original sin.”