An Iranian Perspective: What You Need to Know About Iran So That You Can Filter Out The Noise

It is crucial to know the following facts about Iran to be able to understand its relationship with the United States and its significance on the geopolitical landscape, as well as being able to engage in any productive discussion about the current situation:

1) In 2007 US Congress approved $400 million for the CIA to destabilize Iran — “Late last year (2007), Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program.”