As both your best friend and worst enemy, I feel I am in the unique position to make the following request and offer of advice:
Please stop talking to US politicians. Seriously. I know you love it, and you've even got your intellectual diplomat pose down and everything, but you're actually making things worse.
Plus American politicians don't control Iranian foreign policy anyway. Which seems to be the main topic these days. US foreign policy is actually doing surprisingly well considering their usual habit of interfering everywhere. Sanctions and staunch vocal opposition instead of jumping onto planes trains and naval ships and invading? I'll take sanctions any day! Man! Do I love me some sanctions! Give me more! (Just don't invade me OK?)
Recently you (aka NIAC) failed miserably to gain ANY sort of real support for opening a dialogue with Iran, with the dismal result of 131 members of Congress, the bi-khiali (doesn't matter a whip) arm of the US political system.
I know, I know, you declared it a huge accomplishment for the Iranian community hoping people couldn't count, and figure out that Congress has 435 members and that 131 is less than 1/3 of them, and really just a minority going nowhere. And you tried your best to blow your usual PR smoke and mirrors up its skirt. And I must say, several of our less intelligent members of the Iranian community even said "Yay!" And I'm pretty sure I even heard few "Yippee!"s come from your usual groupies.
But let's be honest and admit it, it was a dismal failure. I'm saying it now, again, because I said it then.
You never had a chance.
You see, the "good members" of the Congress, meaning the ones that do as they are told, often paid to by AIPAC, would never ever sign your letter. Which let's also be honest was not actually "your" letter, as much as you claim it was. The reason these far greater number of Congressmen would not sign your letter, making the entire exercise absolutely pointless, is that it simply makes no sense to sign a letter that was going nowhere. In this case AIPAC actually paid too much. They stupidly bought something that was already theirs.
Maybe this was your intention, to purposely poke AIPAC in the eye. You, (literally) the small seemingly defenseless David, to AIPAC's (metaphorically) giant Goliath, with all the power and money and all the cool Hollywood movie stars in the world. Maybe you dreamt of this epic romantic battle your whole life. Who do you have? OK Besides Maz Jobrani. Wait, sorry, no, that's PAAIA who has Maz. Maybe you struck AIPAC in the eye 131 times. But they kicked your ass 304 times. And I hate seeing you get your ass kicked. Every single time.
You're not getting that, not only are you completely incapable of beating AIPAC at their own game, and the Congress they own, but you can never win without the Senate, which AIPAC owns hands down, the far more powerful arm of US politics. And you certainly don't have any equivalent 131 pseudo-fair-weather friends there either.
So what do you have then? I say nothing. Which is why you've never gotten any result that someone else (not you) would agree with to say, is any sort of actual accomplishment. You are sadly guilty of the worst offense. Vanity. Which comes from only reading the Press that you write about yourself. Certainly no one else does.
Idiocy merely attracts more idiocy. Proof? Hassan Dai. Period.
As I said, I am your biggest fan too. And I honestly hate to see you or any Iranian suffer this much from your own obstinate stubbornness.
So I offer you the following entirely well intentioned advice:
"If you're Telling, you're not Selling!"
Stop talking to American politicians so much! Voy! You need to get them to find a reason to come to you. To want to come to you. You cannot influence anyone if you keep telling them how influential you are. And making American politicians feel inferior to you intellectually is the worst tactic imaginable. Unlike in your dreams, American politicians are not made up of the cream of the intelligentsia crop. Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California, and Ronald Reagan was President for gods sake! Even George Bush was .... Oops! Sorry Cheney was actually the president. All idiots compared to you, and your education, and general knowledge of post World War II. Sadly now, utterly useless trivia.
So stop kowtowing to them.
What you need is actual clout. You know real leverage. A real claim you can make that no one can laugh at you for.
What you need is to provide American politicians with a viable insight into what Iran wants, how Iran thinks, and how Iran can be swayed into the right direction. To do this, you need to establish the same kinds of connections you have wasted your time getting in DC, except find them in Tehran, or Qom, or wherever the political power structure in Iran is these days.
And I'm totally ok with that. No accusation of capitulating with the enemy from this end. I swear! After 33 years of waiting, I'm with the crowd that says lets try moderation and reform instead of another far bloodier revolution. I certainly don't want the US or Israel's or god forbid the MEK's help either.
To illustrate this point, close your eyes, and breathe. Ok, you are floating on a big fluffy white cloud. Now imagine if you had your 131 American Congressmen signatures, but ALSO had exactly 131 signatures from Iran's Majles! Oooooo!!
OK, wake up. Now we are talking! Not actually. But it's a major step forward, that two seemingly symbolically important bodies on both sides of the US Iran divide, prefer dialogue and discussions over sanctions and idle (idol?) threats of war. As powerless as both these bodies are, the combo effect is hugely symbolic.
But just think of it! The Press Release writes itself, Trita jan! NY TImes! WSJ! The Bezos Post! Gooya! Tapesh! All the major news organizations would hail the accomplishment. Not only would the White House call you in, they would even validate your parking this time!
I can see John Stewart now, sending you a script about your life to read over the weekend.
And finally, finally, then, the Iranian community could point out a single accomplishment that NIAC has actually done. And finally, finally, stop criticizing you for not sending out that protest letter for the biggest national cultural insult of all, to Ryan Seacrest for producing the Shahs of Sunset. Season 2.
Sincerely, And Very Best Regards,