The letter signed by 23 former top officeholders in the past five administrations to the president-elect states, "To restore American influence and credibility in the world, the United States needs a revised policy based on universally shared norms and principles reflecting the ideals of peace and justice. A policy highlighting, and demanding an end to, Iran's domestic human rights violations and malevolent regional actions will attract broad support and generate needed leverage against Iran's threatening behavior."
The bi-partisan letter urges the incoming Trump administration "to establish a dialogue with Iran's exiled resistance, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)," which has called for free elections to establish a secular, democratic, non-nuclear republic in Iran as well as an end to what it calls Tehran's "religious dictatorship."
While ignoring 80 million freedom loving people in Iran, successive US administrations, offered concessions and in a futile attempt to moderate the behavior of the totalitarian regime ruling Iran. This policy has clearly failed.
We underscore that a foreign military intervention is not the answer, and, therefore, believe the United States should recognize the aspirations of Iranian people for a free and democratic future as the only effective and viable policy. To this end, OIAC calls on the new administration to reach out to the Iranian people and their well-organized opposition movement.
Our members have a range of political and party affiliations but are unified in the belief that democracy and human rights in Iran are imperative to the national security of America and peace in the Middle East and beyond. In this honorable endeavor, we shall welcome your engagement and decisive decision-making.
Iranian Americans will also join their representatives at a January 24thCongressional briefing to present their policy recommendations on Iran with their representatives in Washington, DC.