Will the U.S. Interests Section head in Tehran be a bagman too?

Because that’s what the Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Michael Parmly, has been for years and clearly the State Department has finally taken note. It must have been so frustrating all this time to have had no better source on possible U.S. friendly “dissidents” inside Iran besides the cultish PKK people outside Iran – you’d have thought they’d have figured out the Interests Section gig a little sooner. Well, better late than never.

Now, inquiring minds want to know…will the Interests Section in Tehran also have a Times Square type scrolling electronic bulletin board where the U.S. can broadcast propaganda? Will it have Internet dedicated computers inside the building that are off limits to U.S. citizens but reserved for Iranians who’d like to enthrone Reza Pahlavi? Will the Interests Section hold training courses in U.S. style propaganda (a.k.a. “journalism”) for Iranians who are willing to write anti-Iranian articles? Will they set up videoconferences so that Bush can talk directly to his Iranian followers? (They evidently exist in Cuba, so why not Iran?) Will they put Santa and his reindeer in lights on the front of the building at Christmastime? Just so Iranians can get into the shopping spirit too?

And what’s this about direct flights between the U.S. and Tehran? Aren’t they getting a little ahead of themselves? The least they can do is keep those flights off limits to U.S. citizens, and only let Iranians go once every three years, if they ask really nicely.

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