Is the World Being Turned Upside Down by Think Tanks?

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

As the disturbing details of the Obama Administration's "understanding" with Iran surfaces, it is quite apparent that there is plenty of blame to spread around. Has the world gone mad?  It seems so.

When I start believing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei more than I believe the President of the United States, "Houston- we have a problem". When Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he will wipe Israel off the face of the earth, I believe he is dead serious and seriously frank. When he says that on the day any final agreement was signed, sanctions would be lifted and military sites would be off limits to inspectors, I believe him. Of course, the statements by the Ayatollah should completely scuttle any agreement, yet the President continues to push for his bad, and every day worse, deal.

The dynamics of how any agreement of this magnitude gets off the ground is complex and complicated. Although the President is the Commander in Chief, many are involved in the supporting cast. Yes, the media plays a key role. Yes, Leftist University Professors have profound influence. However, one of the most important "Amen Corners" are the "Think Tanks". Unfortunately, despite "Think Tanks" supposedly being honest and forthright analysts, that is far from the case. The Brookings Institution which has an overall budget of 41 million dollars annually has received 17.8 million dollars over three years from Qatar. Essentially, the Brookings Institution has become a lobbying organization without the legal underpinnings to do so for Qatar and other Middle East Countries.

A donor to Brookings with ties to Turkey stopped his support after a scholar at Brookings was critical of the country. Viewing the Brookings website one can see an array of articles most of which are supportive of the President on his "understanding" with Iran. Jeremy Shapiro's article featured on the website entitled, "Why the details of the Iran deal don't matter" is a case in point. "Think Tanks" like Brookings are important to the discourse on the Middle East. They are quoted frequently as "objective" voices in the vast narrative. They are anything but "objective".

It is high time to begin to regulate the foreign involvement in American "Think Tanks". Only then will the world be turned right side up, instead of down. Maybe then and only then will the "details" of the Iranian "understanding" look like the "Devil" that they truly are.