|A retired U.S. Army Colonel and chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell describes Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK, a.k.a. MKO and PMOI) removal from the U.S. list of terrorists as “a terrible move.”|
Appearing on the Real News Network on Sunday to discuss the similarities and differences in the two US presidential candidates’ foreign policies, Laurence Wilkerson said the MEK group is still a terrorist group.
When asked about the Romney and the kind of people around him, Wilkerson said he knew Mitchell Reiss quite well, adding “Mitchell was an advocate for the delisting of the MEK, the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, the terrorist group—still a terrorist group, in my mind—from Iran.”
Reiss, who is a foreign policy adviser to the Republican wannabe U.S. president Mitt Romney, were among the bold-faced names who made speeches in support of MEK delisting as a terrorist group.
According to Christian Science Monitor, many of the former high-ranking US officials who had been advocating removal from U.S. terrorist list of the group “have been paid tens of thousands of dollars to speak in support of the MEK.”
Wilkerson then went on to say that removal of MEK from the U.S. terror list “was a terrible move in all respects, because terrible move in the way the Iranians perceived it, and a terrible move because it basically acknowledged a terrorist group is now not a terrorist group anymore, and they clearly certainly still are.”