Iran’s IRGC & US FTO Law—Think Before Leaping

This short essay briefly outlines this argument:  the designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), could yield two outcomes: complicate Iraq’s internal politics, and destabilize the precarious peace that exists between Israel and Hezbollah.  My premise is that a disruptive IRGC constitutes a threat to stability across the Middle East and its capacity ought to be contained and confined so that it cannot threaten US Allies.  Doing so leveraging the FTO law is poor policy. Why should the IRGC react, perhaps convulsively to a FTO designation?  The clues lie in two considerations: first, it would signal the Iranian political establishment that the recent work of Iranian moderates to depressurize US/Iran relations has been repudiated by America thus throwing open the door for hardliners, most notably the IRGC, to escalate tensions across the Middle East, especially where they collide with US vital interests.  Here, the admonition from the Iranian far right that America was not to be trusted becomes an apparent, albeit engineered fulfillment of prophetic state demonization of … Continue…