Is it Racist to Criticize Iran?

In reference to the strange comments of Hillary Mann Leverett at the J Street conference, Goldblog reader Dov Rosen e-mails in to say:

You write: "One small point worth making: Rabbis aren't in charge of Israel. Mullahs are in charge of Iran. This is a fact that probably does seem relevant to most people, though not to Hillary Mann Leverett."

The comment is interesting, but what it really brings to light is that Leverett isn't really making any point that is actually relevant. She's not talking about whether Iran is or isn't haggling/delaying.  She's just characterizing that opinion as racist, without adding any real point on the merits.