Who was it that alluded to the maxim, “there’s a sucker born every minute”? Whomever it was certainly predicted the Obama administration and the Iranian Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal.
First of all, it’s rather hilarious Barack Obama has now lumped in fellow Democrats — Sen. Charles Schumer of New York; Rep. Eliot Engel, Rep. Grace Meng and Rep. Nita Lowey, all of New York; Rep. Brad Sherman of California; and Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida — with hardline Iranian Islamists when it comes to the Iranian deal. See, these Democrat legislators have decided to stand against Obama and Kerry.
Now, I’m skeptical because the Democrats probably have done a whip count in the House and Senate and realize they’ve secured the votes to preclude a veto-proof vote against Obama. Remember, you only need 34 senators to get this folly through. But perhaps these individuals may just have a conscience — Chuck Schumer is set to be the senior Democrat senator.
I would like to believe these Democrats are recognizing this “deal” — and, remember, it’s not a treaty for ratification, thanks Sen. Corker of Tennessee. We’ve reported here that Iran’s making deals with Russia for aerial refueling tankers. We’ve reported here that Iran’s making deals with China for new fighter jets in exchange for the prized commodity of oil.
And here’s the latest revelation that the respect President Obama rails that he’s restored is only a pipe dream.
As reported by Fox News:
The shadowy Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani recently visited Moscow to meet with senior Russian leaders, according to two Western intelligence sources, despite a travel ban and U.N. Security Council resolutions barring him from leaving Iran.
On July 24, one week before Secretary of State John Kerry testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee and faced questions about the newly struck nuclear deal, Soleimani arrived in Moscow for meetings with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and President Vladimir Putin. It was not immediately clear what the Iranian leader discussed, but the revelation comes as the United Nations and European Union arms embargo against Iran is slated to be lifted in five years as part of the comprehensive nuclear agreement announced July 14 from Vienna.
Soleimani was first designated a terrorist and sanctioned by the U.S. in 2005 for his role as a supporter of terrorism. In October 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department tied Soleimani to the failed Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States at a popular restaurant in Washington, D.C. The Quds Force is the special forces external wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, responsible for supporting terrorist proxies across the Middle East. It reports directly to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
We reported to you here the assessment of my former Assistant Division Commander, LTG Michael Barbero, and his description of General Suleimani and the result of his exploits and interventions into Iraq for our men and women in uniform. Suleimani and his Quds Force supplied the explosively formed penetrator (EFPs) responsible for 20 percent of our troops’ deaths. He’s been recently photographed in Iraq — which is also a violation of his travel ban and resolutions. Then again, doesn’t Russia sit on the U.N. Security Council? So a member of the council that instituted the resolution hosted this death angel? What part of “sucker” do we not get?
Soleimani arrived in Moscow on Air Iran flight #5130, a commercial flight from Tehran, at 6:50 a.m. on July 24, a Friday. He left Moscow the following Sunday, July 26, at 10:25 p.m. on flight #5120, according to Western intelligence sources.
U.N. sanctions have not yet been lifted against Iran, and Soleimani, as head of the Iranian Quds Force is sanctioned as part of Security Council Resolution 1747. He is prohibited to travel, and any country that lets him transit or travel is defying the sanctions. (Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council and would have been aware of this restriction when meeting with him.)
This is the Iran with whom Obama’s trying to tell us we secured the best possible “deal”? This is the Iran about which Obama ranted on earlier this week, fear-mongering that the only alternative for America was war.
Hey, message to Barack Obama, these guys are planning war anyway and now they’re going to have allies in Russia and China. Look, the Quds force is a modern day Nazi Secret Service, and Suleimani is today’s Henrich Himler — and he’s just flying around all over the place it seems.
And this is yet another example of Vladimir Putin’s disrespect and dismissal of one Barack Obama — whose weakness in enticing and emboldening.
So what would General Suleimani be doing in Russia talking with the defense minister and Putin?
Simple, S-300, the advanced anti-aircraft surface to air missile system, we have reported on that here as well. If Iran secures these systems, Katie bar the door, it will be hellacious business for anyone to strike the Iranian nuclear program. Remember, the program the United States is not allowed to be on an inspection team to verify? Anyway, based on the agreement, the United States is bound to protect Iran’s nuclear program anyway. What was that thing about being a sucker?
So if Obama wants to liken opposing voices to this deal with Iranian hardliners, to whom do we liken Obama, Kerry and those who support this inane, horrific foreign policy endeavor? Outgoing U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno characterized the Iranian general in an exclusive exit interview with Fox News:
Qassem Soleimani is the one who has been exporting malign activities throughout the Middle East for some time now. He’s absolutely responsible for killing many Americans, in fact I would say the last two years I was there the majority of our casualties came from his surrogates, not Sunni or Al Qaeda.
Sen. Tom Cotton asked Secretary of State John Kerry on July 29 — five days after the Iranian leader’s Moscow visit — about Soleimani receiving sanctions relief. Secretary Kerry responded: “Under the United States’s initiative, Qassem Soleimani will never be relieved of any sanctions.” Seems to me that Suleimani did indeed relieve himself — all over John Kerry and Barack Obama, as he flew to Russia and back, probably first class.
Now I’m sure our liberal progressive detractors will simply state, what difference at this point does it make? The left will go to any lengths to disparage anyone not falling in line with Obama and his demands. However, even a sucker has to admit when they’ve been suckered.
You’d think if Obama had just a drop of American pride he’d call an immediate press conference and say, “Due to Iran’s belligerent actions since the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, I’ve determined the Iranian militant Islamic theocratic regime cannot be trusted. I’m nullifying the JCPOA and will seek to restore and increase economic sanctions upon Iran, as well as employ a naval blockade. We shall not relieve these actions until Iran’s theocratic rule has ended; all options are on the table to enable that end state. I admit, I was wrong, and believed we could seek a diplomatic solution with the largest state sponsor of terrorism. Furthermore, I am demanding the four Americans held hostage by Iran be released in 48 hours or I will unleash hell.”
Yes, I know, like the Aerosmith song, “Dream On.”
Folks, as I stated in Times Square: President Obama, there’s a reason why no one’s ever sought to do what you have done. It’s a damn stupid thing you have done.