CHARLOTTE, NC, April 22, 2014 – Sometimes you have to wonder how Barack Obama and John Kerry arrive at their political strategies in the Middle East. Are they using a Ouija Board? Probably not. A Ouija Board would have more sense.
According to a report by Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon, the U.S. has released another billion dollars to Iran as part of the nuclear agreement that was negotiated between Iran and world powers last year. That brings the current total of frozen assets that have now melted back into Iran’s economy to $2.55 billion since Obama’s Who Wants to be a Billionaire program combined with his Let’s Make a Deal foreign policy began in February.
Not to worry, Iran still has several more billion coming.
Just to refresh your memory, the money is contingent upon Iran stopping some of its nuclear weapons program as well as cutting back on its stockpiles of highly enriched uranium. It is, in broad general terms, the same sort of arrangement the United States has with Syria over the use of chemical weapons in their on-going civil war. You may recall that pesky “red line” thing that got in our president’s way a while back, when he and Mr. Kerry negotiated with Russia to get Syria to stop using those nasty weapons.
Different country. Different situation. Same philosophy.
In the process, Iran tells us they are playing by the rules of the agreement, (wink-wink, nudge-nudge) and Israel sits in the line of fire because Obama believes Benjamin Netanyahu is the real culprit when it comes to Middle East instability.
Said Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill) “It’s an outrage that the administration continues to provide massive sanctions relief to Iran, even as the Iranian government maintains its brazen support for terrorism and continues to develop advanced missile and nuclear warhead technologies,”
Mr. Roskam has it all wrong. Iran is an honorable country. They have told us they are not developing nuclear weapons or funding terrorism. We believe them because they gave us their word.. Therefore it must be true.
Roskam went on to point out that thanks to U.S. efforts, Iran’s economy is recovering slowly and the end result may be as much as a $20 billion infusion into their coffers in the next several months thanks to business deals that have arisen from our American generosity via the White House.
Roskam’s question seems logical to everyone other than team Obama/Kerry, “How can this White House justify bolstering Iran’s economy by giving them the one thing they desperately need, while the mullahs continue to violate international obligations and pursue an incredibly dangerous nuclear weapons capability?”
Simple calculations, which Barack Obama has become adept at compiling lately in light of his recent healthcare numbers, show that if we promised Iran seven billion dollars and they stand to reap a total of 20 billion dollars, then the windfall is roughly three times the amount originally negotiated. That adds up to a lot of nasty weaponry that is, of course, being developed for peaceful purposes.
Meanwhile, Bashar al Assad continues to play with his chemistry set in Syria. Russia keeps “Putin on the Ritz” in Crimea and Ukraine. Egypt is trying to deal with a “Brotherhood” that is Muslim (now there’s an oxymoron), but everything is going to be all right because we are “talking” with each of them on a daily basis.
And nobody knows rhetoric like Barack Obama.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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