Secretary of State John Kerry is taking a victory lap on July 14, 2016, on the anniversary of the controversial Iran Nuclear Deal. That Deal contained provisions to provide $150 billion in funds previously frozen in international banks to Iran in exchange for a reduction in older centrifuges, the closing of a nuclear weapons development site, and the potential for delayed inspections of other possibly suspect development sites. The Deal was widely opposed by Republicans and Israel (the only stable US ally in the Middle East), and strongly supported by the Obama Administration – including Hillary Clinton in her position as Secretary of State at the time negotiations started.
One of the biggest questions against the Iran Nuclear Deal was what Iran might do with the massive cash inflow. It was admitted by Secretary Kerry, on January 21, 2016 in an interview with CNBC, that
“I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists.”
Just 6 months after disclosing that the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and other terror groups will benefit directly from the Iran Nuclear Deal, Secretary Kerry is boasting. He stated,
“As of today, one year later, a program that so many people said will not work, a program that people said is absolutely doomed to see cheating and being broken and will make the world more dangerous, has in fact made the world safer, lived up to its expectations and thus far produced an ability to a create peaceful nuclear program with Iran”
Such a declaration of blanket success seems to ignore realities that are far less positive for the Obama Administration and Hillary Clinton’s attempt to win the 2016 presidential race. One such reality comes from CIA Director John Brennan, a general supporter of the Obama Administration and controversial international policies – such as his statements today on waterboarding. It was September 2015 when Director Breenan pointed out a “mile-wide” loophole in the Iran Nuclear Deal,
“Kerry and crew left a loophole a mile wide when they effectively allowed Iran to conduct all the illicit work it wants outside of Iran, in countries like North Korea or perhaps Sudan.”
In fact it was the White House itself that strongly discouraged Iran from continuing to fund Hezbollah – an internationally recognized terrorist organization. On June 28, 2016, the White House noted “the most serious and most severe sanctions” because of the funding of terror. Hezbollah for its part seemed unfazed, with its leader Hassan Nasrallah stating,
“We are open about the fact that Hezbollah’s budget, its income, its expenses, everything it eats and drinks, its weapons and rockets, are from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
This seems to confirm that the world is not safer than a year ago. A conclusion supported by Marines being sent to the US Embassy in South Sudan, and the State Department chartering 2 free flights for US citizens out of Juba and the region. Even Democrat Rep. Brad Sherman has noted that a questionable deal between Boeing and Iran will fuel terrorism. That deal had been blocked by the US until the Iran Nuclear Deal lifted the sanctions. Rep. Sherman, an opponent of the nuclear deal, is seeking to have the Obama Administration prevent the Boeing deal once again.
Given the reality as stated by Secretary Kerry, questionable deals, glaring security and intelligence omissions, and the direct admissions of at least one terror group, the claim that the world is safer is a hard pill to swallow. It would seem, based on these realities, that the claims of success by Secretary Kerry may be far more politically motivated – as the timing lands squarely as Hillary Clinton’s public image has become even more tarnished. The recent inaction by the FBI and Department of Justice have resulted in a polling backlash for Hillary Clinton.
It may be more accurate to state that the anniversary of the Iran Nuclear Deal has resulted in positive confirmation of Iran funding terror, the potential of future terror attacks via airplanes, and a definitive lack of intelligence oversight that is being actively obscured for a partisan political gain. It’s not a happy headline or news story, it won’t win an election for a disliked Democrat, but the facts appear to support it as reality.