President Obama told us before he even got the Democratic nomination in 2008 what he’d do about the threat Iran posed to the U.S. and the world: “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union,” he said. “They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.”
Yes – Obama actually said ‘Soviet Union’ and not Russia. Talk about the ‘80’s wanting their foreign policy back,’ but then again it could have simply been a play of words since he’s done nothing about Russia’s aggression.
Now, the USS Theodore Roosevelt is heading toward the shores of Yemen preparing to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to Houthi rebels. The aircraft’s deployment comes after a U.N. Security Council resolution imposed an arms embargo on leaders of the Iranian-backed Shiite rebels.
The resolution passed in a 14-0 vote with Russia abstaining. No surprise there.
Once hailed by President Obama as a success story in the U.S.’s effort to combat terrorism, Yemen has since collapsed into chaos. This is because Houthis rebels are getting their arms from Iran, which Tehran and the rebels continue to deny.
This comes after the Obama administration’s announcement of a supposed April 2 deal with Iran to control its nuclear program, which Iran disputes.
Under the reported agreement, Iran gets to store around 1,000 advanced nuclear centrifuges at an underground and fortified one-time military site known as Fordow. By keeping Fordow active, Iran could potentially produce weapons-grade material in less than six months.
Iran is also pushing to prohibit international inspectors from accessing possible military sites until after the U.S. provides real relief from economic sanctions. Iran also refuses to give up its stockpile of enriched uranium, the key part in a nuclear bomb.
But wait – there’s more!
The U.S. State Department still plans to give Iran $30 to $50 billion as a so-called “signing bonus” for agreeing to a nuclear deal later this year. The cash release would come in addition to the more than $11 billion in unfrozen assets that Iran will already have received under an interim nuclear accord reached in 2013.
When asked about the report, State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf tried to dodge the issue by accusing reporters of getting “spun up” on the issue. Pressed, Harf finally told reporters that she would “look into it,” then declined “to go line by line in the story,” adding sanctions relief to Iran will continue through June 30.
Don’t believe it’s a trifecta?
Last month, Obama issued and signed an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven of its officials. Then this month, Obama reversed himself: “Venezuela is not a threat to the U.S. and the U.S. is not a threat to Venezuela,” changing the language of the March 9 executive order he signed.
No wonder our Allies no longer trust us.