The Iran Threat
Sen. Rubio: Iran Deal an “Unfolding Disaster”
The Senator blasts 'outrageous, illegal' actions by the Obama administration.
BY CounterJihad · @CounterjihadUS | October 19, 2016
It is not every day that you see a sitting Senator accuse the President of the United States of having broken the law. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida did so in a recent piece published by CNN. Oddly enough, the accusations of lawlessness take a back seat to the charge that the President’s lawless policy on Iran is failing to achieve its aims.
Here are the claims of lawbreaking, with which he opens:
Outrageous, potentially illegal, actions by this administration have become so commonplace that many Americans have become numb to the recent news regarding this President’s policy toward Iran. We now know the President authorized a$1.7 billion cash ransom payment to Iran, then his administration lied about it to Congress…. This endangers every American overseas by incentivizing kidnappers and encouraging hostage-takers, and since Iran’s release of five US hostages in January, multiple American citizens have been thrown into Iranian jail cells. Providing cash to Iran has also allowed the mullahs to circumvent the international financial system as they shuttle much-needed resources to their terrorist proxies in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.
We recently learned President Obama dismantled a key part of the ballistic missile sanctions against Iran eight years early…. Once again, the White House lied to the American people about its concessions to the Iranian regime.
Senator Rubio in fact understates the case. This is in keeping with his efforts to position himself as a responsible Republican, one acceptable to the press. Rubio has recently rebuked Presidential candidate Donald Trump for claiming that the US election is rigged, and has likewise claimed that it is irresponsible to talk about the leaks provided by Wikileaks because they might be a Russian information warfare effort. Both of these are very popular positions among the media, and are in fact the positions of the Clinton campaign as well as the Democratic leadership. Asserting them allows Rubio to appear to be a bipartisan, centrist figure.
This makes all the more surprising his charge that the President is breaking the law, though it does help to explain why he has presented the case far more gently than he might have done. Take the so-called “side deals” with Iran. The administration classified those deals, which prevented public discussion of them. Yet they were not classified from Iran, which of course knew what the deals contained because they were a party to them. US law does not permit classification of information to avoid political embarrassment. It appears that the administration violated the law even in negotiating the deal, then, in order to prevent a public debate on the wisdom of its side deals.
The administration also violated the law in not providing those deals to Congress. The law governing the negotiations required a mandatory handover of all information, including side agreements, so that Congress could consider the deal and vote on whether to approve it. (In the event, Congress never did vote to approve the deal: the vote was filibustered by the President’s partisans in Congress).
As for lying to Congress, the administration certainly did that, as the French confirmed.
Rubio is also right about the “giant pallets of cash,” which certainly did land in the hands of America’s worst enemies in Iran: the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Iran’s terror-supporting shadow army. It certainly was a hostage payment, just as the Senator suggests. And it has indeed provoked a wave of new arrests of Americans and those with American ties, a kind of hostage taking under color of law. All of these charges are perfectly true.
Yet Rubio’s real criticism is that all of this lawbreaking and all of these lies by the administration have failed to achieve any of the goods that the deal was supposed to achieve.
Iran has continued to develop ballistic missiles…. Earlier this year, Iran launched two missiles, one inscribed with “Israel must be wiped out” in Hebrew…. Iran has also maintained its support of Hezbollah, a terrorist organization that has destabilized the government in Lebanon and is working with Russia and Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.A senior Iranian official has also stated that Tehran has been providing intelligence to Russia for military targeting, helping Moscow support Assad and his slaughter of innocent Syrians….In Yemen, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels continue to prolong a conflict that has no end in sight…. In recent days, the Houthis fired missiles at US Navy ships on multiple occasions. However, even as American sailors are attacked by an Iranian proxy, potentially using Iranian-provided weapons, the administration pretends none of this is happening, and is reluctant to condemn Iran publicly.
There, too, he is correct. It should be shocking that Iran was allowed to buy advanced S-300 missiles from Russia as a consequence of this deal. These missiles can defeat almost all American, and all Israeli, aircraft that might be used against Iran’s nuclear sites. How much more shocking, then, that Iran installed those S-300s around one of the very sites the deal was supposed to render harmless. Could there be a clearer sign of their intent to continue to use that site for weapons development?
Iran’s Supreme Leader has told his people that only a traitor or a fool thinks Iran’s future lies in diplomacy instead of in missiles. How much of that vast cash ransom went to supply those who are even now firing Iranian-made cruise missiles at US warships at sea?
The administration has indeed been lawless, and it has been foolish. It is good to see a Senator pointing it out. But what will the Senate do to hold the administration accountable? What will it do to reverse this foolish course?
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