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Friday, January 23, 2015

Obama Pays Iran $12 BILLION to Talk Nukes - Where's the Media?

Iran Flexing Muscles becoming a Rival for IS

"Three Arab capitals have today ended in Iran's hands and belong to the Islamic Iranian revolution".

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, boasted that Sanaa, Yemen, which fell to rebels yesterday, has now become the fourth Muslim capital that is on its way to joining the Iranian revolution.

Alireza Zakani, a loyalist of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said that Iran considered the Yemeni revolution to be an extension of its own and that 14 out of 20 provinces would soon come under the control of the Houthis and that they would not stop there:

"Definitely, the Yemeni revolution will be not be confined to Yemen alone. It will extend following its success into Saudi territories. The Yemeni-Saudi vast borders will help expedite its reach into the depth of Saudi land."

That's bad news for Saudi Arabia's brand new King - the old one died yesterday. They just announced yesterday that they would build a 1000 km wall on their border with Iraq to keep IS out. Now, Iran is threatening to come at them from the other side of the country. Talk about volatile times.

So now we have IS starting to build a caliphate in Iraq and Syria, Iran building a coalition of like-minded believers with strong influence in 4 capitol cities: Sanaa, Baghdad, Damascus, and Beirut. Admittedly, none of those are stable and could quickly fall to another regime at any time.

And let us not rule out the self-inflating ego of Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan. While sympathetic to IS, or is he just helping them decrease the Kurdish population; he hates Kurds. In any event, I do not see him becoming a #2 to Al Baghdadi, or anyone else. So I consider Turkey to be a third element in the Islamic insanity that is the middle east.

The west can be grateful that these sects aren't pulling together; that would really be frightening. And yet, it is just possible that they could unite for a period of time against a common enemy, Israel. 

With Obama granting Iran all the time in the world to build its nuclear bombs with which they promised to destroy Israel, and now he's helping fund those bombs by rewarding Iran with billion of dollars in previously frozen assets; Israel has no choice but to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities. When they do, I believe the US will plead innocence and abandon Israel to the mercy of Islam (OK, there is no mercy in Islam), and the mercy of God (where there really is mercy).

What happens next is that Turkey will lead a conglomeration of Muslim states against Israel and all hell will break loose. 

Photo: First satellite images of a new long-range Iranian missile on a launch pad outside Tehran. (Channel 2 screenshot). It's the first time we have ever seen it in the West. also capable of carrying a conventional or non-conventional warhead “far beyond Europe,” the report added.

U.S. to Award Iran $11.9 Billion Through End of Nuke Talk, By Adam Kredo, Free Beacon, January 22, 2015

The Obama administration on Wednesday paid $490 million in cash assets to Iran and will have released a total of $11.9 billion to the Islamic Republic by the time nuclear talks are scheduled to end in June, according to figures provided by the State Department.

Today’s $490 million release, the third such payment of this amount since Dec. 10, was agreed to by the Obama administration under the parameters of another extension in negotiations over Tehran’s contested nuclear program that was inked in November.

Iran will receive a total of $4.9 billion in unfrozen cash assets via 10 separate payments by the United States through June 22, when talks with Iran are scheduled to end with a final agreement aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear work, according to a State Department official.

Iran received $4.2 billion in similar payments under the 2013 interim agreement with the United States and was then given another $2.8 billion by the Obama administration last year in a bid to keep Iran committed to the talks through November, when negotiators parted ways without reaching an agreement. 

In other words the US is paying Iran for nothing! All those trade sanctions - just for show!

Iran will have received a total of $11.9 billion in cash assets by the end of June if current releases continue on pace as scheduled.

So, help me think this through, I'm a little slow these days. The US has imposed sanctions on Iran in order to get them to the bargaining table on nuclear development. At the same time, the US is paying Iran billions of dollars to negotiate. I must be missing something here!

Is it any wonder Iran is stalling as much as possible? That not only gives them time to manufacture weapons grade plutonium, but the longer the negotiations drag out, the more money the US will pay them. What's the incentive to negotiate? 

So, if Iran develops nuclear weapons and annihilates Israel and parts of the US, we can rest in the knowledge that much of it was paid for by American dollars. Is there any hope for American survival when we contribute to our enemies plans to destroy us?

The release of this money has drawn outrage from some Republican lawmakers who filed legislation last year to prevent the release of cash due to a lack of restrictions on how Iran can spend the money.

These cash payments by the United States have been made with no strings attached, prompting concerns that Iran could use the funds to finance its worldwide terror operations, which include the financial backing of Hamas, Hezbollah, and other rogue entities.

Senators—including Mark Kirk (R., Ill.), Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.), and John Cornyn (R., Texas)—sought last year to put a hold on the cash infusions until the White House could certify that Iran was not using the money to support terrorism.

Kirk, who is preparing to offer legislation that would tighten sanctions on Iran, said that the ongoing payments could help Iran fuel its terror empire well into the near future.

“Between November 2014 and July 2015, the interim deal’s direct forms of sanctions relief will allow Iran access to roughly $4.9 billion in frozen money,” Kirk told the Washington Free Beacon “That’s equal to what it’d cost Iran to fund Hezbollah for as much as 50 years.”

The Pentagon estimates Iran has spent $100 to $200 million per year funding Hezbollah.

Entities likely to receive support from Iran include the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, the legislation suggests.

When final negotiations between the United States and Iran failed in November, negotiators decided once more to extend the talks through June of this year. The terms of that extension granted Iran the 10 payments of $490 million, a State Department official said.

“With respect to sanctions relief, the United States will enable the repatriation of $4.9 billion of Iranian revenue held abroad during the extension,” the official said.

The first two payments were made in December, followed by Wednesday’s payment.

The next release is scheduled for Feb. 11, with two more scheduled for March. The rest of the frozen cash assets will be given back to Iran on April 15, May 6, May 27, and June 22, respectively.

Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), said the ongoing release of these assets has provided Iran with a critical “financial lifeline.”

The Obama administration provided Iran with a financial lifeline through both direct sanctions relief and the de-escalation of sanctions pressure that helped the regime stabilize its economy after a severe sanctions-induced economic crisis in 2012 and 2013,” Dubowitz said. “It is not a surprise that this has increased Iranian negotiating leverage and hardened the supreme leader’s nuclear intransigence.”

In addition to decrying the lack of restrictions in place to ensure that Iran does not use the released funds to sponsor terrorism, critics of the sanctions relief protest that Iran is benefitting while the United States receives little in return.

Iran has continued to enrich uranium under the interim deal, adding what one critic, Rep. Brad Sherman (D., Calif.) referred to as “about one bomb’s worth” to its reserves.

Iran also has continued to make advances on the plutonium track, which provides it with a second path to a nuclear bomb.

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran announced last week that the country has begun constructing two new light water nuclear reactors, a move that the U.S. State Department said is permissible under the terms of the interim agreement.

Is there anything else we can possibly do to help blow-up Israel?