“The White House, determined to bring Iran in from the cold, goes headlong into negotiations with the devil.” American Thinker March 19, 2015
Once again the United States is getting the shaft while Iran keeps the cash. It has been this way since 1979. American presidents have repeatedly made bad deals with Iran. Last Thursday was the newest discovery of loopholes for Iran’s uranium enrichment under the $150 billion payout to Iran which was greased by $400 million in cash so four Americans could be set free. Obama maintains that the United States did not pay for the hostages’ release, a claim contradicted by the facts, as is often the case with Iran.
November 4, 1979, irrevocably changed the lives of 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days under the orders of their Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini. It wasn’t until President Ronald Reagan took office on January 20, 1981, that a group of Iranian “students,” whose curriculum can only be guessed, released the hostages.
For four decades the U.S. has been unable to deal with Iran militarily because such actions risk the closure of the Strait of Hormuz.
The Strait of Hormuz is the only link between the Persian Gulf and the open water of the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. It is a narrow strip of water that runs along Iran’s western border. The strait, which is 104 miles long narrows at one point to just 20 miles wide. One out of every five barrels of the world’s crude oil transits this tight passageway.
Strait of Hormuz (Indicated in red)
There is an oil tanker navigating through the Strait every eight to 10 minutes. In total, 26 million barrels of oil passes through the strait daily.
Even primitive Katyusha rockets could sink tankers as they squeeze past Iran’s western choke point. That means that one of the world’s weakest militaries has the ability to send oil prices soaring and equity prices crashing.
As a result, the military options for any president considering an attack on Iran are unnerving. In 2015 a tanker mocked up to resemble the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz was quickly destroyed during an Iranian Navy war game.
This forces the United States into peaceful negotiations with Iran. Tehran knows this and uses this fact to extort money from America.
Such was the case on October 23, 1983, when Iran paid for and ordered one of the worst atrocities in the history of the U.S. military. It happened because President Ronald Reagan committed Marines as a peacekeeping force to stabilize Lebanon which was in a state of anarchy brought about by Hezbollah, an organization financed and supported by Iran.
That Sunday morning at 6:23, with many Marines still sleeping in their bunks in Beirut, a large Mercedes truck loaded with a 12,000 pound bomb drove through a wire mesh fence and past U.S. Marine sentries who were ordered not to have live ammunition in their rifles. The sentries desperately tried to load their rifles but it was too late. The truck crashed into the center of the building where the driver triggered a massive explosion. Two-hundred and forty-one Marines were dead. The last time so many Marines were killed in one day was during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.
As forensic teams went over the scene, the National Security Agency was connecting the dots that would infuriate Reagan. A straight line was established between the attack and Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini.
The White House was paralyzed because of the Strait of Hormuz and the likelihood that an attack on Iran would draw the Soviet Union into a conflict.
The March 25, 1984, The New York Times wrote: “Mr. Schultz, almost alone of senior officials (of the Reagan administration) has been waging virtually a one-man campaign since last spring for a policy of force toward terrorists.”
According to David Crist in his 2013 book, The Twilight War:
In the end, Reagan became the American Hamlet. The debate over responding to terrorist attacks continued week after week in the White House until, eventually, the attack faded from the public memory.
But as events have proven, Iran hasn’t faded. It is more dangerous today than ever, in large part because Obama has provided it with a huge cache of money, and as we have just learned, loopholes to enrich uranium which could allow Iran to build nuclear weapons large and small. The worst nightmare for the United States department of Homeland Security is if Iran provides a suitcase sized nuclear weapon to a group of jihadists.
On September 17, 1997, 60 Minutes broadcast a program featuring the allegations of former Russian National Security Advisor General Aleksander Lebed who claimed the former Soviet Union had not only manufactured but had lost track of perhaps 100 nuclear bombs the size of a small suitcase.
Still, Obama is naïve enough to seek political rapprochement with Iran in an attempt to buy its good graces. This despite the fact that in 1984 Ronald Reagan labeled Iran a sponsor of global terror and then two years later sold Iran more than 2,000 TOW missiles and 18 HAWK missiles. The sale was to raise money for the Contras in Central America and have six American hostages released. Iran kept raising its demands in exchange for the hostages. Eventually in 1986, Iran had Hezbollah release three of the hostages. Reagan had risked his presidency over this sale and in the end had nothing to show for it. Hezbollah quickly kidnapped three new hostages.
Nothing has changed except the idiocy in the Democratic Party. In July 2012 Obama’s own State Department, headed by Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, reported, “Iran continued to provide financial, material, and logistical support for terrorist and militant groups throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.”
That Obama wanted this nuclear deal with Iran is mind boggling. That he has been able to get it is not. His administration, Congress and the American people simply don’t care.
“Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite.” (“Every country has the government it deserves.”), wrote Joseph de Maistre.
Yours in good times and bad,