President Obama and other world leaders may be responsible for financing the next Middle East war, thanks to the so-called “nuclear deal” they made with Iran.
As reported byÂ The Wall Street Journal, the latest windfall tally in the form of cash and gold Iran has received from around the world in the three years since sanctions were gradually lifted as part of the deal:Â $10 billion.
Worse,Â no one is really able toÂ adequately track how that money is being spent. Per the WSJ:
In the three years since a preliminary nuclear deal was struck with Iran, Tehran has received more than $10 billion in sanctions relief from around the world in the form of cash and gold, according to current and formerÂ U.S.Â officials.
The large shipments of gold and cash, from oil funds unfrozen in numerous countries, represent the kind of financial relief that made Iranâ€™s leaders eager to complete the international nuclear accord. Some of the cash and gold went to Iran while the U.S. and other world powers negotiated with Tehran on aÂ final nuclear deal. More shipments took place after final deal went into effect last January.
This tallying of the sanctions relief to date includes payments previously announced and others that havenâ€™t been. In one previously unreported payment, the U.S. authorized Iran to receive $1.4 billion in sanctions relief between when the final deal was struck in July 2015 and when it took effect, according to the U.S. officials.
SomeÂ U.S.Â lawmakers and Middle East allies contend that the shipments of cash and gold, a highly liquid form of money, can be used to fundÂ Iranâ€™s allies in the region, including the Assad regime inÂ Syria, the Lebanese militia Hezbollah and the Houthi political movement inÂ Yemen.
â€œForking over cash and gold to the worldâ€™s leading state sponsor of terror is incredibly dangerous,â€ said Rep.Â Ed RoyceÂ (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who sponsored a House-passed bill to ban such payments.
Dangerous…andÂ stupid, given Iran’s constant threats against Israel and it’sÂ known associations with global terrorist organizations.
Perhaps now it is much easier to understand why Obama has treated Israel with such disdain throughout his presidency: He prefers to assistÂ with Tel Aviv’s enemies instead.
When Israeli–and, perhaps, American and European–blood is spilled in an effort to defeat Iranian aggression in the future, Obama won’t be held responsible for any of it. But he should be, since it was his “deal” that has helped finance the future conflict.