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Posted on 06/12/2014 9:19:23 PM PDT by mgist
JULY 11, 2009 7:00 AM Obama Frees Iranian Terror Masters The release of the Irbil Five is a continuation of a shameful policy.
Andrew C. McCarthy There are a few things you need to know about President Obamas shameful release on Thursday of the Irbil Five Quds Force commanders from Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) who were coordinating terrorist attacks in Iraq that have killed hundreds yes, hundreds of American soldiers and Marines.
First, of the 4,322 Americans killed in combat in Iraq since 2003, 10 percent of them (i.e., more than 400) have been murdered by a single type of weapon alone, a weapon that is supplied by Iran for the singular purpose of murdering Americans. As Steve Schippert explains at NROs military blog, the Tank, the weapon is the EFP (Explosively Formed Penetrator), designed by Irans IRGC specifically to penetrate the armor of the M1 Abrams main battle tank and, consequently, everything else deployed in the field. Understand: This does not mean Iran has killed only 400 Americans in Iraq. The number killed and wounded at the mullahs direction is far higher than that likely multiples of that when factoring in the IRGCs other tactics, such as the mustering of Hezbollah-style Shiite terror cells.
Second, President Bush and our armed forces steadfastly refused demands by Iran and Iraqs Maliki government for the release of the Irbil Five because Iran was continuing to coordinate terrorist operations against American forces in Iraq (and to aid Taliban operations against American forces in Afghanistan). Freeing the Quds operatives obviously would return the most effective, dedicated terrorist trainers to their grisly business.
Advertisement Third, Obamas decision to release the five terror-masters comes while the Iranian regime (a) is still conducting operations against Americans in Iraq, even as we are in the process of withdrawing, and (b) is clearly working to replicate its Lebanon model in Iraq: establishing a Shiite terror network, loyal to Iran, as added pressure on the pliant Maliki to understand who is boss once the Americans leave. As the New York Times reports, Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, put it this way less than two weeks ago: Iran is still supporting, funding, training surrogates who operate inside of Iraq flat out. . . . They have not stopped. And I dont think they will stop. I think they will continue to do that because they are also concerned, in my opinion, [about] where Iraq is headed. They want to try to gain influence here, and they will continue to do that. I think many of the attacks in Baghdad are from individuals that have been, in fact, funded or trained by the Iranians.
Fourth, President Obamas release of the Quds terrorists is a natural continuation of his administrations stunningly irresponsible policy of bartering terrorist prisoners for hostages. As I detailed here on June 24, Obama has already released a leader of the Iran-backed Asaib al-Haq terror network in Iraq, a jihadist who is among those responsible for the 2007 murders of five American troops in Karbala. While the release was ludicrously portrayed as an effort to further Iraqi reconciliation (as if that would be a valid reason to spring a terrorist who had killed Americans), it was in actuality a naïve attempt to secure the reciprocal release of five British hostages and a predictably disastrous one: The terror network released only the corpses of two of the hostages, threatening to kill the remaining three (and who knows whether they still are alive?) unless other terror leaders were released.
Michael Ledeen has reported that the release of the Irbil Five is part of the price Iran has demanded for its release in May of the freelance journalist Roxana Saberi. Again, thats only part of the price: Iran also has demanded the release of hundreds of its other terror facilitators in our custody. Expect to see Obama accommodate this demand, too, in the weeks ahead.
Finally, when it comes to Iran, it has become increasingly apparent that President Obama wants the mullahs to win. What you need to know is that Barack Obama is a wolf in pragmatist clothing: Beneath the easy smile and above-it-all manner the neutral doing his best to weigh competing claims is a radical leftist wedded to a Manichean vision that depicts American imperialism as the primary evil in the world.
Just in time to help direct Iraq activities.
What a great deal!
Iran Funded Chavez’ Campaign. Chavez subsequently turned Venezuela into the biggest drug dealers in the world.
A military delegation, with a friend of mine, went to meet Clinton with proof that Iranian funds placed Chavez as President. They did nothing and this never made the news.
An Iranian friend told me that drug addiction is a serious problem in Iran. Her brother is a heroin addict. She said that although they have Sharia law, drugs trafficking wouldn’t happen without government complicity.
It is a side effect of having transnational criminal organization in the country. The government pretends ignorance, but they are major distributors of heroin, cannabis, and methamphetamines.
Heroin turned Russia, China, and Iran into slave nations. World governments are colluding in the drug trade, including our own.
Terrorists are nothing more than murderous drug cartels working under the protection of national leaders.
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