Secretary of State John Kerry admitted this week that some portion of the billions of dollars coming to Iran as a result of lifted sanctions will wind up being used to fund terrorist organizations.
“I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the [Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps] or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists,” Kerry said in an interview with CNBC. “You know, to some degree, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented. But I can tell you this: Right now, we are not seeing the early delivery of funds going to that kind of endeavor at this point in time.”
Later, speaking with reporters, Kerry brought out the tough talk: “If we catch them funding terrorism, they’re going to have a problem in the U.S. Congress and other people, obviously.”
Will they, though? What exactly constitutes a “problem”? Will Iran get a stern talking-to? Will they be hit with new sanctions that don’t even approach those already lifted? Tehrani leaders know that Obama will do anything to keep the nuclear deal from falling apart, even if it means jeopardizing American security or that of our allies.
On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham said, “Secretary Kerry announced to the world that it’s ‘likely’ that Iran will use some of this money to support terrorists. Secretary Kerry, it is certain that they will use this money to support terrorism. You might as well have written the check to Assad yourself. You might as well have funded Hezbollah yourself.”
If it’s considered publicly acceptable for Obama’s cabinet leaders to admit this much, you can only imagine what they won’t admit. To what extent, objectively, has this deal endangered the lives of millions of people? How much closer did we move to World War III when these sanctions were lifted? What’s to stop Iran from giving the international community the finger when they have possession of their unfrozen funds? How much will Obama give away to keep that from happening?
So many questions, and the answers are simply not there. All we can do is sit, wait, and hope for the best. When you’re talking about the Obama administration on one hand and an Islamic theocracy on the other, those strands of hope are indeed thin.
We have appeased and emboldened one of the most dangerous regimes on the planet. When the bill comes due on this catastrophic mistake, it will be paid in blood.