Like a recurring bad rash that simply won’t go away, the aftershocks of Barack Obama’s calamitous Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) keep coming and with each aftershock, another layer of betrayal, deception and appeasement is exposed. The latest controversy centers on an allegation made by a high level Iranian official that the Obama administration, in an effort to appease the mullahs and close the Iran deal, granted citizenship or residency permits to 2,500 Iranian nationals some of whom were connected to the ruling mullah elite.
The bombshell allegation was leveled by hardline cleric Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour. Zolnour is no small-time slouch. He’s chairman of Iran’s parliamentary nuclear committee and a member of its national security and foreign affairs committee. He’s also part of “Supreme Leader” Ali Khamenei’s inner circle so presumably, he has some inside knowledge.
Though he did not name names, Zolnour alleged that Obama extended naturalization to the children of top level Iranians; this in an effort to curry favor with the mullahs and make them more amenable to signing the JCPOA. The children of at least two top Iranian officials currently reside in the United States. The son of Iran’s speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, and the son of Hossein Fereydoun, a brother and close aide to Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, both reside in the nation routinely characterized by their parents as the “Great Satan.”
To date, the only Obama administration official to publicly comment on Zolnour’s allegation was former State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, who termed his allegation, “…totally made up BS.” Like most Iranian officials, Zolnour is a dissembler and his allegations should be viewed with healthy dose of caution. Nevertheless, there is ample reason to believe that there’s some truth to the allegation, after all, many ancillary aspects of the Iran deal were kept from Congress and the American people by an opaque administration that trampled on the concept of transparency.
For example, the Iran deal embodied secret side arrangements between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Iranian regime, which governed inspection of nuclear sites under the control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Congressional leaders stumbled across these secret side deals wholly by accident, and were shocked to learn that sites like the highly secretive Parchin facility remained off limits to international inspectors, making a mockery of Obama’s numerous declarations that any agreement with the Islamic Republic would embody “anytime, anywhere” intrusive inspections. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Then we learned that the Obama administration transferred $1.7 billion in untraceable cash, in the dead of night, to the mullahs as ransom for the release of four hostages they were holding. Cash was the preferred method of payment for the mullahs given Iran’s difficulties in dealing with the international banking sector. It is a virtual certainty that at least some of the money was diverted to pay Iranian mercenary gangs who are currently waging war in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and elsewhere throughout the region. In addition, the legality of the exchange remains dubious. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was supposed to have signed off on the arrangement but no paper bearing her signature was ever forthcoming despite congressional demands to produce such a document.
If that wasn’t enough, we were stunned to find out that in its twilight months in office, the Obama administration gave its consent to allow the Iranians to receive 116 metric tons of natural uranium, the foundational material for nuclear bombs, from Russia as compensation for Iran’s export of tons of reactor coolant. Experts familiar with the transaction noted that that quantity of uranium could be enriched to weapons-grade sufficient for the production of at least 10 nuclear bombs.
Following that revelation, we learned that the Obama administration shut down a highly successful and complex DEA operation aimed at thwarting Iranian-Hezbollah drug smuggling, arms trafficking and money laundering schemes. The secretive operation was known as Project Cassandra and was reaping rewards before Obama stepped in and quashed it. Law enforcement officials involved in the operation were outraged and left scratching their heads. Countless expense and time had gone to waste.
Then there’s the matter of Obama’s alleged thwarting of an Israeli effort to assassinate Qassem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s infamous Quds Force. The Quds Force is the IRGC’s overseas terrorist branch in charge of creating mischief wherever they set foot. Soleimani’s elimination would have significantly hampered Quds Force operations and Israel was keeping tabs on his movements and had a plan to take him out during one of his excursions to Syria. Obama was fearful that an assassination of an official so closely associated with the mullah regime would derail the JCPOA. Consequently, he tipped the Iranians off to Israel’s plans. If true, it would represent one of Obama’s most glaring acts of treachery.
During the course of Obama’s fanatical zeal to secure a foreign policy legacy, he committed unfathomable acts which undermined the security of the United States and its allies. The granting of residency to sworn enemies of the United States, if proven true, would merely represent another betrayal in a long series of perfidious actions.