The deal that supposedly reined in the Iranian nuclear program has proven to be a windfall for the Iranian military. Lifting sanctions on the Islamic Republic has allowed their military to increase the budget by 145%, giving the Iranians an offens...
Iran defense budget increases 145% thanks to cash from nuke deal
Iranian officials announced late last month that Iran's defense budget had increased by 145 percent under President Hassan Rouhani and that the military is moving forward with a massive restructuring effort aimed at making it "a forward moving force," according to regional reports.Iranian leaders have stated since the Iran deal was enacted that they are using the massive amounts of cash released under the agreement to fund the purchase of new military equipment and other armaments. Iran also has pursued multi-million dollar arms deals with Russia since economic sanctions were nixed as part of the deal.
Leading members of Congress and U.S. officials working on the Iran portfolio suspect that at least a portion of the Obama administration's $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran has been used to fund and support terrorists in the Middle East.The latest disclosure about Iran's military buildup is further fueling concerns that U.S. cash assets returned to the country—which were released with no strings attached by the Obama administration—are helping Iran pursue a more aggressive military stance against U.S. forces in the region."President Obama flat-out caved in to Iran when he handed them the disastrous nuclear deal and $1.7 billion in cash payments that could assist Iran's military," Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.), an opponent of the nuclear deal, told the Washington Free Beacon. "So it's no surprise that the world's lead sponsor of terrorism would feel emboldened to become more aggressive in the region and flex its military muscle."Iranian Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari announced the military buildup during Iran's annual Army Day. While the announcement did not grab many headlines in the Western media, national security insiders have been discussing the announcement for weeks, according to conversations with multiple sources.Iran's goal is to turn its army into an "offensive" force, a major shift from its historic role as a support agent for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC, Iran's extremely well funded primary fighting force.Iran hopes to revamp its army from top to bottom, including improving logistical capabilities, weaponry, and other armaments.Mahan Abedin, an Iran analyst writing in Middle East Eye, described the announcement as a major shift in Iranian military policy that would allow the Islamic Republic to intervene in the Persian Gulf region, where the U.S. military has a significant presence.
Under the Obama administration, more Americans have found themselves consigned to economic ghettos, living in neighborhoods where more than 40 percent subsist below the poverty level.
THE SAUDIS ROYAL LARDBUCKETS and their boy Obomb:
It was always a given that Barack Obama would end up with a monument, no matter how much chaos he sowed in his two terms as president. A presidential library and museum became the participation trophy of American presidencies in the middle of the las...
Clichés abound as design for Obama presidential library unveiled in Chicago
Calling it a "transformational project for this community," the former resident said he and Michelle Obama envisioned a vibrant setting that would be akin to Millennium Park — a destination for those drawn to the presidential center and the park itself.
But to achieve this, the plans call for closing Cornell Drive, a major access route used by thousands of commuters a day.
"It's not just a building. It's not just a park. Hopefully it's a hub where all of us can see a brighter future for the South Side," he told an audience of about 300 political and community leaders at the South Shore Cultural Center.
Sometimes they [presidential libraries] are a monument to the past, he said, standing on stage in an auditorium on Wednesday; a record of accomplishments. “And a little bit of an ego trip,” he added. “‘See what I did.’” (snip)“The main thing that Michelle and I contributed was just saying, ‘What is it that we want to see 10 years from now?’” he said, recounting his conversations with the architects who designed the center. “And we don’t want to see some big building that’s dead, and kids are getting dragged to it for a field trip. What we wanted was something that was alive, and that was a hub for the community and for the city and for the country.”
the White House is no longer newsworthy. The sun has
apparently set on Obama’s destructive stewardship
of the country. He must be allowed to fade into political
irrelevance while the country tackles without distraction the
enormous problems that confront it. “There’s a lot of work to do,”
writes one commenter to a recently posted article of mine, “Let’s
start by consigning Obama to the dustbin of history, and repeat his
name no more.”