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Got a post on Facebook that I came across that could use a good rebuttal.
Many of the Democrat pundits on FB and the main stream media claim that Trump lied when he said Obama gave $150 billion dollars to Iran. We can argue over a few billion here or there, but Trump did not lie. Yes the money that Iran received was Iran’s money that was frozen between 1979 and 1983 via Law suits for various misdeeds committed by Iran to include an $11 billion judgement against Iran for its role in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings (in which 241 Marines were killed) and for other acts of international terrorism. The list goes on.
When Obama became President, he had the where with all to finally make a deal with Iran. We don’t know how much pressure Valerie Jarrett (Obama’s political advisor and confidant) had on his decision, but Jarrett was born in Iran to European and African parents who suffered racial indignation when they moved to the USA in 1963. The family returned to the middle East to escape prejudice. It was Jarrett who gave Michelle Obama her start in Chicago city government. And it is Jarrett who has advised Obama on all matters
Then Secretary of State John Kerry (who has personal ties to Iran) fought like hell to broker the 2015 nuclear agreement between the USA and Iran. After Trump canceled the deal as “bad for America” Kerry continues, as a civilian, to defy the Logan Act and negotiate with Iran, telling them to just wait until the Democrats can get rid of Trump.
So what about the money? Returning the frozen Iranian assets was part of Obama’s deal to get Iran to the negotiating table. Senate Republicans argued that it was too much money to give Iran in one fell swoop, fearing they would use is for nefarious purposes, like give a chunk of it to the Quds Force; a unit in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps specializing in unconventional warfare and military intelligence operations, i.e. terrorist activities. The Quds Force was headed by the late General Qasem Soleimani who is responsible for hundreds, if not thousands of American deaths.
The Trump haters claim that he should never have cancelled the deal with Iran. Iran had been playing cat and mouse games with us since 1977. The nuclear agreement was another such game. The last straw for Trump was the fact that Iran repeatedly refused IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). Without oversight there can be no deal!
Fast forward a couple of years to some Iranian dirty tricks, the death of Soleimani, and the rocket attack on our base in Iraq. Now comes Trump’s address to the Nation this morning. He is letting the rocket attack go as there were no US deaths or injuries. Trump will not retaliate militarily. But he will squeeze the living shit out of them economically. I think the President made the right decision.
You cannot trust a deal made with the devil. Iran will continue to saber rattle as they have done for forty years. Who knows what will happen? But we cannot discount war, out of hand. When dealing with a mad man, like Ayatollah Khomeini, we must be prepared for any contingency.
Thank you for your time,
[some far-right wingnut]”