Elder Patriot – Opinion – ICYMI – The veracity of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s presentation proving Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons technology earlier this weak has come under attack as possibly being recycled old intelligence that no longer applies to today’s realities. And, because the mainstream media no longer has any credibility for providing reliable news we are left to connect many of the dots ourselves if we want to know the truth. Or, at least, the likelihood of the truth.
The history of the Obama administration’s support of Iranian nuclear capabilities dates back to before Obama’s first term as president.
Michal Ledeen, former consultant to the United States National Security Council, the United States Department of State, and the United States Department of Defense, outlined: Obama’s strategy towards Iran whose origins can be traced to his first campaign for president:
“They do have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering.
“The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies. The secret channel was Ambassador William G. Miller, who served in Iran during the shah’s rule, as chief of staff for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and as ambassador to Ukraine. Ambassador Miller has confirmed to me his conversations with Iranian leaders during the 2008 campaign.”
Read that again. Obama was negotiating through back channels with a hostile nation that was one of only three nations to have been designated a part of the “Axis of Evil” under George W. Bush, when he wasn’t authorized to do so.
Ledeen wrote that back in 2014. A little over a year later Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, alleged that a former Obama administration official had approached Argentina in 2010 about “providing the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel” under the control of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Kirchner identified Gary Samone, Obama’s Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, as the person who made the ask but that when the Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs requested that the request be made in writing, they never heard from Samone again. It was a bold move meant to circumvent any potential oversight by those that might be opposed to supplying nuclear material to the world’s most egregious state sponsor of terrorism.
The following year, 2011, Obama reached out to the Oman’s leader Sultan Qaboos according to the the Ayatollah Ali Khameni, “to solve the nuclear issue and lift sanctions within six months, while recognizing Iran as a nuclear power.”
According to a 2015 report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), also in 2011 Obama ordered an end run around his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by having John Kerry send a letter to the Iranian regime “stating that America recognizes Iran’s rights regarding the enrichment cycle.”
Remember, at that time Obama was aligning the United States with Iranian hardliners led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who was constantly calling for “death to American” and “death to Israel” giving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plenty of reason to lose sleep over.
Then, in December of 2016, as a lame duck and against the protestations of the incoming Trump administration, Obama unmasked his animus towards Israel and ordered his UN Ambassador Samantha Power to abandon Israel by not vetoing a United Nations Security Resolution condemning the Middle East’s only democracy.
Now, as we try to determine the legitimacy of Netanyahu’s intelligence revelations about Iran’s nuclear program, and in light of the corruption that pervades both the U.S. Intel community and the mainstream media thanks to the disregard for the low by the Obama administration, there’s little wonder why President Trump appears to have substantial corroboration for Netanyahu’s claims and is the reason he remains steadfast in his support for Israel.