IN the US Tablet magazine, Lee Smith connects the recent Islamist terror attacks in Israel with President Barack Obama’s 2015 Iran deal: ‘The current state of affairs began when Joe Biden’s former boss Barack Obama legalized a terror state’s nuclear weapons program.’
President Donald Trump cancelled the farcical deal, but what Obama started, the Biden administration continued. Since 2020, I have warned in TCW about Biden’s plans to resurrect the Iran deal and the subsequent danger this posed, not just to Israel but globally. As Smith points out, Obama and Biden both gave billions to Iran, boosting its nuclear programme:
‘Despite what its publicists claimed, the purpose of the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was never to stop Iran from getting the bomb. Rather, the tens of billions of dollars that Obama paid the clerical regime, which included planeloads of cash, was to facilitate construction of the nuclear weapons program under the protective umbrella of an international agreement backed by the United States. Even a cursory glance at the agreement’s clauses restricting Iranian nuclear and other activities reveals the truth – they are called “sunset clauses” because they were designed to expire. And once they expired, Iran’s industrial-size nuclear weapons program would be entirely legal under the continuing protection of the United States.’
The Iran deal, and its subsequent resurrection, ensured that Iran not only has enough funding to build its nuclear bomb but also to finance its jihadist war against Israel via its proxies including Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Lions’ Den.
Smith expertly spells out the endless lies promulgated by the American left on the Iran deal, and how these helped to legitimise their inverted, nonsensical claim that it would stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb. The Democratic Party is a hostile place for Jews: it is guilty of disseminating anti-Semitism and actively works against the interests of the Jewish state. Trump’s support for Israel is anathema to the left, and so they did everything they could to undermine his Presidency.
Obama also sought an alliance with Iran to turn it into a proxy for American interests in the Middle East while he focused instead on building alliances in Asia with regimes like China. Smith explains it here:
‘He wanted Iran’s hard men and their terror assets to manage US regional interests, so that the United States could leave the Middle East and “pivot” to Asia – though as it turned out, China and its friends in Washington had their own ideas about American dominance there.’
Iran’s anti-Semitism aligns with that of many in the Democratic Party, including Obama and Biden which, as Smith says, was a motivation in aiding Iran’s nuclear programme:
‘But there was also an important domestic reason to get Iran the bomb, which was to normalize pathology. If you treat a nation-state that embodies Jew-hatred as an ally and arm it with a bomb, you are legitimizing Jew-hatred, which is perhaps the dominant form that psychopathy takes in modern global politics. To believe that Jews secretly rule the world, that the invisible hand of the “elders of Zion” tilts the world like gravity in favor of the Jews, and that mankind’s dignity can only be restored if the Jews are disempowered, or eliminated, is a pathological belief – one that is shared by billions of people around the globe, as well as by a stunning assortment of psychopaths with designs on power.’
‘But then Obama went a step further, and suggested that maybe antisemitism could itself be rational. He talked about the Iranians using “antisemitic rhetoric as an organizing tool”.’
‘In other words, Obama’s comment was revealing because he wasn’t speaking about the Iranian regime. He was talking about himself. It’s hard to look into another’s heart to discern their true feelings about others. But we know that Obama believes antisemitism to be a useful organizing tool, because he said so himself.’
Smith also points out the Iran deal was far more than a means to enable and strengthen Iran, and endanger the security of Israel. It was a tool wielded by Obama to undermine and alienate Jewish Americans. Obama, guilty of despising his own country, used it also to erode an essential and historical component of US identity, that of a covenant between the American people and God and one which echoes the Jewish faith:
‘Like Israel, like the Jews, America is a nation built since its founding on the idea of a covenant with God. Just as Christians have no evidence that Jesus is real or that God acts in history without the historical reality of the Jews, America grounds its unique self-conception in history through Israel. Like the Jews, we are one of a kind, with a unique, God-given destiny.’
His conclusion is devastating and sums up the Democratic Party’s long game in embracing Israel’s enemies, and in turn those of America too:
‘What better way to make that point than by throwing Israel overboard, and replacing it with Iran – a country that preaches God’s retribution against America.’
Worth reading in full here.