Adviser to Iranian president mocks Obama’s ‘humiliating’ presidency (UPDATED)
BY: Adam Kredo
The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon.
The comments by Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, come as Iran continues to buck U.S. attempts to woo it into the international coalition currently battling the Islamic State (IS, ISIL, or ISIS).
And with the deadline quickly approaching on talks between the U.S. and Iran over its contested nuclear program, Younesi’s denigrating views of Obama could be a sign that the regime in Tehran has no intent of conceding to America’s demands.
“Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region. Under him the Islamic awakening happened,” Younesi said in a Farsi language interview with Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.
“Americans witnessed their greatest defeats in Obama’s era: Terrorism expanded, [the] U.S. had huge defeats under Obama [and] that is why they want to compromise with Iran,” Younesi said.
The criticism of Obama echoes comments made recently by other world leaders and even former members of the president’s own staff, such as Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Younesi, a former minister of intelligence in the country, also had some harsh comments about U.S. conservatives and the state of Israel.
“Conservatives are war mongers, they cannot tolerate powers like Iran,” he said. “If conservatives were in power they would go to war with us because they follow Israel and they want to portray Iran as the main threat and not ISIS.”
Younesi took a more conciliatory view towards U.S. Democrats, who he praised for viewing Iran as “no threat.”
“We [the Islamic Republic] have to use this opportunity [of Democrats being in power in the U.S.], because if this opportunity is lost, in future we may not have such an opportunity again,” Younesi said.
The candid comments by Rouhani’s right-hand-man could provide a window into the regime’s mindset as nuclear talks wind to a close.
The Obama administration has maintained for months that it will not permit Congress to have final say over the deal, which many worry will permit Iran to continue enriching uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon.
About the potential for a nuclear deal, Youseni said, “I am not optimistic so much, but the two sides are willing to reach results,” according to an official translation posted online by Fars News.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have adopted a much more pessimistic view of Iran’s negotiating tactics, which many on the Hill maintain are meant to stall for time as Tehran completes its nuclear weapon.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.), for instance, wrote a letter to the White House this week to tell Obama his desire to skirt Congress is unacceptable.
“Congress cannot and will not sit idly by if the Administration intends on taking unilateral action to provide sanctions relief to Iran for a nuclear deal we perceive to be weak and dangerous for our national security, the security of the region, and poses a threat to the U.S. and our ally, the democratic Jewish State of Israel,” Ros-Lehtinen wrote.
“If the Administration opts to act in a manner that directly contradicts Congress’ intent, then Congress must take all necessary measures to either reverse the executive, unilateral action, or to strengthen and enhance current sanctions law,” she told the president.
“President Obama does believe that by rewarding Iran and permitting it to do whatever it wants in the region, the mullahs in Tehran will be convinced to compromise,” said Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iranian dissident and associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).
However, “the result has been disastrous: Iran controls 3 Arab capitals (Damascus, Beirut, and Baghdad) and its allies just captured the fourth one (Sana in Yemen) and Iran’s economy has significantly improved,” Ghasseminejad explained.
“Unfortunately, it does not seem that the mullahs reached the conclusion desired by the administration,” he said. “Iranians believe this administration is weak, it has lost its economic leverage over Iran and there is no credible military option on the table. Iran has been rewarded upfront, they now ask for more while are determined to keep their nuclear program intact.”
From President To Dictator… The Path Taken To Get There…
There is a famous saying that you never truly appreciate the things you have until you lose them. So many of us appreciate our lives while so many take them for granted. We don’t think about walking unless we lose our legs to walk. For over two hundred years we have been blessed with leaders who loved this country. We assumed that our elected officials loved this country just as we did. The thought of a traitor being in office wasn’t a thought or possibility. Well let’s just consider that possibility, and think about the danger that comes with it.
The President appoints the head of every department crucial to the infrastructure of this country. He appoints the head of the DOJ, Department of Homeland Security, IRS, FCC, and the list goes on. The president of ABC and CBS both have brothers that have served as top officials in the Obama administration. Does anyone see the danger here? You control department heads, and you don’t have to worry about those departments. You don’t have to worry about the FBI showing up at the White House because the head of the DOJ is at your dinner table laughing at your stupid jokes. The mainstream media will not do stories about pedophiles or mass murder in the Middle East. They will tell stories of Ebola just to distract you from ISIS. The days of assuming our President loves this country must stop. Not only Obama but every President who follows.
The President should never have the power to appoint any position other than his cabinet. When you apply for a job your resume is screened, and then you go through the interview process. A company is trying to find the right person for the job. Many jobs today do a background check to see if you will be a safe hire. How did five supporters of the Muslim brotherhood get appointed to key roles in our Department of Homeland Security? They should have been screened, and never allowed into a government office. Every department head should have to apply, and go through a thorough screening by congress before being hired into a position. History shows that power can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. Obama has built a wall of protection around him. He shows very little concern when facing the latest scandal. He said screw the constitution while doing as he wants. The only thing left is to enact martial law to get complete control. Law makers must hold this man accountable for the many laws being broke. If they don’t we will find ourselves under the control of a dictator. God bless each and everyone… Semper Fi, Shep
For anyone who thought things might cool off, it’s just getting started.Four terror attacks in as many days, two in Canada one after the other, an ax attack in NYC and vehicular jihad in Jerusalem ……But no worries, Obama say, al Qaeda is on the run!
For anyone who thought things might cool off, it’s just getting started.Four terror attacks in as many days, two in Canada one after the other, an ax attack in NYC and vehicular jihad in Jerusalem ……But no worries, Obama say, al Qaeda is on the run!Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 11.51.22 AMMembers of jihad Syrian group Jabhat al-Nusra pose for a picture at a checkpoint at the Karaj al-Hajez crossing in Syria Photo: MOLHEM BARAKAT/REUTERSAl-Qaeda issues call to support Isil in new threat to American strategy, The Telegraph, October 17, 2014Al-Qaeda branch calls on group to support Isil in blow to American-led coalition, as monitoring group reports that Isil has been able to fly three Russian fighter jetsAl-Qaeda’s leading terror franchise has presented a new challenge to the American-led coalition in Syria and Iraq by calling on the group to back Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant despite the two groups’ fierce rivalry.
The call by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is doubly significant because its leader is believed to have been appointed as “general manager” or chief operating officer and deputy to Al-Qaeda’s overall head, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
In the past year, Zawahiri and the head of Isil, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have clashed openly and the two groups have fought each other in Syria. But America’s decision to bomb not only Isil in Iraq and Syria but also a group of Al-Qaeda fighters accused of planning an attack on the United States has drawn the two rival jihadi organisations closer together.
“We urge all Muslims to back their brethren, with their souls, money and tongues, against the crusaders,” a statement released on Friday said. “We call on anyone who can wear down the Americans to strive to do so by military, economic or media means.” The American decision to bomb an outpost of Al-Qaeda’s official faction in the Syrian Civil War, Jabhat Al-Nusra, caused outrage in the rebel cause.
Many rebels were already angry that after refusing to intervene militarily on their side against the Assad regime, the US was nevertheless prepared to bomb Isil positions. The attack on Jabhat Al-Nusra, which had fought closely alongside other rebel factions, including pro-Western ones, was seen as an outright betrayal of the anti-Assad cause.
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Now the United States is having difficulty finding rebels to train and arm in accordance with the broader plans outlined by President Barack Obama to support the “moderate” cause in the war.
On a recent visit to the region, Gen John Allen, the retired US army officer put in charge by President Obama, made contact with the rebels’ political leadership recognised by the US and its western allies, but not the Free Syrian Army, its military wing.
He said that recruiting the rebel army would not happen immediately and would require a “holistic approach”. “At this point, there is not formal co-ordination with the FSA,” he said.
His words cast fresh doubt on America’s long-pledged commitment to bring about the downfall of the regime.
Without support for secular and non-jihadi Islamist rebels, the battle for Syria has become increasingly one between the regime on the one hand and extremist groups like Isil and Jabhat Al-Nusra on the other.
Some more moderate rebels are holding out in the south, and in Idlib and Aleppo provinces in the north-west. But the rebels in Aleppo are all but surrounded by the regime, while continuing to have to fight Isil on their eastern front.
In a further development, the monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Isil had been able to fly three Russian fighter jets captured from the regime. Though they have not been used in operations, the Observatory said the MiG jets were being flown with the help of defected Iraqi air force officers.
The United States said it had picked up no radar signs of the planes, but the Observatory said they were flying at low altitude to avoid detection by the regime.
The world’s attention has been focused on the Kurdish city of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border, where air strikes have helped the Kurdish YPG militia hold off an Isil advance.
But elsewhere, Isil forces have been strong in recent days. Kurdish advances in the north of Iraq seem to have halted, while Isil continues to make ground in Anbar province close to the capital Baghdad.
As for Syria, despite events in Kobane, the United States insist that it is of secondary importance to events in Iraq. If Jabhat Al-Nusra, which now plays a leading role in fighting the regime, including seizing territory on the border with Israeli-occupied Golan, joins forces with Isil, it will present a huge challenge to both the regime and American plans.
Analysts said the new statement did not resolve the ideological issues dividing the two – Al-Qaeda still objects to Isil’s declaration of a “Caliphate” with Baghdadi at its helm.
But it specifically rejected declaring Isil non-Muslims or heretics, as many of its opponents do, saying they are “no such thing”.
Instead it insists they are “brothers”. “We urge all mujahidin to set aside their differences and inter-factional fighting and move instead against the crusadetargeting all,” it said. – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/10/al-qaeda-issues-call-to-support-islamic-state-in-new-threat-to-america-we-urge-all-muslims-to-back-their-brethren-with-their-souls-money-and-tongues-against-the-crusaders.html/#sthash.EBBJDHfW.dpuf
The humanitarian aid finding its way into ISIS’ clutches is not an accident and it is not being stolen. Barack Obama is knowingly aiding and abetting the enemy and he has meant to all along as he shares similar goals and religious sympathies with the rising Caliphate. As for the UN, they are heavily controlled by Islamic extremists. Once again, you see the Obama Administration claiming to help the victims of ISIS, all the while supporting their barbarous campaign of slaughter and conquest across the globe.
As the U.S. is leading the coalition against the Islamic State, an alarming report has been released about how United States humanitarian aid meant for displaced refugees is strengthening ISIS terrorists.
Aid packages containing food and medical supplies are being sent to help displaced Syrian civilians. They are funded by the U.S., Europe and the United Nations. However, not all the supplies are reaching these intended recipients.
According to the Daily Beast:
Many aid workers are uncomfortable with what’s happening. “A few months ago we delivered a mobile clinic for a USAID-funded NGO [non-government organization],” says one, who declined to be named. “A few of us debated the rights and wrongs of this. The clinic was earmarked for the treatment of civilians, but we all know that wounded ISIS fighters could easily be treated as well.”
A senior State Department official with detailed knowledge of current aid programs confirmed to The Daily Beast that U.S. government funded relief is still going into Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor. He declined to estimate the quantity. But an aid coordinator, when asked, responded: “A lot.”
Raqqa happens to be the stronghold city of the Islamic State. However, before an aid convoy can deliver its goods to a place like Raqaa, it must pay a fee to ISIS.
You can’t claim to want to defeat ISIS as an enemy in front of Americans and then turn around and give food, weapons and medicine to those same enemies without raising more than a few eyebrows. Obama has our military bombing empty buildings, after terrorists are warned to flee… bombing in the dead of night unused oil refineries… and now giving succor to the world’s most brutal terrorist regime. Smells like treason to me.
The Pentagon has admitted that a chunk of its cache of weapons meant for Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants in Kobani has fallen into terrorist hands. The Turkish president has been voicing his frustration with Washington over this.
On Wednesday, the US defense body went against earlier government claims that American weapons always reach its intended destinations and had to concede that two bundles out of a total of 28 intended for the Kurds have indeed ended up with the terrorists.
The militants’ advances on the Syrian-Turkish border are what spurred Washington into action in the first place.
This comes as the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) posted a video showing off brand-new American hardware in boxes with English writing and a parachute splayed out just beside the windfall.
“Yesterday we announced that one resupply bundle went astray and was destroyed. We have since relooked at that and we have determined that a second bundle also went astray and probably fell into enemy hands,” Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren said.
One of the bundles was later destroyed in an airstrike.
The video itself caused quite a stir on the social media landscape with users ‘thanking’ Washington for delivering the arms into the wrong hands, something the US has in the past vowed to avoid.
The previous day saw a much more optimistic White House, when Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes insisted to CNN that the administration feels “very confident that, when we air drop support as we did into Kobani… we’ve been able to hit the target in terms of reaching the people we want to reach.”
It was Washington which earlier maintained that the air drops were of the utmost urgency for the border town of Kobani to remain intact, and that it was high time to take a more drastic approach to “degrading and destroying” the IS, which outnumbered and outgunned the Syrian-Kurdish resistance.
The fight against IS terrorists has so far cost Washington approximately $424 million since the start of the operation on August 8, according to the Pentagon spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby. He averaged the defense body’s spending to be around $7.6 million a day.
The Syria campaign has so far lasted about a month. American air strikes there have so far killed 553 people, including 32 civilians.
But the current failure to deliver lethal equipment into the right hands is not an isolated incident – merely the latest in a series of gains by IS terrorists rampaging through northern Syria and Iraq, where millions of dollars in American equipment had already been collected from abandoned military bases.
It has in some circles become common sense that the threat posed by the IS has been greatly facilitated by America, whose weapons manufacturers are now reaping the benefits of the destruction caused by the terrorists by advocating for more weapons exports.
“In terms of the companies’ interests, profit and revenue, surely war facilitates that if you’re a defense industry. The irony is that the US and the larger coalition is using these weapons oftentimes against Islamic State, which has been armed inadvertently by the US and these Sunni-coalition countries. Because we provided arms in the context of the Arab awakening to support the uprising against [Alawite (Shiite) Syrian President] Assad. And Islamic State ended up prying these weapons away from the so-called ‘moderate Syrian rebels’, as well as by scaring the Iraqi federal forces into submission. And the US had been arming to the teeth the Iraqi government,” Max Abrahms, an expert on terrorism at Northeastern University, told RT.
Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan (Reuters / Umit Bektas)Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan (Reuters / Umit Bektas)
“It has emerged that what was done was wrong,” came the reaction from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, as cited by Hurriyet Daily News, when word of the delivery failure broke.
Turkey was adamantly opposed to any deliveries – military or otherwise – to Kurdish forces, which it views as ‘terrorists’. It was in fact the PYD [the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party forces] that bore the brunt of the IS onslaught on the Syrian-Turkish border town, as Istanbul’s tanks kept a watchful eye from a distance.
When asked earlier if it would intervene to help repel the terrorist group that earlier promised to “liberate Istanbul,” the Turkish government said it would, only in the event of Turkish soldiers being endangered. It referred to the troops guarding a historical landmark inside Syria the Turkish believe to be rightfully theirs.
Now Erdogan also appears frustrated that the Kurdish forces were sent any weapons at all.
“We told [US President Barack Obama] that ‘Support that you will lend to the PYD and the PKK is not acceptable to us.’” He could have been referring to a weekend conversation with the US leader, who tried to implore him to reconsider the air drops.
“Two days passed, we are in the third/fourth day, Kobani didn’t fall. Moreover, I have difficulty in understanding why Kobani is this much strategic for [the US], because there are no civilians left in Kobani anymore; 200,000 people crossed into Turkey and we are hosting them. Only around 2,000 fighters are left in Kobani and they didn’t say ‘yes’ to Peshmerga first, but now, at the last moment, they said ‘yes’. And we told [Obama] we would be ‘helpful’ about this.”
“Such an operation cannot be defined and explained. That’s to say, a healthy comment cannot be made in regards to whether a result will be obtained through this or not. To whom and to where you are lending support, everything is obvious,” the Turkish leader claimed.