Zumwalt: Obama Used ‘Fake News’ to Sell the Iran Nuclear Deal

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BY JAMES ZUMWALT

During a press conference last month with German leader Angela Merkel in Berlin, President Barack Obama provided us with a “Jesse Jackson moment.”

For those who have forgotten, in 1998, as the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal reared its ugly head, Reverend Jesse Jackson offered President Bill Clinton his services as a spiritual advisor.

It would turn out the offer represented the height of hypocrisy by the right good—and married—reverend. It was later learned, Jackson provided his services while quietly living under the cloud of having fathered an illegitimate child months earlier. Apparently the lure of moving forward into the spotlight proved stronger for Jackson than the pull of a guilty conscience restraining him.

Keeping this Jackson “moment” in mind, Obama exhibited his own hypocritical chutzpah. While his did not involve a sex scandal, U.S. national security would have fared better if it had. 

During his November press conference with Merkel, Obama lamented the age of fake news stories was upon us. He observed: “…In an age where there is so much active misinformation and it’s packaged very well…If we are not serious about facts and what’s true and what’s not…we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems. If everything seems to be the same, no distinctions are made, then we won’t know what to protect. We won’t know what to fight for. We can lose so much of what we’ve gained…”

And now, as the late radio personality Paul Harvey would say, for “the rest of the story…”

In making the observation above, Obama appears to have ignored one of the most glaring abuses of media manipulation not only conducted by his administration but brazenly boasting about it after successfully doing so. 

Ben Rhodes, who serves in Obama’s inner circle, is described by other White House staffers as “the single most influential voice shaping American foreign policy aside from POTUS himself.” The under forty “Boy Wonder” apparently had the ability to “mind-meld” with Obama.

For this reason, as Obama sought to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran, Rhodes became the tip of the spear in seeking to influence the media to support the effort. He apparently cared little about how this was done.

In July 2015, Rhodes announced he was launching a Twitter account “dedicated to delivering the facts and answering your questions about the deal and how it enhances American national security.”

Keeping in mind under the final deal negotiated, a path is provided by which Tehran eventually can acquire nuclear weapons. Additionally, it outrageously allows the mullahs to collect their own soil samples for testing at a site where it is believed nuclear testing has occurred. However, Rhodes painted a completely contrary picture writing:

“I’ve been working closely with America’s negotiating team, which was tasked with finding a way to achieve a diplomatic resolution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Last week, after two years of tough negotiations, our team along with our international partners achieved just that. It’s a historic deal. It blocks every possible pathway Iran could use to build a bomb while verifying — through a comprehensive inspections and transparency regime — that Iran’s nuclear program remains exclusively peaceful.”

While claiming various falsehoods circulated about the deal, Rhodes (unknowingly to the media) then made some of his own. He gave assurances of “unprecedented access to Iranian nuclear facilities — including 24/7, continuous monitoring.” He concluded, “We’re ready to set the record straight about how we are successfully preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon — a crucial part of creating a safer, more secure world. Thanks, and stay tuned for more.” 

But months after the deal was concluded, Rhodes, like Jackson, could not pass up the opportunity to get into the spotlight. In May 2016, Rhodes boasted, “The Obama administration cooked up a phony story to sell Americans on the Iranian nuke deal, lying that US officials were dealing with ‘moderates’ in the Islamic theocracy who could be trusted to keep their word.” He took credit for helping to create the false narrative Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was a moderate. He justified this by adding, “the public would not have accepted the deal had it known that Iranian hard-liners were still calling the shots.”

Thus, the mind-melding team of Obama and Rhodes apparently felt they knew better than anyone else what was best for America vis-à-vis Iran. The end product of that mind-meld and of deceiving the American public and Congress is a nuclear deal heavily weighted in Tehran’s favor. This dynamic duo claimed such action necessary as Congress was incapable of “reasoned public debate.”

Eighteen years ago, Jesse Jackson, having fathered an illegitimate child, felt no guilt in preaching about spirituality. There was a certain irony last month in watching Obama, having fathered illegitimate news stories, feel no guilt about our heeding them. 

Iran streamlines missile production, makes more weapons for less money – general

Iran has managed to increase production of ballistic missiles despite budget constraints by streamlining the manufacturing process, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ air and missile force said.

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“In addition to enhancing the precision-striking power and quality of ballistic missiles, the Iranian authorities and experts have used innovative and shortcut methods to produce inexpensive missiles, and today we are witnessing an increase in production [of ballistic missiles],” Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said in Tehran on Tuesday, as cited by Fars News Agency.

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Meanwhile, Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan said “90 percent of the country’s defense systems have reached an acceptable standard and enjoy competitive quality compared with the weapons of advanced countries.”

Iran, cut off from weapons markets and finding its more advanced technology such as fighter jets left without maintenance or resupply after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, pursues domestic production of all the systems it needs for national defense.

The development of rocket technology is part of this effort, which pits Tehran against its regional rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia. The US, an ally and major arms supplier of both these countries, has consistently imposed sanctions against Iran over the development and testing of ballistic missiles. This policy has not changed, even after last year’s historic nuclear deal which eased concerns over Iran’s potential to develop nuclear weapons – an ambition that Tehran denies ever having.

The tension is expected to escalate further under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, as both he and politicians slated to form his cabinet have criticized the nuclear deal.
Last week, the Republican-controlled US Senate voted unanimously for a 10-year extension of anti-Iran sanctions, shortly after overwhelming support for the move in the House.

READ MORE: ‘Iran will not stand idly by’ if US sanctions are extended – Ayatollah Khamenei

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who views the nuclear deal with skepticism, earlier warned that the passage of the Iran Sanctions Act would not go without retaliation.

BOOM: House votes 419-1 to DEFY Obama…

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by ALLEN WEST

If you have any doubts about President Barack Obama’s state of delusion just consider his words on Monday at his first press conference since the election. As reported by ZeroHedge: Obama said he doubts President-elect Donald Trump will scrap a deal with Iran to curtail the country’s nuclear weapons aspirations because the agreement is working. When the accord was struck in 2015, “the main argument against it was that Iran wouldn’t abide by the deal,” Obama said Monday at a White House news conference. “We now have over a year of evidence that they have abided by the deal.” 

“My suspicion is that when the president-elect comes in and is consulting with his fellow Republicans on the Hill, that they will look at the facts,” Obama said. To unravel a deal that’s working and preventing Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon would be hard to explain,” particularly if it leaves Iran free to reconstitute its weapons programs, he said.”

I could go on for days about this, but seeing that our readers are well-versed on this matter, no need. Our readers are well aware that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is a joke; it will walk out the door with Obama. The Iranians know it, and so does Barack Obama. At every turn, being it with conventional weapons, ballistic missiles or exceeding heavy water stockpiles, the Iranians have violated Obama’s little executive confab.

And it appears that just yesterday, members of the House of Representatives understood that as well. As reported by the Washington Examiner, The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to extend an Iran sanctions law for another 10 years, amid growing worries that the U.S. needs to keep some leverage over Iran as it pushes for that country to implement the nuclear agreement. 

Lawmakers voted 419-1 in favor of extending the Iran Sanctions Act, the foundation of a range of U.S. sanctions against Iran. 

The only vote against the bill came from Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky. 

The vote is a sign the bill should easily pass the Senate. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said passage shows that Congress is ready to take a tougher stance on Iran than that of President Obama. While Obama has moved to ease sanctions against Iran, Republicans and even some Democrats say the U.S. needs to impose tougher measures to ensure Iran’s compliance.

“The nuclear deal has provided cover for Iran,” he said. “They are exerting more and more control in Iraq, sending arms to rebels in Yemen, and continue to support terrorist groups like Hezbollah that antagonize Israel.” 

“All the while, the Obama Administration has refused to hold Iran accountable or even call Iran out for violating the nuclear deal by exceeding limits on heavy water,” he added. “But we cannot let Iran increase its regional influence and undermine American interests unopposed.” 

“Congress needs these sanction authorities to respond to Iran’s violations and check Iran’s growing influence in the region,” he said. “Sanctions are what brought Iran to the table, and they can bring Iran to heel again.”

It appears the Democrats also realize Obama’s legacy is done, when it comes to the Iranian agreement. They have to start thinking about where we go from here, and practical sense has to come to the forefront in that the election of November 8, 2016, was a repudiation of Obama, especially his “signature” policies. The fact that 30 U.S. states went to Donald Trump, and that there are only four states that have Democrat governors and Democrat-controlled state legislatures is very telling.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I hear y’all about the popular vote thing, mainly attributed to New York and California — where the two major population center mayors have vowed to stand firm as sanctuary cities for criminal illegal aliens — isn’t that redundant? Aren’t illegal aliens already committing a criminal act? Back to the subject at hand…

We must have an honest discussion. After eight years, what are the foreign policy achievements of Barack Obama, who chastised America about “crude nationalism” while speaking in Greece? From his speech at Cairo University in 2009 to today, Obama still doesn’t get it, the American people are tired of a president that disparages his own country…in a very petulant manner, no less.

And when you consider the appeasing of the Iranians, you clearly understand why the House voted 419-1 to maintain sanctions on Iran. Obama’s own party realizes this must be done, and that their political future is at stake, regardless of the Soros-supported antics of these protesters. The releasing of billions of dollars, especially laundered cash, to Iran remains a very disturbing event in U.S. foreign policy history. Some still bring up Iran-Contra in regards to Reagan; funny how the liberal progressive media says very little about Obama and his questionable dealings with Iran.

One thing is for certain, President-elect Donald Trump needs a tough, savvy and direct SecState. These past years of Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry have been quite disconcerting. Thank goodness they are OVER.

AG Loretta Lynch ‘Pleads 5th’ On Iran Ransom Investigation…

BY COURTNEY KIRCHOFF

During his original “Hope and Change” tour of 2008, Barack Obama lectured about “transparency.” Likely because he was trying to cash in on the idea that George W. Bush was hiding things. Like Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. Also, side note? Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Oopsy-daisy. So fast-forward to 2016, the year of Please Let it All Be Over. The Obama Administration has (ALLEGEDLY) paid off Iran, a terrorist sponsor, towers of cash to release American hostages. Not for oil rights. Now there’s an investigation, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch? She’s decided she’d just rather not. Investigations are for pansies. Why be “transparent” when you can hide on your private jet, then later have a pow-wow with Bill Clinton? To discuss doily patterns, certainly.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The response from the attorney general’s office is “unacceptable” and provides evidence that Lynch has chosen to “essentially plead the fifth and refuse to respond to inquiries regarding [her] role in providing cash to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism,” Rubio and Pompeo wrote on Friday in a follow-up letter to Lynch, according to a copy obtained by the Free Beacon.

The inquiry launched by the lawmakers is just one of several concurrent ongoing congressional probes aimed at unearthing a full accounting of the administration’s secret negotiations with Iran.

Okay, so I want to state for the record I’m glad we got the hostages back. Okay? Okay. The problem with paying off a state-sponsor of terrorism, after they kidnap American soldiers, is for every reason listed in this one sentence. If Iran nabs our guys, and America just buys them back, we get ourselves into a bit of a pickle. What’s to stop any other country from doing the same?

Let’s play a game called “RANSOM”

Pretend your the Secretary of Finance for… well let’s make up our own country… let’s call it “Payustan.” You’re going over the books, and gosh darn it, money is a bit tight. You probably spent too much on studying why lesbians get fat. Dang it. Sure you could raise taxes on “the rich” OR you can nab some of those flag-waving Americans. Snap some embarrassing selfies. Post to Instagram and hashtag it #AmericaSucksLOL.

Then you, Secretary of Finance for Payustan, dials up President Hope and Change.

“Yo, Obama. Imma send you a text…” and you insert the Instagram link.

Then President Hope and Change responds: “That’s embarrassing. LOL. How much $$ you want?”

Not businesses...

You get your $$, then tell your friends in Burkastan that if they too spent too much money studying the mating patterns of dessert squirrels, they should just kidnap some soldiers. Make fat stacks.

This little exchange rather undermines America’s world standing. And security. But whatever.

So Congress calls up the ATTORNEY GENERAL to get some details on what went down. She knows the deal stinks more than Lena Dunham’s sports bra. Rather than answer for it, she’d rather sit this one out. Why should she follow the law? Those pesky things are for lesser mortals. And you know the leftist media, your president, and maybe future president, will cover your guilty derriere.

But hey, this is the “Hope and Change” your “transparent” president promised you. Refer back to that bumpersticker you tried scraping off your hybrid for more information.

Also, forget about America actually fighting enemies for screwing us. That’s a thing of the past.

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Frank Gaffney: Clinton, Obama Have Given Us ‘Much More Dangerous Kremlin and Putin’

BY JOHN HAYWARD

On Wednesday’s edition of Breitbart News Daily, SiriusXM host Alex Marlow asked Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney to pick his favorite WikiLeaks revelation about Hillary Clinton to date.

“Alex, there’s so many to choose from, and the hits just keep coming,” Gaffney replied with a chuckle.

He continued:

I guess the one that seems to me to just basically capture all the rest is the line from her appearance, before Goldman Sachs as I recall, about how you can have a public and private position. What that is – whether she tries to lay this off on Abraham Lincoln or not – is just the leitmotif of Hillary’s life, which is lying. You know, ‘dissembling’ is just too generous a word. It is actually the kind of systematic, chronic lying that I believe has gotten her to where she is today, but it is at terrible cost to the American people, and threatens to be vastly more in the future, should she be elected.

Marlow put the WikiLeaks document dump in the context of the Democrats’ remarkable turnaround on Russia, which the Obama Administration has fingered as the driving force behind recent hacking escapades. In the span of just four years, as Marlow put it, the Democrats have gone from mocking GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for describing Moscow as a major geopolitical adversary, to painting America and Russia as teetering on the brink of World War III.

“I think that the Russians have taken the measure of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, over the past eight years,” Gaffney said, noting:

Vladimir Putin is unquestionably ratcheting up his behavior, his aggression, his rhetoric, his threats – including of nuclear war against our allies, and periodically against us. I don’t think we can safely ignore all of that, Alex, because I think unfortunately, what history is replete with is example after example after example of miscalculations, where people behave on the basis of what they perceive to be certain strategic realities, and all of a sudden some miscalculation, as I say, takes place, and it can result in horrific consequences.

“All of that said, this latest effort to portray the Obama/Clinton legacy as one of robustness, vis-à-vis Putin, and having dealt with him effectively, as opposed to what they impute would be a Trump presidency’s conduct, is ludicrous, and I believe preposterous on its face,” Gaffney declared.

He added:

Just to give you two examples, of course there was the famous episode with the reset button. Much has been made of the sheer incompetence of it, starting with the fact that Hillary’s State Department couldn’t figure out how to translate into Russian ‘reset.’ It all went downhill from there, and again fed into this contempt that the Russians have for her – and for, I’m afraid, a government led by her.

“And then there’s this: don’t forget, it was one of the most telling and yet least understood aspects of the Obama presidency, when he was caught on that hot mike, telling the proxy for Putin, Medvedev, that after the election he would have, quote, ‘more flexibility,’ unquote. ‘Tell Vladimir that,’” Gaffney continued:

The point of that was, of course, that there would be even more concessions made by an Obama presidency, and indeed there have been – notably, not exclusively, but notably in the continuing disarmament, unilateral disarmament, of our nuclear forces.

“All of this has not been lost on the Russians, and I’m afraid could well present the next President – whoever that may be – with a much more dangerous Kremlin and Putin even than the one we’ve faced thus far,” he worried.

Gaffney said the Administration and media focus on Russian involvement in WikiLeaks was a “deflection.”

“What are they going to say – that they can defend any of the things that are coming out? No, they have to try to impugn Trump for using them. And I couldn’t agree more with what you said a moment ago, namely that this has to be an incessant drumbeat,” he told Marlow.

“What we’re learning from all of these documents, Podesta’s as well as others, is incredibly important about the nature of the Clinton operation,” Gaffney said. “It’s like the Project Veritas revelations. We’re learning of kleptocratic behavior, which in a way rivals that of Vladimir Putin. I mean it’s really unbelievable, some of the parallels here between people who are willing to say and do anything to accomplish their objectives.”

“The combination of the two, in terms of the damage that could be done to American interests, should Hillary Clinton become President of the United States, is really frightening to contemplate,” Gaffney said.

He hoped that Trump would “return to some of his most important points” in the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, especially that “the choice between him and Hillary Clinton is a change in foreign policy from the kind of fecklessness, irresolution, weakness that our adversaries have seen and exploited for eight years, or more of the same – and, frankly, worse.

Gaffney said “worse” could mean “doubling down on so much of it, whether that’s with respect to the Islamists in general, Iran in particular, the Russians, the Chinese, the radical Left that is an enabler of all of the above.”

He explained:

It’s the kind of field on which I think Donald Trump has proven to be very effective in communicating, channeling, and speaking for the outrage of the American people, as to what’s being done to our country – to its prestige, to its power, and to its security by the Obama/Clinton apparat. We need change. I think that’s clear. We will get change, I guess, of a kind, only it will be worse, more of the same and worse, if Hillary is elected President of the United States.

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Female Chess Champion REFUSES to Attend Championship in Iran Because They Tried to FORCE HER to Wear a Hijab

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We salute this principled female chess champion who did the right thing by refusing to wear an oppressive hijab as a touring professional just to pander to irrational local customs.

As one of the most successful women to ever play the male-dominated game of chess, Nazi Paikidze is used to having her moves watched closely.

Her latest has drawn international attention: Paikidze announced last week that she will boycott February’s Women’s World Chess Championship in Iran because the players will have to wear hijabs.

Paikidze’s decision will deprive the tournament of one of the game’s brightest stars and biggest draws — the U.S. champion who once told a magazine she would “do everything I can to help more girls get into chess.”

Islamic coverings for women in public — required in Iran and some other nations such as Saudi Arabia — have increasingly become a target for both protests and struggles over Muslim identity.

Nazi Paikidze holds the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She was twice world youth girls’ champion and three-time European youth girls’ champion in her age category. She is the 2016 U.S. women’s champion.

She writes in her Instagram post.

This is a post for those who don’t understand why I am boycotting FIDE’s decision.

I think it’s unacceptable to host a WOMEN’S World Championship in a place where women do not have basic fundamental rights and are treated as second-class citizens.

Nazí Paikidze

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