In the comments on this post, WE WIN? LOOKS LIKE WE DID, a couple of issues came up that I will address here.
Senators Mike Lee and Rand Paul Did Not Like The Briefing. So?
What is the issue here? Well, this story puts things in perspective, Mike Lee: Soleimani Strike a ‘Big Victory’ for Safety of American People (breitbart.com). Senator Rand Paul, of course, is dead set against war, Rand Paul: ‘You’d Have to Be Brain-Dead’ to Believe Killing Soleimani will Bring Iran to Negotiating Table (nationalreview.com).
So why didn’t Senators Mike Lee and Rand Paul like the briefing they got from the Trump administration on the drone killing of Qasem Soleimani?
- Mike Lee Slams ‘Un-American’ Iran Intel Briefing, Calls on Congress To Rein In Administration (nationalreview.com)
- GOP’s Mike Lee and Rand Paul rebuke Trump administration for “worst military briefing” ever on Iran (salon.com)
- Rand Paul, Mike Lee rip administration over ‘insulting and demeaning’ Iran briefing (thehill.com)
Were Lee and Paul saying that the Trump administration should not have killed Qasem Soleimani? Not really. Look at what those two are complaining about. They wanted to debate the briefers about where the president’s war powers end and Congress’ begin. That is, Lee wanted to know how the Trump’s administration would respond if Iran did this or that. They also, Lee in particular, wanted more access to the intelligence.
Lee and Paul want more Congressional control with respect to when America goes to war. Were the briefers the appropriate people to debate congressmen about the separation of powers between the President and Congress? Nope.
Our Constitution says the President makes war, and Congress declares war. If Congress is unhappy with the President making war, Congress can defund his warfare and impeach him if they are really unhappy.
What about the material included in the briefing. Vice President Mike Pence came out and said that giving Congress more information could compromise sources and methods, Pence defends withholding Soleimani intel amid Lee, Paul criticism (thehill.com). Why? Doesn’t everyone know Congress cannot be trusted to keep a secret?
Did President Barack Obama Fund Iranian Terrorism?
Yes. To suggest otherwise is actually silly, but the crony capitalist news media is playing its usual word games. See Media ‘Fact-Checks’ Trump’s Claim That Obama Sent Iran Money, Gets Facts Wrong (dailywire.com).
Here are some articles that describe how the Obama administration sent money to Iran.
- Nuclear Deal Sends $150 Billion to Iran-Mostly Truth! (truthorfiction.com)
- Lawmakers alarmed over Iranian nuclear windfall (usatoday.com)
- Major beneficiaries of the Iran deal: The IRGC and Hezbollah (brookings.edu)
- Iran’s $300 Billion Shakedown (foreignpolicy.com)
What about that cargo plane full of money? Well, Google seems to have buried that one. So I had to use bing.com.
- Fact-check: Handel claims Obama flew $2 billion to Iran, admitted it is being used to fund terrorism (politifact.com)
- Confirmed: Obama’s $1.7B Tribute to Iran Was Paid in Cash to Circumvent Sanctions (breitbart.com)
- Obama-era cash traced to Iran-backed terrorists (washingtontimes.com)
- US sent plane with $400 million in cash to Iran (cnn.com)
- Iran May Have Received as Much as $33.6 Billion in Cash, Gold Payments From U.S. (freebeacon.com)
How much money? That seems to be a bit hazy. Why pallets of cash? Why not just a bank transfer? Think about that.