Recently, Donald Trump kept yet another of his campaign promises, and began the long and arduous process of removing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal. There are many reasons that this was a good idea, not the least of which was that the deal was unconstitutionally signed and a bad one for the United States.
But now, in an interesting twist, Iran is threatening to ‘name names’ of officials who they claim took bribes in order to push for the passage of the deal. Who might they name? Do they not understand that the American people would love to know which politicians took money to foist that terrible deal on the nation? How much did leftists like Obama and Kerry rake in? What about the DNC leadership?
In a threat transmitted through a tweet, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said that if the European Union stopped trading with Iran, and if they didn’t put ‘pressure’ on the United States, that he would “reveal which western politicians and how much money they had received during nuclear negotiations” to force the deal through.
H.J.Ansari Zarif’s senior advisor: “If Europeans stop trading with Iran and don’t put pressure on US then we will reveal which western politicians and how much money they had received during nuclear negotiations to make #IranDeal happen.”
That would be interesting.#JCPOA
— Raman Ghavami (@Raman_Ghavami) May 8, 2018
Perhaps this threat is why Barack Obama and John Kerry are working overtime to preserve the deal, engaging in ‘shadow diplomacy’ in violation of the Logan act.
If Iran truly thinks that this is a threat, they’re sorely mistaken.
Quite frankly, if there is any truth to the claim that Iran paid out bribe money to get votes on the nuclear deal, it is likely that most Americans would welcome the opportunity to find out who got money, and how much their vote cost.
There would not be many Republican Party names on that list. In the house, literally NO republicans voted for the bill, and the same was true for the Senate.
Republicans had a wide variety of disagreements with the bill, from its content, to the underhanded way that the bill was passed. Conservative activist Larry Klayman even attempted to challenge the way leftists abused the voting process, and filed a lawsuit demanding that the Iran nuclear deal be treated as a treaty, requiring a higher burden of votes.
Sadly, his lawsuit was outright dismissed for ‘lack of standing,’ meaning he was not appropriately impacted by the bill to bring such a suit.
The real question that arises from Iranian minister Ansari’s threats is just who he might name.
How about Al Franken, who not only publicly declared his support on the floor of the Senate, but who also penned an article about why he supported the deal? He met repeatedly with foreign agents of the other nations that signed, after all, and that would be an appropriate time to exchange money.
Of course, there’s also John Kerry, who campaigned for the deal during his time as Secretary of State, and who continues to campaign for the deal today, even though he no longer has any standing to do so and is certainly no longer a representative of the United States or its citizens.
Then there’s former President Barack Obama, who pushed for the bill even though it went against American interests, and even though the bill sent billions of dollars to Iran.
Who, if anyone in the United States, would be so ignorant, so brazenly corrupt, so woefully unfit to serve this nation as to take money from Iran‘s religious extremist government? Who would think that was a good political decision?
But, there’s something interesting in Ansari’s words. He didn’t say ‘which American leaders.’ He said ‘WESTERN leaders’ who took money in the form of bribes.
Also, he didn’t really threaten just the United States; he threatened Western leaders in their entirety with ‘naming and shaming’ for taking bribes.
He likely wouldn’t name leaders from Russia or China who took bribes from the Iranian government. After all, those two nations allied to make it possible for Iran to even HAVE a nuclear program in the first place.
But there were other nations involved.
For example, Angela Merkel, representing Germany (and, in many ways, representing the interests of the European Union in the deal), was a key player. The European Union also had multiple individuals debating various aspects of what eventually became the ‘Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.’
Of course, dozens of politicians from each nation advocated signing the bill, most of whom are relatively unknown on the world stage. Maybe it’s time that they received some amount of infamy.
So, Ansari, it’s time to put up or shut up, and the nation can begin by naming names of western politicians who accepted cash bribes to sell out the interests of liberty to third world despots.