July 14, 2016

A Year Of Iranian Aggression: The Chaos Following Clinton’s Iran Deal

A year ago today, the world powers announced the Iran nuclear deal. Hillary Clinton, who spent four years peddling President Obama’s failed foreign policy as his Secretary of State, came out in support of the deal soon after. Clinton’s support precipitated a year of rising aggression and saber-rattling from the designated state sponsor of terror.

Since the deal was first announced on July 14, 2015, Clinton has been its stalwart defender on the campaign trail, even dedicating an entire speech to the deal’s defense. She has touted her work on the deal repeatedly. After all, Clinton State Department Deputy Chief of Staff, 2016 campaign senior policy advisor, and private email accomplice Jake Sullivan was instrumental to the deal. Indeed, her record on the deal has led many media outlets to comment that she in fact “owns” the deal and “is stuck with the results and their political complications.”

Accordingly, Clinton has dug in on her support for the disastrous deal. In a January 2016 interview, Clinton even refused to say that Iran was a national security threat to the U.S.:

What she also neglected to mention, is that the Iran deal has unleashed a year of increasing Iranian aggression and gave the country the funds to pursue its dangerous behavior. In fact, as result of the deal, Western powers unfroze as much as $150 billion in Iranian assets. And while some in the Obama administration have sought to downplay the impact, even Secretary of State John Kerry admitted the money will go to Iran’s funding of terror:

Kerry’s fears were confirmed just last month when his State Department named Iran the world’s “foremost state sponsor of terrorism”:

Iran continued to be deeply involved in the conflict in Syria, working closely with the Asad regime to counter the Syrian opposition, and also in Iraq where Iran continued to provide support to militia groups, including Foreign Terrorist Organization Kata’ib Hizballah. In addition, it was implicated for its support to violent Shia opposition group attacks in Bahrain. Iran was joined in these efforts by Hizballah, which continued to operate globally, as demonstrated by the disruption of Hizballah activities in Peru in 2014 and Cyprus in 2015.

Since the deal was struck, Iran has conducted a series of ballistic missile tests, newly enabled by the looser restrictions contained in the Iran deal. In the last few months of 2015 alone, Iran conducted two ballistic missile tests and test-fired a missile close to a U.S. aircraft carrier. One of its 2016 ballistic missile tests, included a missile with “Israel must be wiped out” written on it in Hebrew.

Iran has committed other offenses throughout the year. Iran notoriously detained U.S. sailors and mockingly publicized video of their detention on local news channels. Iranian hacking attacks on the U.S. surged in November of last year, including a large hack of the social media and email accounts of State Department officials associated with the Middle East. In March 2016, the U.S. indicted hackers connected to the Iranian government for a 2013 attempt to hack a small dam located only a few miles from Clinton’s private email server in Chappaqua, New York.

What is clear is that the Iran deal has unleashed a newly aggressive Iran. And, while her husband Bill seems unable to remember which country Iran is, Hillary Clinton has obfuscated and misled the country about the nature of the deal. Her failed foreign policy has endangered America’s allies and given Iran the resources and space it needed to escalate its belligerent and damaging tactics.