If I were a betting on any country to win the race on a strong military and air force, it would be Iran. Since Obama has been in office, he seems to be giving Iran everything they need – first a nuclear deal, then ransom money for hostages, now airplanes. Iran’s looking pretty good compared to the US. Too bad Obama hasn’t given our US military the same support as Iran’s; we would be a force to be reckoned with.
Weeks after Secretary of State John Kerry fell on his knees and begged Europe’s top banks to begin investing in Iran, the Obama administration is set to allow American aircraft sales to the Islamic Republic. In an apparent effort to kick start Iran’s ailing economy. The US Treasury Department is now approving requests from both US and European plane makers to begin selling planes and aircraft equipment. The sales are seen as the “highest-profile trade breakthroughs since nuclear sanctions were lifted on the Islamic Republic in January,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
Representatives from industry heavyweights Boeing and Airbus confirmed Wednesday that they would begin exporting jetliners to Iran to supplement the Iran Air fleet. Officials from both companies have made multiple trips to Tehran over the last couple of months in anticipation of a sales deal.
Last month, Boeing completed a deal with Iran Air, for around 100 777 and 737 aircraft, to be sold for approximately $25 billion. It’s a transaction that would not have been possible prior to the recent easing of trade sanctions with Iran, approved after the controversial nuclear deal was ratified.
“Iran’s commercial aviation sector is deeply involved in supporting hostile actors. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) systematically uses commercial aircraft to transport troops, weapons, military-related parts, rockets, and missiles to hostile actors around the world, including, but not limited to, Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Houthi Rebels in Yemen, and the Bashar al-Assad Regime in Syria,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Boeing. “These terrorist groups and rogue regimes have American blood on their hands. Your potential customers do as well.”
In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-California), a member of the House Foreign Affairs and Financial Services committees, wrote that it is “virtually certain” the aircraft would be used for nefarious purposes, including supplying arms to Syria. He also noted that Iran Air was sanctioned in 2011 for providing material support to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, a group that remains under sanction.
The State Department’s annual report still lists Iran as the “foremost state sponsor of terrorism,” and spokesman John Kirby stated that this sale and any future deals depend on “Iran’s good behavior.”
Leave it to Obama to continue to support Iran – one of the largest supporters of terrorism around the world. Just what we need! The bad guys to be more equipped, so when we go to send our military and service personnel overseas to fight ISIS, we will have even more to worry about other than our own military forces being depleted.
Nice work Obama! Can’t wait to see you go! By the way, don’t let the door hit you on the way out!