Iran Seems to Have Friends in High Places

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Harry C. Alford and Kay DeBow

Beyond the Rhetoric

By Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow

The Islamic Republic of Iran seems to have gone through some significant changes since its beginning after the overthrow of the Shah of Iran (Pahlavi Dynasty). Its initial hatred of the United States and Israel has remained intact. Its long-term goal of destroying Israel has not changed. It continuously agitates hostility throughout the Middle East in support of that goal. That strategy makes them a constant adversary to the goals of the United States and other moderate nations. We both refer to each other as “Evil Empires.”

In the beginning, during the 1970s Iran’s opinion of the United States was downright adversarial. They seized our embassy and took our nationals as hostages. Our president at the time was Jimmy Carter and they played him for a very cautious and timid leader. They were correct. The siege on our embassy lasted over a year. When Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election, he promised to make things significantly different with the hostage turmoil when he took office. On his inaugural day, the Iranians freed our hostages and returned them home. They figured Reagan was sincere and would act aggressively, unlike Jimmy Carter. They were correct! After all, Iran is the birthplace of the game of Chess Iran. They played their strategy correctly.

Time rolled on as Iran ramped up its aggression in the Middle East and whipped up its anti-Israeli and U.S. rhetoric. The Clinton and Bush administrations held the Iranians at bay and were vigilant in monitoring their aggressiveness in the area. But then came an unexpected “treat” for the radical empire. The United States elected a President with the Muslim name of Barack Hussein Obama. He was a son of a devout Muslim and later the stepson of a devout Muslim. He was certainly not a typical homegrown American citizen. The master strategists of Iran decided to play along with this new breed of American President.

It even got better! The new President Obama chose as his closest advisor a person who was a native of Iran. Valerie Jarrett was born in Iran. Her first language was Farsi (Iran’s national tongue). Her roots are 100 percent Persian. Iran was received warmly by the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party. It was like the story of the old lady bringing in the frozen snake out of her front yard to warm up and heal in her home. She forgot that it was a snake and that it would bring her harm later.

The eight years of the Obama Administration were good to the Iranian regime. Secretary of State John Kerry became joined “at the hip” with his counterparts in Iran as they worked to solve an agreement and peace treaty regarding nuclear deployment. The “chess masters” put on their game and Iran increased its influence in the Middle East like never before.

They began to provide arms and turmoil throughout the Middle East nations. The Palestinians were on their “payroll” to provide disruption within Israel. Their negative actions in Syria, Yemen and other surrounding areas were running amuck. All of this culminated in the Obama Administration signing an agreement with Iran. It was a lop-sided deal with the United States stuffing the pockets of Iran with billions of dollars. It didn’t make sense! Iran laughed all the way to the bank and to their weapons arsenals for replenishing the guerrilla activities in the region.

It has been rumored that former Secretary of State John Kerry has been having frequent conversations with the Foreign Minister of Iran, giving advice on how to deal with our new administration. That is treason if true. But what is worse was evidence that Senator Diane Feinstein was cavorting with the Iranians. Here is the scoop:

“He’s the foreign minister to an enemy state that seeks to attack American military personnel in the Middle East, that seeks to put nuclear warheads on ECBMs so they can reach the United States. It is a terrorist regime, an Islamic-Nazi regime in Tehran, that has killed Americans, that funds Hezbollah to kill Americans, that funds Hamas to kill and is a threat to our national security, obviously.” Levin said, “What in the hell is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee doing talking on an iPhone around the Capitol to Javad Zarif.”

It gets worse! Senator Feinstein’s husband’s business is Tutor Perini, a construction, engineering firm that does an incredible amount of business in the Middle East and China.  It also has a reputation for racist procurement policies with minority subcontractors.

It is so ironic. Obama’s administration had a confidant that was Iranian borne and questionable about playing a level field when it comes to Israel. Trump now has a person in a similar position, Jared Kushner, who is Jewish and the son-in-law of the President and is much involved in the Middle East.

Iran has its hooks in places like never before. A serious amount of investigation is required.  The Trump Administration should stop any further activity and call out to Iran: “Checkmate”!

Mr. Alford is the Co-Founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Ms. DeBow is the Co-Founder, Executive Vice President of the Chamber. Website:www.nationalbccorg. Emails:halford@nationalbccorg kdebow@nationalbcc.org. 

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