What I Remember About Obama

Heshmat Alavi takes us down memory lane to the effects Obama had on the Middle East in general and on Iran in particular.

by Heshmat Alavi


Tue, January 1, 2019

What I remember about President Obama:

- Turning his back on #Iran's 2009 uprising
- Allowing Assad gas innocent civilians in #Syria
- Selling off America's Middle East allies
- Bending over backwards to reach a highly flawed #IranDeal with Tehran's mullahs

Need I say more?


What I remember about President Obama:

"the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah."

The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook

Part I In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.

What I remember about President Obama:

"Two high-level Iranian government backers, including a former Islamic Republic official and another accused of lobbying on Tehran's behalf, were hosted at the Obama White House for more than 30 meetings…"

Fmr. Iranian Official, Pro-Tehran Lobbyist Hosted at Obama White House

Two high-level Iranian government backers, including a former Islamic Republic official and another accused of lobbying on Tehran's behalf, were hosted at the Obama White House for more than 30 meetings with top officials at key junctures in the former administration's contested diplomacy with Iran, according to White House visitor logs that provide a window into the former administration's outreach to leading pro-Iran advocates.


What I remember about President Obama:

"… when it comes to the Iran deal, the Obama administration took lying to new heights…"

Opinion | Obama took lying to new heights with the Iran deal

When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration increasingly appears to have been a bottomless pit of deception. First, President Barack Obama failed to disclose to Congress the existence of secret side deals on inspections when he transmitted the nuclear accord to Capitol Hill.

Inside the Ring: Obama-era cash traced to Iran-backed terrorists

The U.S. government has traced some of the $1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred. According to knowledgeable sources, Iran has used the funds to pay its main proxy, the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, along with the Quds Force, Iran 's main foreign intelligence and covert action arm and element of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.


What I remember about President Obama:

"… secretly trying to give Tehran access to the US financial system to convert billions of dollars in assets into Euros as part of the Iran nuclear deal…"

GOP report: Obama admin worked to allow Iran to exchange billions to bypass sanctions

Senate Republicans on Wednesday accused the Obama Administration of secretly trying to give Tehran access to the US financial system to convert billions of dollars in assets into Euros as part of the Iran nuclear deal.


What I remember about President Obama:

"… the Obama administration granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians, including family members of government officials, while negotiating the Iran nuclear deal…"

Obama administration granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians during nuclear deal: Iran official

The Obama administration granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians, including family members of government officials, while negotiating the Iran nuclear deal, a senior cleric and member of parliament has claimed. Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour, who is chairman of Iran's parliamentary nuclear committee and a member of its national security and foreign affairs committee, made the allegations during an interview with the country's Etemad newspaper, cited by the country's Fars News agency.


What I remember about President Obama:

Providing $1.7 billion in cash that "has been traced to Iran’s backing of Houthi rebels seeking to take power in Yemen."

Inside the Ring: Obama-era cash traced to Iran-backed terrorists

The U.S. government has traced some of the $1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred. According to knowledgeable sources, Iran has used the funds to pay its main proxy, the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, along with the Quds Force, Iran 's main foreign intelligence and covert action arm and element of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.


What I remember about President Obama:

Prematurely pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, opening its gates to #Iran's regime to wreak further havoc in this country.

Obama's Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy

The president ignored the country and its increasingly dictatorial prime minister for years. Yes, the Iraq War was a disaster of historic proportions. Yes, seeing its architects return to prime time to smugly slam President Obama while taking no responsibility for their own, far greater, failures is infuriating.


What I remember about President Obama:

Appointing #Iran's operatives/spies into sensitive White House posts.

 


What I remember about President Obama:

8 years of miserable foreign policy that made the world a living hell for millions of people.

Need I say more?


What I remember about President Obama:

Allowing then Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki (#Iran's puppet) to attack Iranian refugees in July 2009.


What I remember about President Obama:

Allowing then Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki (#Iran's puppet) to attack Iranian refugees again in April 2011, killing over 30 of the refugees.


What I remember about President Obama:

Allowing then Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki (#Iran's puppet) to attack Iranian refugees for a third time in September 2013, massacring 52 of the refugees.



What I remember about President Obama:

Allowing #Iran to literally take over Assad's regime & begin controlling the massacre in #Syria.

The Assad Regime: Iran's Proxy in the Syrian Civil War

The Iranian-Syrian alliance stretches back over three decades, constituting one of the most enduring alliances among authoritarian regimes in the region. When the relationship began in the early 1980s, Damascus had the upper hand and then-Syrian president Hafez al-Assad was keen to maintain a formal distance with the Islamic Republic and its Lebanon-based proxy, Hezbollah.


What I remember about President Obama:

"It is now historic fact that reporters in Washington, D.C., were lied to and fooled by the Obama Administration with regard to the Iran nuclear deal."

D.C. reporters can't get enough of Ben Rhodes' echo chamber

It is now historic fact that reporters in Washington DC were lied to and fooled by the Obama Administration with regard to the Iran nuclear deal. We know this because the architect of the fiction that was woven for the benefit of these eager young journalists has openly bragged about it.


Yes, Barack Obama failed the people of Syria.

President Donald Trump, please take a stance for humanity & do not let 3 million people in Idlib be attacked by Iran, Russia & Assad.

Opinion | 3 Million People With Nowhere to Go

President Bashar al-Assad's forces are about to attack Idlib, the last rebel-held province in Syria. Fear of mass slaughter is increasing. By Kareem Shaheen Mr. Shaheen covered the Syrian war for The Guardian. The first thing that struck me when I saw Idlib, the rebel-held province in northwestern Syria, in April last year was how green the country was.






About the author

Heshmat Alavi is a political rights activist focusing on Iran & the Middle East.

He has published his articles and opinion columns in Forbes, Al Arabiya English, The Hill, The Daily Caller, American Thinker, The Gatestone Institute, Algemeiner, The FrontPage Magazine and The Diplomat.

Follow him on Twitter at @HeshmatAlavi.



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