Fast forward six years, he got the "deal," and the mullahs got 150 billion dollars in cash. I've often argued with Obamaites who scream "This money belongs to the Iranians!" Yes, you are right, it belongs to the Iranian people. That is not who that incompetent moron gave it to, but the mullahs who seized the nation in 1979. And they did not use it to upgrade the lives of the Iranians, but to fund insurgency throughout the Middle East, and work on their WMD program (You really didn't think the Iran nuke deal would slow that down).
Well, the mullahs are showing how well they can handle the economy. Hopefully this again revs up the insurgency, and unlike 2009, we have a president that actually is interested in ending the terrorist Iranian regime.
Uprisings Against the Mullahs
Short on cash, the regime faces protests at home and in Iraq.
The latest anti-regime protests in Iran look like a major political event, and judging by its vigorous and violent response the regime agrees. Now is a moment for the political left and right in the U.S. and Europe to unite in support of the Iranian people.
The protests erupted in several cities across the country in response to government increases of 50% in fuel prices. The increase raises the price of a liter of gasoline to only about 35 cents, or 50 cents a gallon. But the reaction to the increase reveals the desperation and anger of Iranians as the economy falters under the pressure of U.S. sanctions.
With parliamentary elections scheduled for February, the regime would only have reduced its fuel subsidies if it felt it had no choice. The mullahs must be short on cash as their oil sales abroad have been sharply reduced by Trump Administration sanctions. Oil sales are the regime’s main source of revenue.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini publicly supported the price increases on Sunday and called protesters “thugs.” The government shut down internet access across most of the country, which makes it difficult to assess the extent of the protests. But the reports and videos that have emerged show clashes that sometimes turned violent. Mr. Khameini also blamed loyalists of the former Shah, who was deposed 40 years ago.
The truth is that this turmoil is made in Tehran by the mullahs themselves. They could have used the financial windfall they received from the 2015 nuclear deal to invest in their own country. Instead they used those resources to spread revolution throughout the Middle East. They’ve continued to plow cash into developing ballistic missiles and arming Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah in Syria, and Shiite militias in nearby Iraq.
Iran’s heavy-handed meddling has also inspired a backlash in Iraq. Protesters have chanted anti-Persian slogans and demonstrated against Shiite sites in Karbala and other holy cities. Most Iraqis are Shiites but they are also nationalists and resent Iran’s political interference that includes direction to militias by Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force that is Iran’s vanguard abroad.
...Above all, the world should speak up in support of Iranian aspirations to become a normal country, instead of a theocracy that spreads revolution and terror. Barack Obama made an historic blunder when he stayed mute amid the Iranian regime’s bloody crackdown on democratic protests in 2009. President Trump should not make the same mistake.
I have no doubt President Trump is directing his national security staff to help this Green Revolution. He can remember the wisdom of Ronald Reagan and his view of handing the Cold War, "We win, they lose."