Comment by Jim Campbell
September 24th 2019
Originally written three months ago when the actions of Iran may have not been on the radar of many readers as they are today.
Predictably the mullahs are acting up again.
Exposed: Obama Sought $5.7 Billion Dollar Favor For Iranian Mullahs
The Obama administration secretly tried to give Iran access to the U.S. financial system.
They attempted to side-step sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal. This was in spite of repeatedly telling Congress and the public they had no plans to do so.
Senate GOP released an investigation on Wednesday shedding light on the balance the Obama administration sought to keep after the deal.
They worked to keep Iran receiving the promised benefits without playing into the hands of opponents to the deal.
There have been Iran hawks in the U.S., Israel and elsewhere that have been arguing that the U.S. gave far too much to Tehran and the excess would be used to fund extremism.
The report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations disclosed that under President Barack Obama, the Treasury Department issued a license in February 2016.
It would allow Iran to convert $5.7 billion it held at a bank in Oman from Omani rivals into euros by exchanging them first into U.S. dollars.
If the Omani bank had allowed the exchange without such a license, it would have violated sanctions that bar Iran from transactions that touch the U.S. financial system.
The effort never succeeded because American banks declined to participate.
The Obama administration approached two U.S. banks to facilitate the conversion, the report said, but both refused, citing the reputational risk of doing business with Iran.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said, “The Obama administration misled the American people and Congress because they were desperate to get a deal with Iran.”
The license issued to Bank Muscat was in sharp contrast to repeated public statements from the Obama White House, the Treasury, and the State Department.
They all denied that the administration was contemplating allowing Iran access to the U.S. financial system.
Former Obama administration officials declined to comment.
However, they said the decision to grant the license had been made in line with the spirit of the deal.
It allowed Iran to regain access to foreign reserves that had been off-limits because of the sanctions.
According to the report, Iran is believed to have found other ways to access its money, possibly by exchanging it in smaller quantities through another currency.
Take home message: Don’t mess with the United States of America.
Enjoy former Congressman and Lt.Col Allen West’s take on how they will once again be brought to heel.
Operation Praying Mantis
The Iranian frigate IS Sahand (F 74) burns after being attacked by the Joseph Strauss and A-6s. Sahand was hit by three Harpoon missiles, Skipper rocket-propelled bombs, a Walleye laser-guided bomb, and several 1,000-pound bombs. U.S. NAVY PHOTO
As the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58)limped away from the minefield on April 14, 1988, Navy divers recovered other mines whose serial numbers matched the ones found aboard the Iranian minelayer Iran Ajr several months earlier.
Planning for the retaliation, which was dubbed Operation Praying Mantis, began immediately, and three groups of U.S. warships were assembled in the Gulf. On the morning of 18 April, four days after the mining, they were ready to strike.
Watch a news clip about Operation Praying Mantis, produced by U.S. Navy public affairs and aired 30 April 1988.
All times approximate, and given in local Persian Gulf time. Ship photos by U.S. Navy.
First light: The Roberts’ SH-60 helicopter, now flying from the USS Trenton (LPD 14), lifts from the deck of the amphibious transport dock.
The aircraft, call sign Magnum 447, heads off to give the targets a final visual check, and to stand by to evacuate wounded troops.
8:00 a.m.: A few minutes after delivering a radio warning, the destroyers of Surface Action Group Bravo open fire on the Sassan oil platform, which was being used by Iranian forces as a command-and-control center for attacks on Gulf shipping.
USS Trenton (LPD
8:05 a.m.: The ships of Surface Action Group Charlie open fire on the Sirri oil platform, which is being used to control Iranian maritime attacks.
9:25 a.m.: Twin-rotor CH-46 helicopters deliver U.S. Marines to the Sassan platform, where they collect intelligence and set demolition charges. Plans are scratched to send Navy SEALs to the Sirri platform, which was set afire by the bombardment.
Gallery: Marines and U.S. Navy SEALS Hit Sassan Platform
Platform is completely destroyed.
They return fire with Harpoons and Standard missiles, sinking Joshan in the world’s first missile duel between warships.
11:30 a.m.: The Iranian patrol boat Joshan ignores radio warnings and approaches SAG Charlie. About 45 minutes later, Joshan fires a U.S.-made Harpoon missile — the remnant of a pre-Revolutionary arms purchase by the Iranian shah. Some 13 miles away, the U.S. ships fire chaff and dodge the incoming weapon.
12:50 p.m.: A pair of Iranian F-4 fighters approach the cruiser Wainwright, which chases them off with a pair of Standard missiles.
1:30 p.m.: Iranian Boghammar speedboats attack the Scan Bay, a Panamanian jack-up barge with 15 American workers in the Mubarak oil field off the United Arab Emirates. Through a lengthy commo hookup, President Reagan himself authorizes a strike against the boats — the first time U.S. forces had intervened to stop an attack on a non-U.S. flagged vessel in the Gulf, and a harbinger of a formal policy to come. Two A-6E Intruders and an F-14 Tomcat are dispatched to attack; SAG Bravo provides a vector.
2:25 p.m.: The A-6s sink the lead Boghammar with Rockeye cluster bombs. Four other boats flee to the Iranian-controlled Abu Musa island and beach themselves.
3:30 p.m.: U.S. A-6s and warships attack the Iranian frigate Sahand with coordinated bombs and missiles. The frigate will sink several hours later.
5:15 p.m.: The Iranian frigate Sabalan fires at an A-6, which dodges the missile and returns to drop a 500-pound bomb down the ship’s exhaust stack, leaving it dead in the water. Top U.S. defense officials in Washington, who are monitoring the fight, decide not to sink a third Iranian warship. They tell U.S. ships and aircraft to lay off Sabalan, and Iranian tugs eventually tow the damaged frigate back to the Bandar Abbas naval base.