Republican senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider giving Western airline companies clearance to sell jets to Iran, which they say is helping the Islamic Republic ship arms to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. According to lawmakers, new intelligence shows that Iran is using commercial airliners to smuggle high-tech weapons to terrorist groups operating in Syria, an operation that will only be aided if Boeing and Airbus start selling planes to the Iranian government.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.), have been pushing Obama administration officials to explain why they are helping airline manufacturers Boeing and AirBus sell planes to Iran, despite clear evidence that Tehran is using its commercial airline as cover for its continued terrorist operations across the region.
As with multiple other congressional investigations into the Obama administration’s efforts to roll back economic sanctions and conduct secret dealings with Iran, officials have stonewalled Perdue, refusing to answer key questions about the motivation for aiding Tehran’s pursuit of planes that could be used to further its terrorist enterprise.
The Obama administration has offered little response to these concerns, which is nothing new. Obama has maintained an impossible line of logic throughout the entire nuclear arrangement with Iran. On one hand, he acknowledges that they’re a terrorist-supporting state that poses a serious threat to Israel and the entire Middle East. On the other hand, he hands them billions of dollars and a ten-year path to the bomb. But somehow, all of this is supposed to make sense.
According to Israeli intelligence, Hezbollah is now hiding more than 12,000 missiles under the ground in Lebanon in an arsenal “more than 17 times” the size of its cache of ten years ago.
How many times do we have to learn the same lesson? How many times do we have to arm our enemies while ignoring the warning signs? How many times do we have to get stabbed in the back before we stop handing out knives?
Hopefully, President Trump will finally treat this rogue state as the threat to the Western world that it is.