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Clinton's National Security Disaster

- August 14, 2016

Clinton Has Proven Time And Again That She Can't Keep America Safe, While Showing A Knack For Empowering Our Enemies

TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Lacking judgement, Clinton forcefully endorsed the President's failed campaign against ISIS that has been wholly ineffective at keeping Americans safe.
  • Under the Clinton-Obama failed foreign policy plan, ISIS has increased the frequency of attacks in the United States and around the globe.
  • Clinton's faulty mentality to empathize with ISIS and her poor judgement supporting failed foreign policy created a power vacuum that allowed for the creation and strengthening of ISIS.
  • Clinton's horrible judgement led to the Iran deal which gave the foremost state sponsor of terrorism billions of dollars to fund terrorism.

Clinton On Obama's ISIS Policy: "We Now Finally Are Where We Need To Be." CLINTON: "Look at these complex problems. I wish it could be either or I wish we could say yes, let's go destroy ISIS and let's let Assad continue to destroy Syria which creates more terrorists, more extremists by the minute. No. We now finally are where we need to be. We have a strategy and a commitment to go after ISIS which is a danger to us as well as the region, and we finally have a UN Security Council resolution bringing the world together to go after a political transition in Syria. If the United States does not lead there is not another leader, there is a vacuum and we have to lead if we're going to be successful." (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Primary Debate, Manchester, NH, 12/19/15)

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TWO YEARS AFTER THE CLINTON -BACKED ISIS STRIKES BEGAN, ISIS IS A MAJOR THREAT WITH A GLOBAL REACH

Just Over Two Years Ago, Obama Authorized Military Strikes Against ISIS. BARACK OBAMA: "Today I authorized two operations in Iraq -- targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death. Let me explain the actions we're taking and why. First, I said in June -- as the terrorist group ISIL began an advance across Iraq -- that the United States would be prepared to take targeted military action in Iraq if and when we determined that the situation required it. … And so we'll continue to work with our friends and allies to help refugees get the shelter and food and water they so desperately need, and to help Iraqis push back against ISIL." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 8/7/14)

  • Hillary Clinton Strongly Endorsed Obama's Strategy As Being A Very Robust Response. "Hillary Clinton publicly backed President Barack Obama's authorization of Syrian airstrikes during a panel discussion in New York Wednesday and attempted to dismiss previous disagreements she had with the Obama administration on Syria. Clinton, Obama's former secretary of state, said the President gave a 'very clear explanation and robust defense of the action he has ordered' regarding airstrikes against the terrorist group ISIS in Syria and Iraq. 'The situation now is demanding a response and we are seeing a very robust response,' Clinton said. 'It is something that I think the President is right to bring the world attention to.'" (Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Stands With Obama On Airstrikes, Arming Syrian Rebels," CNN, 9/24/14)

Two Years Of The Clinton-Obama Strategy And ISIS Has Gone Global

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Blamed The Obama Administration For Making Poor Decisions That Fueled The Rise Of ISIS. "Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes the Obama White House during his tenure was wrong on some key decisions in the Middle East that are now fueling the fire that ISIS has set in the region. In a sit-down interview with NBC News' Andrea Mitchell following the release of his new book, 'Worthy Fights,' Panetta notes that he disagreed with the moves to completely pull American troops out of Iraq, to not quickly arm the moderate rebels fighting Syria's Bashar Assad and not acting decisively when Assad crossed the 'red line' of using chemical weapons on his people." (Andrea Mithcell, "Leon Panetta: U.S. Mistakes Helped Create 'Vacuum' That Spawned ISIS," NBC News, 10/7/14)

Director Of National Intelligence James Clapper: There Currently Exist More Terrorist Safe Havens "Than At Any Time In History." "Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who was also at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, estimated that violent extremists were active in about 40 countries and that there currently exist more terrorist safe havens 'than at any time in history.'" (Ryan Browne, "Top Intelligence Official: ISIS To Attempt U.S. Attacks This Year," CNN, 2/9/16)

Former Acting Director Of The CIA John McLaughlin: ISIS Has A Presence In 40 Countries With Affiliates In 9. "With a presence of some sort in about 40 countries and formal affiliates in nine of them (Egypt and Libya the most advanced), loss of land in Iraq and Syria does not deprive ISIS of territorial options for plotting, training, and launching terrorist attacks." (John McLaughlin, "ISIS Is Hurt But Its End Is Not In Sight," The Cipher Brief, 7/28/16)

  • Former Acting Director Of The CIA John McLaughlin: ISIS Has More Ungoverned Territory At Its Disposal Than Any Terrorist Group Has Had "In Decades." "In fact, the combination of chaos in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the weakness of so many Middle Eastern and African governments give terrorists more 'ungoverned' space to exploit than has existed in the last couple decades." (John McLaughlin, "ISIS Is Hurt But Its End Is Not In Sight," The Cipher Brief, 7/28/16)

Former U.S. Intelligence Analyst Malcolm Nance: ISIS Will Break Up And Spread Around The World. "Terror expert Malcolm Nance told NBC's Cynthia McFadden that we have entered a new phase in the war against ISIS, as the terror groups responds to its loss of territory in Syria and Iraq and depletion of troop strength by spreading the war to other countries. 'The effect that's going to happen now is like stepping on a ball of mercury,' explained Nance, head of the Terror Asymmetrics Project and a former U.S. intelligence analyst. 'You step on a ball of mercury, all the pieces break up and spread around the world.' (William M. Arkin And Robert Windrem, "ISIS Numbers Drop, But Fighters Now Attacking Around the World," NBC News, 07/13/16)

In Recent Months, ISIS And Its Supporters Have Killed Hundreds In Major Attacks Across The Globe

From June 8th To The End Of July, ISIS Attacks Took Place Every 84 Hours Outside Of War Zones In Iraq, Syria, Sinai In Egypt And Libya. "This year has seen an accelerating pattern of attacks linked to ISIS in Europe and beyond -- from Turkey to Bangladesh, the United States to Indonesia. According to the group IntelCenter, which tracks acts of terrorism, there has been a significant attack directed or inspired by ISIS every 84 hours since June 8 in cities outside the war zones in Iraq, Syria, Sinai in Egypt and Libya. CNN's own tracking of attacks supports that conclusion." (Tim Lister, "'One ISIS Attack Every 84 hours' Spurs Dread And Anger In Europe," CNN, 7/31/16)

In July, An ISIS Attack In Bangladesh Killed 22 People. "That call has spread around the world, with ISIS jihadis striking a cafe in Bangladesh on Friday, killing 22 people, including aid workers and holidaymakers during a terrifying hostage siege." (Flora Drury, "Islamic State's 'Four Weeks Of Pain For Infidels' Claim More Than 800 Lives: Huge Death Toll Of Attacks In Iraq, Bangladesh And The US Following Islamists' Call For Slaughtering Ramadan," The Daily Mail , 7/5/16)

In July 2016, There Was Another Deadly Terrorist Attack In France That Killed At Least 84 People And Injured Another 188. "At least 84 people were killed - 10 of them children - in a terror attack on France as the country celebrated Bastille Day. In the sickening attack, a lorry loaded with weapons and hand grenades was driven down a pavement in Nice for more than a mile before police shot dead the driver in amazing scenes caught on camera." (Natalie Evans, Sam Rkaina, Elle Griffiths, Sophie Evans, "Nice Terror Attack Latest: Fifty People In State Of 'Absolute Urgency' Among 188 Injured With 84 Already Dead," The Mirror UK, 7/15/16)

  • "Earlier Saturday, A Statement From ISIS' Media Group, Amaq Agency, Said That An "ISIS Soldier" Carried Out The Attack In Nice." (Peter Wilkinson, Jason Hanna And Euan McKirdy, "Attacker In Nice 'Radicalized Very Quickly' French Interior Minister Says," CNN, 7/17/16)

In June 2016, ISIS Attacked A Turkish Airport In Istanbul Killing 45 And Wounding Hundreds. "A Turkish court has jailed seven suspects pending trial on terrorism charges over last month's triple suicide bombing at Istanbul's main airport, bringing the number in custody to 37, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The attack at Ataturk Airport killed 45 people and wounded hundreds, the deadliest in a series of bombings this year in Turkey." ("Istanbul Airport Attack: 7 More Suspects Jailed," Reuters, 7/11/16)

In June 2016, An American Born ISIS Supporter Killed 49 People In Orlando, Florida. "An American-born man who'd pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 49 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation's worst terror attack since 9/11, authorities said. "(Ralph Ellis, Ashley Fantz, Faith Karimi and Eliott C. McLaughlin, "Orlando Shooting: 49 Killed, Shooter Pledged ISIS Allegiance," CNN, 6/13/16)

In March 2016, ISIS Claimed Responsibility For An Attack In Brussels That Killed More Than 30 People And Injured Another 300. "Three days after coordinated terrorist attacks killed 31 people and injured 300 more in Brussels, investigators are still searching for suspects. ISIS claimed responsibility. Details are emerging about the men behind the attacks, their victims and the possibility that more plots could be in the works." (Tim Hume, Tiffany Ap And Ray Sanchez, "Here's What We Know About The Brussels Terror Attacks, CNN 3/25/16)

In December 2015, ISIS Supporters Attacked San Bernardino, California, Killing 14 And Wounding 22. "Here's the latest updates on the investigation into Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the shooters who attacked Farook's office holiday party, killing 14 and wounding 22, in what officials believe was an act of terrorism. They were killed in a shootout with police shortly after. Since the Dec. 2 attack, investigators have been piecing together evidence in an effort to pinpoint exactly what motivated the couple, and how their plan went undetected." ("Everything We Know About The San Bernardino Terror Attack Investigation So Far," The Los Angeles Times, 12/14/15)

In November 2015, ISIS Supporters Attacked Paris, France Killing More Than 120 People In One Of The Worst Acts Violence France Has Seen Since World War Two. "Authorities in France and Belgium took people into custody Saturday in the aftermath of the worst violence in France since World War II, a series of terror attacks that killed more than 120 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the horrific Paris attacks, for which France vowed revenge." (Marino Castillo, Margot Haddad, Michael Martinez And Steve ALmasy, Paris Suicide Bomber Identified; ISIS Claims Responsibility For 129 Dead," CNN, 11/16/15)

CLINTON LACKS THE STRATEGY TO COMBAT ISIS

Clinton Has Refused To Say That The United States Is At War Against ISIS. ABC'S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "Is it time to declare war on ISIS?" CLINTON: "Look, we are definitely in conflict with ISIS and I think we need a new update of military authorization, the AUMF, which was passed after the attack after 9/11, should be brought up to..." STEPHANOPOULOS: "Why not declare war?" CLINTON: "Well, declare war is a very legal term as you know so well. I think what we want to do is make sure we have every tool at our disposable to, number one, destroy their would-be caliphate in Syria and in Iraq. Number two, do everything we can to dismantle this very effective virtual jihadist network that they're using on the internet. And number three, do whatever necessary to protect us here at home." STEPHANOPOULOS: "What are you concerned about in the declaration in war?" CLINTON: "Well, I think that the legal experts say, that if we, there are a lot who say that we already have the authority we need to go after ISIS or any international terrorist network, including Al Qaeda and anybody else in the AUMF. I think it is important, though, for the Congress to vote on behalf of the American people and to make sure that we are updating it to take into account the new authorities at risk." (ABC's "This Week," 12/6/15)

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Clinton Continues To Back Obama's Failed Strategy For Combating ISIS

In December 2015, Clinton Said That Obama's ISIS Strategy "Is Close To Mine." QUESTION: "Anything you would have said differently or disagreed with respect to President Obama's address [inaudible]?" CLINTON: "I was really happy that he made the address. I thought it was very important for him to address the nation. And you know, I think his take on what needs to be done is close to mine." (Hillary Clinton, Interview With The Concord Monitor Editorial Board, 12/8/15)

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Hillary Clinton's Strategy To Defeat ISIS Relies On Extending President Obama's Already Tried And Failed Policies. "Hillary Clinton says that defeating the Islamic State terror network is a pillar of her national security program that she would achieve largely by extending and amplifying policies put in place by President Obama." (Anne Gearan And Sean Sullivan, "Trump, Clinton Offer Competing Strategies To Deal With Terrorism Threat," The Washington Post , 6/13/16)

Hillary Clinton Wants To Intensify President Obama's Failed ISIS Strategy . "Hillary Clinton was a dogged champion for military intervention as Secretary of State. As a candidate, she has been among the most hawkish Democrats in living memory, outdoing most of this year's Republicans. She has repeatedly called for "an intensification and acceleration" of President Obama's ISIS strategy." (A. Trevor Thrall, "Why Hillary Clinton Will Be A Foreign-Policy Nightmare," The Cato Institute, 5/17/16)

Clinton Has Refused To Use The Term "Radical Islam" But Does Want Us To "Empathize" With Our Enemies

Clinton Believes We Must "Empathize" With Them. CLINTON: "This is what we call smart power, using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security, leaving no one on the sidelines, showing respect even for one's enemies. Trying to understand, and in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems, determine the solutions. That is what we believe in the 21st century will change -- change the prospects for peace." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at Georgetown University , Washington, D.C., 12/3/14)

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In December, Clinton Refused To Categorize Terror As "Radical Islam." ABC'S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "You've also been reluctant to say we're fighting radical Islam. I wonder why not. Isn't it a mistake to not say it plain that the violence is being pushed by radical elements in that faith?" CLINTON: "Well, that's a different thing. Radical elements who use a dangerous and distorted view of Islam to promote their jihadist ambitions, I'm fine with that. I say it all the time. And I go after Islamists, too." STEPHANOPOULOS: "So what's the problem with radical Islam?" CLINTON: "Well, the problem is that that sounds like we are declaring a war against religion. And that, to me, is number one, wrong." (ABC's "This Week," 12/6/15)

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IT WAS CLINTON'S OWN FAILED MIDDLE EAST POLICY THAT ALLOWED ISIS TO FLOURISH

Prior To Clinton's Tenure As Secretary Of State, There Was No ISIS And Its Precursor "Continued To Struggle To Maintain Relevance." "Through 2011, Coalition forces continued to coordinate efforts with tribal security forces, killing the majority of AQI's leadership and leaving it in general disarray. [60] Both Masri and Baghdadi were killed in a joint U.S.-Iraqi raid on April 18, 2010. After the April raid, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (not to be confused with the deceased, Abu Umar al-Baghdadi) assumed control of an AQI severely weakened by local backlash and coalition and local security forces. [61] AQI continued to struggle to maintain relevance through 2011, when Coalition forces withdrew." ("The Islamic State," Stanford University's Mapping Militant Organizations, 4/4/16)

Interventions In Libya, Turmoil In Syria, And U.S. Troop Withdrawals From Iraq Created Power Vacuums ISIS Was Able To Exploit. "The story of ISIS teaches the same basic lesson that emerged from America's other failures in the Middle East over the last decade: Attempts by the United States or Islamist rebels to topple authoritarian regimes-in Iraq, Libya, and now Syria-create power vacuums. This empty political space will be filled by extremists unless the United States and its allies build strong local forces that can suppress terrorist groups and warlords both. When the U.S. creates such local forces, it must be persistent. If it withdraws from these efforts, as America did in Iraq in 2011, it invites mayhem. Halfway American intervention has produced nothing but trouble. Rebels have gotten enough support to continue fighting, but not enough to win." (David Ignatius, "How ISIS Spread In The Middle East," The Atlantic, 10/29/15)

ISIS Ultimately Grew From The Power Vacuum Created By The Clinton-Backed Decision To Withdraw Troops From Iraq And Continues To Use The Country As A Base Of Operations

In 2011 Clinton "Strongly Defended President Obama's Plan To Withdraw Combat Troops From Iraq By The End Of The Year." "Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday strongly defended President Obama's plan to withdraw combat troops from Iraq by the end of the year and issued a pointed warning to Iran not to underestimate the United States' commitment to stability in the region." (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Clinton Defends Iraq Withdrawal Plan," The New York Times, The Caucus, 10/23/11)

As The U.S. Was Preparing To Withdraw Troops From Iraq "Senior American And Iraqi Officials Are Expressing Concern That Al Qaeda's Offshoot Here … Is Poised For A Deadly Resurgence." "As the United States prepares to withdraw its troops from Iraq by year's end, senior American and Iraqi officials are expressing growing concern that Al Qaeda's offshoot here, which just a few years ago waged a debilitating insurgency that plunged the country into a civil war, is poised for a deadly resurgence." (Michael Schmidt and Eric Schmitt, "Leaving Iraq, U.S. Fears New Surge Of Qaeda Terror," The New York Times , 11/5/11)

  • Multiple U.S. Military Commanders In Iraq Advocated For Keeping Troops In Iraq To Prevent Another Round Of Conflict. "Gen. Odierno recently told Fox News: 'If we had stayed a little more engaged, I think maybe it might have been prevented. I've always believed the United States played the role of honest broker between all the groups, and when we pulled ourselves out, we lost that role.' He had recommended keeping 35,000 troops in place in 2011. 'I think it would have been good for us to stay,' he said. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, a commander in Iraq's Anbar province, in his July 9 confirmation hearing to be the next Joint Chiefs chairman, differed with those who said the U.S. had no choice but to leave because Iraq's prime minister was not meeting U.S. demands. 'I'm not sure I'd say that that meant we had no option to stay,' he told the Senate Committee on Armed Services." (Rowan Scarborough, "U.S. Troop Withdrawal Let Islamic State Enter Iraq, Military Leaders Say," The Washington Times, 7/26/16)

As Recently As June, ISIS Occupied Over 26,370 Square Miles In Syria And Iraq. "The territory controlled by the ultra-hardline Sunni group shrank from 90,800 sq km (35,000 square miles) in January 2015, six months after it declared a caliphate in Syria and Iraq, to 68,300 sq km (26,370 square miles), the research firm said." (Maher Chmaytelli and Lisa Barrington, "Islamic State Lost Quarter Of Its Iraq, Syria Territory In 18 Months: HIS," Reuters, 6/10/16)

  • ISIS Has Gained Control Of Much Of The Oil Infrastructure In Iraq. "IS has gained control of much of the oil infrastructure in Syria and Iraq, and oil sold on the black market was originally the group's biggest single source of revenue." ("Islamic State group: Crisis In Seven Charts," BBC, 8/3/16)

Clinton's Ill-Planned Intervention In Libya Has Created Haven For ISIS

Pushing The Intervention In Libya Was Clinton's "Moment Of Greatest Influence." "An examination of the intervention she championed shows her at what is arguably her moment of greatest influence as secretary of state. It is a working portrait rich with evidence of what kind of president she might be, and especially of her expansive approach to the signal foreign-policy conundrum of today: whether, when, and how the United States should wield its military power in Syria and elsewhere in the middle east." (Jo Becker and Scott Shane, "Hillary Clinton, 'Smart Power' And A Dictator's Fall," The New York Times, 2/27/16)

  • Clinton's State Department Aides Developed A 'Brag Sheet' For Clinton And Joked That She Celebrated Like She Called In The Airstrikes Herself. "The timeline, her top policy aide, Jake Sullivan, wrote, demonstrated Mrs. Clinton's 'leadership/ownership/stewardship of this country's Libya policy from start to finish.' The memo's language put her at the center of everything: 'HRC announces … HRC directs … HRC travels … HRC engages,' it read. It was a brag sheet for a cabinet member eyeing a presidential race, and the Clinton team's eagerness to claim credit for her prompted eye-rolling at the White House and the Pentagon. Some joked that to hear her aides tell it, she had practically called in the airstrikes herself." (Jo Becker and Scott Shane, "A New Libya, With 'Very Little Time Left'," The New York Times, 2/27/16)

A Former Intel Operative In Libya Said The Intervention In Libya "Paved The Way For Islamic Extremists To Take Over." "Qaddafi was a bad guy, but by not supporting our secular allies in Libya, we paved the way for Islamic extremists to take over. Now, in a way, Qaddafi is laughing at all of us from his grave." (Jo Becker and Scott Shane, "In Their Own Words: The Libya Tragedy," The New York Times , 2/27/16)

  • As Clinton Planned For The Intervention, She Failed To Resolve "Just How Libya Would Be Governed After Gaddafi." "In 2011, as the United States considered intervention, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among those who pushed for intervention-without resolving just how Libya would be governed after Gaddafi, according to a senior defense official who was part of the decision-making process." (Nancy A. Youssef, "Hillary's Libya Post-War Plan Was 'Play It By Ear,' Gates Says," The Daily Beast , 10/20/15)

ISIS Has Doubled Its Presence To 6,000 Fighters In The Last Year According To The Pentagon. "The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has doubled its presence inside Libya in the last year, the top U.S. military commander overseeing operations in the region said Thursday. The number of ISIS fighters in Libya doubled to between 4,000 to 6,000 in the last 12 to 18 months, Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez said at a Pentagon briefing." (Kristina Wong, "Top General: ISIS Doubled Number Of Fighters In Libya," The Hill, 4/7/16)

ISIS Is Looking At Libya As A New Base For Spreading Terror. "The report also suggests that ISIL is looking for potential alternative regions and one of those places is Libya. There is a 'real threat' from ISIL in Libya, the UN reports say, adding that the group is trying to use the country as a base to spread into other areas in Africa." ("Report: ISIL Losing In Iraq, Syria; Gaining In Libya," Al Jazeera, 6/1/16)

CLINTON'S FAILED JUDGEMENT LED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS BEING SENT TO THE #1 STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM

Clinton Takes Credit For The Nuclear Agreement With Iran

Clinton: "I'm Very Proud Of The Iran Nuclear Agreement. I Was Very Pleased To Be Part Of What The President Put Into Action When He Took Office." CLINTON: "Well, I'm very proud of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. I was very pleased to be part of what the president put into action when he took office. I was responsible for getting those sanctions imposed which put the pressure on Iran. It brought them to the negotiating table which resulted in this agreement." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Democrat Primary Debate, Charleston, SC, 1/17/16)

  • Clinton: "I Was Responsible For Getting Those Sanctions Imposed Which Put The Pressure On Iran. It Brought Them To The Negotiating Table Which Resulted In This Agreement." CLINTON: "Well, I'm very proud of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. I was very pleased to be part of what the president put into action when he took office. I was responsible for getting those sanctions imposed which put the pressure on Iran. It brought them to the negotiating table which resulted in this agreement." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Democrat Primary Debate, Charleston, SC, 1/17/16)

Clinton's Agreement With Iran, The Foremost State Sponsor Of Terrorism, Potentially Allows For Them To Use The Money They Receive On Terrorism

National Director Of Intelligence James Clapper: "Iran-The Foremost State Sponsor Of Terrorism-Continues To Exert Its Influence In Regional Crises In The Middle East." "Iran-the foremost state sponsor of terrorism-continues to exert its influence in regional crises in the Middle East through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), its terrorist partner Lebanese Hizballah, and proxy groups. It also provides military and economic aid to its allies in the region. Iran and Hizballah remain a continuing terrorist threat to US interests and partners worldwide. (James R. Clapper, Statement For The Record, U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, PP. 10, 2/9/16)

Iran Has Been Funding Hamas And Other Terrorist Groups Carrying Out Attacks Against Israel. "Iran has historically provided weapons, training, and funding to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups, including Palestine Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. These Palestinian terrorist groups have been behind a number of deaths from attacks originating in Gaza and the West Bank. Although Hamas's ties to Tehran have been strained due to the Syrian civil war, both sides took steps in 2015 to repair relations. Iran continued to declare its vocal support for Palestinian terrorist groups and its hostility to Israel in 2015. Supreme National Security Council Secretary Admiral Ali Shamkhani sought to frame a series of individual Palestinian attacks on Israeli security forces in the West Bank as a new "Intifada" in a speech on November 25." ( State Department's Annual Country Report On Terrorism, U.S. State Department, Chapter 3-State Sponsored Terrorism, 6/2/16)

  • Hamas And Other Groups Funded By Iran Continue To Fire Rockets Into Israel With The Last Recorded Attacks Happening In March Of 2016. "On March 14, 2016, a rocket hit was identified in an open area in the western Negev. There were no casualties and no damage reported. On March 11, 2016, four rocket hits were identified in the western Negev, including near the town of Sderot. They fell in open areas; there were no casualties and no damage reported. In response to the four rockets Israeli Air Force aircraft struck Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip." ( "Rocket fire from Gaza and ceasefire violations after Operation Cast Lead (Jan 2009), Israel Ministry Of Foreign Affairs , 3/16/16)

    Iran Has Remained Unwilling To Bring Justice To Senior al-Qa'ida (AQ) Members. "Iran remained unwilling to bring to justice senior al-Qa'ida (AQ) members it continued to detain and refused to publicly identify the members in its custody. Iran previously allowed AQ facilitators to operate a core facilitation pipeline through Iran since at least 2009, enabling AQ to move funds and fighters to South Asia and Syria." ( State Department's Annual Country Report On Terrorism, U.S. State Department, Chapter 3-State Sponsored Terrorism, 6/2/16)

    Iran Would Receive A $150 Billion Windfall Worrying Some In Congress That The Money Could Go Towards Terrorism. "A $150 billion windfall Iran would get after a deal to curb its nuclear program is raising new alarms in Congress that it will use the money to boost terrorist funding across the Middle East." (Oren Dorell, "Lawmakers Alarmed Over Iranian Nuclear Windfall," USA Today, 7/5/15)

    In January 2016, John Kerry Admitted That Some Of The $155 Billion In Sanctions Relief Iran Receives From The Nuclear Agreement Would Go To the IRGC And Terrorists. "I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists," he said in the interview in Davos, referring to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. "You know, to some degree, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented." (Elise Labott, "John Kerry: Some Sanctions Relief Money For Rian Will Go To Terrorism," CNN, 1/21/16)

    The Agreement Did Not Solve The Iran Nuclear Problem

    Woodrow Wilson International Center For Scholars' Aaron David Miller: "Simply Put, This Is One Terrific Agreement For Tehran." (Aaron David Miller, Op-Ed, "Iran's Win-Win…Win Win Win Nuke Deal," The Daily Beast, 7/20/15)

  • Miller: "It's The Cruelest Of Ironies That Iran Is Reaping Huge Rewards For Giving Up Something It Wasn't Supposed To Be Doing In The First Place." (Aaron David Miller, Op-Ed, "Iran's Win-Win…Win Win Win Nuke Deal," The Daily Beast, 7/20/15)

Miller: The Agreement "Will Leave Iran With A Sufficiently Large Nuclear Foundation To Give It The Capacity To Pursue Nuclear Weapons Down The Road Should It Choose To Do So." "The painful and inconvenient truth is that even before the agreement Iran was a nuclear weapons threshold state. The agreement will not change that reality. And it will leave Iran with a sufficiently large nuclear foundation to give it the capacity to pursue nuclear weapons down the road should it choose to do so." (Aaron David Miller, Op-Ed, "Iran's Win-Win…Win Win Win Nuke Deal," The Daily Beast, 7/20/15)

Under The Nuclear Agreement, Iran Will Be Permitted To Enrich Uranium And Maintain A 3.67 Percent Uranium Level At Its Natanz Facility. "The deal reduces the number of Iranian centrifuges by two-thirds. It places bans on enrichment at key facilities, and limits uranium research and development to the Natanz facility. The deal caps uranium enrichment at 3.67 percent and limits the stockpile to 300 kg, all for 15 years." (Jethro Mullen and Nic Robertson, "Landmark Deal Reached On Iran Nuclear Program," CNN, 7/14/15)

Under The Agreement, There Is A "Breakout Time Of Only One Year." "In some recent remarks, Clinton has also hinted at a tougher view than the one that prevailed in Vienna, including her belief that Iran's 'breakout' period - the time it would take to enrich enough uranium for a bomb - should be longer than one year. Tuesday's agreement imposes a breakout time of only one year." (Michael Crowley, "Hillary Clinton Endorses Nuclear Deal," Politico, 7/14/15)


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