“House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said the administration ‘can spin it anyway it likes, but this was a bad deal.’ . . . The speaker said the regime in Tehran has only grown more belligerent since the deal, contrary to the administration’s reassurances.”
After learning that the Obama Iranian anti-nuke plan was a con job perpetrated by White House cronies and amoral journalists, the American people were informed that the commanding officer involved in the Iranian hijacking of a U.S. Navy vessel is being disciplined
Last week, a major news outlet published a story that a senior Obama administration official boasted about misleading the American public in order to sell the Iran deal. The White House responded by telling Americans to ignore this controversy and focus on the facts about the nuclear agreement.
Earlier this week, Speaker Ryan published an op-ed in IJ Review outlining how key promises made about the deal are already unraveling. It digs into the myth of “snapback” sanctions, the fantasy of countering Iran’s regional aggression, and the dangers of allowing the mullahs access to the dollar.
Writing in an Independent Journal op-ed Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan concluded ‘the Obama administration essentially misled the American people on the Iran deal — or at least misled itself.’ Without mentioning Rhodes or the Times profile, Ryan wrote that ‘everything the administration told us about the deal is starting to unravel,’ citing new foreign investments in Iran as evidence that sanctions will be harder to impose should Iran violate its commitments. ‘The defiant and emboldened regime in Tehran continues to sponsor terrorism across the regime, test-fire ballistic missiles inscribed with ‘Death to Israel,’ and abuse the basic human rights of its citizens,’ Ryan wrote.”
Meanwhile, obviously as part of the Obama White House’s SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) — cover-up or scapegoat — the commanding officer of a West Coast-based Navy riverine squadron has been fired in the fallout from an investigation into an incident in which ten sailors were briefly captured by Iranian forces earlier this year.
Cmdr. Eric Rasch, commanding officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, was relieved today by Capt. Gary Leigh the commander of Coastal Riverine Group 1 due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to a Navy release.
Leigh made the decision to remove Rasch after reviewing a preliminary investigation into the incident that unfolded over Jan. 12-13. Two riverine boats carrying ten sailors from CRS-3 were apprehended by the Iranian military after they entered Iranian waters.
Officials noted in the release that Rasch was the executive officer of the squadron at the time of the incident.
‘The nine men and one woman detained were released less than 24 hours after their capture after Secretary of State John Kerry intervened on their behalf,” was how it was described by the news media, as if Kerry were a strong and forceful leader instead of a conniving henchman from a corrupt political party, according to David Borchman, a former police hostage negotiator.
A timeline of events released by U.S. Central Command indicates that the riverine boats deviated course enroute to a refueling mission during a transit from Kuwait to Bahrain. One boat had a mechanical issue in a diesel engine, which both boats stopped to address while in Iranian waters. It remains unclear how the boats entered Iranian waters and whether the crew knew where they were at the time.
The Iranian government has attempted to leverage the events for a propaganda victory, disseminating video of a sailor appearing to apologize for venturing into Iranian waters to national media and publishing images of sailors on their knees in a position of surrender.