- - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Is the White House starting to show some backbone on Iran? It has been well advertised by the Kremlin, that upon lifting of the sanctions against Iran by world powers, Russia is primed to sell lots of sophisticated weapons to the Islamic Republic, once they are flush with $150 billion. S-300 air defense systems, nuclear technology, T-90 tank technology, and other weapons systems are all in various stages of delivery from Russia to the former outlawed regime.

However, for some reason, the Obama administration has decided to draw a red line at Russian fighter aircraft being sold to the real Islamic state. The State Department has now said it will block any sale of fighter aircraft in the U.N. Security Council.

Thomas Shannon, the U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, said on Tuesday the United States would use its veto power in the U.N. Security Council to block any sale of Su-30 fighter aircraft to Iran. “We would block the approval of fighter aircraft,” he told a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, noting that any such sale would have to be approved by the Security Council, reported Reuters.

The White House has been stung by continued rogue behavior by Iran in the test-firing of ballistic missiles, weapons deliveries to terrorists, and the like. Of course no one should be surprised at Iran’s actions. The president’s belief that Iran would join the developed world and the cause of peace was always a misguided and dangerous narrative.

Someone how I doubt that the Kremlin will be stopped in their desire to earn hard foreign currency by any American action at the United Nations. It is highly likely that this Obama ‘red line’ will go the way of all the others before it.


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