Countering Iran: A Bill Signed, Sealed, But Will It Deliver?
We all awoke on September 11, 2001 to the al Qaeda “calling card” announcing that they were fully engaged in a war of Jihad against the west. Stunningly, and tragically, we learned that we, as a nation, were asleep at the wheel for many years while
al Qaeda penetrated our bastions of civil society to obtain driver’s licenses, pilot licenses, and travel freely in our country while plotting an attack against America.
As part of the human condition, our minds, and memories, heal by moving on, getting on, and doing all we can to forget traumatic episodes. I had feared that while America has moved on to heal in a post 9-11 world, it has been doing so going “blindly into the night” – ignoring the warning signs of a clear and present danger to Western Civilization.
Until I read this:
My colleague, and friend, Clare Lopez, CIA Officer (ret), sent a note alerting me to the signing of a bill by President Obama on December 29, 2012:
“The Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012.”
High time is what I say! Apparently, it is becoming more and more apparent that whether Chavez lives a bit longer or passes on soon, the Iranians are already well-entrenched in Latin America and heading north. Homeland Security is paying attention, it would seem.
In this legislation, the State Department would be required to deliver a comprehensive report to Congress in 180 days, along with a strategy to address “a growing presence and activity.”
Let’s hope they deliver more than they have delivered regarding Benghazi.
While much of the world is focused on the Iran nuclear threat, and its intentions against Israel, it is also important not to lose sight of that country’s clandestine dealings in Latin America and its collaborations into Venezuela, China, Russia, North Korea, Syria, and Egypt.
In the coming ten weeks, I will be writing, lecturing, and doing radio interviews centering on my research into the authoritarian regimes of the six nations many call, “The Axis of Evil.” The research is enormous, but here are a few highlights:
The Islamic Republic of Iran has established 11 embassies in Latin America, and the Islamic Republic has built 17 cultural centers on the continent, as well.
Gatestone Institute reported in 2010 that Iran is planning to place medium-range missiles on Venezuelan soil, based on western information sources. An agreement between Chavez and Ahmadinejad on October 9, 2010 where it was agreed to establish Iranian military bases in Venezuela, manned by Iranian missile officers, and soldiers of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The “agreement” states that Venezuela can use these missiles for “national needs” – radically increasing its threat to its neighbors.
Venezuela has also become the country through which Iran intends to bypass United Nations sanctions.
Their bilateral trade exceeds $40 billion, while Iran has reportedly entered into more than 150 energy, development, commercial and financial agreements with Venezuela(www.nydailynews.com/opinion/iran-venezuala)
Moreover, the country of Venezuela is a main supplier of uranium for Iran’s nuclear program.
Then the matter of Iran’s support of terrorist group’s whole ultimate goal is jihad – it is well known that Hezbollah has set up cells and networks all over Latin America.
What does this mean for southern Border States?
U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended in 2010 (last known strategic available), 59,017 “Other Than Mexicans” illegal aliens crossed the border. Among the nations represented in apprehension statistics are the four countries currently on State Department’s list of “State Sponsors of Terrorism,” Cuba, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
The first order of duty of government, indeed, why governments were created in the first place, is to protect its citizenry from predators both foreign and domestic.
“Houston, we have a problem”….a serious problem for not only Houston, but for all cities sitting in the sights of ballistic missiles that may fire out of Venezuela.
On the many car trips I have taken between Phoenix and San Diego, I have been known to stare out the window endlessly – anyone who has taken this ride with me knows what I am thinking on these car trips – the landscape is vast and beautiful, but it is also not a secure border – 59,000 potential terrorists nearly crossed over in 2010 -- and that was who got caught!