Obama finally shows his true colors: He’s a coward, he’s not a leader, and he’s not a patriot.

Obama thinks the only way for the US to win is to surrender.

 

In his final speech to the United Nations Security Council, Obama urged that Americans give up their liberty and sovereignty and submit to world government.

In stark contrast to founding father Benjamin Franklin, who uttered the famous words, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety,” Obama called on Americans to give up more liberty to be more secure.

“We can only realize the promise of this institution’s founding to replace the ravages of war with cooperation if powerful nations like my own accept constraints,” Obama said.

He then added that “powerful nations” like the United States must give up their autonomy to realize security.

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  America should be focused on realizing the promises of its own founding. Why should we seek as a priority any UN promises which might seem attractive, in place of our own still-unrealized goals? The reason we as a nation have become so befuddled and sidetracked is that we have strayed from the promises long ago given to us through our own founding documents. Obama seems to forget that thousands upon thousands of people from other countries continue to come to the US year after year in order to seek and to realize those very promises he attributes only to the UN — an organization which cannot even get out of its own way in order to do some good in the world.  Maybe Obama should try to help the UN sell its “you can only be better and stronger if you let us lead you” diatribe to other “powerful nations.”  He will be tossed out on his ear if he thinks he can sell that nonsense to REAL world leaders.  Obama doesn’t even know which bathroom to use!  What an idiot!  Obama did all he could to demoralize and degrade our military, and now says we can only be secure if we line up behind the UN agenda.

 

“I’m convinced in the long run giving up some freedom of action, not giving up our ability to protect ourselves or pursue our core interests but binding ourselves to international rules, over the long-term, enhances our security.” Obama said.

Of course, Obama was doing this to praise the United Nations, an organization that is anti-American, anti-Christian and totalitarian at its core.

So, what’s the problem? Obama is convinced and that should make us just fall in line? Wasn’t he the guy that was convinced Obamacare would lower costs and provide everyone with health insurance? Did that materialize? Nope. This man has lied through his teeth the entire time he has been in office and we’ve documented that.

While Obama, a clear foreigner by his words, his wife’s word’s, a Kenyan Ambassador and the record of the Kenyan Parliament , claims that his view is the right one, he also acknowledges that real Americans, born and bred here, oppose him. These people do so rightly.

“Sometimes I’m criticized in my own country for professing a belief in international norms and multilateral institutions, but I’m convinced in the long run…” Obama said. “We have to put our money where our mouths are.”

Yes, but the problem is America is not normal to the international community. She has been unique throughout her history. She was unique because her foundation was established upon the Bible, not upon “international norms,” which were pagan in origin. That’s what made America great.

“I believe that at this moment we all face a choice,” Obama added after denouncing the building of a southern wall on the US border. “We can choose to press forward with a better model of cooperation and integration or we can retreat into a world sharply divided and ultimately in conflict along age-old lines of nation and tribe and race and religion. I want to suggest to you today that we must go forward and not back.”

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  America would LOVE to go forward, Mr. O.  We just want it to be without you.  Without someone who places his own interests above those of the country he was elected to lead.  Someone who believes telling lies is always better than sticking to the truth.  We want someone who is strong enough to face reality and lead, rather than defer to a godless, ineffective, anti-American organization even more do-nothing than you are. Forget about your legacy, Mr. O. You don’t have one. You will forever be remembered as the lying non-leader that you have always been.  You have no credibility.  You have no longer any platform upon which to stand while you lecture true Americans…any one of which is more qualified than you to hold the office you are about to leave.  You haven’t told American citizens the truth in eight years; it is WAY TOO LATE to be thinking about any legacy. You have already built the legacy you are going to be remembered for, and it’s an ugly one.  You’re going to be remembered as the least qualified, least prepared, and least motivated to ever hold the office of president.  You’re also going to be remembered as a constant liar.  Hope you think that “legacy” was worth it, Mr. O, ‘cuz you built that one all by yourself.

 

Finally, Obama stated that the United Nations was established to replace the ravages of war with peaceful cooperation.  The majority of countries in the United Nations are either Communists, Socialists or Islamists. There is nothing peaceful about those ideologies in the least. As a friend of mine aptly stated, “They (the founders of the UN) wanted the organization they formed to be perceived as a dove when in reality it was to be a venomous snake.”

 

[from an article by Tim Brown, writing for EAGLE RISING]

 

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Global central banks have been on the greatest money creation spree in recorded history, but the bubble is about to burst

Bank for International Settlements warns that conditions are right for a “full-blown banking crisis” in China

 

The pinnacle of the global financial system is warning that conditions are right for a “full-blown banking crisis” in China.  Since the last financial crisis, there has been a credit boom in China that is really unprecedented in world history.  At this point the total value of all outstanding loans in China has hit a grand total of more than 28 trillion dollars.  That is essentially equivalent to the commercial banking systems of the United States and Japan combined.  While it is true that government debt is under control in China, corporate debt is now 171 percent of GDP, and it is only a matter of time before that debt bubble horribly bursts.  The situation in China has already grown so dire that the Bank for International Settlements is sounding the alarm

A key gauge of credit vulnerability is now three times over the danger threshold and has continued to deteriorate, despite pledges by Chinese premier Li Keqiang to wean the economy off debt-driven growth before it is too late.

The Bank for International Settlements warned in its quarterly report that China’s “credit to GDP gap” has reached 30.1, the highest to date and in a different league altogether from any other major country tracked by the institution. It is also significantly higher than the scores in East Asia’s speculative boom on 1997 or in the US subprime bubble before the Lehman crisis.

Studies of earlier banking crises around the world over the last sixty years suggest that any score above ten requires careful monitoring.

If you are not familiar with the Bank for International Settlements, just think of it as the capstone of the worldwide financial pyramid.  It wields enormous global power, and yet it is accountable to nobody.  The following is a summary of how the Bank for International Settlements works that comes from one of my previous articles entitled “Who Controls The Money? An Unelected, Unaccountable Central Bank Of The World Secretly Does“…

An immensely powerful international organization that most people have never even heard of secretly controls the money supply of the entire globe.  It is called the Bank for International Settlements, and it is the central bank of central banks.  It is located in Basel, Switzerland, but it also has branches in Hong Kong and Mexico City.  It is essentially an unelected, unaccountable central bank of the world that has complete immunity from taxation and from national laws.  Even Wikipedia admits that “it is not accountable to any single national government.”  The Bank for International Settlements was used to launder money for the Nazis during World War II, but these days the main purpose of the BIS is to guide and direct the centrally-planned global financial system.  Today, 58 global central banks belong to the BIS, and it has far more power over how the U.S. economy (or any other economy for that matter) will perform over the course of the next year than any politician does.  Every two months, the central bankers of the world gather in Basel for another “Global Economy Meeting”.  During those meetings, decisions are made which affect every man, woman and child on the planet, and yet none of us have any say in what goes on.  The Bank for International Settlements is an organization that was founded by the global elite and it operates for the benefit of the global elite, and it is intended to be one of the key cornerstones of the emerging one world economic system.

Normally the Bank for International Settlements is not prone to making extremely bold pronouncements, and so this warning about China seems a bit out of character.

Is something going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about?

Without a doubt, the global financial system is shakier and more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine.  Global central banks have been on the greatest money creation spree in recorded history, and interest rates have been pushed to ridiculously low levels.

If you can believe it, approximately 10 trillion dollars worth of bonds are trading at negative interest rates right now.  This is completely and utterly irrational, and when this giant bond bubble finally explodes it is going to create a crisis unlike anything the world has ever seen before.

Just recently, Michael Pento of Pento Portfolio Strategies commented on this bubble

He said the current financial conditions are “the most dangerous markets I have ever witnessed in my entire life – and I’ve been investing for over 25 years… The membrane has been stretched so wide and so tight that its about to burst.”

Pento believes that once the bond crash happens, it will trigger a cataclysmic wave of crashes throughout the entire global financial system

Mr Pento has now warned that when policymakers signal they are set to stop buying, which will stop bond prices rising, there is going to be a devastating crash – not just in bond markets but across all investment assets.

He said: “When the bond market breaks, when that bubble bursts, it will wipe out every asset, everything will collapse together… I mean diamonds, sports cars, mutual funds, municipal bonds, fixed income, reits, collateralised loan obligations, stocks, bonds – even commodities – will collapse in tandem along with the bond bubble burst.”

Many had been anticipating that we would have already seen a major financial crash in 2016, but so far things have been pretty stable, and this has lulled people worldwide into a false sense of complacency.

But it is important to remember that we have seen corporate earnings fall for five quarters in a row, and it is expected to be six when the final numbers for the third quarter come in.

Never before in history have we had a stretch like this without major economic and financial consequences.  The following comes from a recent Fortune article which referred to an earlier piece authored by Jim Bianco…

None of this, however, is apparent from how stock market indexes have been moving lately, which unlike the charts above have been going up and to the right. “Since 1947, every time profits fell this much, or for this long, a recession was either underway or about to begin,” writes Bianco. “The only exception was the middle of 1986 to early 1987.”

If you remember, there was a pretty important event that happened in 1987: A massive stock market crash that sapped close to 30% of the S&P 500’s value in just five days.

It is only a matter of time before this current earnings recession takes a major bite out of Wall Street. Stock prices can stay at irrationally high levels for quite a while, but history has shown that every financial bubble bursts eventually.

 

[by Michael Snyder, writing for The Economic Collapse Blog]

 

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White House finally admits Obama lied to American people about his Cuba deal

As we approach the 2016 presidential election we are learning that once again the Obama administration deliberately lied to the American people.

Mr. ZerobamaThis time the lie was about opening up relations with Cuba and the deal signed between our two governments.

On Wednesday, Politico reported that a top official with the TSA admitted to Congress that American air marshalls were NOT yet allowed on commercial flights to Cuba. This information comes as a shock to anyone paying attention to the ongoing political maneuvering between our two countries. Why? Because back in the spring, Seth Stoddard, an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, told Congress that flights to and from Cuba would not begin until air marshals were allowed on those flights. Then, in August, the TSA told reporters that the USA and Cuba had “entered into an aviation security agreement that sets forth the legal framework for the deployment” of air marshals “on board certain flights to and from Cuba.”

Sadly, none of it was true.

Rep. John Katko (R-NY) said that the TSA had “misled the American public when you issued that press release saying that it was going to be on select commercial flights. And you did it at a time right before the flights were about to start.” Katko further argued that it was incidents like this were the very reason that so few Americans trusted the TSA. “I think that is the type of thing that causes rifts in relationships and trustworthiness between agencies and oversight persons such as myself.  And it pains me to bring this up in a public setting. But I do it as an example of why we need more openness and more collaboration instead of obfuscation between the agencies.”

It wasn’t just Katko laying in to the Obama administration and the TSA on Wednesday. Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) also took the opportunity to attack the Executive Branch for once again misleading the American people in an effort to advance Obama’s liberal, and dangerous, agenda.

 

[from an article posted by CONSTITUTION.COM]

 

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Hillary up to her old tricks: She is stealing from donors’ bank cards with multiple unauthorized charges. Unbelievable? No, it’s VERY believable.

This is the same woman who wanted us to believe “We were broke when we left the White House.” She has no honor, no integrity, and no concept of living an honest life. DO NOT put this dishonest woman in the Oval Office, unless you have really enjoyed seeing Obama create chaos with lies and deceit. If you have, then you will enjoy Hillary even more…while the country goes down the drain along with Venezuela.

 

So much for caring about average Americans.  On Thursday, the Observer reported that the campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton is stealing money from her poorest donors by repeatedly overcharging them after they made what was supposed to be one-time-only donations through the official campaign website.

According to the Observer:

The overcharges are occurring so often that the fraud department at one of the nation’s biggest banks receives up to 100 phone calls a day from Clinton’s small donors asking for refunds for unauthorized charges to their bankcards made by Clinton’s campaign. One elderly Clinton donor, who has been a victim of this fraud scheme, has filed a complaint with her state’s attorney general and a representative from the office told her that they had forwarded her case to the Federal Election Commission.

“We get up to a hundred calls a day from Hillary’s low-income supporters complaining about multiple unauthorized charges,” a source, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of job security, from the Wells Fargo fraud department told the Observer. The source claims that the Clinton campaign has been pulling this stunt since Spring of this year. The Hillary for America campaign will overcharge small donors by repeatedly charging small amounts such as $20 to the bankcards of donors who made a one-time donation. However, the Clinton campaign strategically doesn’t overcharge these donors $100 or more because the bank would then be obligated to investigate the fraud.

There’s a reason for that.  One fraud investigator told the Observer that fraudulent charges aren’t investigated unless they’re more than $100.00 — and the Clinton campaign knows this.

“The Clinton campaign knows this, that’s why we don’t see any charges over the $100 amount, they’ll stop the charges just below $100. We’ll see her campaign overcharge donors by $20, $40 or $60 but never more than $100,” said the unnamed Wells Fargo fraud specialist.

“The source, who has worked for Wells Fargo for over 10 years, said that the total amount they refund customers on a daily basis who have been overcharged by Clinton’s campaign ‘varies’ but the bank usually issues refunds that total between $700 and $1200 per day,” the Observer added.

One case involves Carol Mahre, an 81-year-old grandmother of seven from Minnesota.  Mahre made just one $25 donation to Clinton, but was shocked to find that multiple $25 charges were made against her card.  Her son, Roger, happens to be an attorney, and he stepped in to help his mother.

“It took me at least 40 to 50 phone calls to the campaign office before I finally got ahold of someone,” he told the Observer. “After I got a campaign worker on the phone, she said they would stop making the charges.”

But, the report added, her card was charged yet again on the very next day and the campaign had not reversed the previous charges. [NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Our emphasis.]

“I was told they would stop charging my mother’s card but they never stopped,” Roger said.

 

Hillary stealing from her donors

Liz Crokin noted:

The Clinton campaign overcharged Carol $25 three times and then overcharged her one time for $19, a grand total of $94 in fraudulent charges. The campaign’s overcharges to Carol were just a few dollars short of $100. This is in line with what the Wells Fargo bank source revealed to the Observer.

Since the campaign failed to amend the problem for Carol, Roger contacted her bank, US Bank. However, he ran into problems when he asked US Bank to refund his mother’s money. Roger told the Observer that the bank would not reverse the charges and that a bank spokesperson told him that they had no control over companies that make unauthorized charges. At that point, Roger decided to contact his local news and filed a fraud complaint with Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson’s office on behalf of his mother. After local TV news Kare 11 ran a story, someone from US Bank contacted Roger the next day and said that they had reversed and stopped the charges to his mother’s card.

An attorney with the Clinton campaign said she would be removed from the donor list but the campaign did not take responsibility for the fraudulent charges.

“This is a load of crap!” Roger said. “The self-righteousness of politicians drives me insane. If you and I did this, we’d be thrown in jail. This is theft, fraud or wire fraud – it’s a federal crime!” [NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Our emphasis again.]

Unless, of course, the person committing the crime happens to be named Clinton.

 

[From an article published by Conservative Firing Line]

 

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You thought things in the good ol’ USA have seemed a little shaky lately? Wait till you read about THIS possible scenario!

New nightmare awaits us...

The events are all lined up, and the system is geared for chaos. At any moment, a despotic leader (NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Like the one we have now.) could take control.

But how could it ever happen in America?

With economic collapse again on the horizon, and a whole bunch of issues coming to a head, several factions of the population are tipping towards revolution. Much of it has played out in the election cycle; the establishment has lost all credibility, and the people are seeking anti-establishment voices. Alternate means of maintaining control are implemented.

Homeland Security is taking control of the election process, making a  fair election completely impossible. Optics and careful PR is used to script the election, and maintain a favorable narrative – and one that is explosive enough to produce radical and unexpected results that might drive anger over the edge.

Millions of people have been driven by the media to violently oppose Trump, and may well start riots across the country if he wins the election, that is, if Obama doesn’t stop the elections first. Likewise, if Hillary is elected and takes office, it could spawn a civil war, of words… or worse.

Any number of pretexts could theoretically come into play, but no scenario has become more likely than Hillary dropping from the race and stirring, well, a storm like American politics has never before seen.

If Hillary is too sick, Obama could opt to suspend the election, and that could unleash any number of groups, giving way to civil unrest.

The police state is ready to contain economic/food riots, and are also poised to use martial law to maintain order, using an iron fist.

Chaos and order will repeat in cycle, and everything will become unstable, decline and render the population depraved and vulnerable.

Radio host and political expert Michael Savage appeared on the Alex Jones Show and warned that the new Hillary card could be the unexpected reason for one of the most dangerous scenarios on the books.

If these events came to pass, would the Constitution and rule of law ever be restored?

Steve Quayle has also been watching for the type of emergency events that could be used to alter reality and cancel the elections, or allow a martial law scenario to take hold. He, too, sees an uncertain election ahead.

Stay vigilant, and stay ready for almost anything.

 

[by Mac Slavo, writing for SHTFplan.com]

 

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Congress to FBI regarding Hillary’s email file: “What information do you believe we do not have the right to see?”

The chairman of the House Oversight committee on Monday said the FBI must produce its full investigative file on Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal server and email address to the United States Congress.

“And I mean the full file, not just the parts the FBI deemed relevant,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told the FBI’s congressional liaison on Monday. “We decide what’s relevant, not the Department of Justice, not the FBI. We’re entitled to the full file,” Chaffetz said.

The FBI announced in July that it would not bring criminal charges against Clinton for conducting government business, some of it classified, on a private server and email account.

On Sept. 2, the FBI released a redacted summary of Clinton’s July 2, 2016 interview with the FBI involving allegations that she mishandled classified information. The FBI also released a redacted summary of its investigation.

On Monday, Chaffetz issued a subpoena for the rest of the investigative material, including witness statements, but not before explaining the rights of Congress to an FBI representative.

“What information do you believe that Congress does not have the right to see?” Chaffetz asked Jason Herring, the acting assistant FBI director for congressional affairs.

“There’s more to it than a simple answer,” Herring said.

“What is it that you believe we don’t have the right to see?” Chaffetz asked again. “See, this is the way our government works. We get to do oversight. That’s why, since 1814, this committee has been doing that.

“There’s executive privilege — Let me help you,” Chaffetz continued. “There’s executive privilege. Has the president invoked executive privilege in this case?”

“No,” Herring said.

“The answer’s no. Good. That’s right,” Chaffetz agreed. “The answer’s no. Is there any other situation?”

“Look, when it comes to classified information and the classification…in the executive order — not all the information that we have in our files belongs to us,” Herring said. “We defer to other agencies when it comes to access to their classified information.”

“But you were the ones that put redactions on personal identifiable information, correct?” Chaffetz asked.
“We did on the personal identifiable information, that’s correct,” Herring replied. (The FBI files released to the public on Sept. 2 blanked out the names of some email recipients along with other, presumably classified, information.)

“Where in the Constitution does it say that I can’t see that?” Chaffetz asked.

“Doesn’t address it specifically in the Constitution,” Herring admitted.

“So can you cite any legal case, any precedent, that says that Congress can’t look at personal identifiable information?” Chaffetz asked.

“I cannot cite any legal case,” Herring said.

“Did– Are you aware that Congress is exempt from the Privacy Act?

“I am,” Herring said.

“Does the FBI treat congressional document requests as FOIA requests?”

“No,” Herring replied.

“Will the FBI provide Congress all of the 302s (investigative files)?” Chaffetz asked again.

“All of the 302s?” Herring asked. “You have one set that you’ve been provided already. The rest of them are coming through the FOIA process.”

“Wait, wait, wait!” Chaffetz interrupted. “FOIA process. You mean I gotta fill out a FOIA request?”

“You can,” Herring said. “Not necessary.”

“When — Here’s the problem. You handpicked the 302s to give to us,” Chaffetz said. “But the reality is, you should give us all the 302s.”

“Let me say this,” Herring said. “I think that the Director (FBI Director James Comey) made principled decisions about what to say to Congress when he was here and also what to provide to Congress. As far as the–

“Wait!” Chaffetz said. “Where do I find that? Do we just let everybody in government decide, based on their own individual principles, that’s what — See, it’s trust but verify is how it works. You don’t get to decide what I get to see. I get to see it all. I was elected by 800,000 people to come to congress and see classified information. I was elected by my colleagues here to be the chairman of this committee.

“That’s the way our Constitution works.  Will the FBI provide to Congress the full file with no redactions of personal idenfiable information?” Chaffetz asked again.

“I cannot make that commitment sitting here today,” Herring said.

“Then I’m going to issue a subpoena and I’m going to do it right now. So let’s go. I’ve signed this subpoena,” Chaffetz said, holding it up. “We want all the 302s and we would like the full file. You can accept service on behalf of the FBI?”

“Certainly,” Herring agreed.

“You are hereby served. We have a duty and a responsibility. You can cite no precedent. Nothing in the Constitution. No legal precedent. You know this is important to us. You now have your subpoena. We would all like to see this information.”

 

[by Susan Jones, writing for CNS NEWS]

 

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Iran stepping up harassment of US ships in Persian Gulf

Iran increases harassment of US ships in Persian Gulf

Iran has stepped up its harassment of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf, angering the U.S. military and members of Congress.

Since the international nuclear deal with Iran was implemented in early January, the number of incidents involving U.S. and Iranian ships in the Gulf has approximately doubled.

That’s about as many such interactions that occurred all of last year, according to statistics provided to Fox News.

And those are also only counting interactions that have met the criteria of “unsafe” or “unprofessional.”

Overall, there were more than 300 interactions between U.S. and Iranian forces last year.

That figure includes incidents in which Iranian vessels waited for and followed U.S. ships transiting in the Persian Gulf, or sailed by with their weapons uncovered, in addition to other incidents of muscle flexing considered routine.

Military officials say there is no question that the behavior is getting worse.

“We’ve seen an uptick in confrontations by Iranian vessels in the Arabian Gulf,” Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the top U.S. commander in the region, said on Aug. 30. U.S. military officials refer to the Persian Gulf as the Arabian Gulf.

Votel also issued a rare warning to Iranian forces: “Ultimately if they continue to test us we’re going to respond and we’re going to protect ourselves and our partners.”

The last confrontation occurred just last Sunday, when seven Iranian fast attack boats confronted a U.S. Navy coastal patrol boat in international waters in the Persian Gulf.

When one of the Iranian vessels stopped directly in the path and within about 100 yards of the USS Firebolt, the U.S. vessel had to swerve to avoid a collision, defense officials said.

The confrontations are fueling anger on Capitol Hill and providing new arguments for lawmakers to enact anti-Iran legislation.

Earlier this week, a group of Republican senators introduced legislation that would ban any further U.S. government payments to Iran from a Treasury Department fund, until Iran returned $1.7 billion the administration sent to Iran earlier this year to settle a dispute over an arms deal from the 1970s.

“Iran’s harassment of a U.S. naval vessel is just the latest example of troubling and unsurprising behavior by the regime following the Obama administration’s parade of serious policy blunders that have emboldened Tehran and invited increased belligerence,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), one of the bill’s sponsors, in a statement Thursday.

Ayotte, who faces a tough reelection contest this year, also expressed concern that the money would buy “additional Iranian ships to harass U.S. Navy vessels,” among other weapons.

“I am deeply troubled that this large infusion of U.S. taxpayer-funded cash into the defense coffers of the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism is going to further embolden Iran and result in our troops and our allies confronting more lethal and better equipped adversaries and potential adversaries,” she said.

The administration has insisted that any money going to Iran as a result of the Iran nuclear deal is not going to Iran’s military.

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  The administration has insisted on a lot of things since 2008, most of them untrue or deliberate, outright lies.

“What they’ve told us but also what we see, instead of going to the military, the money is being poured back into the economy because this is an economy that was suffering terribly,” Antony Blinken, U.S. deputy secretary of State, said Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day.”

However, Blinken also said he could not guarantee that none of the money reached Hezbollah and other terrorist allies.

“We can’t say not one single dollar. But what we can say, based on what we’ve seen so far, is that virtually all of it is going into the economy, not into the military,” he said.

“The bottom line is this, this agreement that we’ve reached has made us safer. It’s put far into the future the day when Iran could enough material for nuclear weapons,” he said.

U.S. officials say they can’t divine Iran’s intentions with the stepped up confrontations, but indicate the regime is directly behind them.

“What I see is this is principally the regime leadership trying to exert their influence and authority in the region,” Votel said.

Votel also said that “90 percent” of the unsafe, unprofessional activities come not from the “general Iranian navy,” but from the Iranian Quds Force, which experts say has close ties to the Iranian regime.

[by Kristina Wong, writing for THE HILL]

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Let’s see if we have this straight. Last January Obama signed a nuclear deal with Iran. Iran considered the deal to be a huge win even though Obama denied it was. Just lately Obama send a planeload of cash in various currencies over to Iran in the dead of night in an unmarked plane. Iran considered the cash, as much as nearly $2 billion, to be another huge win since it was sent to pay for release of hostages. Obama said no, that was not the reason for the big payment. Obama has been telling us that we have secured Iran’s cooperation with our various agreements and actions. But Iran is acting as though it dislikes the USA even more now than before, and is showing us that dislike by challenging our military at every opportunity. Does Iran seem intimidated by all the US firepower which is in the Persian Gulf and other local waters? Not in the least. Seems like we now know two things for sure: One, Obama is bending over backwards to support Iran and ISIS by extension. Two, Obama as president is very obviously unconcerned with the safety and well-being of the US military or US citizens. (We’re wondering if Obama has mailed Iran the keys to the White House yet. Seems like that’s the next logical step in our capitulation.) No, sorry, we made a mistake there. We know THREE things now: We also know that we can assume Obama is lying any time we see his lips moving.

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