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by Capt. Joseph R. John (Ret.), ©2015, Co-Founder, CombatVeteransForCongress

Is the Obama regime facilitating radical Islamic takeovers of nations in the Middle East?

(Feb. 12, 2015) — This op-ed concerns Iran’s influence on Valerie Jarrett, Jarrett’s influence on Obama, and Obama’s pro-Iranian initiatives that continue damage the National Security interests of the United States.

The Houthis, also known as the Ansarallah (Supporters of God), are Shiite radical Islamic terrorists operating in Yemen. They currently rule Yemen, taking control in a 2014–15 coup d’état.  The group takes its name from Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, their former commander, who was killed by the  Yemeni army forces in September 2004.  Badreddin al-Houthi is the spiritual leader of this Shiite faction.  The Houthis had been accepting military and logistics support from the Shiite Iranian Republican Guard.  Saudi Arabia had been supporting the elected government of Yemen with less than adequate support from the Obama administration.

In November 2011, Houthis took control of two Yemeni governorates (Saada and Al Jawf) with strong support from Iran. By May 2012, the Houthis controlled most of the Saada, Al Jawf, and Hajjah governorates, gaining access to the Red Sea so that Iran could provide military and logistic support via the Red Sea.

By 21 September 2014, Houthis were in control of parts of the Yemen capital of Sana’a, including government buildings and a radio station. A US Marine Ready Group was positioned off the coast of Yemen in order to be able to evacuate US Embassy personnel and the US Marine contingent.  In January 2015, the Houthis took control of the capital with the help of the Shiite Iranian Republican Guard; as a result, more US Marines were deployed to the US Embassy to re-enforce the US Marine contingent in place.

On 20 January 2015, Houthis took over the presidential palace, during which President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi remained inside.  Eighteen days later, on February 6th, the Houthis, with the help of the Iranian Republican Guard, took control of the Yemeni government, dissolved the elected parliament, and declared that its Revolutionary Committee was now the ruling authority in Yemen.

On February 11th, instead of sending US Marines in from pre-positioned ships by helicopters in order to evacuate the US Marines from the US Embassy along with all US weapons from the US Embassy, the State Department ordered the US Marines to destroy all the weapons in the US Embassy except for their own personal rifles.  The US Marines were then ordered to remove the firing pins from their personal rifles before they were allowed to be transported to the airport for evacuation.  The US Marine contingent was ordered by the US State Department to board transportation vehicles controlled by the Houthis so they could be driven to the airport.  While en route to the airport, they came under enemy fire with no way to defend themselves.  When they got to the airport, in order to be permitted to leave, they were told to turn in their personal rifles—“US Marines are trained to never to surrender their weapons.”  No US military aircraft were employed to pick up the US Marines and depart from Yemen; private aircraft were hired by the US State Department to fly the US Marines out of Yemen.

Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett has worked her will a third time in a row, facilitating the turnover of the third US Embassy in a row and giving effective control of those embassies to Iran (Syria, Libya, and Yemen).  Iran has effectively neutralized the Shiite government of Iraq and has replaced the US as the most influential nation with the Iraqi government.  The Iranians, with the help of Jarrett, are planning to eventually take control of the government in Afghanistan—the Iranian Republican Guard has been assisting the Taliban in killing US military personnel by providing the Taliban with Iranian-manufactured IEDs and has been supplying the Taliban with logistics and weapon support for six years.  For many years, Iran has been instigating Shiites’ demonstrations in the streets in Bahrain in their attempt to destabilize that government.

Hizbollah and the Iranian Republican Guard have formed a joint military combat command and are engaging ISIL in combat in Iraq (the Iranian Republican Guard and Hizbollah have been involved in joint military operations in Lebanon against the pro-Western government and against Israel for six years).  Obama and Jarrett are supplying US weapons and logistics support to only the Shiite government and Iraqi military (the Iraqi military is effectively controlled by Iran).  The Kurds, the Assyrian Christians, and the Sunni tribes being oppressed by Iraq that require weapons and logistics support have not been received from the Iraqi military as required; they have been held back by Iraqi and Iran.  The King of Jordan recently traveled to Washington, with hat in hand, to ask for weapons and logistics support in person which was previously promised to Jordan by Obama but was never delivered.

Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett was reported by The New York Times to have been in secret negotiations with the rogue nation in the fall of 2013. The Obama regime is now in open appeasement negotiations with Iran by allowing it to continue building centrifuges with the goal of possessing a nuclear weapon

Iran has been the most dangerous sponsor of terrorism in the world for 36 years, has been responsible for killing thousands of Americans for 36 years, and for over two years the Obama State Department, with Valerie Jarrett’s guidance, has been in ineffective negotiations with Iran to supposedly prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.  Secretary Kerry style of negotiations is allowing the Iranians to extend negotiations, which is allowing them to develop and manufacture nuclear weapons.  The Middle East is in flames because of Obama and Hillary’s lack of an intelligent foreign policy over the last six years; Kerry is further destabilizing the Middle East because his negotiations are facilitating Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. If Iran does develop nuclear weapons, it will result in a dagger thrust aimed at the heart of Israel, at the heart of the US’s allies in the Middle East and will plunge the Middle East into a nuclear arms race.

As you probably know, Valerie Jarrett is Obama’s most trusted adviser.

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62

Capt              USN(Ret)

Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC

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  1. New term for national spelling bee: Islamic Triumphalism..It should be included in Common Core so students will understand when the nation has been usurped and Constitution subverted!