#1 Why Won't Obama Stop Lying About Iran's Military Budget? by Daniel Greenfield by ThirstyMan 06.09.2015 22:35


Sept 5, 2015

Obama claimed that ISIS was only a ďjayveeĒ team even as it was capturing Iraqi cities. Now he wants us to believe that Iran is just another ďjayveeĒ team even as itís taking over Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
Like the rest of his Iran deal talking points, the one about Iranís tiny military budget is false, and not only is it false, but his claim about how small Iranís military budget keeps changing.

A few weeks ago, in a speech at American University, he was claiming that "The defense budget of the United States is more than $600 billion. To repeat, Iran's is about $15 billion."

"Iranís defense budget is $30 billion. Our defense budget is closer to $600 billion. Iran understands that they cannot fight us," Obama had told the New York Times in April.

Just now, he told the Forward, "As I pointed out repeatedly, Iranís annual defense budget is about $15 billion."

What is Iranís military budget? Read Obamaís lips. Itís either $15 billion or $30 billion.

Either Iranís military budget changes every time Obama gives a speech or heís playing with numbers to make it seem small. If $30 billion still seems big, how about $15 billion? And if $15 billion is still too big, get ready for the $7.5 billion Iranian defense budget. How can you be worried about that?

Obama is borrowing a trick from the Manchurian Candidate. No one is talking about how big Iranís military budget is, but debating how small it is. And how small is it?

Iranís military is at over 500,000 in strength. The Basji militia claims to be able to mobilize millions more. It has a nuclear weapons program and some of the most advanced indigenously developed weapons programs in the region. Iran is currently involved in wars in Syria and Iraq. Its proxy armies have carved up Lebanon and Yemen, and are slavering over Bahrain.

Not bad for $15 billion or $30 billion or whatever Obama is claiming it is this week.

Of course Iranís budget isnít $15 or $30 billion. It spent $11 billion on the Bushehr reactor alone. Its nuclear program cost upward of $100 billion. Obamaís deal requires him to claim that the program is peaceful, but who really believes that a country sitting on a mountain of gas and oil blew that much money just to lower the cost of electricity a little bit?

How much money is Iran really spending to expand its territory and influence? Iran is allegedly spending billions a month to back Assadís military campaign. The total may come to as much as $35 billion a year.

Thatís more than more than twice as much as Obamaís current estimate of its military budget.

The Hezbollah terror group has received billions from Iran over several years. Islamic Jihad in Israel gets between $100 and $150 million a year. Iran cut off aid to Hamas due to the Sunni-Shiite shift.

Since then relations are slowly being restored, but itís unclear how much money this will mean for the terror group. In 2007, Iran had pledged $250 million in aid. Itís unknown how much money Iran is spending on its Houthi terrorists in Yemen or how much money itís spending on Shiite militias in Iraq and Syria.

In 2007, a senior Hezbollah terrorist captured by the US claimed that Iran was providing $3 million a month to Shiite terror groups to attack Americans in Iraq. Considering that the Shiite militias now dominate Baghdad and other parts of Iraq and number in the tens of thousands, itís a safe bet that the bill for maintaining Tehranís terrorist army in Iraq has gone up a whole lot since then.

Itís unknown how much Iran is spending on its Shiite militias in Syria, but the NDF reportedly has 100,000 men and is being trained and financed by Iran.

And this is just the visible ground forces.

Iran also has an international terrorist network which it has used to carry out terror attacks everywhere from Argentina to Thailand to Saudi Arabia to Paris. No country since the USSR has anything like it in its scope and organizations like that cost money. We canít even begin to guess how much Iran spends on it.


Obama has told many lies about his Iran deal. But this is more than just another lie. Minimizing Iranís military spending to make it look as harmless as possible endangers American national security. There are already reports that Obama worked to tamper with ISIS intelligence materials to make the terror group look weak. It was his insistence that ISIS was only a jayvee team that let it take over cities.

Now he wants to convince Americans that Iran is just another jayvee team we shouldnít take seriously. Pay no attention to the nukes or the worldwide terror rings. Its fake military budget is so small.

Obama deserves to be called out for every lie he has told about his disastrous Iran deal. But itís important to our national security to call him out for his big lie about Iranís little military budget.


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