While the president painted a rosy picture of national security at last night’s speech, the headlines were doing anything but. On the same day that President Obama blamed conservatives for their “over-the-top” claims about America’s terrorist threat, 10 Navy sailors were captured by Iranian forces and their ships searched. Even as the president spoke about the “political hot air” of overseas tension, the Iranian regime was exposing how foolish his assessment is. Not once did the president mention the incident, which Iranian Major General Hassan Firouzabadi vowed should be a “lesson to troublemakers in the U.S. Congress.”
Instead, as our own troops were in the custody of a murderous regime, the president rebuffed the notion that “our enemies [are] getting stronger and America [is] getting weaker.” Fortunately, Iran wisely released the sailors earlier this morning — setting up an even more interesting backdrop to the House debate over sanctions, which the president’s dangerous deal could lift as early as next Monday. Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is working on the House’s response to the agreement with quick action on the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act. Under the measure, which passed out of the chamber 191-106 today, Congress would have more oversight over the nuclear deal. Essentially, it would keep frozen the U.S. assets of certain people and financial groups until the administration certifies that they aren’t involved in Iran’s missile program or have terrorist ties.
President Obama has bitterly decried the bill, saying it could destroy the unpopular deal with Iran. Congressmen Ed Royce (R-Calif.) certainly hopes so. “We’re all relieved to learn this morning that the sailors have been released,” Royce said. “I’m sure it’s occurred to many of us, that if Iran behaves this way now, in a few days when it gets its hands on this bankroll, what other actions are we going to see?” We all shudder to think — which is why Americans should be contacting their congressional members and encouraging them to support this bill!
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