What John Kerry Was Just Caught ADMITTING About Obama’s Iran Deal Is Dropping Jaws Everywhere

According to a CNN report, John Kerry admitted that some of the $150 billion given to Iran will be invested into state-sponsored terrorism. The Obama administration, in a nuclear deal with Iran, cleared the way for sanctions to be lifted, and for billions of U.S. dollars to be funneled to Iran. The admission came after Kerry was asked if the money given from the Iran deal would make it into the hands of terrorists.

Kerry reportedly said that there was nothing that could prevent those funds from falling into the hands of terrorists. “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists … You know, to some degree, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented.”

As the deal was being drawn up, critics contended the funds sent would undoubtedly end up in the hands of terrorist groups, making the Obama administration complicit in state-sponsored terrorism. Ironically, while President Obama maintains a position that Bashar al Assad must step down as the president of Syria, Iran is a bulwark for Assad. Thus, the money given to Iran will likely go into the hands of militants fighting the U.S. and coalition forces. If that happened the U.S. would, in essence, be paying Iran to attack U.S. forces, or at the very least, attack U.S. foreign policy interests. Kerry responded to that possibility.

“There is no way they can succeed in what they want to do if they are very busy funding a lot of terrorism,” he said. “If we catch them funding terrorism, they are going to have a problem with the United States Congress and other people, obviously … We are confident that this will not result in an increase somehow in the threat to any partner or any friend in the region.”

Exposed: Obama’s Former Defense Secretary Just Made A Sickening Revelation About Barack And The White House

The Obama administration’s lack of a defined, coherent policy on Syria was the result of too many directionless meetings and far too little commitment by the man at the top, former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel insists.

In a wide-ranging interview with Foreign Policy, Hagel paints a dismal picture of ineffectual leadership and a lack of direction from the late summer of 2013, when the Syrian crisis was reaching its first boil, to October 2014, when Hagel sent around a memo that said “we don’t have a policy.”

Hagel cited a telling incident. On Aug. 30, 2013, he had finished arranging for Tomahawk cruise missile strikes against Syria after Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad used gas against his own people, crossing President Obama’s supposed “red line.” Then, Obama called him to cancel the attack.

“There’s no question in my mind that it hurt the credibility of the president’s word when this occurred. A president’s word is a big thing, and when the president says things, that’s a big deal,” he said, noting that Obama’s change of heart shook world leaders’ confidence in the president.

Hagel said that the White House held endless meetings on the Syrian crisis, but that the meetings never accomplished very much.

“I don’t think many times we ever actually got to where we needed to be. We kept kind of deferring the tough decisions. And there were always too many people in the room,” he said. “We seemed to veer away from the big issues. What was our political strategy on Syria?”

Hagel, who opposed “boots on the ground” in Syria, had insisted America needed a diplomatic plan to identify when and how Assad should be removed, if necessary.

Hagel’s comments in June 2014 that ISIS was “beyond anything that we’ve seen” were not well received at the White House, he said.

“I got accused of trying to hype something, overstate something, and make something more than it was,” Hagel said. “I didn’t know all of it, but I knew we were up against something here that we had never seen before. And in many ways, we were not prepared for it.”

Hagel often was on the spot for the failings of the Obama administration. He cited a congressional hearing from September 2014 when he was asked whether the U.S would back rebels fighting Assad if they were in turn attacked.

“We had never come down on an answer or a conclusion in the White House,” Hagel said. “I said what I felt what I had to say. I couldn’t say, ‘No.’ Christ, every ally would have walked away from us in the Middle East.”

Hagel eventually made the commitment. “Any attack on those that we have trained who are supporting us, we will help them,” he told the committee.

One month later, Hagel tried to rally the White House with a two-page memo that said the administration needed a policy in Syria.

“I was saying, ‘We’re not getting to where we need to be,’” he said, “because I’m getting this from all of my colleagues around the world. All of my counterparts are coming up to me at NATO meetings and everywhere, saying, ‘What are you doing? Where is this going?’”

h/t: Foreign Policy

Putin Just Made Bombshell Claim About The REAL Reason Turkey Shot His Plane Down. Turkey Pres. Responds…

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Turkey on Monday of shooting down its warplane last week to protect its oil trade with the Islamic State.

Turkey has maintained, since the incident happened last Tuesday, that the Russian bomber crossed into Turkish airspace; and after issuing repeated warnings to leave, the plane was shot down. The U.S., after reviewing the facts available, has sided with the Turkish version of events.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated, “The protection of our land borders, our airspace, is not only a right, it is a duty.” He added: “We apologize for committing mistakes, not for doing our duty.”

The country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said he would resign his office if Russia can prove its claim regarding the purchasing of oil from ISIS. 

“As soon as such a claim is proved, the nobility of our nation requires (me) to do this,” Erdogan told reporters at the climate change summit in Paris on Monday, according to CNN. 

Erdogan added that if Putin’s claim is false, he should resign. “I am asking Mr. Putin, would you remain?”

Putin said at a press conference in Paris Monday, “We have recently received additional reports that confirm that that oil from ISIL-controlled [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – former name of the Islamic State terrorist organization] territories is delivered to the territory of Turkey on an industrial scale,” the Russian news agency TASS reported.

“We have all grounds to suspect that the decision to down our plane was motivated by the intention to secure these routes of delivering oil to ports where it is loaded on tankers,” Putin added.

“It is obvious where we legally buy oil and natural gas from,” Erdogan said, as reported by Turkey’s Anadolu news agency. “Everyone must know that we are not that disreputable to make such a deal with terrorist organizations.”

The BBC’s David Butter questions whether Putin actually believes his charges, but thinks he is likely using the standoff for propaganda purposes to legitimize hitting non-ISIS, Turkish-backed Syrian rebel targets. Turkey opposes Syria’s Assad regime, while Russia intervened in the civil war to prop it up.

The BBC reports:

Turkey relies almost entirely on imports for its total oil consumption of about 720,000 barrels per day. A large chunk of those imports come from Russia.

In 2014 Russia also supplied 27bn cubic metres of natural gas to Turkey, representing 56% of its total consumption.

Russia was Turkey’s largest source of imports, supplying goods worth $25.3bn, or more than 10% of Turkey’s total imports.

In this context, if oil was a consideration for the Turkish authorities in its decision to shoot down a Russian jet, it would have had good reason to hold fire.

Putin Just Made A BIG Move In The Middle East That Has Obama Admin Very Worried…

According to Fox News, Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s military to expand its operation in Syria.

Russia’s carbon footprint in Syria now includes four forward-operating bases, now that a second airbase is being established in Shayrat. The new airbase in Shayrat can support Russia’s fixed-wing aircraft fleet. The use of fixed winged aircraft will greatly expand Russia’s ability to strike targets throughout the country. Those targets are al Qaeda, ISIS, and other militant groups that Putin calls paid mercenaries hired to destroy the Bashar al-Assad regime with which Russia is allied.

Many Americans may find themselves scratching their heads with confusion when they read who it is Russia is actually fighting, because, at last check, those were the same groups that the U.S. was fighting. That is with one exception: the U.S. has been arming, funding, and giving military aid to those “moderate rebels,” the same group that Putin calls “mercenaries.”

President Obama’s determination to oust Assad stands now in direct conflict with Russia’s firm commitment to defend Assad and Syria against the terrorist organizations and mercenaries attempting to overthrow Assad’s government.

Adding to the conflict is the fact that Turkey, a NATO member and U.S. ally, shot down a Russian fighter jet last week. That action by Turkey incensed Putin, who appears to be, now more than ever, resolved to ending terrorism in Syria. Obama views the conflict as a concerted effort to oust a brutal dictator, Assad. The view of the Russians is that the U.S. is sponsoring terrorism by arming the supposed moderate rebels.

Remaining quiet for the moment is China, which is engaged in a waiting gameObama is still hopeful that Putin will come over to his side and help with the removal of Assad. For the moment, neither leader is willing to budge, as the world’s military forces congregate in the Middle East.

Obama Just Threw A Fresh Jab At Putin That Will Not Be Received Well In Moscow

In a moment of candor during a news conference in Paris on Tuesday, Barack Obama acknowledged that the U.S. and Russia are pursuing – at least to some extent – different targets in Syria. While American forces are solely interested in striking Islamic State strongholds, Obama made it clear that Russia is also targeting opponents of the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“I don’t think we should be under any illusions that somehow Russia starts hitting only ISIL targets,” he said. “That’s not happening now. It was never happening. It’s not going to be happening in the next several weeks.”

Obama went on to note that Putin, with whom he met privately on Monday, is protecting the Assad regime based on what he perceives is in Russia’s best national interest.

“I don’t expect that you’re going to see a 180-degree turn on their strategy over the next several weeks,” Obama admitted. “They have invested for years now in keeping Assad in power. Their presence there is predicated on propping him up. That’s going to take some time for them to change how they think about the issue.”

He went on to urge both Russia and Turkey to “de-escalate” tensions that have spiked in the days since the latter shot down a Russian jet over the Turkey-Syria border.

“We all have a common enemy,” he affirmed. “That is ISIL. I want to make sure we focus on that threat.”