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March 16, 2015 7:29 pm

Expert Fears White House Deliberately ‘Whitewashing’ Iran, Hezbollah Terror Threat

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A recent US Intelligence report which appears to downplay the terrorist activities from Iran and its proxy groups has raised questions about what could have motivated the change from previous similar reports.

Cliff May, President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington DC think tank, called the Director of National Intelligence’s 2015 Worldwide Threat Assessment “disturbing.” May said he is worried that the Administration is attempting to minimize the terror threat of Iran and Hezbollah in an effort to lift sanctions against Iran, and further nuclear negotiations.

As first reported in The Times of Israel, the 2015 report to the Senate Armed Services Committee by James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, appears to largely omit the terrorism threat posed by Iran and Hezbollah when compared to previous reports.

“People are very concerned that the White House is whitewashing Iran and Hezbollah’s involvement with terrorism,” May told The Algemeiner. “If that’s the case, the next question is why. The working presumption might be to facilitate the nuclear negotiations. A related concern: that this could be a way to unravel the sanctions on Iran that are based on terrorism, rather than illicit nuclear activities. If any of that is accurate it should be alarming.”

The 2015 intelligence report does include a section on Iran. It mentions that Iran “is an ongoing threat to US national interests” because of its support to the Assad regime in Syria, promulgation of anti-Israeli policies, development of advanced military capabilities, and pursuit of its nuclear program.

The 2015 report also describes Iran’s efforts to combat “Sunni extremists” and “empower “Shia communities,” in addition to Iran’s desire to “dampen sectarianism, build responsive partners, and deescalate tensions with Saudi Arabia…” Though the report mentions Hezbollah, it does so in the context of Lebanon.

Unlike reports in previous years, there is no mention of Iran directly threatening US allies, or of an alarming increase in Hezbollah’s global terror activities.

For example, the 2014 national intelligence report to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence contained a section on Iran and Hezbollah that stated “[o]utside the Syrian theater, Iran and Lebanese Hizballah (sic) continue to directly threaten the interests of US allies. Hizballah (sic) has increased its global terrorist activity in recent years to level we have not seen since the 1990s.”

The 2013 intelligence report to that same committee contained similar sections on Iran and Hezbollah, but wrote that both were reluctant to confront the US directly.

The 2012 report even had a section entitled “The Threat from Iran” that assessed “Iran’s willingness to sponsor future attacks in the United States…”

Cliff May of FDD told The Algemeiner that there is no evidence that either Iran or Hezbollah has “forsworn terrorism in any sense.”

“Implying that Iran is a responsible power, makes it easier to hold negotiations over its nuclear program,” May said. “By removing these references, you are implying that they are becoming more responsible.”

May also cautioned against viewing Iran as an ally in light of its opposition to ISIS.

“It is a fallacy to believe that the answer to the Islamic state is the Islamic Republic,” May told The Algemeiner.

May said the Obama Administration needs to answer for the apparent omissions in the 2015 intelligence report.

“We should be demanding further explanation from the administration on what this is intended to achieve,” he said.

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  • Michael Fox

    The photo shows evil Nazi incarnates (Hezbollah) that along with Iran, has just been taken off the terrorist list by President Obama.

    How is it that the American people are sitting still for this? A President is impeached by Congress for a zipper malfunction but this President’s foreign policy has paved the way for Russian expansionism into Europe and done the same for Iran into the Middle East.

    Is there nothing the US Congress or the Supreme Court can do?

  • By signing the NDAA 2012, Obama appears to be a threat for America and all democracies. It is a confession of terrorism. Obama seemed to be installed by Islamic terrorists. Obama and its administration is very dangerous for all democracies, and principally for Israel. He is on the side of Iran and the Hezbollah. I can’t be sure, but the evidences accumulate days after days.

  • Rick

    This is a silly article. Everyone knows that Iran’s nuclear intentions are peaceful. Just because they want to destroy Israel, Europe, and the United States doesn’t mean that we should prohibit them from their nuclear ambitions.

  • Afonso

    The Adminstration will allow Iraque becoming a province of Iran ?

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    Obama is like a very young child dealing with a very adult problem. He should just be plaaying with his toys and let adults handle the big problems.

  • Abu Nudnik

    Obama believes terror is the result of income inequality. If you understand that he is a Marxist, everything becomes very clear.

  • RiverKing

    Clapper long ago lost any semblance of integrity and, thus, credibility.

  • RiverKing

    Clapper ling ago lost any semblance of integrity and, thus, credibility.

  • Monty Pogoda

    So demand further explanations and you will see that obama wants Israel out of the way i.e destroyed, for islam.

  • 0bama and his ISIS-DC mafia consider Jews , Christians and American Patriots the ‘terrorists’ – not ISIS or Islam.

    • Abu Nudnik

      That’s exactly right. His worldview is Marxist-Leninist and hasn’t evolved since college. That dewey certainty of the sophomore clings to every one of his hires, like Harf and Psaki, to name just two.

  • They are emboldened by the neturi karta jews who want to destroy israel. Now some ofthe american jewshave also joined with Mr Obama the president. So not all the jews who have the same DNAs are jews. People like Sir John Balfour and Lord Macaulay are also jews. Hence a jew is one who supports Israel

  • Larry A. Singleton

    We have a Federal Judge who just came out and said Americans have no rights to own guns. ANY kind of gun. We have an administration, who if they would have acted in like manner during World War II, we would all be speaking German. Our government is out of control unlike at any time in US history. Obama doesn’t need to be impeached; he and his whole criminal America(n)-hating gang need to be indicted! Never, N-E-V-E-R before in US history has our national security been at this much risk. What’s happening on our borders and the war declared on our border patrol is just mind-numbing. The collaboration and aiding and abetting of our terrorist enemies is beyond anybody’s worst nightmare yet it’s happening daily and in broad daylight. How many times have you read articles or comments preceded with “Never in my life time did I think I’d ever see….” or the word “unprecedented” as applied to the crimes taking place in this administration. We don’t have a presidency; we have a monarchy and nobody is doing anything about it?

  • It is known that every leader of a country – and much more that the U.S. President – leaves his mark on his SPECIFIC period of tenure in office.

    What characterizes President Obama’s term is a great “effervescence” of the Islamic extremist movement that began under the beautiful name of …!

    Does anyone wish TO VENTURE to explain this Truth, which cannot be challenged?

  • The whitewashing of Iran by the US is strategic, I think the working presumption here is:The US feels Iran’s present regime claims of responsiveness interms of support for fight against ISIS, and backing of Syria’s Assad regime might help to quench the horrific crisis in Syria, since the only option left on the desk of the international community is, ‘Negotiating with Assad’.
    But the US fails to see the consequences of drawing Iran closer. The negative consequences are: Increased tension in the gulf region because the Saudis will deem Iran’s influence is growing, secondly Irans support for the Houthi rebels in Yemen will esclate which may further destablise the region.
    Ishaku Joseph Offah

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    That dirtbag Obama will do anything to destroy not only the US but all of Western Civilization!

    • BonniePrinceCharlie

      I think the word you are looking for is TRAITOR.

  • Len

    The changes facilitate both the tilt to Iran and tilt away from Israel.

  • Yale

    What we’re seeing is Big Brother’s Ministry of Truth putting out the official party line, and much as in Orwell’s 1984, the dependent minions will swing around to believe whatever they have been told.

    And don’t say we weren’t warned: Obama’s iconic posters from 2008 come right out of 1984. So what if he is 24 years too late?

  • yussi

    the no guts administration thinks they can pacify and make nice nice with these savages. They take it as a sign of weakness. They must be treated with harsh sanctions and a strong iron hand. THAT IS WHAT THEY UNDERSTAND>>.

  • Jerry Rosenberg

    Jerry Rosenberg

  • albinos and their proxies

    Vampire albinos use their front in the oval office to hide the true colors of the false friends of the whites, to Israelis and all of the other Yellow, Red, Brown and Black peoples of the world.

    Israelis must build strong alliances now with India, Africa and the Americas to plan ahead for the next world war and the true face of the albino vampires and their iranian proxies. We will fight and win.

  • Really, How long did it take these so called experts to figure that out?

  • Mickey Oberman

    When it comes to Iran Obama has been using more whitewash than Tom Sawyer and his famous fence.
    He has been slathering it all over the place by the bucketful from his first days in office.

    It makes one wonder about Barack Hussein Obama doesn’t it?