For the third time in two months, the United States Navy has found a large weapons cache, derived from Iran, according to the Washington Post. The ship was found to be carrying a gun enthusiast’s dream grocery list, including 1,500 Kalishnikov rifles, 200 rocket propelled grenade launchers (RPGs), and 21 .50 caliber machine guns. That was just the latest find; though there are other weapons that have been found.
President Barack Hussein Obama recently struck a deal with Iran, in which the country would receive over $150 billion in previously frozen assets. Since that deal, Iran has shown how they are using their new infusion of cash. The initial payment to Iran was reported to be at roughly $50 billion.
Obama’s deal with Iran has received harsh criticism from some Americans, Republicans and other conservatives, who see a nuclear deal with Iran as a terrible political move. Critics believe that Iran will use the funds to further develop their nuclear weapons program, thus potentially placing the United States in danger. Officials from the Obama administration see the Iran nuclear deal as a positive and diplomatic move. One senior administration official said “Clearly, it’s in the U.S. interest to resolve these (claims) in ways that reduce our risk.” Further, another official spoke on the issue, saying that the deal “reduced a significant risk of liability.” It would stand to reason that it is very risky to utilize American taxpayer dollars for extortion [protection] payments to Iran, given that senior Obama administration officials clearly indicate that there is some sort of “risk” if the money had not been paid.
Israel, America’s ally, would also be at risk, should Iran fully complete a strong nuclear program that includes weapons with the ability to reach anywhere in the world. Frequently, Iran has publicly touted hatred toward Israel and the West. Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has harshly criticized the Iran nuclear deal, saying that Israel would be at high risk. There is no guarantee that an agreement, treaty or threats would restrain a radical Islamic agenda, once the capability is fully materialized.
Iran’s President Assan Rouhani, is head of a country who’s population is 98% Muslim. Though there were stipulations regarding the money given to Iran, it is difficult to establish a checks and balances system that prevents nefarious utilization of the funds.
It is strongly believed that the weapons were en route to Yemen, with the intention of distributing them among the Houti fighters. The USS Gravely was patrolling the Arabian sea, when it intercepted the weapons. Those passengers who were aboard the ship from Iran heading to Yemen were released without incident.