Join us for three Iran-related martinis for you today. First, Jim and Greg are glad to see the likes of Russia and China offering nothing but word salad as no nation commits arms or manpower to Iran in the wake of the Soleimani strike. They also cringe as the Pentagon has to walk back a letter stating the U.S. Army would leave Iraq, only to have Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley explain the letter was just a poorly worded draft that doesn’t accurately express our policy and was never intended to go public. And they unload on California Rep. Ro Khanna for suggesting that Pres. Trump retaliating against Iran could warrant another article of impeachment, with Jim wondering if the Democrats are starting an impeachment of the month club.
The U.S. designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization Monday, and a leading Iranian resistance group says this action will starve the Iranian regime of funds and lead to a more peaceful region.
“From the moment it was founded, the IRGC’s mandate was to defend and export the regime’s mission by whatever means possible. The IRGC institutionalized terrorism shortly after its inception, directing horrific attacks against the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the U.S. embassy annex in 1984,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has pleaded with the U.S. to make this designation for years and says this decision could be a real game-changer.
“The Iranian regime has benefited from its terrorism, from its hostage-taking. It has used terrorism as a tool to leverage, to gain concessions from western countries over the past four decades,” said Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the NCRI’s Washington office.
“Today, with this (foreign terrorist organization) designation, the whole situation changes. It puts the Iranian regime in the defensive position. It demoralizes the revolutionary guard and their proxies and the groups that they are supporting and sponsoring in the region.
“It actually helps dry up the resources for the militia groups that are funded by the revolutionary guard,” said Jafarzadeh.
The Iranian government is furious at the IRGC being labeled a foreign terrorist organization. More than 250 members of the Iranian parliament signed a letter vowing to “answer any action taken against this force with reciprocal action.”
But Jafarzadeh says not to worry about the howls of protest.
“Honestly, the mullahs only understand the language of force. They back down when confronted with firmness,” he said.
Listen to the full podcast to learn how this terrorist designation will clamp down on American and European investment in Iran and why Jafarzadeh says that will lead to a more peaceful Middle East.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the Trump Administration for finally designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a “foreign terrorist organization” after the group has for years sponsored and participated in terrorism throughout the Middle East. They also worry that the revolving door of cabinet officials in the Trump administration is causing too much instability as Kirstjen Nielsen resigns as secretary of the Department Homeland Security. And they wonder if former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville has a chance to overcome one of the nation’s fiercest college football rivalries and win the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the vast majority of President Trump’s executive orders. They also groan at the news President Obama defied Congress to send $221 million to the Palestinian Authority on his final morning as president. And they shake their heads as two-thirds of Senate Democrats even oppose Mike Pompeo to lead the CIA.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see the Democrats’ strategy against Jeff Sessions accomplish nothing – and they point out why the strategy was so stupid. They also groan as the Obama administration’s self-congratulations tour continues with Obama giving Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And they react to Sen. Kamala Harris grilling CIA director nominee Mike Pompeo about climate change, while Jim explains the “sure, whatever” strategy he would employ at a confirmation hearing.
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review discuss President-Elect Trump’s first cabinet nominees. They also react to Harry Reid fearing the world will blow up with Trump as president and Keith Olbermann virtually guaranteeing concentration camps. And they discuss the poor results of a feminist snow plowing strategy in Sweden.