Iran is using billions of dollars obtained by the Iran Deal with the U.S. to facilitate a military buildup that has sparked immense concern in Washington insiders and members on the Hill, per Washington Free Beacon.
Iranian military leaders made the announcement late last month, but the news went largely unreported.
The country intends to “engage in an unprecedented military buildup meant to transform the Islamic Republic’s fighting force into an “offensive” juggernaut.”
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Iranian officials announced late last month that Iran’s defense budget had increased by 145 percent under President Hassan Rouhani and that the military is moving forward with a massive restructuring effort aimed at making it “a forward moving force,” according to regional reports.
Iranian leaders have stated since the Iran deal was enacted that they are using the massive amounts of cash released under the agreement to fund the purchase of new military equipment and other armaments. Iran also has pursued multi-million dollar arms deals with Russia since economic sanctions were nixed as part of the deal.
Leading members of Congress and U.S. officials working on the Iran portfolio suspect that at least a portion of the Obama administration’s $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran has been used to fund and support terrorists in the Middle East.
Add this to the list of messes by the Obama Administration that the Trump White House will inevitably have to clean up.