Appeasement never works. Britsh Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain found that out when dealing with Adolf Hitler; Bill Clinton found that out when they first tried bribing North Korea to give up its nuclear policies. And now, it seems it’s Obama’s turn to learn that lesson as well.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, Iran has been caught using Obama’s ransom payments to ship soldiers into Syria on commercial airline flights. This move is in direct violation of the nuclear agreement established by the Obama administration – a mess that President Trump is going to have to clean up.
New photographs obtained by congressional leaders clearly show Iran shipping militant soldiers into Syria using its flagship commercial air carrier, Iran Air. These soldiers, once they arrive, will end up fighting against US forces in the area. As such, many lawmakers are expressing their frustration with the Iranian regime, and are calling for the Trump administration to start a formal investigation.
This piece of news is stirring up further controversy regarding Boeing’s decision to move forward with a multi-billion dollar deal to sell Iran Air a new modern fleet of aircraft. This decision has been criticized by many in Congress, as the country has a long history of using commercial aircraft for military purposes.
Many are shocked to see a major US company making deals with foreign governments that are not only potential enemies of the US, but that may cause the deaths of US military personnel in the region. Many inside the beltway question whether the pursuit of increased profits in light of the potential harm it may cause is ethical.
“Iran’s use of commercial aircraft for military purposes violates international agreements a well as Iranian commitments under the JCPOA. We believe these photos mandate a thorough investigation of these practices and a comprehensive review of Iran’s illicit use of commercial aircraft,” reads a congressional letter on the topic.
The letter goes on to say that, “the United States should suspend current and future licenses for aircraft sales to Iran…Iran Air has engaged in Iran’s illicit transportation of military goods and personnel to Syria since implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”
In the past, the Treasury Department has promised to look into any new evidence that reveals Iran’s illicit use of commercial aircraft. As many lawmakers are remembering Trump’s previous campaign remarks regarding companies that pursue profits at the expense of the American people (such as outsourcing, which he has opposed), they are hoping Trump will stand up to Boeing in the same way to prevent aircraft sales to Iran.
From the debt crisis to the North Korean situation, and now Iran, Trump has had to deal with all of the problems the previous administration refused to face, choosing to kick the can down the road instead of dealing with it when they should have.
In our free-market, capitalist society, private sector businesses strive to maximize their profits so as to maximize the return to their investors. But business ethics must be included in corporate strategies. Are Boeing’s dealings with the Iranian mullahs ethical in nature given Iran’s “Death to America” political philosophy?
Because of the Obama administration’s failure to act, Obama’s horrible deal might lead to the deaths of countless lives. Refusing to face the Iranian threat has proven to be the catalyst for a more emboldened–and now better funded–Iranian regime.
Hopefully, Trump will look into these violations on the part of the Iran mullahs and will stand up to them in a way that President Obama should have many years ago.
Meanwhile, applying pressure on Boeing to do the right thing by its home country–both from the public sector as well as private–may lead them to voluntarily disengage from their contract with the Iranians.