Even the Iran deal’s most ardent supporters are beginning to suspect it won’t mellow the mullahs. Alas, that’s not the worst of it — because the deal is actually boosting Iran’s darkest forces.
According to a study to be released Tuesday by the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards — and not ordinary Iranians or the country’s much-vaunted “moderate” cleric-politicians — are the ones who’ll gain the most from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal the mullahs signed with six world powers one summer ago.
“As the 2015 nuclear deal is implemented, it is the [Guard Corps] that is poised to benefit most,” concludes the 48-page painstakingly detailed study by four FDD researchers.
Titled “How the Nuclear Deal Enriches Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps,” the study surmises that the IRGC controls as much as 40 percent of the country’s economy, including sectors related in one way or another to the very nuclear program the deal is meant to curb.
Look out: Your tax dollars were recently transferred to Iran by the Obama administration. And much of that dough will make the Iranians who wish “death to America” very, very rich.
The cash will also help them tighten their hold on power at the expense of politicians who think engagement with us is the way to save the Khomeini revolution.
The IRGC was established in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini as a militia to spread the revolution’s ideology and consolidate its hold on power. It eventually grew into a formidable army that operates in parallel to the Iranian military.