On February 5th, President Obama provided his own Super Sunday show. In some respects, it was almost as bizarre as Madonna's performance at half time.
In particular, in his interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, Mr. Obama responded oddly to concerns raised last week by leaders of the U.S. intelligence community. They testified on Capitol Hill that the Iranian mullahs appear to be planning attacks on the United States. Yet, the President told Lauer that, "We don't see any evidence that they have those intentions or capabilities right now."
Now, anyone with an IQ above room temperature has noticed lately plenty of evidence of both hostile Iranian intentions and the capabilities to act on them. Consider a few examples:
Last fall, the Obama administration announced that it had intercepted an Iranian plot to blow up a popular eatery in Washington's Georgetown section in order to kill the Saudi ambassador who frequents it. They did so with the knowledge that more 150 Americans would be murdered in the process. Just last week, Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein used the occasion of a rare open hearing to vouch strongly for the quality of the evidence implicating the regime in Tehran, despite the seemingly unprofessional nature of the assassination plan.
The Iranians have also established a formidable foreign legion in their terrorist proxy, Hezbollah. This Lebanese "Party of God" has already killed Americans elsewhere. And we know that they have established a presence in Latin America, notably under the protection of Iran's ally in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. There are increasing indications that Hezbollah is also now embedding itself in Mexico, doing business and making common cause with narco-trafficking drug cartels there. Such ties facilitate these jihadists' ability to penetrate the southern U.S. border that Team Obama seems determined not to secure.
What is more, we know that Hezbollah already has active cells in place in the United States. They have been involved here in illicit cigarette trafficking, money laundering and fundraising for the mother ship. It would be dangerously naïve to think that Hezbollah's operatives inside this country are not also preparing for acts of terror. The same goes for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' al Quds paramilitary units the Obama Pentagon has warned are operating with Hezbollah in our hemisphere.
Even U.S. intelligence is now coming around to another ominous reality: Iran cooperates with al Qaeda.
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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