The ongoing, deadly attack on Israel by Hamas could never have taken place without the active support of the last two Democratic administrations, which have supported radical Islam in order to correct the legacy of Western “colonialism,” experts say.
As of this writing, more than 900 Israelis have died, 2,600 have been injured, and an estimated 150 have been taken hostage since hostilities commenced on Saturday, according to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Hamas has killed 11 Americans and “likely” taken an unknown number of American hostages, President Joe Biden confirmed. “The safety of American citizens, whether at home or abroad, is my top priority as president,” said Biden in a press statement Monday.
But experts say Hamas could never have gained the strength and support it has without the last 14 years of Democratic presidential leadership, which has transferred billions of dollars to terrorist funders, advanced Islamists’ interests in the Middle East, and harmed U.S. interests out of radical anti-American ideology.
Most recently, the Biden administration announced on September 11 that it had “unfrozen” $6 billion in Iranian funds held by South Korea, which would go exclusively to “humanitarian” needs. But Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi declared, “This money belongs to the Iranian people, the Iranian government, so the Islamic Republic of Iran will decide what to do with this money.”
“Iran has, unfortunately, always used and focused its funds on supporting terrorism, on supporting groups like Hamas,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told “Meet the Press” on Sunday, after host Kristen Welker noted that “money is fungible.” Despite the terrorist attack, “President Biden is refusing to freeze the $6 billion ransom payment to Iran,” noted Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who called on the administration to “freeze the $6 billion now.”
The $6 billion adds to $1.7 billion the Obama-Biden administration released to Iran in 2016.
“The Obama administration and the Biden administration — this neo-Marxist Democratic regime that has been in place since 2009 — is anti-Israeli and pro-Iranian. Their foreign policy objective is to hand over hegemony of the Middle East over to Iran,” Chris Gacek, senior fellow for Regulatory Affairs at Family Research Council, told The Washington Stand. “They have had one consistent objective: They’ve been trying for two administrations to undermine Israeli security. And they’ve lied about it.”
The pro-Teheran stance of Barack Obama, the ideological mover behind both administrations, comes from “a large mélange of ideological fragments,” Gacek stated. “In his Marxist, anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Christian cosmology, Israel fits in there as a satellite that has to be destroyed. But American power also has to be destroyed.”
Obama offered one version of his intellectual pedigree in his first autobiography, “Dreams from my Father,” saying as a college student:
“I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets. We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz [sic.] Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy.”
As president, Obama declared, “Iran will be and should be a regional power. They are a big country and a sophisticated country in the region.” Obama initiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), allowing Iran to develop uranium for “civilian” usage. He kept silent during the summer 2009 Iranian civilian uprising, which police put down violently.
Iran has since penetrated the highest diplomatic circles of the Obama and Biden administrations, according to a report late last month from Semafor.com. In 2014, the Iran Experts Initiative began seeking friendly experts to repeat its talking points. Three members of IEI became aides to Biden’s special envoy to Iran, Robert Malley. The administration revoked Malley’s security clearance in April but did not announce the reason until details appeared in the Iranian press. This summer, the Tehran Times published a recording of private conversations featuring the Biden administration’s White House coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk, discussing Iranian policy and leaked “sensitive but unclassified” documents describing the controversy surrounding Malley.
Islamist influence in Democratic circles dates back to at least Obama. “At least six American Islamist activists who work closely with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy,” noted Investors Business Daily in 2013.
As a result, Democratic assessments of the region have faltered. “The Middle East region is quieter today than it has been in two decades,” said National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in an interview with The Atlantic less than two weeks before the attacks. “The amount of time that I have to spend on crisis and conflict in the Middle East compared today to my predecessors going back to 9/11 is significantly reduced.”
The ideological indifference or foreign influence may explain why the Biden administration spent Monday tweeting about the price of concert tickets. Similarly, Biden administration spokesperson John Kirby affirmed a previous statement from Joe Biden that climate change represents a greater existential threat than nuclear war.
Yet Israel has problems of its own, Gacek told TWS. “Its entire security apparatus appears to be anti-conservative and anti-Netanyahu. I can’t believe they haven’t known this was going on for a year.” The Times of Israel reported Monday that Egyptian intelligence warned Israel that Hamas had been planning “something big,” but its entreaties went ignored. “Israel’s defense establishment is not fit for purpose,” said Gacek — a problem that cannot be solved by foreign funding or intervention. “You can give them money, but if they’ve got stupid leftists running the government, what’s the point?”
The attack by terrorists also throws the Obama-Biden policy of lax border enforcement into stark relief, said Gacek. By June, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol had encountered 464 known or suspected terrorists at the U.S. borders. “Who knows how many tens of thousands of potential terrorists are here?” asked Gacek. “And this is only the beginning. In 2024, our own sleeper cells might start opening up.”
“We’ve got to get really tough mentally,” he said.
Ben Johnson is senior reporter and editor at The Washington Stand.
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