Bennet seemingly silent as Iran violently burns flags, chants ‘Death to America’
DENVER—Today, Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement following media reports that American flags and effigies of President Barack Obama were set ablaze as thousands mobbed together to violently celebrate the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the Iranian capital’s U.S. Embassy:
“Sen. Michael Bennet is seemingly silent while American flags burn in Iran, and has done nothing but blindly support the lawless Iran deal. America and our allies cannot afford foreign policy blunders like these, and we should not be allowing Iran to continue pounding its chest without consequences. Bennet’s support for the Iran deal is no better than the demonstrations we saw today in Iran.”
According to the Washington Free Beacon, “Iran test fired a domestically produced long-range ballistic missile on Oct. 11. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has said the missile test violated U.N. Security Council resolutions, though the Obama administration contends it did not violate the nuclear accord. Nuclear experts and members of Congress criticized the administration for failing to condemn Iran or threaten repercussions for the test, which they believe violated the nuclear agreement.”
The New York Times explained, that the missile, “is a step up from Iran’s Shahab-3 missiles because it can be guided toward its target, the Iranian defense minister, Hossein Dehghan, told the semiofficial Fars news agency.”
Additionally, Iran convicted Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian on espionage. The decision to convict Rezaian of an unidentified crime is considered by some lawmakers as further proof the landmark international deal is plagued with flaws.
And according to The Hill, Iran has also “imprisoned Christian pastor Saeed Abedini and former Marine Amir Hekmati. CIA contractor Robert Levinson went missing eight years ago, and Iran is believed to have knowledge of his whereabouts.”
Legislation has been introduced, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act, prohibiting sanctions relief for Iran until it pays the court-ordered damages it owes to victims of terrorism.
Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism, has accumulated a debt of $43.5 billion in unpaid damages through more than 80 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) cases over the last 15 years, according to the Congressional Research Service.
“Instead of sponsoring phony bills, Bennet should be helping his colleagues in securing justice for the victims of this terrorist nation and help take real, deliberate action against Iran’s behavior. Bennet has seemingly given Iran a pass and continued to play politics with this serious issue that threatens our national security and our livelihoods.”