ICYMI: US has taken Iran and Hezbullah off terror list
In case you missed it, the United States has removed Iran and Hezbullah from the terror list.
An annual report delivered recently to the US Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats, after years in which they featured in similar reports.
The unclassified version of the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities, dated February 26, 2015 (PDF), noted Iran’s efforts to combat Sunni extremists, including those of the ultra-radical Islamic State group, who were perceived to constitute the preeminent terrorist threat to American interests worldwide.
In describing Iran’s regional role, the report noted the Islamic Republic’s “intentions to dampen sectarianism, build responsive partners, and deescalate tensions with Saudi Arabia,” but cautioned that “Iranian leaders—particularly within the security services—are pursuing policies with negative secondary consequences for regional stability and potentially for Iran.
“Iran’s actions to protect and empower Shia communities are fueling growing fears and sectarian responses,” it said.
This is all about 'interests' - Obama begging for a nuclear deal and the 'help' being given to the West in the fight against Islamic State, which has become the Obama administration's new al-Qaeda. In the Obama administration's simple view of the world, there is no such thing as Islamic terrorism - only one group of 'bad guys' that can be defeated by removing their leader.The Shiite Lebanese group Hezbollah, which is funded and mentored by Tehran, has been fighting the Islamic State, independently of the American-led campaign, both in Syria and Iraq.
What could go wrong?