Shia Iran backing Sunni Taliban with cash

As the Obama administration dangles the carrot of up to $50 billion's worth of immediate economic relief from sanctions for Iran, the mullahs are already using spare cash to invest in Sunni fighters for the Taliban in Afghanistan.  Margherita Stancati reports for the The Wall Street Journal:

KABUL—When Abdullah, a Taliban commander in central Afghanistan, needs more rifles and ammunition, he turns to the same people who pay his $580-a-month salary: his Iranian sponsors.

“Iran supplies us with whatever we need,” he said.

Afghan and Western officials say Tehran has quietly increased its supply of weapons, ammunition and funding to the Taliban, and is now recruiting and training their fighters, posing a new threat to Afghanistan’s fragile security. 

The split between Sunni and Shia Islam is important, but not always decisive.  When Ayatollah Khameni calls us “the Great Satan,” he means it.  The enemy of his enemy (us) is his friend.  Instead of an improvement of relations at the conclusion of Obama’s cave to Iran’s nuclear program, essentially conceding the right to have one and merely delaying (at best, if the mullahs change their behavior and don’t cheat), we can expect Iran to use its enhanced resources to mobilize all of Islam against us. 

As a friend put it in an e-mail:

Everyone (except Obama) could see this coming.

So, when Obama gives Iran $50 billion, it’ll have plenty of money to kill Afghans.

He sure is some kind of geopolitical genius.

As the Obama administration dangles the carrot of up to $50 billion's worth of immediate economic relief from sanctions for Iran, the mullahs are already using spare cash to invest in Sunni fighters for the Taliban in Afghanistan.  Margherita Stancati reports for the The Wall Street Journal:

KABUL—When Abdullah, a Taliban commander in central Afghanistan, needs more rifles and ammunition, he turns to the same people who pay his $580-a-month salary: his Iranian sponsors.

“Iran supplies us with whatever we need,” he said.

Afghan and Western officials say Tehran has quietly increased its supply of weapons, ammunition and funding to the Taliban, and is now recruiting and training their fighters, posing a new threat to Afghanistan’s fragile security. 

The split between Sunni and Shia Islam is important, but not always decisive.  When Ayatollah Khameni calls us “the Great Satan,” he means it.  The enemy of his enemy (us) is his friend.  Instead of an improvement of relations at the conclusion of Obama’s cave to Iran’s nuclear program, essentially conceding the right to have one and merely delaying (at best, if the mullahs change their behavior and don’t cheat), we can expect Iran to use its enhanced resources to mobilize all of Islam against us. 

As a friend put it in an e-mail:

Everyone (except Obama) could see this coming.

So, when Obama gives Iran $50 billion, it’ll have plenty of money to kill Afghans.

He sure is some kind of geopolitical genius.