Obama's disastrous 'ounces of change'

In between playing golf, while luxuriating in his $3,500-per-night Hawaiian vacation retreat, President Barack Hussein Obama (D) was carefully plotting his final year as president, promising/warning, "I've got 12 months left to squeeze every ounce of change I can while I'm still in office. And that's what I intend to do."

Well, if that doesn't frighten you enough to work for someone who will bring every ounce of change to Obama's ruinous schemes after he's out of office, here is another upsetting update on Iran's efforts to follow through with the disastrous Iran deal Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry so proudly crafted.

Three months ago, Iran tested missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons; a few weeks ago, Iran declared it is still building missiles; last week an Iranian rocket whizzed 1,500 yards away from an American ship operating legally in the Strait of Hormuz. 

And now last Friday, Iran threatened to not only continue, but increase Iran's missile capabilities. 

A series of Iranian officials vowed on Friday to expand Tehran's missile capabilities, a challenge to the United States which has threatened to impose new sanctions even as the vast bulk of its measures against Iran are due to be lifted under a nuclear deal.

"As long as the United States supports Israel we will expand our missile capabilities," the Revolutionary Guards' second-in-command, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.

"We don't have enough space to store our missiles. All our depots and underground facilities are full," he said in Friday Prayers in Tehran.

Defence Minister Hossein Dehqan said Iran would boost its missile program and had never agreed to restrictions on it.

"Iran's missile capabilities have never been the subject of negotiations with the Americans and will never be," he was quoted as saying by Press TV, an Iranian state channel.

The defiant comments are a challenge for the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama as the United States and European Union plan to dismantle nearly all international sanctions against Iran under the breakthrough nuclear agreement reached in July.  (snip)

The standoff has turned into a diplomatic and political test for both Washington and Tehran, even as the lifting of sanctions under the nuclear deal draws closer. (snip)

Republican lawmakers who control both houses of the U.S. Congress see the plans for new sanctions as a test of the Obama administration's resolve.

The Wall Street Journal reported that an announcement of new U.S. sanctions was planned for this week but delayed for an unspecified period without explanation. (snip)

Iran's senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday Iran's October missile test did not violate the July nuclear accord, known as JCPOA.

"There is a clear difference between the JCPOA issue and the missile test and the missile test is not a breach of the JCPOA in any way," he was quoted as saying by Press TV.

So, will Obama and Kerry stamp their collective feet, publicly announce that Iran's latest actions are indeed a violation of the accord, and assure us that they will wring every ounce out of Iran to guarantee their compliance or else...?

Helpful hint: Don't expect an ounce of change from Obama in his belief in his disastrous deal.  

As Donald Trump so forthrightly expressed:

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says the nuclear deal with Iran is so bad, he is close to wondering whether it was done poorly on purpose.

“It’s almost like there has to be something else going on,” he said Saturday night at a rally in Biloxi, Miss. “I don’t think there is, I just don’t think they’re competent.”

They're not competent is putting it kindly.  

My new year's prediction: more incompetent ounces of change in the coming year, with equally disastrous outcomes from the final year of the Obama presidency.