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Iran on Steroids: What Happens When the Dollars Start Rolling In

Iran-Basij-March-IP_2A march of the Iranian Basij militia (Photo: © Reuters)

We’ve been dealing with the consequences of an Iranian regime that was poor. Get ready for an Iranian regime armed with an economic boom.

The Western powers’ nuclear deal with Iran will give the regime access to $100-150 billion in unfrozen funds and lifts the U.N. arms embargo within five years. In addition, Iran says it can accommodate $200-300 billion in foreign investment as sanctions are eased. The danger of this revenue can only be properly understood if you consider the cheap cost of Iran’s terrorist operations.

The Israeli ambassador to the U.S. put the deal in perspective by comparing the economies of Iran and the United States: If Iran’s Gross Domestic Product is $300 billion and it gets an influx of $150 billion in unfrozen assets, that’s like the U.S. receiving $8 trillion.

There’s been some criticism of these numbers, so let’s take the best case scenario presented by the critics. Let’s take the low number of $100 billion (not even including the $200-300 billion in foreign investment), a high estimate of Iranian GDP at $415 billion and put the U.S. economy at $18 trillion. That’s still an equivalent influx of $4.3 trillion—again, not including the foreign investment and the wealth created by it.

Either way, that funding will go mostly into the hands of the terrorism-sponsoring, freedom-oppressing, “Death to America”-chanting Iranian regime. In short, it will go towards saving the dying Iranian Islamic Revolution.

About 80% of Iran’s economy is state-owned. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps alone owns at least one-third of the economy and is the third richest organization in the country, surpassed only by the regime-owned National Iranian Oil Company and Imam Reza Endowment.

The regime is so corrupt that a Reuters investigation found that Supreme Leader Khamenei owns a $95 billion empire. A detailed Arab newspaper reported in June that Khamenei’s family has billions more, with his son and possible successor, Mojtaba, having over $3 billion himself.

What will $100-150 billion in unfrozen funds and an additional $200-300 billion in foreign investment mean for the Iranian government’s shopping list? Consider the numbers below:

$30 Billion: The Iranian Defense Budget

This estimate, calculated by calculated by U.S. President Obama,  appears to include undisclosed spending because “moderate” President Rouhani increased the budget by about one-third this year to an official amount of $10 billion. The regime is so radical that it increased its budget for violent jihad and theocratic oppression during times of economic hardship.

$6.5 Billion: Budget of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps is the elite security force that keeps the Iranian regime in power by oppressing the population and sponsors terrorism around the world. It is responsible for providing advanced IEDs that killed at least 500 U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Moderate” President Rouhani increased the IRGC’s budget by almost half in 2015 at a time when Iran is strapped for money.

$6 Billion: Iran’s Yearly Donation to Syrian Dictator Bashar Assad

This figure was stated by the U.N.’s envoy to Syria. Other experts put it as high as $15 billion. Assad is a state sponsor of terrorism whose rule helps fuel Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. His determination to cling onto power has resulted in 320,000 dead and over 4 million refugees in a population of only 23 million since 2011.

$4-5 Billion: Estimated Spending By Iran on Terrorist Proxies

This figure was calculated by the Israeli Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff, who emphasized that this support is limited only by the current “economic limitations” of Iran, which will be expanded under the deal.

$2 Billion: Iran’s Annual Assistance to Extremist Shiite militias in Iraq and Syria

These militias have killed U.S. servicemen in the past and may target the 3,500 troops in Iraq now. The 140,000 members get $300 per month salary and $900 per month for arms and accommodations. The militias are brutal towards innocent Sunnis, indirectly assisting the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.


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