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As Joe Biden begins his transition to a possible presidency, his pick for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken faces more scrutiny of his record. Earlier I noted that as Deputy Secretary of State, Blinken had met with then-Vice President Joe Biden’s troubled son, Hunter, twice in 2015, at the time Hunter had been named to the board of the Ukrainian energy company Bursima.

Senators are still waiting for official records of those meetings from the State Department to determine possible conflicts of interest or national security concerns.

Now, in a sign of whether Biden intends to return to the dangerously failed appeasement strategy of the Obama-Biden team regarding Iran, Blinken’s views on the now officially designated terrorist group, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are resurfacing.

As Fox News reported, in 2017, when the Trump administration was considering the terrorist designation for the IRGC, Blinken said on CNN that he opposed the designation out of fear of retribution by Iran. This despite the fact that the State Department was already describing the IRGC as the leading sponsor of terrorism. Blinken explained:

If there’s a formal designation as a terrorist organization, I think there is going to be blowback. That’s exactly why the Bush administration and the Obama administration, while using other sanctions against individual members, leaders or the IRGC, resisted designating the organization.

Blinken suggested instead using existing sanctions “without sticking it in their eye publicly in a way that might actually blow up reaction and that endangers our troops,” noted Fox.

Thankfully, Trump ignored such concerns and designated the IRGC a terrorist group in 2019 and followed this by his bold surgical missile strike that took out the IRGC’s Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in January 2020.

The Quds Force is the dedicated terror wing of the IRGC primarily responsible for clandestine operations outside Iran. The Iranian regime, other than a mostly symbolic rocket attack against US bases in Iraq, has since been relatively quiet.

If Blinken becomes Secretary of State expect the Obama-Biden appeasement of Iran to return, along with more terrorism and, as I have reported, the much-increased likelihood of conflict between Israel and Iran.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com.


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Jerri
Jerri
11 months ago

Eric Coomer Denver. Google that name if you don’t watch NEWSMAX or AMVO. This guys evil and had a lot to do with the votes and how they were tallied.

Howard
Howard
11 months ago

He is a Soros puppet and they all work for Lucifer

Rivahmitch
Rivahmitch
11 months ago

Terrible selection BUT No Surprise. All a part of Uncle Joes “America Last” Initiative.