Obama’s “Jihadist Stimulus Bill”

by | Jul 31, 2015 | Foreign Policy

Republican candidate for president and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said: “If this deal [with Iran] goes through, the Obama administration will become the leading financier of terrorism against America in the world,” adding that he’s “heard this referred to before as the ‘Jihadist Stimulus Bill.’” Cruz has continued to make similar comments when talking about […]

Republican candidate for president and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said: “If this deal [with Iran] goes through, the Obama administration will become the leading financier of terrorism against America in the world,” adding that he’s “heard this referred to before as the ‘Jihadist Stimulus Bill.’”

Cruz has continued to make similar comments when talking about the proposal, as he did Tuesday during a roundtable discussion with other lawmakers when he said that the deal with Iran will lead to the release of “billions of dollars under control of this administration” to “flow into the hands of jihadists who will use that money to murder Americans, to murder Israelis, to murder Europeans.”

Former Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney said (on Twitter):  “I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause.”

Ted Cruz is right; Mitt Romney is wrong.

The agreement between the U.S. and Iran is an agreement between a peaceful country and one openly committed to terrorism. Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, as it has for the last 35-plus years.

In exchange for Iran doing what it already does — lying about its attempts to build and ultimately use nuclear weapons — the United States unfreezes assets so the Iranian government may regain control of them. The Iranian government needs this money, because it will strengthen its hold on power and enable the regime’s ability to sponsor and finance even more terrorism than it already does. What else would the Iranian government do with this money? Murdering people who will not practice fundamentalist Islam is their purpose for existing.

I cannot comprehend why Cruz’s comments are considered as anything other than obvious and factual.

Mitt Romney lost the last election, and he will never be president. However, it’s a good illustration of why Republicans so often lose — and why when they win, it almost never matters. Romney’s tweet reveals how many Republicans really think — which is to say, they do not think. It’s not that they’re stupid. It’s just that they’re political. They care more about what others think, or how they’re perceived, than about the obvious facts of reality.

With Republicans like Mitt Romney, there is no such thing as an opposition party on national defense.

Romney sounds like Jeb Bush and many other Republicans when he states, “Hurts the cause.” What cause? If you’re not willing to say aloud that handing over money to a terrorizing government is the same as actually subsidizing that government, then what are you willing to say?

Evading facts and subverting logic are what most politicians do every day.

If the kind of honesty and authenticity represented by Ted Cruz’s comments in this case actually harms his ability to become president, then something is deeply wrong with the people who would not support him for this reason. They must really hate America, or hate themselves for being American, to call this moral and financial bribery with Iran anything other than what it obviously is.

Imagine a schoolyard bully who threatens other children if they don’t hand over their lunch money. What would you think of a school principal who asked the threatened children to let the bully keep their money, in exchange for no longer bothering them? What would this do to the moral status of the bully — or the physical safety of the students?

It’s exactly the kind of timid appeasement the U.S. government presently practices with Iran. Only the stakes are much higher.

I might not support Ted Cruz because of his opposition to abortion rights or gay marriage, for example. But I’d never not support him for his comments on Obama’s sellout to terrorist Iran. Anyone who does so deserves what they get, quite honestly, when and if Iran ever delivers on the one promise it actually intends to keep.


  1. The way to defeat Iran is simple, sign a free trade agreement with them. Instead of dropping bombs we should be dropping Levis, Hollywood movies and Rock and Roll. Appeal to the kids who made the “Happy” video and the Ayatollah won’t last long. I’m confused why someone writing on a capitalist website supports a non capitalist solution.

    “If soldiers are not to cross international boundaries, goods must do so. Unless the Shackles can be dropped from trade, bombs will be dropped from the sky.”
    Otto Mallery

  2. “I might not support Ted Cruz because of his opposition to abortion rights or gay marriage, for example.”
    I’m beginning to think Dr. Hurd has a hobby horse – one that distracts from the otherwise important message in his articles.

    What is this apparent need to qualify support for anyone or his position? It is only natural and expected that one will not see eye-to-eye on 100% of everything another person thinks. In the broadest general sense, I am a big fan of Winston Churchill. Can’t I just leave it at that, or do I need to add pointless qualifications, such as his view on the NHS? I suppose if I had a bugbear about socialised medicine, I would.

    Come to think of it, I am generally in agreement with Dr. Hurd in his articles. That should suffice. What would be gained by pointing out that for a man of medicine and psychology as himself to be so positively inclined to homosexuality suggests that the lunatics are running the asylum? None – so I won’t mention it.

  3. Hurd shouldn’t support Cruz because he’s not a natural born Citizen.

    US vs Wong Kim Ark:

    “A person born out of the jurisdiction of the United States can only become a citizen by being naturalized, either by treaty, as in the case of the annexation of foreign territory, or by authority of Congress, exercised either by declaring certain classes of persons to be citizens, as in the enactments conferring citizenship upon foreign-born children of citizens,…”

  4. I think since Cruz is running for President among many other Republicans, Hurd just wanted to ensure his readers that this was not an unequivocal endorsement of Cruz’s other positions or an endorsement of Cruz over his Republican competitors. I don’t see anything wrong with that – in the context of the article, this was a minor comment. I assume he picked abortion and gay marriage as issues since these are obvious issues that religious-right conservatives such as Cruz are clearly against (my only issue with gay “marriage” is the term “marriage” as I think that term is well-defined as a union between a man and a woman – otherwise, I would favor the use civil union or another term). The religious right’s support of a free market is somewhat more nuanced, inconsistent and more difficult to ascertain without going into more detail; hence, it’s easier to choose abortion and gay marriage as issues of disagreement. As we go forward in these Presidential politics, I expect to be disappointed with the Republican candidates’ understanding of the free market, both from an economic and moral standpoint, with most if not all of these candidates proposing government programs that violate free market principles (and therefore infringe on individual rights) – and I expect that Donald Trump will be among those disappointing.

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Dr. Michael Hurd is a psychotherapist, columnist and author of "Bad Therapy, Good Therapy (And How to Tell the Difference)" and "Grow Up America!" Visit his website at: www.DrHurd.com.


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