Consider this chilling report from April from investors.com:
In the latest edition of its propaganda rag, the Islamic State [ISIS] says it has enough cash to buy a nuclear weapon from Pakistan and smuggle it into the U.S. through Mexico. This is the sum of all fears, and it’s not overblown.
The new issue of ‘Dabiq,’ IS’ English-language webzine, includes a chilling article, ‘The Perfect Storm,’ that claims the group has amassed enough funds to purchase a ‘nuclear device’ from Pakistan.
‘The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilayah (province) in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region,’ the magazine says. The weapon could be smuggled through drug-running routes from Islamist-controlled Nigeria to Central America to Mexico ‘and into the U.S.,’ it adds.
Ridiculous. Pakistan would never sell nuclear weapons to terrorists. They’d be too afraid of American retaliation. Besides, everyone knows you need an intercontinental ballistic missile to deliver a nuc, right? That’s what Mr. Obama and his minions imply, and they’d never mislead the American public.
Far-fetched? Not when you consider that IS has the means to buy nukes or dirty bombs, and the opportunity to smuggle them through our porous borders.
A Rand Corp. study says IS has more than $2 billion in assets from seized oil fields and refineries, kidnap ransoms and taxation. The think tank figures the terror group now controls fields with a production capacity of more than 150,000 barrels a day. It smuggles this oil out in tanker trucks and sells it at steeply discounted rates to buyers in Syria, Turkey, Kurdistan and elsewhere.
Despite falling world oil prices that have slowed IS’ energy revenues to about $2 million a week, the terror group is still raking in more than $1 million a day in extortion and taxes alone. IS has also stolen some $500 million from state-owned banks in Iraq.
This is far more cash than al-Qaida had access to before 9/11. And IS is more ambitious — and fanatical enough to actually detonate a nuke inside a U.S. city.
Surely no one could have predicated that?
Our piece, “Will A Nuclear Caliphate Rise From Unrest In The Mideast?”, warned that fanatics would try to bring the Mideast under a single Islamic ruler who could control ‘oil supplies and possibly even nuclear weapons.’ It further warned that this Mideast-based Islamic state would pose ‘a direct threat to the West.’
At the time, the White House pooh-poohed the idea of any ‘caliphate’ forming, arguing that Muslim terrorists could never exploit the power vacuum (which the White House helped create) in the Mideast because most reformers were ‘secular.’
Ignoring Muslim polling to the contrary, then-deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough called it a ‘lie’ that Muslims even desire a universal Islamic state. Now, thanks to such naivete, we’re facing an Islamic state that could turn into the first nuclear terrorist state. And Obama’s doing next to nothing to stop it.
That’s not true. Mr. Obama has negotiated a deal that will make the entire world safer and will prevent Iran from ever getting a nuclear weapon. He said so himself. True, this relies entirely on Iran honoring even the spirit of the deal, and Iran has breached every deal in which it has been involved in the past, but that’s no reason not to believe Mr. Obama, is it? Besides, ISIS is Islamic, even though Mr. Obama says it’s not. They’ll go along with the Iran deal just because Mr. Obama is such a transformative figure and a shoo-in for another Nobel Peace Prize.
The Obama Administration has been very careful never to speak about the threat of nuclear weapons smuggled over our southern border even though Iran and other terrorist organizations have been making alliances south of the border for decades. All Obamite talking points focus on ballistic missiles as though that were the only means of delivering such weapons.
The horrible truth is a single pickup truck or a van–even some common cars–could transport a shielded nuclear weapon across the border. Aircraft too could do the job.
No rational state would sell terrorists a nuclear weapon, but the Pakistani government struggles internally against Islamists and more rational actors. The Islamists often win. Believing that Islamists can be deterred by threats of destruction is idiocy. These are people who brag that they embrace death as we embrace life. They mean it.
Watching Mr. Obama decimate and dispirit our military–our latest brilliant military initiative? Making sure transgendered soldiers can serve openly–watching him make an entirely feckless deal with Iran, watching American global retreat and the abandonment of our allies, watching him lie to his own people about the Iran deal, it is not at all far-fetched to think that a rogue nuclear state might make the calculation that even if a nuclear weapon were traced back to them post-detonation, Barack Obama, out of weakness or sympathy with Islam, would do nothing about it. At the most, he might lob a drone-launched missile here or there while proclaiming Islam a religion of peace.
It looks as though the JV team could be on track to winning the state championship this year.