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Former Joint Chiefs Chairman: 'Got to Support' NCRI

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman: 'Got to Support' NCRI
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By    |   Monday, 17 August 2015 06:34 PM

There's an alternate solution to the nuclear and terror threat Tehran poses in the Middle East and that's for the United States to support the existing resistance inside Iran, retired Gen. General Hugh Shelton tells Newsmax TV.

In an interview with "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner on Monday, the former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, who served from 1997 to 2001, and author of "Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior," says the nation has "got to support" the National Council of Resistance of Iran "if we want them to be able to move forward."

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Shelton praised the NCRI's program "that looks like our Declaration of Independence."

"It has all the rights, all the freedoms expressed for the Iranian people that you and I as Americans would like to see," he said. "Giving them a chance by supporting them in a way that will allow them to empower the people inside of Iran and lead to an uprising … scares the daylights out of the mullahs and the ayatollahs inside of Iran."

Shelton also dismissed the notion that people in Iran favor the nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers.

"It's awfully tough to speak out against a regime who has all the arms and who is constantly throwing those in jail that speak out against it," he said. "You only get a half truth when you talk about what's coming out of the Iranians, at best."

He also expressed frustration that President Barack Obama is not listening to the opponents of the deal in the United States, "one of the most bipartisan groups that you probably ever find inside of the Beltway."

"It's got everyone from former presidential candidate and head of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean, to [former Pennsylvania Democratic] Gov. Ed Rendell, [former Pennsylvania Republican] Gov. Tom Ridge, who is also the first homeland security director, and then it's the attorney general director, the FBI, two CIA chiefs … saying 'Look Mr. President, we know you don't want to go to war with Iran. We understand that. We know you don't really want a nuclear empowered Iran, but there is another alternative. Listen to what we're saying.'

"'This deal that you're about to sign is not going to get that for the American people. It is going to empower the current Iranians that are spreading their form of terrorism throughout the Middle East as we speak. It will empower them to buy weapons from Russia, from China, etc., and the real winners in all of this are going to be the Shiite militia,'" he added.

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There's an alternate solution to the nuclear and terror threat Tehran poses in the Middle East - and that's for the United States to support the existing resistance inside Iran, retired Gen. General Hugh Shelton tells Newsmax TV.
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