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Watch: Vet Disfigured by Iranian Bomb Thanks, Salutes POTUS for Ending Iran Deal

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President Donald Trump fulfilled yet another campaign pledge on Tuesday when he announced that he would be withdrawing the United States from the Iran nuclear deal formed under former President Barack Obama.

While Obama acolytes on the left were quite displeased, many others were thrilled with the decision, particularly one veteran with firsthand experience of Iran’s enmity toward America.

Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked retired Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bartlett, who was severely injured in 2005 by an Iranian roadside bomb while serving in Iraq, to share his reaction, and he didn’t even need to say a word to express how he felt about the development.

Bartlett silently raised his right hand to his forehead and held a salute for a moment before he declared, “Thank you Mr. President, I really appreciate it.”

Bartlett, who’s face was disfigured as a result of the Iranian bomb, explained that the blast nearly cut his body in half and took off the legs of his truck gunner. Sadly, his truck commander didn’t survive the horrific explosion.

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Bartlett has been an outspoken opponent of the Iran nuclear deal from the start and was asked for his thoughts on the estimated $180 billion in cash that was given to Iran for the deal — money that in large part landed in the hands of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander.

“We know what he did with the money, he began spreading more terror, that’s exactly what he did,” Bartlett said.

“It went right into his military. They increased their GDP by five, ten-fold that same year,” he continued. “And then all of a sudden you saw more things happening in Yemen and around other countries they’re spreading their terrorism in.”

“We know exactly what they did with the money because the people are starving. That’s why there’s some uprising, because the money isn’t going to them,” he added.

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The soldier stated bluntly, “It was try to spend some money to try to fix something, to buy them off so they wouldn’t build a weapon. It doesn’t make sense, it’s Chicago politics.”

In response to Obama’s statement against Trump’s withdrawal from the deal — which suggested that America’s credibility was ruined and the nation was at further risk — Bartlett appeared dumbstruck by the gall of the remarks.

“Yeah, diplomats got killed under his office, Ambassador (Christopher) Stevens, so these are all policies that his State Department and his people stood by and put together,” Bartlett replied. “He just got more people killed and was gonna get more people killed by the spread of terrorism.”

Bartlett wondered how it made any sense to give billions of dollars to a country spreading terrorism to stop the spread of terrorism, and suggested instead that more sanctions should have been applied, such as was recently done with North Korea.

Our hats are off to this proud warrior for his service to our country and sharing openly about his experience — hopefully President Trump gets word of this interview so he can salute him in return.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
Birthplace
Louisiana
Nationality
American
Education
The School of Life
Location
Little Rock, Arkansas
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics




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