Just a coincidence that we paid $400 million to Number 1 terrorist regime in the world just as four American hostages were released.
An unmarked cargo plane, pallets of euros, Swiss francs, and other foreign currency–sounds like spy novel, doesn’t it, not something that the most transparent administration in history would do.
You have probably heard the story, which first broke last night, but in case you don’t the details, here they are from the original story.
The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.
Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.
The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
The settlement, which resolved claims before an international tribunal in The Hague, also coincided with the formal implementation that same weekend of the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Tehran, the U.S. and other global powers the summer before.
“With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well,” President Barack Obama said at the White House on Jan. 17—without disclosing the $400 million cash payment. (emphasis mine)
The Obama Regime is relying on this January 17 statement by the One to say that this is an “old story,” about which they were completely transparent.
Senior U.S. officials denied any link between the payment and the prisoner exchange. They say the way the various strands came together simultaneously was coincidental, not the result of any quid pro quo.
But it’s not a ransom, or is it?
But U.S. officials also acknowledge that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.
And the Regime, through John “Lurch” Kerry has acknowledged that at least some of any cash we give to the Iranians will end up in the hands of terrorists.
Well, at least since we made this payment, the Iranians are behaving themselves. Also from The Wall Street Journal:
Since the cash shipment, the intelligence arm of the Revolutionary Guard has arrested two more Iranian-Americans. Tehran has also detained dual-nationals from France, Canada and the U.K. in recent months.
This is not the first time that we have paid Iran a ransom. In 2011, we paid $500,000 each for two hikers who had been jailed for two years.
This Iran deal is a reeking stinky mess, which does NOT stop the Iranians from getting nuclear weapons. It FACILITATES it. The Regime has admitted, and even bragged about the fact that it was sold with lies and deception.
Let’s be very clear: this money laundering was not only illegal, which is why the Justice Department objected. It was very bad policy, encouraging this terror regime to take more hostages. Why not? It’s a money maker!
Mr. Trump, between this ridiculous foreign policy disaster and the horror show that is our economy, I think you’ve got plenty to talk about over the next 90 some days.
What say you?