Excerpted from The Wall Street Journal
“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.”
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
Barack Hussein ordered foreign currencies to be loaded onto those Tehran-bound pallets instead of US dollars due to sanctions that prohibit sending US dollars to Iran. The laughable part of that statement is the suggestion that Hussein has any regard for US law.
“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.”
Right. The cash was a US investment in an Iranian unicorn ranch. That is much more believable. GMAFB!
According to Senator Tom Cotton, “‘This break with longstanding U.S. policy put a price on the head of Americans, and has led Iran to continue its illegal seizures’ of Americans.”
Yeah, what he said!
“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.”
Wow, imagine that! It is hard to believe that the Iranians would capture more Americans just because we are paying $100 million dollars apiece for their release.
“Iranian press reports have quoted senior Iranian defense officials describing the cash as a ransom payment. The Iranian foreign ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment.”
But, but, but, Barack Hussein said the $400 million was not a ransom payment and the fact that Iran received the cash payment the same day the hostages were released is simply a coincidence. I am so confused!
“President Obama approved the shipment of the $400 million. But accumulating so much cash presented a logistical and security challenge, said U.S. and European officials. One person briefed on the operation joked: ‘You can’t just withdraw that much money from ATMs.'”
Who knew? I can see John Kerry trying to do that.
“Mr. Kerry and the State and Treasury departments sought the cooperation of the Swiss and Dutch governments. Ultimately, the Obama administration transferred the equivalent of $400 million to their central banks. It was then converted into other currencies, stacked onto the wooden pallets and sent to Iran on board a cargo plane.”
Slick money laundering operation.
“Revolutionary Guard commanders boasted at the time that the Americans had succumbed to Iranian pressure. “Taking this much money back was in return for the release of the American spies,” said Gen. Mohammad Reza Naghdi, commander of the Guard’s Basij militia, on state media.”
Negative, Mohammad! “The Americans” did not succumb to anything. The American. Singular. One person. Barack Hussein. Had a patriot been in the White House, this episode would have ended much differently and not in Iran’s favor!
“Members of Congress are seeking to pass legislation preventing the Obama administration from making any further cash payments to Iran. One of the bills requires for the White House to make public the details of its $1.7 billion transfer to Iran.”
Newsflash, Congress! Hussein does not give a doodly about your legislation. You have conditioned him to ignore you and do whatever the hell he wants. You have proven to be a worthless, parasitic body of puffed-up phonies…. generally speaking. There is a handful of patriots amongst you, but not enough to make a difference.
Senator James Lankford described the Iranian hostage deal well, declaring, “President Obama’s…payment to Iran in January, which we now know will fund Iran’s military expansion, is an appalling example of executive branch governance. Subsidizing Iran’s military is perhaps the worst use of taxpayer dollars ever by an American president.”