Back in January of this year Donald Trump branded the Iran nuclear deal that was championed by Obama, “the worst deal in American history.” Trump even went as far to say that the Iran deal was so suspiciously bad, he’s starting to wonder if it was constructed that way on purpose.
It seems like Trump may not have been too far off in his instincts regarding this deal, as The Wall Street Journal reports that Obama secretly airlifted $400 million dollars in cash (various currencies) to the Iranians at the same time they released the American prisoners.
WASHINGTON—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.
US officials of course denied any claim of a “ransom” being paid in order to facilitate the timely release of our armed services members, but what else are they going to do, admit Obama opened up his wallet to quickly pay whatever amount of money it would take to get our people back?
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 U.S. officials also acknowledge that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.
Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a fierce foe of the Iran nuclear deal, accused President Barack Obama of paying “a $1.7 billion ransom to the ayatollahs for U.S. hostages.”
“This break with longstanding U.S. policy [not to] put a price on the head of Americans, and has led Iran to continue its illegal seizures” of Americans, 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.
So yes, we acknowledge that the Iranians wanted something “tangible,” as they weren’t prepared to release our US prisoners without getting something in return. They wanted victory over the United States, even if it was only proclaimed within their government. They had no fear of US retaliation or consequences and no respect for our presidential administration.
John Kerry sure does look like he’s got the negotiations with Iran right where he wants it…you can just see the contempt for his utter weakness in the eyes of every Iranian present.
To break this Iran deal down the simplest of terms: Bad guys took US servicemen hostage and we paid the ransom to have them returned.
That’s pretty much sums up this deal in a nutshell.
Donald Trump has been bashed by the media for repeatedly being critical of the Iran deal throughout his candidacy. He even mentioned the Iran deal at dozens of his campaign rallies during the primaries as an example of how America doesn’t make good deals anymore, and our leaders are totally incompetent or corrupt in making these agreements.
I’m not holding my breath to hear a mainstream media personality actually say, “Donald Trump was right about the Iran deal,” but in a honest world that’s exactly what they should be saying.
Our country is no longer respected within large portions of the international community. They see America as a cash register, spitting out the money of taxpayers whenever they need a problem to go away, a corporation to play ball or a trade deal to materialize.
Donald Trump has said that the rest of the world does not respect us…I’m beginning to think he’s right on that too.
The difference between Donald Trump and the majority of our politicians in office today is that he wants to put America first not money, power or foreign influences.