SCANDAL ERUPTING: Obama Lied About Ransom for American Captives in Iran – Islamic Republic received massive taxpayer $
The Obama administration continues to deny that a $400 million cash payment to the Iranian regime in January was a ransom for American captives released that month — even though the Iranian regime has described it as such.
On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the cash was delivered in secret, like a super villain scene in a James Bond movie: “Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane.”
It was only the first installment of $1.7 billion that was purportedly owed to Iran to settle claims predating the fall of the Shah in 1979.
Since the days of President Thomas Jefferson, when American sailors were kidnapped by marauding Muslim pirates, the U.S. has resisted paying ransom to free its citizens, lest that create an incentive to kidnap more of them. That is exactly what Iran has done, seizing several more Americans since the beginning of the year, including a California man last month.
In January, White House spokesman Josh Earnest called the Iran deal, including the $1.7 billion payment, as “Exhibit A in the administration pursuing tough, principled diplomacy in a way that actually ends up making the American people safer and advancing the interests of the United States more effectively than military action.”
Yet Obama was ashamed enough to carry out the swap in secret, using foreign currency because of U.S. sanctions that prevent dealing with the regime in U.S. dollars.
At the time, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) warned that the deal “put a price on the head of every American abroad.” Other Republican presidential candidates made similar criticisms.
Following the news of how the cash
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