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August 03, 2016

Obama Sent $400 Million In Ransom to Iran to Get Back Four Kidnapped Americans

Of course.

Here's the thing: When you've staked your political credibility on the massive lie that Iran Is A Partner For Peace, then you have to cover up all of their crimes.

Their crimes are now your crimes-- so you are now their blackmailed bitch, covering up all the dirty shit they do.

Thanks, Obama!

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.


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 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.

Quick, let's elect Hillary Clinton and create a Constitution-ending triad of the presidency, the Clinton-Media Industrial Complex, and the federal bureaucracy -- the three true branches of government, not to mention the Supreme Court -- before we lose our chance.

We have people on Twitter we have to teach some lessons to.

More Evasive Than Nathan Thurm:


More: McCain says this was transparently a ransom paid to kidnappers, and Ted Cruz agrees.


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