Thursday, August 4, 2016

Obama Sends Iran Ransom Money

                The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of Euros, Swiss francs, and other currencies, that just happened to coincide with the release of four Americans who had been  detained in Tehran for years, according to U.S. and European officials. The cash was stacked on wooden pallets and was delivered to Iran in an unmarked cargo plane under cover of night. Apparently, the United States procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland.
                The administration claims the money is the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement it reached with Iran to resolve a dispute pertaining to a failed arms deal signed in 1979, before the fall of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. This ransom was delivered after Iran captured- and went out of its way to embarrass- American sailors. The President must have simply thought this was, after 37 years, the exact right time to make good on that initial installment! What a coincidence, huh? And this is not long after we agreed to hand them $150 billion for no known reason as part of the recently concluded nuclear deal. I dare you to wrap your mind around that!
                The “Iran-contra scandal” nearly paralyzed the U.S. for months, and almost took down a tremendously successful president. The infamous “arms for hostages” deal was literally front page news for many weeks. Congressional hearings were held- and televised nationally for nights on end- co-opting regular programming. And this was to cover actions nowhere near as harmful to the U.S. as the twisted antics of the Obama administration have been in accommodating Iran in its attempt to acquire nuclear weapons and enhance its sponsorship of terror.
                Where did I find this momentous revelation in my local “newspaper?” On page 5 of the “A” section in its “World and National News” shorts. The editors saw fit to dedicate one paragraph of text to this stunning story. By contrast, what was on the front page, above the fold? The headline read, “Obama: Trump not fit to be president.” The sub-heading? “The president said the GOP nominee lacks knowledge about basic foreign policy.” A stupefying juxtaposition. Trump lacks basic foreign policy knowledge? You can’t make this up!

                This is as if Neville Chamberlain accused his opponents of lacking foreign policy acumen. Did the mass media ever say the same thing about Barack Obama, community organizer? 

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