The Obama administration believed the American public to be so naïve – or maybe just plain stupid – that it would believe whatever it was told.
That would include the claim at the delivery of $1.7 billion – much of it in cash stacked on pallets in the middle of the night on an airport tarmac in Iran, was coincidentally made on the same night five Americans were released by Iran.
It wasn’t a ransom for the hostages, argued Obama, it was simply time to pay off a disputed debt from the 1990s.
Even at the time, the massive payment was made – with some of the cash in non-U.S. currency – many Congressional leaders challenged the Obama claim with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) saying, “This break with long-standing U.S. policy puts a price on the heads of Americans and has led Iran to continue its illegal seizures of U.S. citizens.”
Now, with Obama out of the White House, the true destination of the money has been traced by the federal government – and it wasn’t to the people of Iran or their schools, hospitals or infrastructure.
The Washington Times is reporting that the funds found their way to three terrorist groups in the region – Iran’s violent terrorist group, the Quds Force, Hezbollah, the terrorist group in Lebanon, and the Houthi rebels in Saudi Arabia.
So much for Obama’s claim that Iran would change its ways if the U.S. signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that was the pet project of his foreign policy legacy.
President Trump has gone on the record, calling it an “enormous financial windfall… that has not been used to better the lives of the Iranian people but has served instead as a slush fund for weapons, terror, and oppression, and to further line the pockets of corrupt regime leaders.”
President Trump has long signaled that he will cancel U.S. participation in the pact, citing violations of the terms by Iran and his belief that it was not a good deal for the U.S.
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