Washington DC (Storch Report) — President Barack Hussein Obama has put a bounty on the head of every America by paying clandestinely $400 million in ransom money to Iran, the number one sponsor of terrorism around the world, in exchange for the release of four American hostages.
Despite the optics of the secretly conducted deal, the administration says it has a policy of not paying ransom and noted that this was but 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 and it was just coincidence that both came together at the same time as the ill advised nuclear deal. Is that why it looked like a South American drug cartel operation?
However, when it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is what it is, ransom in exchange for hostages. Iranian Revolutionary Guard commanders boasted at the time that the Americans had succumbed to Iranian pressure, according to the Wall Street Journal who broke the story. “Taking this much money back was in return for the release of the American spies,” said Gen Mohammad Reza Naghdi.
If it was not a ransom deal why didn’t Obama tell the American people what it was at the time rather than what it appears to be now, and in fact is, and they knew it wouldn’t be any more credible at the time?
The deal was consummated in the dark of night when wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss Francs and other currencies were being prepared for delivery. They were loaded onto an unmarked cargo plane. The US procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, a criminal act in the US known as money laundering. The cash was delivered and the four American hostages were released.
It is now known the operation was not approved by the Department of Justice.
The act has far reaching and potentially deadly implications to American citizens and the United States military who are sent into harms way, with restrictive combat missions, to fight the enemy, many of whom, are wounded, maimed and killed with arms provided to terrorists via Iran, but done so with US laundered money. Yes, one might say the Obama administration all but pulls the trigger on our own soldiers in the wars we are fighting in the Middle East by providing the funds for armament to the enemy and has now put every citizen in harm’s way by putting a kidnapping bounty on their heads.
The deal coincided with the formal implementation the same weekend of the landmark ill-advised nuclear agreement reached between Tehran, the US 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 Obama said at the White house on Jan. 17 — but he didn’t disclose the $400 million cash payment, nor the deal to release the four American prisoners. Since the deal three more Americans are now being held as hostages by Iran.
It was only the day before the Wall Street Journal broke this story that President Obama at a joint press conference with the President of Singapore, found himself, straying far from the subject matter, but willing to comment on the fitness of one to be President of the United States.
In so describing the job and upon reflection of the news that was hours away from breaking, it appeared to me President Obama unwittingly, as it turns out, describe himself as a result of this deal as,’woefully unprepared nor fit to be President.”
He identified the enemy and it was there for all to see — and it was him!