Sunday, August 7, 2016

Andrew McCarthy: Obama's Cash Payment to Iran Broke Criminal Law

Did it ever occur to President Obama to ask why he couldn’t just cut a check to the Iranian regime?
Outrage broke out this week over the revelation that Obama arranged to ship the mullahs piles of cash, worth $400 million and converted into foreign denominations, reportedly in an unmarked cargo plane. The hotly debated question was whether the payment, which the administration attributes to a 37-year-old arms deal, was actually a ransom paid for the release of American hostages Tehran had abducted.
It is a waste of time to debate that point further. The Iranians have bragged that the astonishing cash payment was a ransom — and Obama has been telling us for months that we can trust the Iranians. The hostages were released the same day the cash arrived. One of the hostages has reported that the captives were detained an extra several hours at the airport and told they would not be allowed to leave until the arrival of another plane — inferentially, the unmarked cargo plane ferrying the cash. The reason American policy has always prohibited paying ransoms to terrorists and other abductors is that it only encourages them to take more hostages. And, as night follows day, Iran has abducted more Americans since Obama paid the cash. No matter how energetically the president tries to lawyer the ransom issue, if it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck . . .
More worth examining is why the transaction took the bizarre form that it did. To cut to the chase, I believe it was to camouflage — unsuccessfully — the commission of felony law violations. (more)


edutcher said...

Tell me something we don't know.

Last I looked treason was still illegal.

Trooper York said...

Of course it broke the law. Obama is a lawless President.

He supports criminals. He always takes the side of the criminal over the police. He is releasing thousand of violent criminals and is working to get them their right to votes returned.

He feels the way most black people feel. That the law does not apply to them. Traffic laws.
Looting laws. Drug laws. You see it in the news everyday. Every time you tell a black guy that he is breaking the law they tell you it is racism and refuse to not act like a criminal.

I am sure that Obama thinks the criticism of his actions in Iran is quite simply racism.

There is nothing you can do with that.

Adamsunderground said...

He feels the way most black people feel.

That's not to ignore the victimhood industry, but a recognition of a poverty of spirit will always be with us.

Adamsunderground said...

EDIT: Strike out "black" in that quote.

virgil xenophon said...

He and Holder broke at least three laws and an int Treaty in the Mexican gun-running scheme as well.

Sixty Grit said...