Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Did Obama trade Cash for Hostages?

WSJThe 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.


edutcher said...

So much for that nuke deal making us a bunch of new friends.

Amartel said...

Transparently false excuse. Wow. That's precedent.

Amartel said...

Yeah, Trump's the unqualified one. Sure.

ndspinelli said...

The worst President in my lifetime. That includes Carter.

Chip Ahoy said...

The entire western world is learning their presumed ruling class ain't all that.

The t.v. just now ran the GEICO ad with a pirate and a parrot repeating too much and giving away the captain's plan of not sharing the booty and the scene ends with the crew converging to lay hands upon him and the bird still squawking the plan.

And I thought, hey, that's exactly like Wikileaks. OMG. The destruction is awesome to behold. Better than any 4th of July fireworks. People we haven't even heard of, hidden behind the scenes, swatted down like flies. It's glorious.

I must now pray.

*bows head* Dear God, thank you.

That's it. More is coming out. Soon we will see D.W.Schultz shifted laterally to Hillary staff for the payoff and the fully developed collusion that it is.

Did I read it here?

True, Tim Kaine stepped down as DNC chair in 2011 and was replaced by D.W. Schultz.

emails show repeatedly D.W.S. for short for D.W.S. is short misappropriated funds in various ways and various means and various channels and always to favor Hillary.

She should not be in jail. She should be hung with a rope by her neck and buried outside city walls.

I made up that last part to be dramatic.

[The guy on t.v. talked about the guy who hung for the hanging judge in Oklahoma, who was actually against capital punishment, the judge was. He got his name by hanging a bunch of people at once and that attracted national attention. But the hangman took pride in his work. "I never had to hang anybody twice." Said to know every fiber of ropes, kept them well oiled and rubbed, knew precisely the tightness of the knot and how many for each individual person. Then the narrator hops on his chopper and rides off to drink a case of beer. His stomach sticks waaaaaaaaaaaaay out like he's pregnant with fifteen babies inside creating a huge mass in front of him and he walks around like that's normal, his speech characterized as aggressively assertive declaratives masking insecurity about his unhealthy alcoholic misshapen form.]

So there's that.

Hillary's going down and they're too deeply rooted to know it. Shockwave one, shockwave two, mortal blows both the crackup has begun like two large softball size hailstones smack on the windshield, they can still see but the storm's only started.

I feel like singing and dancing. For all the damage to all the things I don't like politically. What a fantastic year. The damage that's done to mean people. All this makes me happy. And not just that typical schadenfreude everyone mentions, this is a lot better than that. This is an overdue forest fire. The kind that allows light and rejuvenates.

edutcher said...

ndspinelli said...

The worst President in my lifetime. That includes Carter.

Dude, you'd have to go back to Buchanan to find one that even came close.

And everybody thought he swung the other way, too.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Yes. Obama and Kerry did that.

ndspinelli said...

With a few exceptions the MSM is ignoring this ransom. Trump needs to HAMMER Obama and say anyone who pays ransom is "UNFIT." Us critical of Trump aren't saying he shouldn't be aggressive. He should be aggressive, but SMART about it. This is a great opportunity to hit right back on "Unfit." You hit Obama on this and that Assad used chlorine gas again yesterday on his own people. Only an "Unfit" President would draw a line in the sand and then watch men, women and children gassed to death.

Lem said...

These are the folks that turned around and humiliated our sailors.

ndspinelli said...

Great point, Lem. A sharp candidate would add that to the rebuttal to Obama's sanctimonious "unfit" charge.

AllenS said...

Is Kerry on crutches?

ndspinelli said...

Remember the sailboard loving Kerry broke his leg biking in France while eating some brie.

AJ Lynch said...

"With a few exceptions the MSM is ignoring this ransom."

Yep front page of Philly Inquirer has story on Obama calling Trump unfit. No mention of ransom story on front page.

edutcher said...

ndspinelli said...

With a few exceptions the MSM is ignoring this ransom.

Great point, Lem. A sharp candidate would add that to the rebuttal to Obama's sanctimonious "unfit" charge.

Yes, but, since most people have yet to hear about it, it wouldn't have too much of an impression.

The "dull" candidate, however, wasted very little breath on Pissy because he used the little hissy fit to riff on how unfit Hillary was.

Just the way all the NeverTrumpers here say he should be doing. But they missed that, somehow.

Too busy bitching, I guess.

ricpic said...

Carter was stupid. Hussein is demonically destructive of the United States.

AllenS said...

Well, then, sounds like Kerry just got his 4th Purple Heart.

Methadras said...

We don't negotiate with terrorists unless of course you are their Taqiyya mole that will pass along all kinds of cash to your jihadi cohorts.