It’s just come out that the Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million cash to Iran just before the Iranian regime released four American hostages last January. The revelation has sparked outcries from many who believe the cash payment can only be characterized as ransom paid to Iran in exchange for the prisoner release.This, of course, is another violation of our country’s long-standing policy not to negotiate with terrorists, the first being the Bowe Bergdahl deal.
Fox News contributor retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters — a straight shooter who doesn’t mince words — wasn’t afraid to call a spade a spade, noting the secret payment was “definitely ransom or a bribe.” Removing all doubt his view of the shadiness of the matter, Peters declared the whole thing “smells to high heaven.” Indeed.
TheBlaze reports, “On some pathetic level … I have to feel sorry for John Kirby,” Peters said of the State Department spokesman who denied a correlation between the payment and the release of the prisoners. “I mean, his job is to convince us that sewage is champagne. Well, drink it if you want to.”
Peters said he’s been in Washington long enough to know the payment “just plain stinks.”He said that, even if the payment wasn’t ransom, it appears that way to the rest of the world.
“If this was above board, if this was all perfectly honest, why was it done in the dead of night with an unmarked cargo plane in Swiss franc and euros to avoid, to get around the U.S. law that you can’t traffic with Iran in dollars?” Peters said. “I mean, It smells to high heaven, but it’s business as usual for the Obama administration.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran as four Americans detained by Iran were released. U.S. officials characterized the payment as part of a $1.7 billion settlement with Iran over a longstanding dispute over a 1970s arms deal that only coincidentally occurred at the same time the prisoners were released.The Journal’s report states that the United States sent “wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies” into Iran on an “unmarked cargo plane” in order to circumvent a U.S. law that forbids transactions with Iran in American currency.
Peters hits the nail on the head here, particularly with his point about how such a payment makes us look to the rest of the world.
Giving in to terrorist demands, or whatever happened here, makes our nation look weak on the global stage, a message consistent with the foreign policy that has rolled out of the Obama administration since day one.
It’s encouragement for evil men to do evil things in an attempt to strong arm the United States into doing their bidding, and there’s little doubt the money they got from our government will be used to fund terrorist activities against us in the future.
We desperately need a president who understands foreign policy and will stand firm on the ideal of not giving into terrorists, no matter what, as a means to prevent the bad guys from getting the upper hand on the geopolitical stage.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]