Obama used cash payments to Iran to evade US and international sanctions

On Tuesday, the Obama administration finally admitted something its critics had long suspected: The entire $1.7 billion tribute paid to Iran was tendered in cash — not just the initial $400 million infamously shipped to the Iranians in a cargo plane — at the same moment four American hostages were released.

“Treasury Department spokeswoman Dawn Selak said in a statement the cash payments were necessary because of the ‘effectiveness of U.S. and international sanctions,’ which isolated Iran from the international finance system,” said ABC News, relating what might be one of history’s strangest humblebrags. The sanctions Obama threw away were working so well that he had to satisfy Iran’s demands with cold, hard cash!

By the way, those sanctions were not entirely related to Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. As former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy pointed out at National Review last month, they date back to Iran’s seizure of hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, its support for “Hezbollah’s killing sprees,” and, most pertinently, Bill Clinton’s 1995 invocation of “federal laws that deal with national emergencies caused by foreign aggression,” by which he meant Iran’s support for international terrorism.

Also confirmed: Iran’s loot was taken from the Treasury Department’s Judgment Fund, which allowed the administration to circumvent Congress yet again. McCarthy persuasively argues that it was also a blatant violation of federal law because paying the mullahs off with piles of foreign currency doesn’t actually bypass the sanctions that are still in effect.

“On Tuesday, a group of Republican senators announced their support for legislation that would bar payments from the Judgment Fund to Iran until Tehran pays the nearly $55.6 billion that U.S. courts have judged that it owes to American victims of Iranian terrorism,” ABC reports.

Of course, Iran is not even slightly interested in the legal claims of American citizens, and nobody in the Obama administration has evinced much enthusiasm for pressing those claims.
This is what happens when you elect a narcissist  who thinks he is smarter than everyone else.  He ignores the law and does what he wants.  Obama is the closest thing to a despot ever elected President  in the US.  The deal with Iran is the most disgraceful in US history.  That Clinton supports it tells you something about her own character.


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