• Obama’s Dirty Payment to Iran Just Got Dirtier

    President Obama’s decision to send $400 million in U.S. cash to Iran in exchange for the release of U.S. hostage has been exposed as even dirtier, and more corrupt, than anyone knew.

    We have known since August that Obama turned over pallets of cash to Tehran on the same day that Iran released five American hostages.

    The payment itself was troubling enough, since it obviously violated the U.S.’s longstanding policy against negotiating with hostage-takers.

    In fact, the White House had misled the American public into believing that Obama would abide by this policy. According to a June 2015 “Fact Sheet” published by the White House, Obama “ordered a comprehensive review of U.S. policy toward overseas hostage-takings” in December 2014.

    The result was Presidential Policy Directive (“PPD”) 30, which claims to:

    “reaffirm” the U.S.’s “longstanding commitment to make no concessions to individuals or groups holding U.S. nationals hostage.”

    But PPD 30 is a fraud. Obama has long been intent on appeasing and funding Iran, and he had no intention to actually abide by this so-called “directive.” Instead, he brazenly ignored PPD 30 in order to advance his personal political interests. He also violated a federal law that prohibits U.S. banks and the federal government from dealing in cash with Iran.

    Soon after the payment, it was revealed that Obama had kept the Congress in the dark about the payment, including the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Some members of Congress, including SFRC Chair Bob Corker, said that they found out about the payment just like the rest of the world did: in the news.

    But this story just got a lot uglier. At a hearing yesterday before the Senate Armed Service Committee, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, both testified that the President’s deception ran even deeper:

    -He kept them—his own military advisors—in the dark, too.

    Carter and confirmed yesterday that Obama’s decision to send the cash was purely “political.”

    DOD personnel “weren’t involved,” Carter said. “I don’t know all the details of it, and the chairman and I were not involved in that. It is a decision that was taken by the law enforcement and diplomatic and I would refer you there.”

    General Dunford sent the same message:

    “I don’t know the details of that arrangement,” he said. “…it really was a political decision [to send the cash], and I don’t think it’s appropriate that I comment on that.”

    The Obama Administration has maintained that the cash-for-hostages deal was part of “a decades-old legal dispute.”  Give Obama points for creativity, but his deception and secrecy are as galling as they are brazen. The fact that Obama will be all but unscathed by any of this is a commentary on the pathetic state of our national media.

    Watch Senator Ted Cruz interview Sec. Def. Carter and Joint Chief Dunford, Starting at the 4:29 point you see them both disavow any involvement in the Obama Administration’s ransom to Iran.

    Bill Lalor

    Bill Lalor is an attorney and sometime political advisor, campaign manager, and writer. He lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with his wife Jennifer and kids, Evan (9) and Katelyn (7). Bill is a proud Penn State graduate. He enjoys long walks on the beach and is annually self-nominated for Father of the Year. On Twittter: @polemi23.

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