Friday, August 5, 2016

Op-ed: $400 Million Was Just The Beginning

$400 Million Was Just The Beginning
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots

“With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well.” 
- Barack HUSSEIN Obama on why he gave the Iranians $400 million of our taxpayer dollars without telling us

When Ronald Reagan was ready to assume the presidency in 1980, the Iranian’s so feared him that the then ongoing hostage crisis came to an end within minutes of him being sworn into office. Freed were the 52 hostages that were held for 444-days…freed with not one dime in ransom being paid or one prisoner being swapped for their release.

Now as the Obama presidency is (thankfully) coming to end, we find out that when the four Americans (Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, and Nosratollah Khosrawi-Roodsari) being held by Iran were released last January 16th, not only did Obama turn over seven Iranians we had detained for sanctions violations related to Iran’s nuclear program, he also agreed to drop extradition requests for 14 others, and acquiesced to Iran’s demand for cash “to show they had gained something tangible.” 
And they got it…cash to the tune of $400 million of our hard earned taxpayer dollars converted into Euros, Swiss francs, and other currencies...monies converted by the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland…and monies delivered on a silver platter so to speak...via an unmarked cargo plane in the dead of night.

And why was the $400 million paid in foreign currency… simply because any transaction with Iran in U.S. dollars is illegal under U.S. law…meaning Obama once again basically skirted our laws by turning U.S. dollars into foreign currency just to get a 'landmark' deal he hoped would serve his legacy well. And he did so while claiming that due to international sanctions against Iran, the payment had to be made in cash…just not in American dollars.

And the sanctions referring is according to whistle blower Chase Foster, a State Department official who leaked the details of the prisoner-swap talks that the Obama administration still claims never happened.

According to Foster, during the back-and-forth regarding the Obama wanted ‘landmark’ nuclear deal, the Iranians left on the table the possibility that talks concerning the prisoners…the hostages…might be worth pursuing. However, the Iranians never did acknowledge that talks were being held, and neither did Obama or his minions even though we now know that secret talks were most assuredly happening in conjunction with the then ongoing nuclear negotiations being held in Geneva, Switzerland.

And, according to Foster, these prisoner talks were courtesy of Secretary of State John ‘Swiftboat’ Kerry and U.S. lead negotiator Wendy Sherman…the very same folks negotiating centrifuges, inspectors, and reactors with the enemy. And now we find out that these prisoner talks were actually going on over a year’s time despite the administration claims…or more precisely the administration lies…that the release of prisoners was never discussed during the nuclear negotiations.

But now that this so-secret payment has been exposed, Obama and crew have started insisting that said monies simply represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement that released $400 million in funds frozen since 1981, plus $1.3 billion in interest that was owed to Iran…monies owed over a failed arms deal…a deal we signed with Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s government with said monies being deposited in a Pentagon trust fund just before the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the fall of his government. But that is pure nonsense for once the Shah’s government was overthrown and the radical anti-American mullahs took over, technically all deals made with Pahlavi became no longer applicable…no longer applicable meaning that legally no payments needed to have been made now or ever as the government they were made with no longer existed.

And here’s something even more absurd than simply being just nonsense…Obama said the $400 million payment had to be made in such a quick and timely manner after negotiations with Iran were concluding, finalized, and implemented, because Iranian leaders “urgently needed money” due to the many years of economic sanctions being placed against them because of their (anything but) ‘peaceful’ nuclear program.

So good little 'aider and abetter' that he is, Obama made that $400 million payment without informing ‘We the People’ or Congress for that matter, knowing full well that those monies will be used by Iran to help subsidize their military expansion; to help sponsor and fund terrorist organizations and groups like Hezbollah; to help fund individual acts of terrorism worldwide; and to fund enemy troops in the theaters of war that revel in killing our brave American service men and women.

And let’s not forget that some of those monies will most assuredly be used to move ever forward with steps to try and wipe Israel…the ‘Little Satan’…off the map.

So thanks to Obama, our taxpayer dollars have done nothing but help appease the world's number one state sponsor of terrorism and to help implement what Obama and his minions still call a ‘landmark’ nuclear deal. ‘Landmark’ only in the worst possible sense as this ‘very bad’ deal allows Iran…the very country who continues to call us the ‘Great Satan’…to re-enter the international economic stage thus giving them access to long-frozen funds... funds not only frozen by us but by other nations as well.

And this was a deal negotiated straight from the bowels of Obama’s traitorous hell for the prisoner exchange and the monies paid…which the administration now claims resolved the above stated ‘dispute’ and did so before an international tribunal in the Hague…just “by coincidence” happened to coincide with the formal implementation of the nuclear deal and with the lifting of sanctions on Iran.

In fact, as if adding insult to injury, an Iranian news site close to the Revolutionary Guard, the Tasnim Agency, said the cash paid was actually a “ransom” and that it arrived at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on the very same day that the now released American hostages departed. And how do we know this to be true…because high-ranking Revolutionary Guard commanders, including General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, commander of the Guard’s Basij militia, boasted at the time that the Americans “had succumbed to Iranian pressure” and that “Taking this much money back was in return for the release of the American spies,” with these very words being said over Iranian state media.

And if Iran believes the cash paid was a ransom know that both ‘We the People’ and the rest of the world believes it to be so as well…believes it to be so as the world now laughs at how far our beloved America has fallen under the stewardship of a president who acquiesces to the ransom demands of the enemy.

And here's a little detail that just came to light as I write this...a little detail omitted by Obama in all his words said to the press...according to released hostage Pastor Saeed Abedini...their plane in ready-to-go mode sat on the runway for "hours and hours" and was not allowed to take off until the monies were actually in Iranian hands...a hallmark of all ransoms paid.

But it was General Naghdi’s very words, “had succumbed to Iranian pressure”…that has convinced former UN Ambassador John Bolton that the payment of $400 million to Iran just as four Americans were being released was “absolutely a ransom” and that “the release of the hostages by Iran, the payment of a $1.7 billion settlement, of which the 400 million in cash was just the first installment, and the Iran nuclear deal were part of a package.”

And it’s a package that Obama hoped would never come to light, so doing what he does best, Obama now has cover-ups and excuses being concocted and put into place to cover what is yet another one of his many treasonous yet again cover his outwardly ‘aiding and abetting’ the enemy. In fact, State Department spokesmouth John Kirby…an expert at playing the game of word semantics…was quick to say that, "As we've made clear, the negotiations over the settlement of an outstanding claim…were completely separate from the discussions about returning our American citizens home…Not only were the two negotiations separate…they were conducted by different teams on each side, including, in the case of the Hague claims, by technical experts involved in these negotiations for many years."

But Kirby’s words of excuses and coverups make little difference to the fact that a ransom was indeed paid no matter that separate agreements may or may not have been made by people separate from those making deals regarding centrifuges, inspectors, and reactors… as in John Kerry and Wendy Sherman.

And Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, a vocal critic of Obama’s ‘very bad' nuclear deal, also said it quite well when he accused Obama of paying “a $1.7 billion ransom to the ayatollahs for U.S. hostages,” and added that, “This break with longstanding U.S. policy put a price on the head of Americans, and has led Iran to continue its illegal seizures” of Americans.

And how right he is for the bottom line is that Barack HUSSEIN Obama secretly (and possibly illegally) paid a ransom to the enemy…a ransom that now puts even more American lives in danger, especially those living and working in countries that don’t like us very much. And the sad reality is that once Iran released the four American hostages, Obama’s appeasement emboldened them to kidnap another three Americans…Iranian-Americans Siamak Namazi (an energy executive), his 80-year old father Baquer Namazi, and San Diego resident Reza Shahini…and to kidnap dual-nationals from Canada, France, and Great Britain as well. And most likely increase their leverage to force another prisoner exchange and/or cash payment in the final months of the enemy-appeasing Obama administration.

So what happens next now that we know what we know…and what we know can be summed up very well by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce's (R-CA) words, “The logistics of this payment — literally delivering a plane full of cash to evade U.S. law — shows yet again the extraordinary lengths the Obama administration will go to accommodate Iran, all while hiding the facts from Congress and the American people.”

And the fact is that Royce’s words alone should be grounds for declaring Barack HUSSEIN Obama unfit to hold office for accommodating the enemy through what in reality is bribes, ransom, and secret agreements is indeed grounds for treason.

And lest we forget that Hillary Clinton also had a part in this fiasco for it was Hillary herself, in her then capacity as Secretary of State, who laid the groundwork for this most disastrous of nuclear deals to become reality. "I spent 18 months putting together the sanctions against Iran so that we could force them to the negotiating table" she continues to proudly claim about the very negotiating that turned into appeasement…and worse.

And appeasement concerning Iran is something Hillary is all too familiar with for back in 2012, the Clinton Foundation sought but failed to receive State Department approval for CEO Shamsul Azhar bin Abbas of Petronas, a Malaysian oil company doing business with Iran, to come to the U.S. to attend the Foundation’s annual meeting. Now why would Hillary or her and Billy-Boy’s foundation even entertain such a thought knowing that the company did business…and a lot of it…with the very country she helped place sanctions against. And also while serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton withheld documents requested under FOIA regarding State Department waivers given to business and individuals doing business with Iran.

Both being realities that should give one pause as you now ponder this very disturbing thought…will any of the $400 million given to Iran by Obama somehow make its way into the Clinton Foundation to appease the woman Iran wants as president thus allowing for islamist and Muslim Brotherhood plant Huma Abedin to become Hillary's puppet master...a puppet master not unlike Valerie Jarrett is to Obama...Iranian born and still Iranian loyal Valerie Jarrett who I just bet played a major part in Obama's appeasing of her birth country.

And while there are now calls for a Congressional investigation into not only the already completed $400 million cash transfer, but also calls to require…to demand…that the White House make public the details of the entire what will be $1.7 billion transfer to Iran, members of Congress are trying to get passed legislation that would stop Obama from making any further cash payments to our enemy Iran. But being that we know how long and how drawn out these investigations tend to be, I think Obama will be long out of office before any resolution is reached and before Hillary becomes our next president.

A true disaster for America that involves more than just monies…all while dancing in the streets in Iran becomes our sad new reality.

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