For decades, presidential administrations have stood by America’s commitment to not pay ransom for American prisoners. For the past eight years, Obama has thrown tradition to the wind.
Just last month it was revealed that Obama paid ransom to Iran for the release of American hostages. Sure, the administration claimed that the payment was no such thing, but further digging revealed that the prisoners’ release was contingent on the transfer of funds. To most Americans, that’s ransom.
At the time, the $400 million price tag seemed outrageous. According to recent reports, however, that money is comparatively insignificant compared to the money we have sent Iran outside of the prisoner swap.
Billions of “secret” dollars have been paid to Iran since Obama signed the Iran Nuclear Deal, and a new report is revealing exactly how many billion the US has sent.
Barack Obama may have claimed that the Iran Nuclear Deal was the only way to avoid war, but it seems the Iranians are the ones who truly profited from the deal. Literally.
Iran may have received an additional $33.6 billion in secret cash and gold payments facilitated by the Obama administration between 2014 and 2016, according to testimony provided before Congress by an expert on last summer’s nuclear agreement with Iran.
Between January 2014 and July 2015, when the Obama administration was hammering out the final details of the nuclear accord, Iran was paid $700 million every month from funds that had previously been frozen by U.S. sanctions.
A total of $11.9 billion was ultimately paid to Iran, but the details surrounding these payments remain shrouded in mystery, according to Mark Dubowitz, executive director at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
In total, “Iran may have received as much as $33.6 billion in cash or in gold and other precious metals,” Dubowitz disclosed.
New questions about these payments are emerging following confirmation from top Obama administration officials on Thursday that it was forced to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash prior to the release of several U.S. hostages earlier this year. The administration insisted that cash had to be used for this payment.
Top administration officials were adamant that the cash payments were the best way to ensure that Iran got immediate access to this money due to its ongoing difficulty accessing international funds still sanctioned by the West.
Its still unclear what these billions of dollars have bought us. Iran is still a threat, they’re still capable of obtaining nuclear weapons, and they’re still committing acts of aggression against the United States. All we have gotten is a gold star next to Obama’s legacy checklist.