Remember how we used to have a policy of not “negotiating with terrorists”? Yeah, team Obama doesn’t subscribe to that philosophy… as we learn from the Lid’s Jeff Dunetz.
At the same time four detained Americans were released by the terrorist state $400 Million dollars were secretly shipped by the American Government to Iran. Now it may be a total coincidence that the money transfer was at the same time as the prisoner release, that’s if one believes in coincidences, along with tooth fairies, monsters under the bed, and Hillary never told the Benghazi parents that it was all because of a video.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.
The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Sure the only reason Obama secretly sent the cash was because he suddenly decided to stop fighting a law suit.
“With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well,” President Barack Obama said at the White House on Jan. 17—without disclosing the $400 million cash payment.
Senior U.S. officials denied any link between the payment and the prisoner exchange. They say the way the various strands came together simultaneously was coincidental, not the result of any quid pro quo.
There we go with that coincidence word again. Perhaps it is the work of the coincidence fairy.
“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,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “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 per the WSJ, those same U.S. officials who said the secret money transfer was not in exchange for the prisoners acknowledged “that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.”
Heck $400,000,000 is something very tangible…