Go figure: Obama denies $400 million to Iran was ransom; Hostage says they weren’t released until another plane arrived
**Written by Doug Powers
On Thursday, President Obama denied that a heavy pile of foreign currency the U.S. shipped to Iran at the same time the Ayatollah released four Americans from custody was any sort of ransom payment:
President Obama on Thursday pushed back on claims that the United States paid $400 million for the release of four American hostages in Iran – defending the transaction as evidence that the controversial nuclear deal with Tehran acted as a catalyst for progress in other areas.
“This wasn’t some nefarious deal,” he said during a press conference at the Pentagon. “We do not pay ransom for hostages.”
Reports have surfaced in recent days that a $400 million pallet of cash was airlifted by the Obama administration to the Iranian government at the same time four Americans hostages were released.
Obama said the money sent to Iran wasn’t a secret and suggested the news had been recycled to drum up drama.
Earlier Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry flatly denied any connection between the cash — and an additional $1.3 billion interest payment — and the prisoner swap, which occurred in rapid succession.
The payment was part of a decades-old dispute over a failed military equipment deal dating to the 1970s, before the Islamic revolution in 1979, the Obama administration has said.
First of all, if the “decades-old dispute” was an agreement made with Shah Pahlavi in the 1970s, why would the contract still be valid with the people who overthrew him? That would be like paying the $40 plus $1,500 “interest” for an oil change to the guy who ran off your mechanic and hijacked his business mid-lube job.
Here’s one of the people who was freed from Iran, Pastor Saeed Abedini, explaining that they were not let go “until another plane had landed”:
Are we gonna believe the pastor or the president who promised we could keep our plans if we like them? The Obama admin will probably just claim the plane in question was only delivering an FTD “thanks for releasing our hostages, newest partners in peace” bouquet to the Ayatollah.
In the meantime, maybe an intrepid member of the press corps can ask Obama or Josh Earnest this:
**Written by Doug Powers
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