Are Obama and Kerry the most inept, pathetic boobs ever to sit down at a negotiating table or are they simply working with the Iranians to further their agenda in every way imaginable and then some? It’s got to be one or the other.
Kerry and Obama, rather than making the release of prisoners held by Iran a precondition to the nuclear and sanctions negotiations, an accommodation anyone with even the skills required to negotiate a new car purchase could have secured, instead acquiesced. They delivered to Iran $150 billion, removed international sanctions and enabled their nuclear weapons program. The Obamaschmucks determined that in spite of all of the one-way dealing they had already done, the only way to get four hostages released was to pay Iran another $1.7 billion, $400 million of which was paid the day the hostages were released. It’s an obvious ransom payment, consistent with everything else involving this worst deal ever made.
Of course the regime is denying they did what they did in spite of verification of the story by both European and US officials and congressional staffers who were briefed afterwards. It’s just a coincidence that the payment of the pallets of Euros, Swiss francs and other currencies, flown into Tehran on an unmarked cargo plane, happened on the same day as the release of the four prisoners.
Obama commented at the time, “With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well,” He failed to include the information about the $400 million cash payment. As is to be expected, the spokesliar for the other half of the dim bulb duo, John Kerry, State Department spokesman John Kirby, defended the “non-ransom” payment.
Kirby said, “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.”
Not buying the official story line, Sen. Tom Cotton said, “This break with longstanding U.S. policy put a price on the head of Americans, and has led Iran to continue its illegal seizures.” Two more Iranian-Americans have been captured and held by the Revolutionary Guard. They have also kidnapped dual nationals from France, Canada and the UK in the days since.
As the release was taking place John Kerry claimed a diplomatic breakthrough. He credited “the relationships forged and the diplomatic channels unlocked over the course of the nuclear talks.” Cash is an effective diplomat and apparently the only one engaged on the American side of the discussions.