Obama has failed on many fronts as president, but some of his most damaging work has been in the foreign policy arena.
He has projected nothing but weakness for the last 8 years and undermined many of our most cherished alliances. The US has become a doormat for both our friends and adversaries to trod upon, which has many lamenting the fact his time in office is almost over.
One of the most egregious offenses has been his handling of Iran’s nuclear weapon’s program and the ransoming of American hostages. While the White House has downplayed the amount of money paid to Iran since the nuclear agreement in 2013, it appears that the Islamic Republic’s shakedown of the president has been profitable, with over $10 billion in gold, cash, and other assets being paid out.
As reported at the Washington Free Beacon, the White House has been concealing details surrounding the cash payments to Iran, which includes at least $1.7 billion to free American hostages. Over the last 4 years, the administration has tried to kick start the Iranian economy, as it had been under heavy sanction until the agreement was struck. While this attempt to stimulate their economy has not been a secret, the actual amount being spent has been.
Last week, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi confirmed a recent report from Wall Street Journal that uncovered the $10 billion in cash and assets given to Iran since 2013, which started while the US was engaged in highly secretive diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program.
“I will not speak about the precise amount,” Ghasemi told Iranian media.
Ghasemi did say that the $10 billion number is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amount of money the US has dumped into Iran since the agreement was made, calling the WSJ number “stingy.” “This report is true but the value was higher,” Ghassemi added.
Behnam Ben Taleblu, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that the money provided to Iran was likely used to help prop up Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
“Given the nature of some of this sanctions relief (through the provision of gold and unfrozen assets), this money likely underwrote some of the Islamic Republic’s more destabilizing regional activities,” he said.
“At the macro level, all of this continues to prove one larger point: The way the Iran deal was handled and the provision of sanctions relief during and after the talks that led to the nuclear accord continues to create problems for those interested in defending the integrity of the international financial system, ” Taleblu added.
Another foreign policy veteran informed on the Iran issue said:
“This is how it always happens when the Obama administration secretly sends money to Iran. They deny it until they’re caught, then they lowball it until they’re caught again, then they say it’s old news. In every single case where Iranian officials confirms these transfers while Obama officials denied them, it later turned out the Iranian officials were the ones telling the truth.”
Whenever new evidence of Obama’s Iranian machinations come to light, the media refuses to report on it, or, it downplays the ordeal as old news and not important. The reality is that Obama’s fecklessness has emboldened Iran, giving them license to kidnap Americans and expand their involvement in the Syrian Civil War on behalf of Assad. This outreach has been conducted despite the fact that Iran is a huge funder of international terrorism, having been directly and indirectly responsible for countless US deaths throughout the War on Terrorism. Thankfully, a new sheriff is in town, one that will command respect and not be taken advantage of by thugs and opportunists.
Source: Washington Free Beacon