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400 Million Dollars of Shame
US Defense Watch ^ | August 6, 2016 | Ray Starmann

Posted on 08/06/2016 3:25:24 PM PDT by pboyington

Four-hundred million dollars worth of unmarked Swiss Francs arrive on a charter plane in the dead of night on January 17, 2016 at Iran’s Mehrabad Airport.

After the money is unloaded, counted and processed, Iran releases, Pastor Saeed Abedini, a convert from Islam who was serving an eight-year prison term for “crimes against national security”; Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, both convicted of espionage and in the latter case at one stage sentenced to death; researcher Matthew Trevithick; and an Iranian-American named as Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari.

Can it get any more sinister?

All you needed was Max von Sydow, in his famous role as Jobert, sporting a tweed hat and tinted glasses, to disembark from the plane with instructions for the mullahs.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this was indeed a ransom pay off from the US government to the Iranians.

Of course the administration rolled out its go to liars this week: Josh Earnest, John Kirby and the Secretary of Dishonesty, Mrs. Clinton, who all defended the payment as nothing more than the 400 million we owed the Iranians from 1979. We were merely paying it back to them, in the dead of night, in unmarked bills, delivered on a charter plane that just happened to coincide with the release of four American “guests” in Iran.

Uh huh…

Even the President got involved in the plausible denial fest. He made excuses about the fact that Iran doesn’t take electronic transfers, it was the old money the Shah gave us and somehow Trump was responsible for everything bad in the universe as well.

“We announced these payments in January. Many months ago; they were not a secret,” Obama told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday. “It was not a nefarious deal.We do not pay ransom for hostages. We didn’t here. And we don’t – we won’t in the future – precisely because if we did, then we would start encouraging Americans to be targeted, much in the same way that some countries that do pay ransom end up having a lot more of their citizens being taken by various groups.”

Strangely, the President’s statement conflicts with that of one of the hostages, Saeed Abedini, who said on the Aug. 4 broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan” that on the night in January he was freed, his Iranian captors told him they were waiting on another plane to arrive before letting him go. “They told us you’re going to be there for 20 minutes. But it took like hours and hours,” Abedini said. “We slept at the airport, and when I asked them why you don’t let us go, because the plane was there, pilot was there, everyone was ready that we leave the country, they said we are waiting for another plane, and until that plane doesn’t come, we never let you go.”

The ransom payment, and it was a ransom payment, was just another shameful incident in a litany of continual disgraces in US/Iranian relations.

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry decided long ago that their foreign policy legacy was going to hinge on the Iran Deal. They have done and will do anything to placate Iran to ensure the continuance of this monstrosity; the most catastrophically stupid, ineptly negotiated document in world history since Chamberlain stood on a runway and declared he had obtained “peace in our time” with Herr Hitler.

The Obama Administration’s motto is, “Let the Iranians know, who wish us ill, that we shall pay any ransom, bear any insult, run from any challenge, abandon Israel, in order to assure the survival of the Iranian nuclear program and its success.”

The pictures which show John Kerry bowing to the Iranians our simply nauseating. Mr. Secretary, please do not bow to foreign dignitaries. We are Americans. We don’t bow to anyone, especially to murdering religious zealots from Iran.

The Iranian nuclear deal does nothing for the US, NATO and Israel and everything for Iran. They get 1.7 billion dollars to fund terrorism, buy modern military equipment and continue research which will eventually allow them to acquire the bomb. The Iran Deal threatens not only the stability of the region, but the entire world.

The Iranians clearly know that a sucker is born every minute.

Currently, the Iranians have a new crop of American “guests” in their country: Baquer Namazi, Siamak Namazi, both Iranian-Americans and Bob Levinson, a former FBI agent who has been there since 2007. Why wasn’t Levinson exchanged? Is he even alive?

I wonder how much Obama and Kerry are going to pay to get these people out?

The Iranians also know that the US military is a weak sister under the Obama Administration. Nothing can be more demonstrative of this than the disgraceful performance of the US Navy in the Persian Gulf last January. Lieutenant David Nartker, in command of two US Navy Riverine craft and armed with superior firepower, surrendered his boats and men to Iranian thugs in dinghies without even firing so much as a flare.

Also, in January, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired rockets within 1500 yards of the carrier, the USS Harry Truman. What did we do? Nothing. Iran threatens, insults and mocks us and we do nothing.

The US and Iran have been on a collision course since 1979 when they took 52 American hostages and held them for 444 days. A dithering President Carter finally launched a bold and ambitious rescue mission, which ended in disaster because of equipment and weather problems and lack of inter-service coordination.

Strangely, the hostages were released as President Reagan was sworn in on January 29, 1981. The Iranians sensed and for good reason, that Reagan was playing for keeps.

In 1983, Hezbollah detonated a truck bomb that killed 242 US Marines on the tarmac of Beirut International Airport. The US had evidence the bomb trail led back to Iran through Hezbollah, yet we did nothing in response except leave Lebanon.

In 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest ruled to release $1.75 billion of Iranian funds, held in a New York Citibank account, to set up a fund for victims of the 1983 bombing. Of course this money has now been transferred to the Iranians, as part of the nuclear deal.

Reagan made very few mistakes, but not launching a military strike on Iran at this time was certainly a major gaffe on his part.

The US supported Iraq during the Iran/Iraq War in the 1980’s. Subsequently, the US Navy, in support of Kuwait, was involved in several firefights with the Iranian Navy in the so called Tanker War in 1988.

Since the 1980’s, the Iranians have continued to back Hezbollah in Lebanon, cause trouble for the US whenever and wherever possible, while repeatedly threatening to destroy our top ally in the region, Israel.

The US must finally play hardball with Iran. The current Iranian nuclear deal must be put through a very large cross strip shredder and its remains mailed to the Iranians in Teheran. The deal should either be completely forgotten or re-negotiated under terms much more severe than before.

The US must demand that Iran immediately release its current group of American hostages. Any failure to do so will result in immediate US military action against Iran. Furthermore, Iran must be warned that any future taking of American hostages will also result in immediate military action.

Any threats against the US Navy in the Persian Gulf must be met with overwhelming force. If Iran fires missiles too close to US Navy ships of war, the Iranian installation or ship that fired the missiles will be decimated.

If Iranian Naval Forces threaten US Navy ships in any capacity, they will be given one warning then destroyed if necessary.

Iran is not our friend. Iran is an enemy of the United States. Until a new regime in Iran takes power and offers an olive branch to America, we must be vigilant, smart and tough when dealing with Iran.

TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: hostages; iran; kerry; obama; ransom; soshillary
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1 posted on 08/06/2016 3:25:24 PM PDT by pboyington
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2 posted on 08/06/2016 3:30:44 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (“Islam has nothing to do with this.”)
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Soetoro needs to be frog-marched off the dais at exactly noon on 170120. (Trump is President at noon, not when he finishes the oath.)

3 posted on 08/06/2016 3:34:16 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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Obama only plays wiffle ball. He’s out of his league.

4 posted on 08/06/2016 3:35:35 PM PDT by Bullish (That establishment heads from both sides are exploding over Trump is the very best part.)
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Our current Traitor in Chief has no shame!

5 posted on 08/06/2016 3:37:21 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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They should be waiting for Barry with handcuffs.

6 posted on 08/06/2016 3:37:37 PM PDT by Bullish (That establishment heads from both sides are exploding over Trump is the very best part.)
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I don't interest myself in "why". I think more often in terms of "when", sometimes "where"; always "how much".

7 posted on 08/06/2016 3:41:09 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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0bama is incapable of feeling shame. How do I know this?

He is both an ideologue and a narcissist.

Tyrannical is his nature, but a coward in his actions.


8 posted on 08/06/2016 3:41:29 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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Think of all the Afro-american, hispanic-american and transgendered-americans babies that could have fed.

9 posted on 08/06/2016 3:44:24 PM PDT by Leep (Cut the crap!)
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The talking head RATS on TV are still parroting “It wasn’t ransom!” It takes a dedicated commie to say this with a straight face.

10 posted on 08/06/2016 3:47:53 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

What a great movie...

11 posted on 08/06/2016 3:53:09 PM PDT by pboyington
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SHAME IS WHEN No-One Goes to Prison and the Justice Dept and FBI just whistle Obama’s favorite Show Tunes

12 posted on 08/06/2016 3:53:59 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your day you will be right)
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It was on Free Government TV a few weeks back. I dropped everything and watched it. :)

13 posted on 08/06/2016 3:57:34 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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During WWII. the USA printed money for the Hawaiian Islands with the word HAWAII in big letters. If the Japs had taken the islands the Federal Reserve would have declared the money “worthless” and it would have no value.

We should have done the same to the Iranians after we got out hostages back.

14 posted on 08/06/2016 3:59:28 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Bullish

If anybody thinks obama is just a sucker they’re wrong.

He’s a Traitor. Big difference.

He KNOWS what the deal will lead to and where the money will go.

He has seemingly taken every reliable military leader out of the military, which left us surrendering with superior firepower to Iran without firing a shot.

IF Israel didn’t have a great air force and nukes AND the American majority were behind him on it, he’d throw everything he had at them.

He plays wiffle ball with those he loves.

I’m sure he’d swing a much different bat at countries he hates

15 posted on 08/06/2016 4:00:17 PM PDT by dp0622 (The only thing an upper crust conservative hates more than a liberal is a middle class conservative)
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Obama clearly lied and broke multiple federal laws when he turned over the cash. These are impeachable and traitorous offenses. The press is not interested at all and Congress continues to be emasculated.

Andrew McCarthy, August 6, 2016: "Obama’s Cash Payment to Iran Was More Than a Ransom — It Broke Criminal Law"

16 posted on 08/06/2016 4:02:07 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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Sometimes when I begin to analyze stuff the regime is doing like the 400 million that was supposed to be a buy back of hostages in Iran but was much more I become astounded. That op had lots of different links to say the least.

It consisted of a lot more than the 400 million in cash and bullion.

1.It’s a hostage buyback of four hostages that could not leave the runway until the money plane landed.

2.It feeds terrorists needs since it's gold bullion and foreign currency originally designed not to implicate the U.S./or the regime and once they got caught even zero couldn't explain his way out.

3.It’s the arab way.They love using our money against us its their ultimate thrill.

Zero steals 400 mill turns it into cash and then feeds it to terror types in Iran.From an islamic terror standpoint which is the view from zero/jarrett they have achieved the ultimate score.

4.The entire thing is in your face under the cover of daylight.

It’s Loretta Fuddy all over again,three hours of Benghazi with hillary plotting political strategy in your face while our four guys are being killed,10k Syrians,most terror types smuggled into the US, some at night on a UPS plane.

No fear from these criminals running the govt. In your face is their MO.

5. More incremental destruction of the country 1.4 billion at a time.

6. More of a threat to Israel.

7. Rumors are that zero got 4% of the cash and val/jar 1%. 16 mill and 4 mill.It's the arab way.After all they are criminals.


As you can see almost every op they do has tentacles that climb all over everywhere and are extremely well thought out.

If our side had strategists like that we would never ever lose another election.

17 posted on 08/06/2016 4:32:36 PM PDT by rodguy911
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I think I read somewhere that our Government was organized under a Constitution with designed checks and balances between the three branches. Oh wait — I forgot. The Republicans control the Congress.

18 posted on 08/06/2016 4:47:29 PM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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What did the Republicans know about this deal? Did they know or not? If they knew, how are they not traitors in allowing money to be exchanged for hostages.

19 posted on 08/06/2016 5:19:32 PM PDT by Engedi
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That’s 200 Syrians settled in Ohio each given a 7-11!

20 posted on 08/06/2016 5:37:10 PM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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