The U.S. Government Secretly Negotiated to Pay Iran $2 Billion


As you start preparing your taxes this April, take a moment to reflect on where those tax dollars are actually going. Because about $2 billion of them will be going to Iran, the world’s largest state supporter of radical Islamic terrorism.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

The Obama administration has spent three years engaged in secret talks with Iran that resulted in the payment of nearly $2 billion in taxpayer funds to the Islamic Republic, with more payouts likely to come in the future, according to a recent letter issued by the State Department and obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon. The administration’s disclosure came in response to an inquiry launched in January by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.), who was seeking further information about the Obama administration’s payment of $1.7 billion in taxpayer funds to Iran, which many viewed as a “ransom payment” for Iran’s release that month of several U.S. hostages.

…Obama administration officials first began talks to settle a number of outstanding legal claims leveled against the United States by Iran in 2014. The administration predicts that more taxpayer-funded payments are likely to be granted to the Islamic Republic in the future, according to the letter. Frifield in her letter goes on to defend the $1.7 billion payment to Iran and discloses that the administration is open to providing Tehran with more money if it is willing to settle these decades-old legal disputes with the United States.

“We are confident that this was a good settlement for the American taxpayer,” the State Department said.

… The $1.7 billion payment was announced just prior to the release of five U.S. prisoners who had been held in Iran, sparking accusations that the deal is tantamount to a ransom payment

You would have a hard time finding anybody outside the Obama White House who thinks sending Iran $2 billion in taxpayer money is a good idea. Especially the hard-working Americans who earned that money in the first place.

The United States continues to stand idly by while Iran breaks international law without consequence over and over again, goes out of its way to mock and disrespect members of the U.S. military, and funds radical Islamic terror groups. And yet, we continue to pay them billions of our own dollars.

Is the United States nothing more than the kid in the cafeteria handing over his lunch money to the bully, and calling it “conflict resolution?”

This is a disgrace, and a betrayal to the trust of Americans everywhere.