The United States does not negotiate with terrorists….. until we do.
When Iran released four American prisoners in January, including journalist Jason Rezaian and former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, it was heralded as a diplomatic breakthrough, CBS News’ Margaret Brennan reports. “The plight of these individuals is they have done it and we have paid a price. We paid a price in a major way to bring them home,” said Representative Robert Pittenger upon their release. He was a member of a coalition of congressman that met three of the freed Americans at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
The Obama administration strongly denied paying any ransom to Iran, Brennan says, but according to details first reported by the Wall Street Journal, currency worth $400 million was flown into Tehran on a cargo plane around the same time that the Americans were released.
The plane was loaded with cash: Euros, Swiss Francs and other currencies, since any transaction with Iran in dollars is illegal under United States law.
The Obama White House insists this was an outstanding payment from a “legal dispute” dating all the way back to before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The timing of this payment is really suspicious. The fact that the White House had to creatively maneuver around U.S. laws banning this exact type of payment screams: “we shouldn’t be doing this, but we will anyway because we think we’re above the law.”
How gullible does the Obama Administration think we are?
This is a huge scandal. It should be the top headline in every major news outlet, yet only a select few are actually covering it. Once again, the mainstream media is doing PR damage control for Barack Obama.