How is this NOT a Ransom? State Department Offers Explanation for $400 million to Iran


When news broke that the United States packed up $400 million in cash on pallets then flew it in an unmarked plane to Iran in January when American hostages were released, Americans everywhere were in shock and angry. The United States has a policy that it does not pay ransom for hostages and Obama was adamant that the money was not a ransom. The timing of it all was just some odd coincidence, according to Obama who said on August 4, “We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future.”

Obama claimed the money was paid in relation to a settlement with Iran for a dispute dating back to the 1970s. And if you believe that, in the words of George Strait, I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arizona. On Friday, as Obama golfs while Louisiana floods, the State Department offered an attempt at an explanation for the $400 million payment to Iran that will leave you wondering….how is this not a ransom?

State Department spokesman John Kirby was asked at a press briefing: “In basic English, you’re saying you wouldn’t give them $400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct?”

“That’s correct,” he replied.

I have news for you, Johnny. What Obama and the Statement Department did, refusing to give the $400 IN CASH until the prisoners were released is the textbook definition of a ransom payment.

Yet another example of Barack Obama being caught in a flagrant lie.

h/t Hypeline

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Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.

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