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Andrew McCarthy: I-ransom was criminal

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posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:11 AM
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Source. Opinion.

In an opinion piece for National Review, Andy McCarthy writes that not only was Obama's ransom payment to Iran a bad idea, it flew in the face of statutes passed back in the Clinton administration - and renewed every year, including by Obama.

I'll be going back to read this at least one more time.



Did it ever occur to President Obama to ask why he couldn’t just cut a check to the Iranian regime?



...why the transaction took the bizarre form that it did. To cut to the chase, I believe it was to camouflage — unsuccessfully — the commission of felony law violations.



At a press conference Thursday, Obama remarkably explained, “The reason that we had to give them cash is precisely because we are so strict in maintaining sanctions and we do not have a banking relationship with Iran.”



To this day, Iran remains on our government’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. Clinton’s state-of-emergency declaration has been annually renewed ever since. Let that sink in: Notwithstanding Obama’s often shocking appeasement of Tehran, he has been renewing the state of emergency since 2009 — most recently, just five months ago.



While he is correct that the sanctions barred him from sending Iran a check or wire transfer, that is not all they forbid — not by a long shot. They also make it illegal to do what he did.


Read the whole thing. It's a little long and a bit dense, but well worth the slog.

Seems to me the law is very clear, and that the administration knowing flouted the law because politics. Now Obama and his team are trying to explain away the obvious. Well guess what - if Iran considers the payment ransom, that's exactly what the f# it was. Whether it was actually ransom is muddying the issue (by design, I imagine). It was illegal because it provided material support to terrorists, recognized as such by US law.



By his own account, President Obama engaged in the complex cash transfer in order to end-run sanctions that prohibit the U.S. from having “a banking relationship with Iran.”


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posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:18 AM
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Now all you guys have to do is prove that the us government payed iran, the money was frozen by the us government and it was owed to iran, it was there's all along.

But plz don't let reality and facts stop people from posting lies to push there agenda.

Oh and plz read up on the iran contra affair, reagan sold guns to iran and with the profits sent weapons and money to the contras in south america, fun times.

But but but obama

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posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:22 AM
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a reply to: dukeofjive696969

You didn't have time to read the piece before you posted your reply, Pollyanna.



posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:22 AM
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a reply to: bbarkow

Put aside the fact that the US is funding nuclear programs for terrorist countries now, just look at it from a terror organization point of view.

Regardless what Obama calls it, there will be those that will kidnap and harm Americans because it "looks" like ransom a payout.



posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:24 AM
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originally posted by: dukeofjive696969
Now all you guys have to do is prove that the us government payed iran, the money was frozen by the us government and it was owed to iran, it was there's all along.

But plz don't let reality and facts stop people from posting lies to push there agenda.

Oh and plz read up on the iran contra affair, reagan sold guns to iran and with the profits sent weapons and money to the contras in south america, fun times.

But but but obama


The money was held up because of the on-going court case in the world courts.

The US just "settled" instead of having the court decide.



posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:24 AM
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There was no ransom payment. What can't you people understand. This money was being held for over forty years. Thick heads that's all I have to say. Tunnel vision to see only what you want to see.



posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:26 AM
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originally posted by: DBCowboy

originally posted by: dukeofjive696969
Now all you guys have to do is prove that the us government payed iran, the money was frozen by the us government and it was owed to iran, it was there's all along.

But plz don't let reality and facts stop people from posting lies to push there agenda.

Oh and plz read up on the iran contra affair, reagan sold guns to iran and with the profits sent weapons and money to the contras in south america, fun times.

But but but obama


The money was held up because of the on-going court case in the world courts.

The US just "settled" instead of having the court decide.


And your point was?



posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:27 AM
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originally posted by: bbarkow
a reply to: dukeofjive696969

You didn't have time to read the piece before you posted your reply, Pollyanna.


Sorry that i didint waste my time on an opinion piece.
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posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:27 AM
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a reply to: Sillyolme

Iran called it a ransom payment.
Now you can call them liars, but watch out!

Because they also say they aren't making nuclear bombs.



posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:28 AM
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originally posted by: dukeofjive696969

originally posted by: DBCowboy

originally posted by: dukeofjive696969
Now all you guys have to do is prove that the us government payed iran, the money was frozen by the us government and it was owed to iran, it was there's all along.

But plz don't let reality and facts stop people from posting lies to push there agenda.

Oh and plz read up on the iran contra affair, reagan sold guns to iran and with the profits sent weapons and money to the contras in south america, fun times.

But but but obama


The money was held up because of the on-going court case in the world courts.

The US just "settled" instead of having the court decide.


And your point was?


That the US, instead of going through the world court, decided to pay Iran. And at that same instant, Iran released 4 hostages.




posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:31 AM
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originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: Sillyolme

Iran called it a ransom payment.
Now you can call them liars, but watch out!

Because they also say they aren't making nuclear bombs.
.

Yes the bomb that wheve been told that anytime now iran would nuke the world.

Only been since the 60s , must be anyday now.



posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:32 AM
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originally posted by: DBCowboy

originally posted by: dukeofjive696969

originally posted by: DBCowboy

originally posted by: dukeofjive696969
Now all you guys have to do is prove that the us government payed iran, the money was frozen by the us government and it was owed to iran, it was there's all along.

But plz don't let reality and facts stop people from posting lies to push there agenda.

Oh and plz read up on the iran contra affair, reagan sold guns to iran and with the profits sent weapons and money to the contras in south america, fun times.

But but but obama


The money was held up because of the on-going court case in the world courts.

The US just "settled" instead of having the court decide.


And your point was?


That the US, instead of going through the world court, decided to pay Iran. And at that same instant, Iran released 4 hostages.

funny part is the money was un frozen a while back, nice try do.
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posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:33 AM
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a reply to: DBCowboy

And the US says otherwise. I guess it's down to who you believe .



posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:34 AM
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a reply to: dukeofjive696969

Then that must have been just a funny coincidence that the hostages were released the same moment that the money arrived in Iran.



posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:36 AM
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originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: dukeofjive696969

Then that must have been just a funny coincidence that the hostages were released the same moment that the money arrived in Iran.


Lol you really think that the money was sent by plane, stop watching fox news.
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posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:36 AM
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a reply to: Sillyolme

If a nation that supports terrorism decides to release hostages at the same moment that the US decides to settle out of court and pay 400 million dollars, then it's a ransom.

Obama is peeing on your head and you believe it's rain.



posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:37 AM
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originally posted by: dukeofjive696969

originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: dukeofjive696969

Then that must have been just a funny coincidence that the hostages were released the same moment that the money arrived in Iran.


Lol you really think that the money was sent by plane, stop watching fox news.


So the photos of the money and the plane taking the money is a lie?

Really.


hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha



posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:40 AM
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originally posted by: DBCowboy

originally posted by: dukeofjive696969

originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: dukeofjive696969

Then that must have been just a funny coincidence that the hostages were released the same moment that the money arrived in Iran.


Lol you really think that the money was sent by plane, stop watching fox news.


So the photos of the money and the plane taking the money is a lie?

Really.


hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha


Is that the one that trumps said he saw.




posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:41 AM
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originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: Sillyolme

If a nation that supports terrorism decides to release hostages at the same moment that the US decides to settle out of court and pay 400 million dollars, then it's a ransom.

Obama is peeing on your head and you believe it's rain.
.

Oh db you lost any credibility you had when you started a new account, cause people where mean to you.
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posted on Aug, 6 2016 @ 11:41 AM
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a reply to: dukeofjive696969

Not a Trump thread.

Obama said he paid the 400 million.

Are you calling him a liar now?




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