August 24, 2016

Out Of Touch Alert: Duckworth Says Iran Deal Has Made America “Safer”

Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth’s foreign policy credibility took a major hit yesterday. Speaking at the City Club of Chicago, Duckworth repeated President Obama’s faulty talking points on the $400 million payment to Iran and the nuclear deal that facilitated that payment.

First, when Duckworth was asked about the $400 million the United States paid to Iran, she falsely stated that the media has proven the money wasn’t a ransom payment to released Americans held by the Iranian government:

Yet, many news organizations have reported that the $400 million paid to Iran was directly tied to the release of three Americans, flatly contradicting Duckworth’s claim:

“The State Department conceded for the first time on Thursday that it delayed making a $400 million payment to Iran for several hours in January ‘to retain maximum leverage’ and ensure that three American prisoners were released the same day.”

Even more damning, President Obama’s Justice Department “raised alarms” about the linking of the two transactions:

“The timing and manner of the payment raised alarms at the Justice Department, according to those familiar with the discussions. ‘People knew what it was going to look like, and there was concern the Iranians probably did consider it a ransom payment,’ said one of the people.”

Duckworth followed that comment with an even more out of touch statement on Iran. Duckworth farcically claimed that the Iran nuclear deal has actually made the United States safer:

Duckworth’s statement, coming in the same week that Iran allowed Russia to use their bases to launch attacks in Syria, is disqualifying. The Iran deal has left an enemy of the United States enriched by billions of dollars. If that is Duckworth’s definition of safer, it is a scary one.