August 4, 2016

Will These Iran Deal Dems Comment On Obama’s Cash-For-Captives Scheme?

Despite denials from the White House, reports reveal that internal conversations within the Obama Administration centered around concerns that sending – literally – pallets of cash to Iran as U.S. hostages were released sure seemed like a “ransom payment.”

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the cash transaction isn’t just failing to pass the smell test among ordinary Americans; senior administration officials had, um, expressed their concerns about an operation that seems straight out of a James Bond film:

Senior Justice Department officials objected to sending a plane loaded with cash to Tehran at the same time that Iran released four imprisoned Americans, but their objections were overruled by the State Department, according to people familiar with the discussions.

After announcing the release of the Americans in January, President Barack Obama also said the U.S. would pay $1.7 billion to Iran to settle a failed arms deal dating back to 1979. What wasn’t disclosed at the time was that the first payment would be $400 million in cash, flown in as the prisoners were released, as The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton predictably dodged when pressed on the payment in an interview with Denver’s KUSA following a Wednesday campaign stop.

But that’s more than voters have heard from Iran Deal-backing Democrats in key senate races across the country. None of these Democrats have addressed or even acknowledge the issue:

  • Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), who supported the Iran Deal after months of dodging and is expected to campaign with Clinton in Las Vegas today.
  • Katie McGinty (D-PA), who also delayed support for the Iran Deal, and memorably gave one of the worst speeches at last week’s Democratic National Convention.
  • Ted Strickland (D-OH), who is too busy attacking union groups for failing to endorse him to talk about his support for the Iran Deal or the Obama administration’s shady cash transaction.
  • Michael Bennet (D-CO), who courageously backed the Iran Deal after it already had enough votes to pass, and was noticeably absent from Clinton’s Colorado event yesterday.
  • Patrick Murphy (D-FL), who voted for the Iran Deal but is currently dodging his one scheduled debate so will likely dodge this issue too.
  • Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), two reliable Iran Deal votes who have been silent on this major national security issue.

All of these candidates have made it clear that, if elected, they would march in lockstep with the failed Obama-Clinton foreign policy. Would that include sending more “planes loaded with cash” to a dangerous and destructive Iran? Only they can answer that question.