This is just beautiful.
Only a democrat president could get away with something like this without being vilified by every news outlet in the country, not to mention our ever-vigilant late night talk show hosts!
So, anyway, here’s the deal:
President Obama is feeling the pressure from Iran about their nuclear arms deal. And President Obama, being the shrewd deal maker he is, bows to Iran’s demands, and ships $1.7 BILLION…IN CASH over to Iran. They had to do cash, of course, in order to get around our own monetary sanctions against Iran! Like I said…, beautiful.
First, on January 16, 2016, via an unmarked 747 cargo jet, there was a shipment of $400 MILLION…IN CASH, in euros, Swiss francs and other currencies. That same day four American detainees just happened to be released by Iran. But this wasn’t a ransom payment (which would be illegal), President Obama claimed, and of course he was taken at his word and no further questions were asked.
Two days later, another unmarked cargo jet delivered a shipment of $1.3 BILLION…IN CASH to Iran.
Since when is the President of The United States allowed to ship money anywhere? Especially $1.7 BILLION?
Isn’t the Congress responsible for spending OUR money? Was this all approved by Congress?
Exactly who does the President call when he wants to get his hands on $1.7 BILLION?
Who arranged for these mystery delivery planes? And who exactly made up the crews for these planes? Why did someone feel they needed to be unmarked?
How many dump trucks full of cash were required to pick up all of this money up from wherever and deliver it to the airport?
I’ve got a lot of questions about this whole situation that nobody seems to have thought of yet. Maybe I should have been a reporter! Nobody else had any questions about this?
Well, yes, President Trump did, and he started this whole discussion with a tweet:
“Never gotten over the fact that Obama was able to send $1.7 Billion Dollars in CASH to Iran and nobody in Congress, the FBI or Justice called for an investigation!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
Glenn Kessler, of The Washington Post, quickly responded in defense of President Obama, just like he would for President Trump, I’m sure.
Kessler’s response was challenged, which resulted in an article in The Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler, addressing the whole situation.
In Kessler’s article, he immediately announced that, “This will be an unusual fact check.”
Why would we think otherwise?
He also felt it was necessary to say that, “We went into this exercise with an open mind…”
Oh, so you’re making an exception in this case? I don’t think so.
He also admitted that, “The situation certainly looks unusual on its face.”
It certainly does, Ollie…, it certainly does!
Mr. Kessler then proceeded to trip all over himself, trying to come up with a valid and/or believable reason explaining how this all was legal.
In the end, he deems the $1.3 BILLION was a penalty interest payment due because of money that was not paid to Iran back in 1979. Really? Is that the best you can come up with? And something from 39 years ago?!
Kessler then wraps up his article by saying, “Regular readers know we have been willing to award ourselves Pinocchios (as a rating for untruthfulness) if we get something incorrect. But that’s not the case here. One can certainly disagree with the Obama administration’s decision to send a jet with cash to Tehran on the same day that American detainees were released, but the action taken did not violate the law passed by Congress.”
Oh no, that is certainly “not the case here.”
The level of media bias here is just mind-blowing.
In the case of this Obama administration action, The Washington Post scours the Congressional archives in order to stitch together some kind of explanation. And the only reason they were grudgingly forced to even look at it was in response to a tweet by President Trump.
If this was something done under the Trump administration, the point of attack would have been a complete 180, and they would have calling for impeachment, I’m sure.
I hope at least we got a receipt!