From 8-3-16 episode of The Rob Zicari Show LIVE 10-1pm M-F
The Obama administration paid Iran a $400 million dollar ransom to get our hostages back. You didn’t hear about it when imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and four other Americans were released back in January, did you?
When Rezaian, Saeed Abedini, Amir Mirzaei Hekmatim, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, and Khosravi-Roodsari were released, it was a very happy occasion. We were told it was a prisoner swap. The U.S. dropped extradition proceedings against 14 Iranians outside the United States and gave clemency to seven others who were charged or imprisoned in the U.S. The released Iranians were actually really bad guys. Jason Rezaian was an American journalist who was convicted of spying by an Iranian kangaroo court.
The U.S. also agreed to immediately drop sanctions on Iran. This was all done before the Iran nuclear deal was completed. Obama figured the deal would go through anyway, so he went ahead and lifted the sanctions. After all, Iran was coming around. They would be back in the global community. They would be one of us.
Iran is still the same Iran it was in 1979. It’s still a theocracy ruled by an Islamic nut job with a beard and a funny hat. They still have rallies and shout “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!”
The $400 million is part of a bigger $1.7 billion dollar settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a dispute over an failed arms deal made back in 1979 with the Shah, before the Islamic revolution. The $400 million was just a down payment for money that was owed to Iran anyway, they said. The Obama administration agreed to the $1.7 billion dollar settlement because we would have gone to court and lost.
Imagine this. Twenty eight pages of the 9/11 report were hidden for over fifteen years. To this day, there are still portions of the report that are heavily redacted. The reason for hiding these pages was because they contained testimony and evidence linking Saudi Arabia to 9/11. If there was evidence linking the Saudis to 9/11, the families of those lost in the attacks could sue and hold them liable. A bill allowing this to happen was passed unanimously by the Senate in May, but Obama threatened to veto it. Moreover, Chuck Schumer introduced language into the bill that would have allowed the attorney general and the state department to stop any litigation against Saudi Arabia by claiming they were in negotiations with them to resolve the matter. So even if the bill had been signed, it would not have resulted in justice for the 9/11 families.
So 9/11 families can’t go after Saudi Arabia, but here we are agreeing to pay Iran $1.7 billion dollars for a deal that was made when Iran was an ally. Before they became a sponsor of terrorism. They were going to win it in a lawsuit anyway. So the U.S. pays Iran $1.7 billion because we were going to have to pay it anyway, but 9/11 families can’t even have their day in court?
We had a deal with Iran before they were evil monsters. When they became evil monsters, that deal was done. Iran made a $400 million deposit for military equipment before the Islamic revolution, but the equipment was never delivered. Why? Because they became an Islamic nut job theocracy and took Americans as hostages. Funded Hezbollah and other terrorist groups. Why the hell would we give these animals weapons?
Since these nut jobs never got their weapons that they probably would have used against us, they felt they should get their money back, plus interest. Iran argued before an international tribunal at the Hague that they should get $10 billion dollars. The U.S. agreed to $1.7 billion.
It would be different if Iran had truly changed and became a Democracy and had free elections and changed their stance on Israel and stopped funding terrorism. But they didn’t. They are still the same terrorist a—holes they were in 1979 when they took 52 Americans hostage. Obama gave Iran ransom money. End of story. They covered it under the guise of the Hague deal. State Department spokesman John Kirby said, “As we’ve made clear, the negotiations over the settlement of an outstanding claim at the Hague Tribunal were completely separate from the discussions about returning our American citizens home. Not only were the two negotiations separate, they were conducted by different teams on each side, including, in the case of the Hague claims, by technical experts involved in these negotiations for many years.”
OK. So everybody conducted separate negotiations and neither side knew what the other was talking about. Is that it? And Obama didn’t know anything? Puh-leeze.
Is this wasn’t a ransom, why was the money delivered at the precise moment the Americans were released? Why was it done in secret? Why was it delivered in euros, Swiss francs and other currencies? Because it remains illegal for the U.S. to conduct a monetary transaction with Iran in American dollars. For transactions to be legal, it would have required an act of Congress, and we all know how Obama loves to work with Republicans in Congress.
It’s unbelievable that we are giving disputed money to a terrorist state, but 9/11 families aren’t being allowed to sue the government that killed their loved ones. And Obama and the media have the audacity to say Donald Trump is unfit to be president? Because he says bad words? Because he throws a crying baby out of a rally? Because he won’t endorse Paul Ryan?
You wanna talk about unfit? Look at these deals that have been cut with Iran. The Obama administration paid a $400 million dollar ransom to free Americans who shouldn’t have been imprisoned in the first place.
I wouldn’t go overseas now. Americans are sitting ducks for kidnapping. We are the laughingstock of the world. This is why Putin does what he does. It’s why Assad does whatever the hell he wants. It’s why Kim Jong Un launches missiles while laughing and eating cheese. Obama is the weakest president we’ve ever had, and half the country wants to elect a president to carry on this weakness. Hillary is fully embracing the Obama agenda. She wants to be him. If Hillary could crawl into Obama’s skin, she would.
When we say we want to make America great again, Democrats say we’re already great. No, we’re not. America is not great right now. We are not a great and powerful nation. We are weak. We’ve been weakened by Democrats and the Obama administration. We’re getting punked by Iran.
Don’t be a punk. Vote for Donald Trump and make America great again.