It's called ransom, regardless of what Josh Earnest and the other Obama liars tell you, and Republican lawmakers are angry.
Big deal--nothing will happen and over time, nobody will care. Our distraction to other political scandals will grab our attention. That's always what the left counts on and it works.
The money transfer was reported by the Wall Street Journal. The first installment paid out by the U.S. was reportedly $1.7 billion ostensibly to resolve a failed 1979 arms deal dating just prior to the Iranian Revolution.
The money we gave to Iran was in euro, Swiss francs and other currencies because our laws forbid transacting US dollars with Iran. So it's like giving them a Glock 9 mm to shoot us instead of a Colt 45 mm.
Obama denied it was ransom, and John Kirby, spokesman for the State Department, said it was a coincidence. But anyone who is toilet-trained and can feed him-- or herself, should know better.
Even Iran knows it was ransom. That's how they portrayed it to their people, and that's how their people see it.
"Paying ransom to kidnappers puts Americans even more at risk," Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said in a statement. "While Americans were relieved by Iran's overdue release of illegally imprisoned American hostages, the White House's policy of appeasement has led Iran to illegally seize more American hostages."
Kirby did his typical tap dance. "We don't pay ransom . . . this was not ransom," he lied. He then went on to add to the lie saying there was "no secret" about the payment.
Then why did we have to find out this way? Why didn't the Obama administration tell us the plan?