Monday 16 January 2017

The Iran tab: Full cost in question

All the assets spent to appease Iran and secure a nuclear deal add up to one inescapable assessment of the Obama administration: It was played, badly.

Never mind the estimated $115 billion in sanctions relief for the Islamic republic over the past three years, according to The Wall Street Journal. The U.S. “surrendered” more than $10 billion in cash, gold and other assets, The Washington Free Beacon reports. That includes the infamous $1.7 billion that's been described as a “ransom” payment to Iran for the release of American hostages.

Yet with each revelation of what the U.S. actually paid Iran, Team Obama denies the initial report, “then they low-ball it until they're caught again,” a foreign policy expert tells The Free Beacon.

Meanwhile Iranian fast-attack vessels, as recently as last week, harass U.S. Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz. And Iran continues its ballistic missile tests.

Between cash infusions and sanctions relief, it all amounts to quite a windfall for a state sponsor of terrorism whose nefarious activities include bolstering the butchery of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Cognizant of the payoff Iran got to curb its nuclear ambitions, what will North Korea demand — that is, beyond the now-defunct Agreed Framework signed by the Clinton administration?

In many ways, the full cost of President Obama's outrageous overtures to Iran has not yet been fully realized.


© copyright 2004 - 2021 All Rights Reserved

Cookies on IranPressNews website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from Google and third party social media websites if you visit a page which contains embedded content from social media. Such third party cookies may track your use of our website. We and our partners also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time.