Republicans are finding yet another thing to criticize Obama about, as usual. Are they right this time though? Giving the Iranians 400 million, straight cash, might look a little suspect.

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Obama made it loud and lear,

“We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future”

That’s something him and Secretary of State John Kerry have tried to make sure the people, especially conservatives, understand. They even both find it hard to believe that this is an issue now considering that they were pretty open about it back in January when it happened. CNN claims that the money was part of a failed arms deal in 1979 in which the US still held funds from Iran:

“The money was flown to Iran on a plane carrying wooden pallets stacked with Swiss francs, euros and other currencies. The payment was made with Obama’s approval as the first tranche of a $1.7 billion settlement resolving claims at an international tribunal at The Hague. The claims related to a failed arms deal under the time of the Shah Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in which the US was left with Iranian funds when he was toppled by the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and the two countries cut ties”.


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