As I write this post, John Kirby, State Department spokesman, is on TV adamantly denying that it was a ransom:

The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.

Looking at that sentence, again (emphasis added),

  1. The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran
  2. coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran
  3. U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.

Double-dealing behind Congress’ back, the article goes on to describe that the Obama administration

procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland

because it is illegal to do so in the U.S.,

The $400 million was paid in foreign currency because any transaction with Iran in U.S. dollars is illegal under U.S. law. Sanctions also complicate Tehran’s access to global banks.

So, on the one hand, last November Obama was saying “that ransoms should not be paid to terrorist organizations that are holding hostages,” while bypassing American banks in order to break the law.

By the way, Iran is calling it a ransom, and, in case you forgot, Iran is still in the State Sponsors of Terrorism list.

Omri Ceren, posting at PowerLine points to the predictable result of this further example of Obama’s “smart diplomacy”:

Iran has taken more hostages since the deal and now is looking for another ransom – Tehran went back to arresting American hostages after releasing the last round, and are now seeking another billion dollar deal in the last six months of the administration

At $100 million per American, which is the agreed price, they have only ten more to go.

Unfit to be president“, you say?

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

 

The Sage: [Recurring phrase]…as any fool can plainly see.

Groo: I can plainly see that

Groo the Wanderer

One of the reasons why the email scandal has so hurt Hillary Clinton (and why our friends in the MSM are still pushing back against it) is that it’s a scandal that people could understand.  You don’t delete something and keep it away from investigators unless you are hiding something (just as folks don’t plead the 5th if the disclosures are harmless).

Well guess who is deleting things now:

Khizr Khan, the Muslim Gold Star father that Democrats and their allies media wide have been using to hammer GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, has deleted his law firm’s website from the Internet.

Now that is an interesting move, I wonder why he would feel compelled to do this:

This development is significant, as his website proved—as Breitbart News and others have reported—that he financially benefits from unfettered pay-to-play Muslim migration into America.

What you mean Muslim immigration?  Isn’t that one of the two issues that Trump has highlighted with success that has also been a huge issue in Europe, particularly Germany lately 

Angela Merkel‘s open door policy to refugees is no longer welcomed in Germany following four savage Muslim attacks in a week.

Attitudes to Syrians seeking asylum has hardened after ISIS suicide bomber Mohammad Daleel blew himself up outside a wine bar in the quiet in the quiet Barvarian market town of Ansbach.

Other violence over the space of four days in the last week has left Germans feeling vulnerable and afraid. A new survey found that 83 per cent of Germans see immigration as their nation’s biggest challenge – twice as many as a year ago.

I wonder what might have been sitting at Mr. Kahn’s web site on Immigration?

A snapshot of his now deleted website, as captured by the Wayback Machine which takes snapshots archiving various websites on the Internet, shows that as a lawyer he engages in procurement of EB5 immigration visas and other “Related Immigration Services.”

For the last week Khan has been useful for the media as everyone can understand the grief of a parent who has lost a son in service.

But people can also understand people delete web sites for a reason.  Kahn has apparently decided that the damage of his web deleting his web site is less than leaving it up, and this combined with the benghazi families whose sons deaths are tied to Hillary means trouble for the  Khan narrative.

Alas that scrutiny is the price for the MSM giving Mr. Khizr (I really don’t want publicity, honest I don’t) Khan the 40-50 minutes for his outrage over Donald Trump words for every one minute given to over parents of people killed by Hillary Clinton’s actions and inactions, eventually people start looking closer at Mr Khan who apparently, unlike Pat Smith, can’t stand the scrutiny.

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