While the Beltway media slept, the Obama administration made hay. From off-mic whispers to Russian leaders, to pursuit and harassment of journalists and political adversaries, to the obfuscation and cover-up of an attack on an American embassy, the “Hope and Change” gang operated without fear or limits.
Both Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch acted as a firewall for Barack Obama’s executive branch and almost nothing permeated the walls of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
“Time wounds all heels,” though, as Groucho Marx said, and yesterday brought to light stunning revelations about the 44th president of the United States and his efforts to craft and preserve the Iran deal.
The Obama administration secretly attempted to give Iran access to the U.S. financial system in 2016 and misled or “lied” — as today’s press is happy to say — to the U.S. Congress.
An investigation by Senate Republicans released yesterday revealed that there was an effort made to ensure Iran received its benefits (think money) in a way that could be hidden from critics and others, including Congress. The Treasury Department issued a license that would have allowed Iran to convert money being held in the country of Oman into euros by first exchanging them into U.S. dollars (the dollar is the preferred currency for conversion to euros around the world for a variety of reasons).
Oman would need the special license as a “blessing” by the United States and assurance that it would not be in violation of sanctions against Iran.
Obama administration officials reached out to two American banks to facilitate the conversion of the Omani rials but the banks balked at cooperating as they did not want to be seen as doing business with Iran and did not want to risk being in violation of the sanctions themselves.
At one point, the Obama administration was so eager to cater to Iran’s wishes to convert currency that it had considered issuing a broad license that would allow all foreign banks to use the U.S. financial system to get the job done. Again, American banks wanted no part of it.
Though the issuing of licenses was not illegal, it does illustrate the eagerness of the administration to get a deal done at all costs, including misleading Congress and the people of the United States.
It also undergirds President Trump’s assertion that the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement itself was a “disastrous deal” in which Iran was given billions of dollars in exchange for a promise that it would curb its nuclear program.
It seems clear that the regime in Iran knew that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was sacred to the Obama administration and they took full advantage, complaining about this or that element of the agreement. On cue, the United States would look to appease and assuage Tehran, even though the ink on the deal was dry.
But Secretary of State John Kerry and others traveled the world as the regime’s promotional arm, touting Iran as a worthy business partner and encouraging countries to reach out to the country.
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Tuesday, Iran excitedly announced that it had completed a new centrifuge assembly center at the Natanz nuclear site.
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If the fact that the Obama administration secretly bent over backward to appease the extremists in Iran with piles of money and more in order to secure a legacy trophy is news to you, it is because the media was missing in action for eight years.
Now they are back at work conjuring up stories of Melania Trump going missing or coiffing their TV-ready hair so they can look good barking at press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a viral video.
The media looked away from the specifics of the Iran deal. Thankfully, President Trump threw it away.