To The Daily Sun,
Wooden pallets stacked with cash in various foreign currencies were flown on an unmarked plane to Iran. The U.S. cannot exchange U.S. dollars to Iran, but it amounts in value to $400 million. Four American hostages were released.
The White House says ransom was not paid. Two different negotiating teams and it was Iran's money that was the settlement of a long standing U.S. Iran claim. It is just a coincidence. Really same day payment and same day release?
The White House said it was not a prisoner exchange. Yet Iran says it is a ransom paid. The White House lies again. It was ransom paid. And our citizens are not safe anywhere in the world. If Iran can detain Americans, then other countries can.
Congress is jumping up and down saying our citizens will not be safe. Talk, talk, talk.. Congress is all talk ... unfortunately.
Our citizens will not be safe. Since the exchange — and it was an exchange — Iran has arrested two Iranian-Americans and two dual nationals from France since the release of the money.
There is the saying "if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it is a duck." Smells like ransom paid for four American citizens.
We have to look at the ramifications of this exchange other than American citizens are not safe overseas.
Can Iran hold the world hostage and say, pay us or we will use nuclear weapons? They will have nuclear power soon. They are constantly improving their ballistic missile program and will eventually develop long range missiles that will reach the U.S. There is no reason why this would not happen.
Obama has bowed down to Iran. They know it and keep crossing the red line. Will Hillary?
Do we want the next president to continue this foreign policy? I certainly do not want this.
The United States should not pay ransom for anyone for any amount. Jefferson knew this. Why cannot we learn from history?
In 1785 Algerian pirates captured American ships and $60,000 was demanded for their release. For 15 years, America paid millions of dollars for safe passage of American ships.
Jefferson was against this practice, and when sworn into office he refused to pay ransom. Tripoli declared war on the United States and soon to follow were Tunis, Morocco and Algiers.
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