Is the Iran Cash controversy a big deal or just GOP spin? | The Tylt
Conservatives are accusing the Obama administration of paying a ransom to Iran for the release of hostages. The Wall Street Journal reports the US "secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran."
On its face, the issue is fishy and looks horrible for the Obama administration. Conservatives already critical of the Iran nuclear deal point to this as proof that Obama does not have the United States' best interest at heart and is willing to bend backwards for foreign enemies. They say that by giving Iran cash, the Obama administration is essentially handing Iran money to fund terror organizations. And the administration's secretive nature only raises further suspicions.
Is this all spin?
But the White House is saying that the deal was not a secret. The transfer happened to settle a long standing issue between the US and Iran. The US reached the agreement because officials expected that the issue, which was under arbitration at the Hague, was likely to result in the United States losing, and having to pay $10 billion instead. The settlement was paid in cash because sanctions make it incredibly complex and difficult to wire money to Iran. And CIA director Josh Brennan said "The money, the revenue that's flowing into Iran is being used to support its currency, to provide moneys to the departments and agencies, build up its infrastructure."
What do you think?
Is the Iran Cash controversy a big deal or just GOP spin?
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