With Susan Rice under examination for her involvement in unmasking schemes against the Trump campaign, one thing is clear–the Obama administration was involved in some questionable affairs.
One of the more questionable is Obama’s funding of foreign terrorists who oppose the US. Ted Cruz posted a tweet pointing out this fact saying, “Uh, facts matter. Fact 1: Iran is world’s largest funder of terrorism. Fact 2: Obama gave Iran $1.7 billion, in unmarked cash. Therefore…”.
The payment of $1.7 billion to Iran was part of Iran’s nuclear program deal with the US, according to Politifact. The payment was a refund for military equipment purchased by Iran but was never delivered due to the internationally condemned Iranian revolution. These funds were frozen and the US was seen in some circles as in debt to Iran.
Obama unfroze some of these funds likely in an effort to recover three Americans that were being held in Iran. Four hundred million was printed and flown in an unmarked cargo plane to Iran after the hostages were recovered. It is unclear how the rest of the money was delivered to Iran, though many suspect it was done in similar fashion to the $400 million.
Though many believe this money was rightly owed to Iran, the payment would facilitate money from the US finding its way into the hands of terrorists (read: Hezbollah) as stated by former Secretary of State John Kerry. “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or of other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists to some degree,” Kerry said. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented.”
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a militarized arm of the ruling Iranian mullahs. It oversees the army, navy, and air force within Iran. It is also considered a supporter of the Taliban terrorist organization. The terror group Hezbollah is a direct report to the IRGC.
Ted Cruz first accused the Obama administration of funding terrorism back in 2015 when the Iranian deal was still on the table, as reported by Politico. During a round table Cruz stated, “If this deal is consummated, it will make the Obama administration the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism. Billions of dollars under control of this administration will flow into the hands of jihadists who will use that money to murder Americans, to murder Israelis, to murder Europeans.”
The Obama administration was involved in some questionable affairs. He gave Iran $1.7 billion in unmarked cash. Do you believe Obama helped fund terrorism in Iran?
Obama responded to the comment without denying or admitting to the allegation. “We’ve had a sitting senator, who also happens to be running for president, suggest that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism,” Obama said. “Maybe this is just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines, but it’s not the kind of leadership that is needed for America right now.”
Trump has been a frequent critic of the Iran deal and Obama’s apparent terrorist funding. In a tweet Trump linked a video of Obama avoiding answering accusations of terrorism funding, saying in the post: “President Obama refuses to answer question about Iran terror funding. I won’t dodge questions as your President.”
Though many believe the money was due to Iran, the timing of the release after hostages were returned from Iran–and the fact that much of the money would likely support future terrorism efforts–casts a dark shadow on Obama’s presidency.