Barack Obama’s worst fears were released on Wednesday when a retired Army colonel told Newsmax TV that he thinks a $1.7 billion payment made to Iran just after several kidnapped American sailors were released by the Iranian military ostensibly constituted a ransom payment to Tehran.
According to Conservative Tribune, Col. Derek Harvey is suspicious of the fact that the payment was made one day after 10 sailors were released by Iran in January.
“The timing is absolutely suspicious, and given the track record of the administration it does look like there is a quid pro quo,” Col. Harvey said.
Harvey was appearing on the network to promote The No Impunity for Iranian Aggression at Sea Act, a bill being pushed by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. This legislation would force the Obama administration to release a report on whether or not the $1.7 billion payment to Iran was, in essence, a ransom.
“After the Iranians captured 10 U.S. Navy sailors, President Obama mentioned these brave men and women only in passing in his last State of the Union address,” Rep. Pompeo told the Washington Free Beacon. “Since then, instead of investigating whether the Iranians violated the Geneva Convention and the right of innocent passage, the Obama administration has only offered apologies and then fired an American naval officer.”
“There has been no criticism of the Iranians, no public explanation of why these Americans were forced on their knees, hands on their heads, or why they were forced to confess — nothing from President Obama that would send a signal that this is an unacceptable way to treat American sailors,” Pompeo added.
Col. Harvey pointed out that if the administration had been more transparent, none of this would be necessary.
“They would not be having to respond to pressure from Congress,” Harvey said.
It’s sickening that Obama used our troops as pawns at the hands of the despicable Iranian government, then paid the Middle Eastern power $1.7 billion to get them back.
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