Why wasn’t this money paid to the Islamic Republic of Iran by Carter (yes, even Carter!), Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, or George W. Bush? Because the deal was made with the Shah, not the Islamic Republic, and obviously none of them thought they had to honor deals made with the Shah with the Islamic Republic, especially considering the fact that the Islamic Republic has been on a war footing with the U.S. since 1979. They probably also thought it unwise to send massive amounts of cash to a rogue state.
Obama seems intent on empowering Iran, and with a compliant media bought off and never challenging him and a clueless and feckless Republican opposition, he has a free hand to do so.
And so now Iran has $1.7 billion to finance jihad terrorism.
“State Department can’t say who in Iran got another $1.3 billion,” by Pete Kasperowicz, Washington Examiner, August 22, 2016:
The State Department confirmed Monday that the Obama administration has paid Iran another $1.3 billion to settle a failed arms deal from 1979, but couldn’t describe who in the Iran government it paid, and couldn’t say what form that payment took — cash, check or otherwise.
The State Department also admitted it can’t guarantee that the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps wouldn’t be able to get its hands on the money eventually.
“We can always hand it over to someone who can hand it over to the IRGC,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. Many in the U.S. see the IRGC as being responsible for helping to finance terrorism.
The administration agreed to pay Iran $1.7 billion to compensate that country for its payment to the U.S. in 1979 for military equipment. That deal fell through after Iran’s government was overthrown, and the Obama administration has said it owes Iran this money, plus interest.
The first installment of the payment was a $400 million cash payment, which has drawn criticism from Republicans. They say it looks like a ransom payment to ensure the release of American hostages who Iran released this year.
When asked how the remaining $1.3 billion was paid, Toner said he didn’t know.
“I’ll try my best to get details about that,” he said. He said the problem there is that the government generally doesn’t want to reveal entities that help the U.S. make these payments, since the U.S. has no direct financial relationship with Iran.
But he said he also didn’t know who received the payment.
“I believe it was Iranian officials, Iranian government officials, I don’t know particularly who individually it was,” he said….