Obama administration lied to the American people.
latest proof of their dishonesty: according
to the Associated Press, the Obama administration attempted to
end-around its own sanctions in order to give cash to the worst terror
sponsor on the planet. Here’s the report:
The report by
the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed that
under President Barack Obama, the Treasury Department issued a license
in February 2016, never previously disclosed, that would have allowed
Iran to convert $5.7 billion it held at a bank in Oman from Omani
rials into euros by exchanging them first into U.S. dollars. If the
Omani bank had allowed the exchange without such a license, it would
have violated sanctions that bar Iran from transactions that touch the
U.S. financial system.
the fact that U.S. banks didn’t want to violate American law prevented
Iran from getting its hands on $5.7 billion more in U.S. dollars. As
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) explained, “The Obama administration misled
the American people and Congress because they were desperate to get a
deal with Iran.” The Obama administration repeatedly lied — over and
over again — about their supposed unwillingness to allow Iran “access to
the US financial system.” Obama’s Treasury Secretary Jack Lew even
testified to that effect.
what did Team Obama have to say about all of this? Unnamed Obama
officials told the AP that they were acting “in line with the spirit of
the deal,” and that the lies were justified because they were attempting
to debunk arguments that Team Obama wanted to give even more concessions
to the Iranians. Which is somewhat like arguing that Bill Clinton didn’t
lie about Monica Lewinsky, he just wanted to debunk rumors that he had
sex with an intern.
Obama administration activity on behalf of Iran went even further, the
AP reports. In March 2016, Obama officials including execrable Secretary
of State John Kerry “fanned out across Europe, Asia and the Middle East
trying to convince banks and businesses they could do business with Iran
without violating sanctions and facing steep fines.” In other words, the
Obama administration became the foreign ministry for the mullahs in
Iran. The AP continues:
That same week,
the AP reported that the Treasury had prepared a draft of a license
that would have given Iran much broader permission to convert its
assets from foreign currencies into easier-to-spend currencies like
euros, yen or rupees, by first exchanging them for dollars at offshore
involved a general license, a blanket go-ahead that allows all
transactions of a certain type, rather than a specific license like
the one given to Oman’s Bank Muscat, which only covers specific
transactions and institutions. The proposal would have allowed dollars
to be used in currency exchanges provided that no Iranian banks, no
Iranian rials and no sanctioned Iranian individuals or businesses were
involved, and that the transaction did not begin or end in U.S.
administration officials at the time assured concerned lawmakers that
a general license wouldn’t be coming. But the report from the
Republican members of the Senate panel showed that a draft of the
license was indeed prepared, though it was never published.
questioned by lawmakers about the possibility of granting Iran any
kind of access to the U.S. financial system, Obama-era officials never
volunteered that the specific license for Bank Muscat in Oman had been
issued two months earlier.
is the second story this week demonstrating that Team Obama lied to
Americans about the Iran deal, which Obama treasured so dearly.
Tuesday, the Iranian government announced that they had completed a new
centrifuge assembly at their Natanz facility — just a month after
President Trump killed the Iran nuclear deal. This is deeply suspicious,
given their supposed acquiescence to disarmament under that deal. Here's
how Obama fanboys at The
New York Times reported that odd development:
While Iran said
it would keep enrichment within limits set by the 2015 nuclear accord,
the center’s opening seemed to signal that it could swing to
industrial-level enrichment if that agreement, which the United States
withdrew from last month, should further unravel. ... Under the 2015
nuclear deal, Iran stopped enriching uranium to the 20 percent level
that would allow for rapid development of a nuclear weapon and agreed
to a limit of under 5 percent. It will adhere to that limit, Iran’s
supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in a speech on Monday.
surely the mullahs who lied about their nuclear program for well over a
decade would never have lied to us, facilitated by the obsequious Obama
of course, the Obama administration lied constantly during the Iran
negotiations about the supposedly "moderate" Iranian regime that had
opened the door to those negotiations, with serial confabulator Ben
Rhodes taking the lead. Rhodes later bragged about his "echo
chamber" strategy to anyone who would listen.
keep hearing that the Trump administration is historically dishonest.
But the same press saying so largely overlooked and in many cases
actively covered for Team Obama’s dishonesty on the Iran deal, beyond
even covering for Team Obama’s rampant dishonesty on issues ranging from
Libya to Obamacare. Obama goes around bragging that his administration
was scandal-free. That’s factually untrue. But his administration was
largely criticism-free thanks to a media replete with his supporters.