National Security Desk / April 27, 2016

Nobody Seems to Know How Much Money Iran Is Getting

Congress cannot get a straight answer.

In Barack Obama’s first term, Congress had to pass deals in order to find out what was in them. These days, even after the deals are rammed through, Congress cannot get answers about what the deals entail. While the deal was being discussed, Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran would get $100 billion in unfrozen assets if the nuclear deal with the mullahs was reached. Now, Kerry has changed his story and Congress cannot get a straight answer.

During a recent speech, Kerry told supporters that Iran had received only $3 billion (so far) from the deal — a fraction of what the Obama administration said. Meanwhile, Iran has declared it collected all $100 billion. And when lawmakers approach the State Department to understand just how much money is going to Iran, it never answered them specifically.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) said, “Secretary Kerry himself has acknowledged that some of this money will end up in the hands of terrorists. The State Department’s inability, or refusal, to accurately estimate the amount of money the Islamic Republic of Iran is receiving raises even more serious questions.” How much will the U.S. eventually give Iran? Furthermore, how much will go to fund terrorist groups and destabilize the Middle East?

In the meantime, Iran has set off ballistic rocket test after ballistic rocket test, with another scheduled for just after the inauguration of the next president. (Contrast that show of force to Iran freeing 444 American hostages upon Ronald Reagan’s inauguration.) And the Obama administration has been sluggish to respond to these deal violations, possibly even lying to Congress. Unfortunately, the effects of this deal will probably only be fully realized when Iranian-backed terrorists topple Middle Eastern states in violence and batteries of nuclear-tipped missiles point up toward Iranian skies.

(Revised.)

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