It is obvious, at this point, that Obama was willing to do anything to “achieve an Iran deal.” I’m not entirely sure what kind of achievement this is…
Let’s just look at the facts:
1 – We made nuclear deal that pretty much just legitimizes what the Iranians were doing anyway.
2 – We gave them 400 million dollars.
3 – Realizing that he would look like a total douche if he gave away 400 million while they held prisoners, he demanded the prisoner release be made in conjunction with the money transfer, turning it into a ransom situation. We have seen an increase in American kidnappings since this deal.
4 – Afterwards, we gave Iran $1.3 billion dollars. This was paid in 13 payments of $99,999,999.99. In other words, if they had paid 100 million dollars, he probably would have had to tell Congress about it.
5 – Realizing that the US is a joke, Iran has been talking trash and have been buzzing our ships with their little row boats. Obama can’t make a fuss about anything because “Hey, I harbored in a new period of cooperation with Iran.” Iran has also been pretty much ignoring all the rules set out I his precious “Iran Deal.”
So, in summary: Iran got a bunch of money, economic sanctions lifted, and increase prestige on the world stage, and we got nothing. Worse than that, we paid handsomely. Well…at least we got the 4 Americans back. We did get that.
Here’s how a strong leader would have done things. “We are willing to negotiate on the sanctions. Release the prisoners first, and then we can see about working out our differences.” The prisoner release should have been the precondition to the negotiations, not as a final demand to prevent Obama from looking like the weak, feckless President that he is.
Long Live the Constitution.