Did Obama pay a ransom to Iran for our captured sailors?

American Thinker


One day after Iran released the 10 sailors they had abducted for strayinhg into Iranian territorial waters, the administration released $1.7 billion in taxpayer dollars to Iran. The money was part of a settlement of a decades old legal claim by Iran and came from a special fund that the executive department can tap to pay claims against the US.

Or was it a ransom paid for the kidnapped sailors?

One comment on “Did Obama pay a ransom to Iran for our captured sailors?
  1. I, as a citizen, am relieved that our Sailors were returned without harm. As a naval officer, I am appalled that they allowed themselves to be taken prisoner without, apparently, firing a shot in their defense. Naval officers are not supposed to surrender their ships without putting up a fight. The most recent example of giving up the ship without resistance was the USS Pueblo, captured off the coast of North Korea without firing a shot. The decision, by CDR Lloyd Bucher, was to preserve the lives of his sailors rather than the honor of the U.S. Navy. He was forever after castigated by his peers for his decision and idolized by his crew, one of whom is my personal friend. So, as the old adage goes, where you stand on an issue depends on where you sit.
    Still, the details of that Iranian incident are deliberately being withheld from the public by the Obama administration. That, to me, is of greater concern than whether a ransom was paid for their release.

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