Priority 1: Supporting Jihadis
That’s the economical explanation for the President and State Department’s decision to ship $400 million in cash, in Euros and Swiss Francs, to Iran. Officially, say the signed-up-to-lie-for-their-country weasels at State, there is “no linkage” between this ransom and the four Americans that Iran released with all due speed after unloading the pallets of cash, which are already being used to fund new global terror attacks. It’s just a matter of purest happenstance! (One gets the impression that if one of them pulled a trigger, he’d be amazed that it produced a gunshot. But as none of them will ever pull a trigger — they hire, and abandon, people for that — we’ll never know). As the WSJ put it:
The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran…
And certainly the ransoming of the existing hostages had no linkage to the Iranians’ subsequent decision to take two more US Citizen hostages.
That view wasn’t unanimous, even in this gang:
Senior Justice Department officials objected to sending a plane loaded with cash to Tehran at the same time that Iran released four imprisoned Americans, but their objections were overruled by the State Department
Eli Lake says that’ll really teach Iran. Specifically, that hostage-taking pays.
But who will call it a ransom? Not the reporters who act as the typing pool for Ben Rhodes, van driver turned national security adviser.
The four released Americans are Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian; Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine; Christian pastor Saeed Abedini; and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, whose case had not been publicized before the release.
State Department designated liar John Kirby, who must have been a real prize as a naval officer, says it wasn’t ransom.
However, the Journal says U.S. officials acknowledge that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.
But American hostage Saeed Abedini said he and the others were held hostage quite literally until the ransom arrived. Told they were going to be held 20 minutes, the hostages were held on a plane overnight, until the money arrived and checked out. Only then could their jet depart.
I ask them why you don’t let us go…. And he said we are waiting for another plane so if that plane doesn’t come we never let us go.
And it’s already produced more hostage taking:
Since the cash was airlifted, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has arrested two more Iranian-Americans. Tehran also has detained dual-nationals from France, Canada and the U.K. in recent months.
What Iran wants, Iran gets, at least out of this Axis of Weakness in Washington.
Further on Priority 1: of the 14 Muslim-Americans to have perished in the unending war cycle in the Middle East, funny how the one the Democrats and the press single out is the one who father is a Moslem Brotherhood immigration lawyer, dedicated to the imposition of the terror of Sharia worldwide.
Yes, Trump is a loudmouth boor. If you didn’t know that before he ever ran for anything, where have you been… under a rock? But Khizr Khan is an actual enemy. His son was not; the men who served with him praise him highly. But it’s interesting that the one guy they find is from the same anti-American jihad crew that gave us the other presidential candidate’s
girlfriend Close Personal Assistant (NTTAWWT).
By the way, more Americans have been killed by American Moslems in our own uniform, than American Moslems have died honorably serving. So for any given American Moslem, what’s his flag? The odds say it’s about 60/40, the black flag of jihad over the stars and stripes.
Priority 1, Part 3: 10,000 Syrians Will be Here by 1 September
In this goal, to bring in 10,000 rapefugees direct from Syria, the President has the help of most Republicans, including the top men in the House and Senate, Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Chinless Mitch McConnell. Some 8,000 of them are already here, 2,359 of them arriving in July. They are almost all Sunni Moslems, the sect that supports ISIL. (Christian and Yazidi minorities seem to have been screened out in preference to Moslems). If August matches July, the number of rapefugees will blow through the President’s initial demand for 10,000.
It’s a generally used rule of thumb, taught in various special operations and intelligence courses, that about one in ten war refugees is an active enemy, either recruited by the enemy already or ready to voluntarily do his bidding. Syrian refugees have committed several high-profile murders in Europe lately.
Secretary of State John Kerry says you shouldn’t believe your lying eyes. “We are very comfortable that we are bringing people in who will be a great plus to our country.” Of course, he’s the guy who tried to cut his own deal with North Vietnam in 1971.
Priority 2: Easing the Path of Criminals
We’ve just had another record-setting release of criminals. Mostly, they seem to be released because the President believes that they were just being picked on because of their race. The 214 felons, including 67 lifers, are already out. ABC News has an inadvertently funny report:
Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent crimes related to cocaine, methamphetamine or other drugs, although a few were charged with firearms violations related to their drug activities.
Depends on how you define “a few,” cupcake. The lifers were almost all felons in possession; of the others, about 25% of them had a firearms charge, and others had prior violent crimes, although this time they didn’t shoot anybody.
One of the inmates, Dicky Joe Jackson of Texas, was given a life sentence in 1996 for methamphetamine violations and for being a felon with an unlicensed gun.
That means he was a minimum of a two-time loser. What public good is served by releasing him?
All told, Obama has commuted 562 sentences during his presidency — more than the past nine presidents combined, the White House said. Almost 200 of those who have benefited were serving life sentences.
Two hundred lifers. Imagine the crimes they will commit before they go back again. Heather McDonald did a quick scan for “firearm” in the lucky-felon list:
…a search of the commutation database comes up with 156 hits for “firearms” (some of those hits are multiple counts for the same offender). Wilson Henderson, of Hollywood, Fla., for example, was convicted of “use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime,” according to the Justice Department press release. Kenneth Evans, of Fort Worth, Texas, was convicted of “use and carry firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and aiding and abetting.” Mark Anthony Clark, of Rockford, Ill., was convicted of “possession of a firearm by a felon/fugitive from justice and aiding and abetting,” as well as of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams of meth.
Many of the commuttees possessed stolen firearms or firearms with their serial numbers obliterated. Some were in violation of National Firearms Registration, which can mean possession of a federally prohibited weapon, such as a machine gun, silencer, or sawed-off shotgun. We don’t know how many guns the offenders actually had; a commuttee during a previous batch of commutations had 40.
Nor does the Justice Department’s press release disclose the actual incidence of firearm possession by these federal convicts. Gun possession can be used to increase a federal sentence under the federal sentencing guidelines without a prosecutor’s actually bringing a formal charge. A gun charge can also be plea-bargained away.
Interesting how the advocates of gun control don’t advocate it against actual criminals.
Back to the ABC infotainment story:
“All of the individuals receiving commutation today — incarcerated under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws — embody the president’s belief that ‘America is a nation of second chances,'” White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a blog post.
Second chances to rob, assault, rape and kill. Thank you Mr President! It’s a safe bet than none of these nogoodniks will be dossing down in Counselor Eggleston’s neighborhood. You wouldn’t be soft on crime like that, if you didn’t have a lot of human-victim-tamping-material between you and the recipients of your mercies.
And wait! There’s more.
“We are not done yet,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said. “We expect that many more men and women will be given a second chance through the clemency initiative.”
Second chance? To rob, assault, rape and kill. And they’ll be using ’em.
One last note from this “diversity”-obsessed administration (and media). The criminals cut loose:
…represent a diverse cross-section of America geographically.
Just “geographically,” huh? It what characteristics might the set of rewarded criminals not have a wide range of variation?