This past week, sanctions against Iran have been lifted - per last year's nuclear agreement - and the Islamic Republic has now received $100 billion in frozen assets. This money, which can now be used to support Iran's terrorist proxies and cause further unrest across the Middle East, was had by what the always eloquent Michael J. Totten calls blackmail:
The United States, as the world’s sole remaining superpower, should have had the Iranian rulers for breakfast. We should have eaten their lunch, too, while we were at it, but nope. Iran gets 100 billion dollars and we get…nothing.
Oh, sure, we get “promises” from the Iranian government that it won’t build nuclear weapons, and inspectors get limited access to old nuclear facilities, but even if Iran never cheats and never builds a bomb, the best we can say is that we paid Iran off so it wouldn’t do something horrible.
The word for that is blackmail. Blackmail is a crime for a reason—because the blackmailed person or party gets robbed.
A good deal with Iran would have required the government—at minimum—to cease and desist all funding of international terrorist organizations. Instead, this deal enables the regime to dramatically increase its support for international terrorist organizations...