There is a reason the United States has historically refused to pay ransoms.

If a hostile foreign government or a terror group is rewarded for returning a U.S. citizen, a bull’s eye is automatically painted on the back of every American tourist, journalist, missionary or business person. Kidnapping an American becomes an easy way to receive a big payoff.

Like a parent giving in to the demands of a three-year-old throwing a temper tantrum with the later bedtime, once bad behavior is seen to achieve the desired result, the tiny tyrant is in control.

That was the policy historically adhered to by the U.S., but it appears that President Obama disregarded all precedent with the secret delivery of $400 million in cash to the Iranian government in January at the same time four Americans were released from Iranian custody.

The money has been owed to Iran since 1979 when an arms deal with the pro-American government headed by Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi fell through after he was deposed by the Iranian Revolution and the Obama administration claims that it was simply coincidence that the four Americans were released on the same day the money was delivered to Iran after 37 years.

The secret shipment was revealed in a Wall Street Journal report detailing the delivery of Euros, Francs and other currencies amounting to $400 million U.S. dollars in an unmarked cargo jet in the dark of night.

The Wall Street Journal also reported that the Department of Justice objected to the deal as a violation of federal law, but was overruled by the State Department.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed his opponent, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, calling it a “scandal” that she was involved in the talks that led to the return of the money to Iran – the largest sponsor of terrorism throughout the world.

Last week, current Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that some of the money paid to Iran as part of Obama’s nuclear deal will undoubtedly be used in terror attacks around the world.

Throughout the primary campaign, Clinton has cited her involvement in bringing Iran to the bargaining table for negotiations on the nuclear deal as a part of her foreign policy qualifications for the presidency.

The undercover delivery of the $400 million in January took place four days after Iran released ten American sailors taken into custody after their vessels had strayed into that country’s waters, but as proof that ransom payments encourage kidnapping, two Americans have been seized by Iran.

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