The price for releasing our captured sailors, it would seem, was our lifting our economic sanctions against the nuclear-armed mullahgarchy considerably ahead of schedule.
Boy, when Barack Obama expresses his profuse gratitude to an enemy for releasing POWs, seized in a blatant act of war against us, he doesn't scrimp, does he? I guess now we know why he sent U.S. naval forces to the Persian Gulf in the first place:
International sanctions on Iran will be lifted on Saturday when the United Nations nuclear agency declares Tehran has complied with an agreement to scale back its nuclear program, Iran's foreign minister said.
Even though they haven't done so in the slightest.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived in Vienna, headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. body expected to issue a report triggering the lifting of sanctions imposed by the United Nations, United States and European Union.
Even though they've repeatedly violated U.N. restrictions on their ballistic missile testing. And, just as a reminder, ballistic missiles are used to deliver nuclear warheads to their intended targets.
The sanctions have cut off a nation of nearly eighty million from the global financial system, drastically reduced the exports of a major oil producer and imposed severe economic hardship on ordinary Iranians. Most will be lifted immediately.
Which is why direct military action, invasion, and regime change should have been carried out against Iran years, decades ago, and the Iranian people liberated from their jihadist nightmare; to eliminate this threat once and for all. Instead we're richly rewarding the mullahs for taking over most of the Middle East, waging low-level war against us for the past thirty six years, killing American civilians and soldiers in the four-figure range, ratcheting up that war by directly attacking U.S. warships and taking U.S. military personnel prisoner for interrogation and propaganda purposes, and, of course, going nuclear. Imagine what they'll be able to "achieve" with this $150 billion liquidity infusion King Hussein generously showered upon them today.
Actually, we don't have to imagine it....
....because we're going to experience it firsthand.
On the bright side, at least congressional Republicans have abandoned John Boehner's stupid-ass idea of a lawsuit challenging the Iran nuclear sellout that would take years to finally be dismissed; they're now going to go the legislative route to undo it so that Barack Obama can quickly veto it and save them, and us, all so much time, money, and effort:
Just a few months ago, House Republicans were talking about suing the Obama administration over its nuclear deal with Iran, but now, they are proposing legislative efforts in hopes of preventing sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation from being lifted.
There was never a definite plan to file a lawsuit, reports the Hill, while former House Speaker John Boehner was in office. But once he left office, talk about filing a lawsuit that could have taken months or years to settle were left behind and critics instead began looking at other ways to undermine the deal.
“There’s a whole legislative package that we’re going to try to cobble together in the next couple of weeks,” David Pasch, a spokesman for Illinois-6 GOP Representative Peter Roskam commented. He noted that Roskam still supports legislation but is leaving the issue up to House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Aaaaaaaand now we know the other reason why The One was in such a rush to lift the sanctions: One more fait accompli dropped in the laps of the same Republicans who, via Corker-Menendez pissing away the Senate's Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 ratification power, made the Iran nuclear sellout possible in the first place.
Well, okay, that's not entirely true; Corker-Menendez made the Iran nuclear sellout easier; it simply spared O the trouble of having to shove it down our throats anyway in violation of Article I, Section 1. A generous gesture to enable him to get in a few extra rounds of golf before the Iranian bombs begin to fall.
TOTALLY PEACEFULLY, of course.
UPDATE: At least we got something out of this escalating disaster. But, as usual, we got mugged again in the process.