I wonder if now that the Obama administration has paid the ransom "we owed" the Iranian regime, whether it will set a precedent for others to put their hands out and demand, or at least request funds from the U.S. treasury?
Heck, even before the precedent, the Israeli government asked the U.S. to bump up its annual military stipend from $3 billion to $5 billion. Those dirty, money-grubbing Jews - asking for an additional $2 billion. You might think that, but they are blaming the Obama administration for the fact that they must request it in the first place.
It seems the Middle East is poised to get a lot more dangerous thanks to the huge infusion of cash which was part of the US-Iran nuclear agreement. So thanks to Obama, Israel expects to have to spend a lot more on defense. They do have a point.
Now in, we'll call the post-ransom period, another has come forward asking for cash. Our old buddy, "former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is asking President Obama to release nearly $2 billion in Iranian assets frozen in a New York bank account."
The Hill reports that Mahmoud is back and may be considering another run for president next year.
I guess he plans to return to the election circuit as the conquering hero, with $1.75 billion in tow.
However, as you may recall - this is the same $1.75 billion that the Supreme Court voted 6-2 to disperse over 1,000 victims of various terrorist atrocities perpetrated on Americans over the years, "including the 1983 bombing of a Marine barracks in Beirut in the 1996 attacks on Saudi Arabia's Cold War towers…"
"Iran is appealing the case at the international Court of Justice." Court of Justice. Sounds like a place where superheroes gather. Not quite - more like super-leftists.
But Mahmoud isn't content to leave it in the hands of the courts. He instead has penned an open letter to Obama.
After a full paragraph of praising Allah and Mohammed, he gets down to it, spending the next couple paragraphs buttering up Obama - telling him that basically nothing is his fault. Birds of a feather, I suppose, as Obama has said the same for years.
However, Mahmoud doesn't mention Bush specifically as does Obama – just past administrations that have been responsible for "about 60 years of oppression and cruelty by different American governments against the Iranian nation…"
He then cites the Supreme Court case which he claims illegally seized Iranian assets. He asks for "his Excellency," Obama to "quickly fix" the problem and "that not only the Iranian nations must be restored, and the seized property released and returned, but also the damages caused be fully compensated for."
Wow – he sure knows the American legal system. If he loses his bid for the presidency, Mahmoud could no doubt become a slip and fall lawyer. And he also knows Obama, the leftist, as he plays to Obama's legacy. "I passionately advise you not to let the historical affirmation and bitter incident be recorded under your name," writes Mahmoud.
I don't know whether Obama has the authority to release the funds the court has already allocated. Of course I also don't think the court should have the authority, regardless of the good cause.
In my opinion, if Obama does "find" the authority, he would certainly get out the forklift again and load up the unmarked jet with more pallets of Euros. Anything for his pals in Iran.

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