US and Qatar Turn Heel on $6B Deal With Iran

( – Once upon a time, there was a man named Neville Chamberlain who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 1930s, and he pursued a policy of appeasement with the leader of Germany at the time — and the world now knows how that turned out. In the 21st Century, ex-President Barack Obama, current President Joe Biden (VP under the prior), and John Kerry, former Secretary of State (under Obama) and today’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, have all been part of Democrat administrations that have made deals that are similarly accommodating — if not even more egregious — with the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Team Biden advised Congress in an after-the-fact notice that they had agreed with the Tehran regime to exchange prisoners currently held in each respective country, but the United States sweetened the pot by agreeing to unfreeze $6 billion worth of the Middle Eastern nation’s assets. After Hamas, the Iranian-backed terrorist group, launched a surprise attack out of Gaza against Israel, which included kidnapping and murder of defenseless civilians and decapitations of infants, bipartisan criticism of the president came from the halls of Congress.

After a good bit of hesitation, Biden and Qatar (which acted as a mediator in the negotiations) have agreed not to release any money to the Islamic nation at this time. The small country on the Arabian Peninsula was to take payments from South Korea which would then be released to Iran supposedly to be only used for humanitarian and medical reasons, which many believe was a subterfuge to allow the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism to continue its history of violence.

A group of 14 senators from both sides of the aisle sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken imploring the administration to make the refreezing of Iranian assets in Qatar an official policy of the United States rather than what is, essentially, a promise made on a handshake. Those signing their names to the bottom of the message include:


  • Joni Ernst of Iowa
  • Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee
  • James Lankford of Oklahoma


  • Sherrod Brown of Ohio
  • Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin
  • Joe Manchin of West Virginia
  • Nominal Independent Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona

In a similar, yet all too rare sign of bipartisan cooperation, a letter was sent to Biden from the House of Representatives with the signatures of nearly 100 congresspeople affixed to it. Just as their colleagues in the other chamber had done, they reminded the president of past assistance provided to Hamas and Hezbollah by the Islamic nation and requested that he re-freeze the money in Qatar.

While the president decided against visiting any 9/11 memorial sites on the 22nd anniversary of that devastating attack, the administration did manage to demean the memory even further by taking that day to inform Congress of the $6 billion deal. Perhaps most alarming of all, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement claiming that “Biden has established a secret nuclear deal with the Iranian regimeā€¦ including an additional $10 billion transfer.” It seems that the author of a 2008 Washington Post op-ed needs to update Biden’s nickname of “Tehran’s favorite senator.”

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