Politico has revealed the true price President Obama was willing to pay to secure the nuclear arms deal with Iran.
In order to do so, Obama dropped charges against Amin Ravan, an arms smuggler responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq. Daily Mail has the details:
Ravan, U.S. authorities believed, was involved with providing Iran with components of bombs that Shiite militias used over a long period of time.
He was also charged with smuggling American military antennas to Hong Kong and Singapore so they could be sold to Iran.
But the Obama White House dropped those charges, along with those of at least 13 other fugitives, as part of the negotiations the led to the nuclear deal announced in 2015.
The move was executed quietly, even as the administration publicly carried out a prisoner swap and released seven Iranians and Iranian-Americans who it portrayed as low-level violators of U.S. sanctions against Tehran.
One of those “low-level violators” stood accused by the Department of Justice of supplying Iran with satellite technology that helps launch surface-to-air missiles. He was in the middle of his eight-year sentence and was excused from repaying $10 million paid to him by Iran.
Another to have his charges dropped was Seyed Abolfazl Shahab Jamili, who exported nuclear equipment to China with the knowledge it would end up in Iran. And yet another, Behrouz Dolatzadeh, was facing federal indictments for his attempts to export U.S.A.-made M-4 rifles from Syria to Iran.
“This is a scandal,” said Valerie Lincy of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control. “The cases bear all the hallmarks of exactly the kinds of national security threats we're still going after.”
“It's stunning and hard to understand why we would do this,” she added.