Kerry: Sure, some of the money we’re paying Iran will go toward terrorism

posted at 8:01 pm on January 21, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Now that the US has sent $1.7 billion to Iran in exchange for the release of five Americans, where does the man who set up the deal predict it will be put to use? Perhaps in funding peaceful organizations to improve international relations? Massive democratic reforms? Not exactly. When challenged by CNBC on the use of the unfrozen $150 billion in assets Iran will access as part of the nuclear deal as well as the swap payoff, John Kerry says, “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists.”

Well, as long as it’s just some:

Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged to CNBC Thursday that some of the money Iran received in sanctions relief would go to groups considered terrorists.

When asked about whether some the $150 billion in sanctions relief to Iran would go to terrorist groups, Kerry reiterated that, after settling debts, Iran would receive closer to $55 billion. He conceded some of that could go to groups considered terrorists, saying there was nothing the U.S. could do to prevent that.

“I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists,” he said in the interview in Davos, referring to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. “You know, to some degree, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented.”

But he added that “right now, we are not seeing the early delivery of funds going to that kind of endeavor at this point in time.”

“Other entities”? The “other entities” would include Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy army, which Iran directly funds and commands. The group (as “Hizballah”) has been on the State Department’s list of “groups considered terrorists,” as Kerry tries to slough off the context, since 1997. Hamas, the organization that Iran has directly armed, was put on the Foreign Terrorist Organizations list at the same time. Perhaps the Secretary of State needs a link to refresh his memory?

Or perhaps he could check in with Treasury on the status of the IRGC. They also have it on their lists as a terror-related group, which is why the US tries to block its access to international banking. The Quds force, a subsidiary unit of the IRGC, has its own listing at Treasury.

Even if the funds don’t get immediately dropped into the bank accounts of terrorists, the sanctions on Iran at least provided some limitation on how much they could afford to move to their proxies and their own in-house forces of terror. The economic pressure that sanctions created forced them to put money aside to keep their people from rising up in revolt. Now that sanctions have ended, oil sales will boost their economy, giving the mullahs much more breathing space to stabilize their domestic situation — and allowing a vast increase in the amount of cash they can direct into their sponsorship of terror throughout the region.

That’s one reason this deal is such a disaster. It takes Iran off the leash in exchange for a ten-year delay in their development of nuclear weapons at best. It reveals the Obama administration as hopelessly naive, and in way over their heads.


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If only Iran would keep him.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2016 at 8:03 PM

Lurch wants that Nobel prize.

Too bad it lost its meaning once his boss got one.

Aizen on January 21, 2016 at 8:04 PM

Who would vote for any of these idiots?

forest on January 21, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Every victim of these terrorists should be able to sue Kerry and Dear Liar personally.

BTW, isn’t it a crime to give material support to terrorists?

rbj on January 21, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Mr. Kerry, would you care to make a rough equation as to how many billions (out of the $150 billion) equals how many hundreds of innocent people killed?

VorDaj on January 21, 2016 at 8:07 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged to CNBC Thursday that some of the money Iran received in sanctions relief would go to groups considered terrorists.

He continued, “And, we’re really ok with that. As long as it’s used against Joooos, er, we mean Israel, ‘cuz we’re not anti-semites, just anti Israel….”

ScottG on January 21, 2016 at 8:07 PM

Release the Jihadi managers from Gitmo and then provide the working capital for their operation. The new face of our war on terrorism.

tej on January 21, 2016 at 8:08 PM

I am beginning to believe that no one cares about anything obama and his administration do.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 21, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Treason. SOP.

S. D. on January 21, 2016 at 8:10 PM

there was nothing the U.S. could do to prevent that.

Sure there is.

Don’t give them the money!

SaveFarris on January 21, 2016 at 8:15 PM

That’s one reason this deal is such a disaster. It takes Iran off the leash in exchange for a ten-year delay in their development of nuclear weapons at best. It reveals the Obama administration as hopelessly naive, and in way over their heads.

No sir, it doesn’t. It means we had a buttload of chicken sht, feckless repubs that could have stopped it. The die was cast start of 2015.

arnold ziffel on January 21, 2016 at 8:18 PM

Good thing Corker, McConnell and Boehner pushed the bill in Congress so Obama could do whatever he wanted.

alanstern on January 21, 2016 at 8:25 PM

Like Obama rescuing Carter, Kerry may rescue Clinton from being the worst SoS in history …

ShainS on January 21, 2016 at 8:28 PM

I am beginning to believe that no one cares about anything obama and his administration do.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 21, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Thank goodness impeachment is and has been off the table. Total green light to ramp up the non-negotiable destruction of America …

ShainS on January 21, 2016 at 8:30 PM

It reveals the Obama administration as hopelessly naive, and in way over their heads.

Saul Alinsky approves of this useful idiocy …

ShainS on January 21, 2016 at 8:32 PM

It reveals the Obama administration as hopelessly naive, and in way over their heads.

Mr. Morrissey, if you think that this isn’t exactly what The One, Kerry, et al intended from the outset, you’re being naive’.

Everything they have done for the last seven years has been intended to promote “authentic, mystical” Eastern beliefs- like radical fundamentalist Islam- and cripple the West’s ability to protect itself from the results of same.

You can’t really call them traitors. That would imply that they deliberately changed from “our” side to the enemy’s, and I see no convincing evidence that they were ever on “our side” to begin with.

Even Vidkun Quisling and Pierre Laval were loyal to their countries at some point; this bunch’s only loyalty has ever been to their dogmas and their romance with “the other”.

Their dream is Israel erased, the U.S. rendered powerless- and them being able to claim afterward that they had nothing to do with it, as they make themselves more unassailable in power so they can continue the Great Work of destroying the “evil, materialistic West”.

This is just one more example of their MO.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 21, 2016 at 8:33 PM

So lurch has admitted that they will be funding terrorism then with this raw deal. Good job buddy.

sadsushi on January 21, 2016 at 8:34 PM

did his stitches pop when he said that?

AprilApple on January 21, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Why does this entre to Iran make no good sense at all? Because it’s Obama’s pet policy. His baby.

LashRambo on January 21, 2016 at 8:35 PM

John Kerry says, “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists.”

And, when Americans die as a result, Lurch will adopt the language of the far-far-left in Israel: The dead Americans will be called ‘sacrifices for peace.’

Lime in the Coconut on January 21, 2016 at 8:36 PM

It reveals the Obama administration as hopelessly naive, and in way over their heads.

Saul Alinsky approves of this USEFUL idiocy … INFIDELISM

ShainS on January 21, 2016 at 8:32 PM

Lime in the Coconut on January 21, 2016 at 8:39 PM

Every victim of these terrorists should be able to sue Kerry and Dear Liar personally.

BTW, isn’t it a crime to give material support to terrorists?

rbj on January 21, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Crime. Material support. Terrorists. Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis? Words. Just words.

P.S. Call me a racist for using a line from “Different Strokes”, which had questionable portrayals of black people on it. Go ahead. I know you want to.

LashRambo on January 21, 2016 at 8:39 PM

John Kerry says, “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists.”

That makes the US government a terrorist funding government. Full stop.

DrDeano on January 21, 2016 at 8:53 PM

I hope that terrorism is in his own neighborhood.

trigon on January 21, 2016 at 9:03 PM

did some botox squirt into his brain?

AprilApple on January 21, 2016 at 9:09 PM

Iran’s leaders are pure evil.

AprilApple on January 21, 2016 at 9:10 PM

Apology for the bold text in the above comment I missed the quote which is what should be bolded. Imagine if the SoS of the George Bush administration had said such a thing.

It reveals the Obama administration as hopelessly naive, and in way over their heads.

No sir, it doesn’t. It means we had a buttload of chicken sht, feckless repubs that could have stopped it. The die was cast start of 2015.

arnold ziffel on January 21, 2016 at 8:18 PM

This.. However, I don’t for a moment think the Obama administration is naive. They are anti-American globalist leftists, all too smart and are evil.

With due respect, I think it is well beyond time that good Americans call out the anti-American evil in our own government.

As it is obvious by their actions and inactions that the GOP establishment is complicit with the administration, we all need to come to a very sober understanding of what that really means.

DrDeano on January 21, 2016 at 9:13 PM

So lurch has admitted that they will be funding terrorism then with this raw deal. Good job buddy.

sadsushi on January 21, 2016 at 8:34 PM

My sentiments exactly.

tbear44 on January 21, 2016 at 9:19 PM

Imagine if the SoS of the George Bush administration had said such a thing.

DrDeano on January 21, 2016 at 9:13 PM

I don’t know why it’s any different from Iran/Contra, except at least there our hearts were in the right place. “Oh, they circumvented the will of Congress!”. Obama’s doing that routinely. And now, a pipeline of money to fund terrorists. By us!

LashRambo on January 21, 2016 at 9:25 PM

arnold ziffel on January 21, 2016 at 8:18 PM

eon on January 21, 2016 at 8:33 PM

What these guys said.

Wake the Hell up, Ed. If you’ve got a serious character fault, it’s that you regularly give bad actors the benefit of the doubt when there is no reason to do so. You repeatedly give the DC pigs way too much credit.

For 7 years that bastard Obama has done everything he could to empower Iran and weaken American power and influence. In the run-up to this stinking terror-financing deal, the POS Kerry denied any of this money would fund terror, because there are UN regulations against funding terror.

It’s equally clear that a lot of Donor Class traitors wanted sanctions lifted and this money released so they could do business with Iran. They don’t give a hot shit about the terrorism that will be funded as a result as long as they get theirs. And their complete ownership of the GOP establishment couldn’t be more clear. The Corker deal was pure political deception that gave Obama the power to do whatever he wanted to do while the GOPe swine pretended they were opposing him.

In other words, many innocent people will die because we have a traitor in the White House and so a bunch of corrupt businessmen can make money.

novaculus on January 21, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Kent Brockman: Mr. Simpson, how do you respond to the charges that petty vandalism such as graffiti is down eighty percent, while heavy sack beatings are up a shocking nine hundred percent?

Homer Simpson: Aw, you can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forfty percent of all people know that.

Kent Brockman: I see. Well, what do you say to the accusation that your group has been causing more crimes than it’s been preventing?

Homer Simpson: Oh, Kent, I’d be lying if I said my men weren’t committing crimes.

Kent Brockman: [pause] Well, touché

Pegcity on January 21, 2016 at 9:38 PM

I should expand my earlier comment:
No one cares about anything that any minority-run government does, or does not do.
Where are the stories about Washington, D.C.’s, incompetent handling of a 1 inch blizzard, taking government by surprise in the middle of winter?

GaltBlvnAtty on January 21, 2016 at 9:43 PM

Release the Jihadi managers from Gitmo and then provide the working capital for their operation. The new face of our war on terrorism.

tej on January 21, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Except it’s not exactly new; started back in 2008.
Or before, if you count Democrats undermining Bush at every step.


In other words, many innocent people will die because we have a traitor in the White House and so a bunch of corrupt businessmen can make money.

novaculus on January 21, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Sounds like the plan for most wars in history.

AesopFan on January 21, 2016 at 11:05 PM

However, at least Kerry claims that Iran has to pay their debts out of the windfall before they get the dough.
Wonder if that will actually happen?

AesopFan on January 21, 2016 at 11:06 PM

He should be executed as a preventitive

Mr Soames on January 21, 2016 at 11:09 PM

Dementia?

diogenes on January 21, 2016 at 11:25 PM

Obama was born and raised as an anti-American, communist globalist. In addition he was raised to be an angry victim who believes that the United States achieved its success on the backs of slaves. At his core, he is a malignant narcissist with an inferiority complex. All of this translated to a deep hatred of the United States, which he now views as a racist, imperialistic nation that has used its ill-gotten power to exploit the peoples and resources of the world. Each and every action of his as president have predictably been to punish the United States, lower its status toward that of the impoverished nations of the world and to cripple its ability to regain its status, power and success.

Kerry is an effete, pompous, low intellect buffoon who shares most of Obama’s anti-American sentiments and who has become Obama’s useful idiot and court jester. I suspect that even within Obama’s administration he is viewed as such and with disdain.

justltl on January 22, 2016 at 8:47 AM

We need a post about obama relaxing the visas so many more terrorists can come in to this nation. What does McConnell do? He does absolutely nothing. I think he needs impeached as well.

garydt on January 22, 2016 at 9:07 AM

A perfectly healthy nation would not, in the first place, have spawned such a pathological character as Obama or those who manipulated his rise to power.
It would also not have spawned a population ignorant enough to install him as president, not once, but, despite his plainly demonstrating his ill intent, twice.
And, despite its errors that lead to the point we are at now, even an ill, but non-suicidal nation would have removed him and his ilk from office, before they could do further and possibly irreversible harm.
Yet here we are, fecklessly biding our time, hoping against hope that Obama doesn’t inflict even more serious and possibly fatal injury on the nation, and, incredibly, seriously considering following him up with an even more malignant bundle of pathology in Hillary.

justltl on January 22, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Sure, some of the guns in F&F could end up in El Chapo’s hands, eh, Johnny boy.

Kissmygrits on January 22, 2016 at 9:25 AM

John Kerry: Sure, some of the money we’re paying Iran will go toward terrorism

From John Kerry’s own lips with my little “nuance” – How do you ask a man to be the last man first hundreds of people to die for a mistake?

RJL on January 22, 2016 at 3:33 PM