Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro
Eli Lake, Bloomberg: Obama Kept Military Out of the Loop on Cash Payments to Iran
One might think President Barack Obama would have asked his top military officials to weigh in on his administration's decision in January to send $400 million in cash to Iran. After all, Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, and terrorists prefer cash to wire payments because it's so difficult to track. And its armed forces have both directly and indirectly threatened the U.S. military in the Middle East.
But Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry did not consult Secretary of Defense Ash Carter or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford.
This news came out of a hearing Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. In response to a question from Republican Senator Ted Cruz about the cash payment to Iran, Carter made it clear that he had been out of the loop.
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WNU Editor: It appears that the White House kept a lot of people out of the loop on their cash payment deal with Iran .... the Pentagon and key U.S. Senate leaders included.