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State Dept. May Give Iran $50B Just for Showing Up

The Iranians aren’t quite at the same point the United States is when it comes to inking a deal over their nuclear ambitions, to put it mildly. They see this nuclear agreement as a way to end economic sanctions against their country, promoting their domestic economic stability, while giving them an exceptional harassment-free period in which to concoct a plan that would wipe most of the Eastern world off the face of the planet. The United States sees this as the only way Barack Obama can successfully navigate his way to deserving a Nobel Peace Prize and a global post-Presidency speaking tour.

Fortunately, it seems that the State Department has found a way to bridge the gap and bring Iran to the table to at least sign the agreement, even if they rip it up almost immediately: if Iran inks on the dotted line, John Kerry will show up to the signing ceremony with one of those oversized novelty checks, made out to Ayatollah Khomeini, in the amount of $50 billion. 

The State Department on Monday would not rule out giving Iran up to $50 billion as a so-called “signing bonus” for agreeing to a nuclear deal later this year, according to comments made to journalists following reports that the Obama administration had formulated a plan to release tens of billions of frozen Iranian funds. 

Experts have said this multi-billion dollar “signing bonus” option, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, could be the largest cash infusion to a terror-backing regime in recent memory. 

A cash release of $30 to $50 billion upon reaching a final nuclear agreement would come in addition to the more than $11 billion in unfrozen assets that Iran will already have received under an interim nuclear accord reached in 2013. 

Generally, when we write checks to prop up despotic regimes in difficult parts of the world, we call those cash infusions “foreign aid” and pretend that they go to the people as opposed to the despotic leadership itself. In this case, we would be abrogating that pretense, at least, by just loading a bank account with free money. I say that because, according to everyone’s favorite State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf, there appears to be no additional requirement that Iran abide by the deal or, really, do anything more than verbally assent to the deal’s creation. Harf said she would look into it, which probably means we’re about to directly fund terrorism.

Like I’ve said before, I suppose this will all correct itself when Iran has an enriched uranium accident and the ensuing nuclear winter has a dramatic man-made effect on the climate, which will then mean the State Department will see getting involved as a priority. Until then, we’re probably screwed.

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