Thursday, August 4, 2016
IS TRUTH FORGOTTEN?
“Millions for defense but not one penny for tribute”
If we can’t trust our President who can we trust? We do know Clinton’s version of truthfulness, but that is slightly better than Trump’s. Also Clinton represents the typical 21th century American politician who has a Barnum “you can fool all of the people some of the time and all of the people all of the time”.
Trump’s philosophy if he has one is that “All of the people must be fooled all of the time. That seems to work unless his loose cannon mouth is in action which seems to be all of the time”.
However Obama not only seems to have forgotten the above quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson in response to the Barberry Pirates protection demands to keep our shipping safe, but he made a secret deal with Iran to send 400 million in cash (unmarked foreign notes) for what circumstance evidence seems to be for the release of 4 American prisoners.
Of course when this just came to light, Obama denied that it was ransom money, even though the four were released the day after the money was delivered.
Who can believe that there was no relationship, and this money was repayment for an incomplete arms deal with the Shah just before he was deposed’ in 1979. The embassy staff was held in situ hostage until January 1981.
Is this deal one of the possible secret agreements in the recent Iran anti-nuclear treaty? What else has our President lied to us about that treaty?
What Obama and the Democrats have done is given Trump fuel for recover and justify some of his wildest claims.
“Millions for defense but not one penny for tribute" is incorrectly attributed to Thomas Jefferson. Actually the quote was made by Rep. Robert Goodloe Harper, chairman of the committee on ways and means in Congress, on June 18, 1798. President John Adams had sent representatives to France to try to keep the US from going to war with that country. French and British warships had been attacking Americans ships at sea and claimed the right to seize American vessels. Three French diplomats offered to negotiate a treaty if the US would pay a bribe (tribute) to the French foreign minister, Tallyrand. This episode became known in history as the XYZ affair because the French diplomats were referred to by these initials rather than their names. The affair generated anger in the US, which prompted Rep. Harper's famous words. “(Wikipedia)
It also did not refer to the Barbary Pirates and the war against them in 1801-2 as legend has it.