It truly does not matter about the $150,000,000,000.
Did you ever once stop to ask yourself why it was done in secret, in the middle of the night?
First, it is not the $150,000,000,000 that is of key importance it is what one of your preferred news agencies CNBC has to say on the subject. Surly you will believe them........
The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access to the US financial system
The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access — albeit briefly — to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal.
The administration did so despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so.
“The Obama administration misled the American people and Congress because they were desperate to get a deal with Iran,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
No, it is not the $ $150,000,000,000 it is the fact
The US paid Iran $1.3 billion in secret.
And had they not been discovered we would never have known.
This is "Your" Obama.... not exactly an upstanding citizen and not a politician to be proud of.
The problem with the media in the USA is that it is hopelessly divided for political reasons.
Whilst the US proclaims freedom of press, you actually know very little of it. It is very unfortunate for the American people that there is very little independent press left.
And this is not a reflection of the media only, it is a reflection of American society in general.
Whilst there are many intelligent and informed people in the USA who can see through the politicization of the press, there are a whole lot more who can't and who won't.
Most, because of the sharp lines drawn within US society, will stick to their side of the story by any means, and absorb anything their side proclaims as being the truth.
And almost none will actually invest some time to check out what the real facts are, which usually is right in the middle.
With exception, this is a typical American thing. Americans have not been raised with an outward view of the world.
You do not understand most of the foreign cultures because there never was a need for it. Instead foreign cultures were supposed to align with US policies.
And for a while most foreign cultures did to some extend align themselves with US interests for economic gain.
That position however is shifting. Where in the past the British Empire was the global economic power house, that has all but disappeared.
And now the position of the US is on the decline.
So what you have right now in the USA is exactly the same as what the British had a few generations ago: a generation that finds it increasingly difficult to accept that the world no longer is the playground of the west, and in particular the US.
And that's why American politics has become increasingly more populist and utterly divided.
And guess what, you can't really blame the average American for having a subjective view.
The lies coming from both sides are getting bigger and bigger and the media, equally divided, forwards the lies into society depending on which political camp they support.
So, lets address that 1.5Bn first.
As Norton already said, this was a settlement by arbitration. Nothing secretive about it.
See how easy that was? It was neither secretive, nor in the middle of the night.
The 150Bn is a detraction as well.
First and foremost, nobody "gave" Iran anything or dropped a gift in their lap. That money was Iran's to start with.
But here is the reality of the situation...
Even before the US released that 150Bn, Iran was already developing nuclear capabilities. They did not need that 150Bn to continue their nuclear program.
In fact the rest of the world was getting very nervous about Iran progressing their nuclear capability even though so much of their assets and funds were frozen.
Oh sure, the US could have kept that 150Bn in their pocket. Would that have stopped Iran? Not at all!
So the choice was made to release those funds in exchange of an agreement that allowed foreign access.
See how simple that was? Nothing shady about it.
But now that Trump has torn up the agreement, we are worse off than before.
Not only do the Iranians have the 150Bn, they are now completely free to continue nuclear development without foreign control.
And finally that "secretive" access to the US banking system.
In order to transfer funds from one currency to the other, you need to go through the so-called "swift" system, which happens to be an American system.
Every day millions of transactions are being made over that system, and numerous banks and financial establishments are granted access to the American financial system to complete their transfers.
The US has tried before to force pressure on foreign nations by threatening to cut them off from that payment system.
In case of Russia, the message came back that if the US dared all hell would brake loose. The US quickly backed off.
Also in this case, the US did not want any trouble with Oman.
Oman lies in the so-called sphere of influence of the US, it has significant gas reserves and is the largest non-OPEC oil producer with massive oil reserves.
And Oman needed to transfer funds to Iran. Hence Iran was given access to the American financial system in order for the transfer to succeed.
See how simple that was? It is all out there in the open.