The First Barbary War (1801–1805), also known as the Tripolitanian War and the Barbary Coast War, was the first of two Barbary Wars between the United States and the four North African states known collectively as the "Barbary States". Three of these were nominal provinces of the Ottoman Empire, but in practice autonomous: Tripoli, Algiers, and Tunis. The fourth was the independent Sultanate of Morocco. The cause of the war was pirates from the Barbary States seizing American merchant ships and holding the crews for ransom, demanding the U.S. pay tribute to the Barbary rulers. United States President Thomas Jefferson refused to pay this tribute.
Instead, the U.S. built warships and sent the Marines to settle the issue.
But this morning, I woke up to this:
The link is to a Wall Street Journal article that makes it clear the U.S. paid 400 million dollars in ransom to Iran. In a nutshell, on Jan 17, 2016 an unmarked jet carrying pallets of cash, landed in Iran. On January 17th, four Iranians holding U.S. passports were released and flown out of Iran.
This morning State Department spokesmen are vociferously denying there was any linkage. They say it was "just part of the deal' to provide Iran with billions. The flunky said "that is just a coincidence." According to the State Department, we agreed to pay the money when Iran signed the asinine Obama treaty which trusts the Iranians not to build nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles. (They've already broken the treaty, testing two ballistic missiles since signing) So flying the $400 million in secretly in the dead of night was just a coincidence. One State Department toad got exasperated when the Fox News host said that was hard to believe. Especially since Iranian spokesmen have said flat out it was a ransom payment. The State Department slug said "who are you going to believe, us or the Iranians?" I don't know what planet he's from, but it's pretty clear from the Wall Street Journal article that this is another humiliation we have suffered at the hands of the Iranians, thanks to the incompetent fool in the White House.
Here's the link to the Wall Street Journal article. Usually you have to have a subscription to read the paper, but this article, for the moment, is available free to the public. I just left the web page.
If you go to the Journal web page and they have switched the article over to subscription only, here's a Fox News report:
The other issue is that of "Babu" Khan.
I saw his face on every news channel I watched yesterday. One clip even discussed the fact that he has essentially turned his appearance at the DNC into a cottage industry, giving paid interviews to all and sundry. Last night all three major networks had segments about him, and pounded Trump for supposedly being "insensitive" by not taking the abuse Khan dished out at the convention.
Then I got a comment from a friend, indicating that Khan runs a business selling visas to Moslems, to get them into this country. I looked for an article with more details, and sure enough....
Well, at least the guy is different from the Pakistanis we have up here. Our Pakistanis just buy gas stations, convenience stores, and cheap motels. But Khan is reaching a lot higher. Pakistanis are great business men, you have to give them that. I imagine he has jacked up the amount of business his company does considerably. It's a little sick that he would exploit the death of his son to do it, but then , a dollar is a dollar to Pakistanis.