41.7 F
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Citizens Journal Florida
HomeGovernmentDefense/National SecurityTimmerman: Paying Ransom for Hostages is Always a Bad Idea

Timmerman: Paying Ransom for Hostages is Always a Bad Idea

Club 14 Fitness
Seawind Open House


Ken Timmerman’s Threat Watch, www.kentimmerman.com, 8-11-23

Paying ransom for hostages is always a bad idea. Ask Ronald Reagan. He didn’t think that was what he was getting into with Iran/contra, but he had a big heart, and wanted to do everything he could to get Americans held captive by Iran released.

I was a hostage in Beirut at the beginning of that hostage crisis. And young as I was, I never wanted my government to “buy” my release. I was ready to die, however, if they came to rescue me. (You can read all about that experience and much more in my memoire, available here.)

I admit, though: rescuing hostages held by the Iranian regime at Evin Prison is an option no US government has ever contemplated, as far as I am aware. (And why not, you ask? Me, too!) If the Israelis can locate and steal the Iranian regime’s nuclear archive in multiple bank vaults in Tehran without being detected, why can’t the United States break down the walls of Evin Prison?

Five US hostages – and they have not even been sent back to the US, only released from Evin – for $6 billion. That has got to be the highest hostage ransom payment on record. Thank-you, Joe Biden.

The administration claims the Iranian regime will “only” use that money for humanitarian purposes it approves, via a bank in Oman. Sure. Every dollar the mullahs don’t need to spend to mollify the Iranian people, who are paying the price for their nuclear and terrorist follies, is a dollar they can spend on nukes and terror. You can take that to the bank.

Biden on Thursday asked Congress to appropriate another $40 million in “emergency” spending, including another $24 billion for Ukraine. Unbelievable. And you thought Republicans just made a deal to cut spending in exchange for raising the debt limit? Wow, we got had.

China Mitch is “looking forward” to reviewing the proposal, while Chuck Schumer is claiming new money will help block fentanyl at our southern border, since Team Biden can’t get the Chinese to agree to stop their shipments of poison to Mexico. At least Kevin McCarthy is skeptical of the new spending. VOTE NO, Kevin! Here are more details on how the money will be spent, if you can stomach it.

Some good news, finally, out of Ukraine. Zelenskiy has fired a number of army recruitment officials, accusing them of skimming from taxpayer funds to buy vacation homes in Spain. And with that, Ukraine leaves next-to-last place in Transparency International’s annual Index of corruption, going from 179 to 116 on that list. 

I discuss these and more on this week’s Prophecy Today Weekend. As always, you can listen live at 1 PM on Saturday on Jacksonsville’s Way Radio app, or on 104.9 FM or 550 AM.

If you miss it live, you can get the podcast here.

Yours in freedom,
Ken Timmerman’s 12th book of non-fiction, AND THE REST IS HISTORY: Tales of Hostages, Arms Dealers, Dirty Tricks, and Spies, is now available from PostHill Press. 

AND THE REST IS HISTORY can be ordered directly from Amazon by clicking here or by viewing my author’s page, here. 

– Republican nominee for Congress, Maryland District 8 (2012)
– National Security and Foreign Policy Advisory Board, Trump for President 2016
– President & CEO, Foundation for Democracy in Iran, www.iran.org
– Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2006
Cell: 301-675-7922
Follow me on Twitter @kentimmerman
Facebook: ken timmerman
Reply to: [email protected]
Website: kentimmerman.com

The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal Florida.

Firesail Adventures
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Education Crusade

Most Popular

The Bike Cop

Recent Comments

bongiourno on Letters to the Editor
Dave Scott on Letters to the Editor
P. Ole Katz on Low Grade Schools
P. Ole Katz on Sculpting Great Schools
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x