The danger of appeasement

Published 8:51 am Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Appeasement and half-measures make the world more dangerous.

News and developments both at home and abroad recently gave us further evidence demonstrating a foreign and national security policy based on appeasement and half measures makes us less safe.  

The Wall Street Journal broke the shocking news the Obama Administration sent an unmarked cargo plane filled with $400 million in foreign currency to the Iranian government in January, which happened to be the same time as when four American prisoners were released from wrongful captivity.  

While the administration denies this was a ransom payment, it most certainly looks like one, and it likely signals Iran and other hostile regimes the taking of Americans as hostages will be rewarded.  

It has long been the policy of the United States not to negotiate with terrorists in such a fashion, knowing it only invites further aggression by the hostiles. Additionally, we know Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, and the easiest way to funnel money to terrorists is in cash — is why it is against the law to provide such resources to designated sponsors of terror. 

The Obama Administration has shown yet again, in its desperation to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, it made numerous accommodations for the sake of expediency and legacy-building rather than the safety of our country and our allies.

Our enemies are exploiting our lenience — we have seen countless examples of Iran being emboldened and reinvigorated by the nuclear deal as they test ballistic missiles in direct defiance of the agreement full well knowing they will not be held accountable.  

In the House, national security remains a top priority, and I urge the president to put aside political calculation to fully commit in joining us in this critical effort against Islamic extremism and terrorism wherever it may persist to make our world a safer place.

Robert Hurt, a Republican, represents Charlotte County in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached at his Farmville office at (434) 395-0120.