Letter: State department's actions surprising

I watched “Schoolhouse Rock!” in elementary school (and beyond), passed social studies and civic classes in high school and college. And, yet, with this (admittedly limited) knowledge was surprised to learn that our U.S. State Department had the authority (maybe audacity?) to deliver $400 million in cash (foreign currency) using an “unmarked” airplane in the dead of the night to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism. Supposedly, this was accomplished without the knowledge or consent of Congress.

Coincidently, at the same time as the money drop, four American hostages were set free by Iran. State department spokesmen John Kirby and Mark Toner denied this was a ransom payment because U.S. policy prohibits the payment of ransom for hostages. Really? Does POTUS know about this? Maybe someone should inform him. Obviously, he never watched “Schoolhouse Rock!”.

Robin Skogman

Cedar Rapids


MORE Letters to the Editor ARTICLES TO READ NEXT ...

Humanity is quickly degenerating. Mass murder, violent crime, sexual crimes and deviations all are on the rise. Today people have no foundation or guidepost on which to live their lives.Men no longer know how to be men, nor women ...

The source of the following information is from an opinion column published in the New York Times on Oct. 4, 2017: 'Below are the top 10 career recipients of N.R.A. funding - through donations or spending to benefit the candidate ...

Give us feedback

Have you found an error or omission in our reporting? Tell us here.

Do you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.