National Security

Obama Kept Military Out of the Loop on Cash Payments to Iran

More evidence of fissures between the president and his top brass.

Nobody asked us.

Photographer: Win McNamee

One might think President Barack Obama would have asked his top military officials to weigh in on his administration's  decision in January to send $400 million in cash to Iran. After all, Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, and terrorists prefer cash to wire payments because it's so difficult to track. And its armed forces have both directly and indirectly threatened the U.S. military in the Middle East.

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