President Obama was in a feisty mood for the last month of his presidency, and it’s clear that he left office wishing he could have done more to harm one of the U.S.’s most treasured allies. It wasn’t enough that he directed his U.N. ambassador to abstain from a vote condemning Israel. No, he had to finish off his last term in office with one more shot across the bow.
According to the Associated Press, Obama defied Congress in the last hours of his presidency by authorizing a $221 million payment to the Palestinian Authority.
From the AP:
Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking.
A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. […] The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.
In other words, this was another petty, calculated move on Obama’s part – one last middle finger to Republicans and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. We would include Donald Trump among the recipients, except we’re quite sure Obama has yet to give Trump the middle finger for the last time.
The funds were originally approved by Congress, but Republicans put a hold on the money when the Palestinian Authority began seeking international legitimacy. Obama didn’t break the law by overriding the holds, though he did establish the kind of precedence that could further weaken the power of congressional Democrats. But hey, when has this guy ever cared about anyone other than himself?
Will this money wind up in the hands of terrorists? Of course it will. But it will be a drop in the bucket compared to the billions Obama released to Iran – an Islamic regime that makes no secret of its support for anti-Israel terrorist organizations. This president not only stood aside and allowed Islamic terrorism to thrive, he used every available opportunity to fund their allies.
Want to make a bet as to whether any of this makes into the history books?