Leftists treat Barack Obama’s presidential administration as the scandal-free reign of a messianic figure. However, the facts continue to reveal a completely different reality.
A Senate Finance Committee investigation found evidence that the Obama administration allowed government money to be funneled to a non-profit that in turn sent funds to a known al Qaeda affiliate, the Daily Wire reported.
Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said in his recent report that the humanitarian non-profit World Vision was granted permission to send funds to the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA) which had been sanctioned by the U.S. since 2004 for its ties to terrorism.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control, part of the Obama administration’s Treasury Department, licensed World Vision United States to distribute the funds. The non-profit twice sought the license after learning of ISRA’s sanctioned status, and the administration granted the second request allowing it to pay ISRA $125,000 for services already rendered.
World Vision claimed it had no knowledge of the sanctions prior to its partnering with the organization linked to Osama Bin Laden, but Grassley said that was no excuse. “Though it may not have known that ISRA was on the sanctions list or that it was listed because of its affiliation with terrorism,” the senator stated, “it should have. Ignorance can’t suffice as an excuse. World Vision’s changes in vetting practices are a good first step, and I look forward to its continued progress.”
Grassley’s report outlined how World Vision attempted to shift the blame to the U.S. government for the debacle. Firstly, two separate Obama-era government agencies knew of World Vision’s affiliation with ISRA but never notified the organization of its ties to terrorism. Secondly, it blamed the Treasury Department’s website for not picking up the sanctions in its search tool.
The report stated how ISRA gained sanctions in 2004 after it “funneled approximately $5 million to Maktab Al-Khidamat, the predecessor to Al- Qaeda controlled by Osama Bin Laden.” The organization had known links to radical Islam, helping Bin Laden “secure safe harbor” and funding a Palestinian terrorist. “According to Treasury, when raising funds ISRA was known to display two “collection boxes marked ‘Allah’ and ‘Israel,’ signaling the funds would be directed towards attacks against Israelis,” the report mentioned.
Although it appears this was a case of sloppy vetting coupled with government inefficiency, it also underscores the Obama administration’s comfort with sending money to America’s enemies. In 2016, the Obama Treasury Department confirmed it sent over $1 billion in cash to Iran around the same time the country released U.S. prisoners while denying any link between the events, Fox News reported at the time.
The Obama administration was undoubtedly an abysmal failure when it came to foreign policy. What’s worse was its willingness to knowingly bargain with the very people who sought the destruction of the U.S. Regardless of the reason they did it, the outcome was the same — the Obama administration sold out America’s interest every chance it had.