Former President Barack Obama wasted tax dollars on a lot of things, but did you know that he wasted nearly $450 million funding communist rebels?
In February 2016, Obama announced a $450 million aid package for Colombia that was designed to help the government overcome the Marxist-inspired Revolutionary Armed Forces, known as FARC.
However, the Colombian government ended up failing to take out the rebels and ended up striking a deal with them that involved them receiving some of that aid package.
Conservative Tribune reports:
In fact, the deal would include direct distributions to FARC members, as well as government grants of millions of acres of prime agricultural land, according to Monica Crowley in an opinion piece to the New York Post.
FARC terrorists have financed their operations by producing and exporting cocaine and heroin to other countries, including the United States, for more than 50 years. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of people these rebels have murdered in their quest to control the country.
Former Colombian Presidents Alvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana met with President Donald Trump in April at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to discuss the grim situation and the nearly half-a-million dollars Obama promised.
Both Uribe and Pastrana had tried to arrange a peace agreement with FARC during their respective periods in office, but they were both unsuccessful. In an attempt to not follow in their footsteps, current Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos brokered a deal — which included the financial pledge from the U.S. — with the rebels, but its consequences would prove detrimental to the country in the long run.
The deal would allow FARC to continue drug trafficking and would no longer consider it a major crime, money laundering would no longer be a crime and the country would no longer permit extradition of major narco-terrorists to the U.S.
This deal was extremely beneficial to the FARC terrorists and provided them free reign to continue engaging in criminal activities.
“They also would be given political and judicial power in the form of a third party, which would be allowed to nominate candidates for president and enjoy armed security services paid for by taxpayers. In addition, a special court was planned to be implemented outside the constitutional judiciary to investigate and adjudicate all matters related to the conflict between the Colombian government and FARC, however half of the judges on the court would be appointed by the terrorist organization,” wrote Conservative Tribune.
What did FARC have to give up for this deal? They had to promise to surrender a portion of their weapons and reduce the amount of drugs they produced by a small amount.
President Uribe called the deal unconstitutional and said it would lead to extreme drug trafficking and that it was far too generous for FARC.
Can you believe the Obama administration wasted our tax dollars on this? It is absolutely sickening.
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