Obama was desperate to push through a terrible deal, just to make it seem like he was doing something on Iran. It was improbable any military action was going to be pursued by Obama (the US waited too long for that and unfortunately held off the Israelis from doing anything). But freeing all this money to the Iranians and lifting sanctions for essentially nothing was a terrible precedent to set.
I do not mean to imply these four hostages released where "nothing." They were falsely held by the Iranians and serious efforts by the US government and the State Department should have been made for their release. But to release them under terms like this only encourages more hostage taking by Iran and other actors.
This deal was never really about the hostages, however, it was about Obama's deluded legacy. And that makes it even worse.
AoSHQ: $400 million for four hostages
Doug Powers/Michelle Malkin: So that money for hostages...ransom?
Instapundit: Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, but Obama says he did not pay ransom, Everyone's Favorite Bagman, Why did the Mullahs want $400 million in cash?, Roger Simon: Why did the mullahs want their money in cash?, If you subsidize something you get more of it, Who is unfit to lead the USA when it comes to foreign policy?
Legal Insurrection: USA sent $400 million to Iran when they released hostages, sounds like ransom?
$400 million in unmarked cash &— Belladonna Rogers (@BeladonnaRogers) August 4, 2016
Obama leaves the only Jewish hostage
Mouldering in an Iranian prison