Because the Establishment is just a bunch of gangsters. And this talk about it being "Iran's money" is utter garbage. The government of Iran's assets belonged to the Shah, and was all real estate holdings in the US. If you over throw our ally, and take our diplomats hostage, you don't get to take our real estate in the United States, it's confiscated. If they don't like it then don't overthrow your leader, and take our people hostage for 2 years. Plus, that's nothing compared to the holdings we had in China that the Chinese government confiscated during Mao's communist revolution. China never gave these back to us, why are we suddenly kowtowing to these mafia gangsters extorting us for money, under the threat of building nuclear weapons? How about don't give them money, and they can't make nuclear weapons to threaten us with?