With great fanfare, Iran released four long-held
prisoners hostages today, after their propaganda coup in capturing ten U.S. Navy sailors and illegally plastering their humiliating photos on media all over the world.
Notably, Pastor Saeed Abedini was released after nearly four years in Iranian prisons, along with Washington post journalist Jason Rezaian. As much as we celebrate this, it was really good for Iran, who lost nothing of value, while gaining tens of billions of dollars in frozen funds in conjunction with the feckless IAEA certification of their compliance with Obama’s nuclear deal.
In the space of 24 hours, liberals have gone from "it wasn't a hostage deal, you jerks" to "it's an AWESOME hostage deal, you jerks." #Iran
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 16, 2016
Besides the cold, hard cash, which Iran will use to further destabilize the Middle East and attack Israel through it’s wholly-controlled terror army Hizbollah, they got back seven prisoners from the U.S. (H/T Legal Insurrection).
The Iranian state news agency listed the seven as Nader Modanlo, Bahram Mechanic, Khosrow Afghani, Arash Ghahreman, Tooraj Faridi, Nima Golestaneh and Ali Saboun.
In addition, Iranian state TV said 14 Iranians sought by the US would be removed from an Interpol wanted list.
These prisoners were convicted of various violations of International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and other charges related to funneling technology, including “sophisticated U.S.-made military-capable technology” and software, to Iran.
Nothing to see here. Let’s all celebrate the victory, even though Obama, Kerry and the rest of the administration ignored these Americans who rotted in Iranian prisons for years, refusing to use their leverage to get Iran to release them before the deal was signed.
This “deal” is looking just as bad as it was predicted to be.