January 16th, 2016

Prisoner swap with Iran

The good news: four Americans imprisoned in Iran appear to be on their way to returning home. A fifth apparently is being released as well, in a separate deal of some sort.

The bad news: seven Iranians held in the US for violating sanctions are being sent back to Iran.

This is rich:

Another official said that the exchange was a “one-time arrangement because it was an opportunity to bring Americans home,” and should not be considered something that would “encourage this behavior in the future” by Iran.

That is, to be blunt about it, garbage.

Here’s more:

The officials did not tie the release directly to the nuclear talks and said they had not wanted the detained Americans to be “used as leverage” in the negotiations. But, they said, completion of the nuclear deal last July greatly accelerated talks about the prisoners.

There are also reports of a clause that says that “the United States will no longer pursue the extradition of 14 Iranians alleged to have been involved in trafficking arms to Iran.” I’m not sure what that’s referring to, but here’s a rumor about it, although I have no idea whether or not the following is true:

Iran’s official news agency, Fars, is reporting that, in exchange for the release of the 4 US civilians Iran held hostage, the Obama administration agreed to pressure Interpol to stop all investigations of the Iranians who bombed the Jewish social center in Argentina.

Here is the Fars report: “Under the same swap deal, the US has also demanded the Interpol to stop prosecution of 14 other Iranian nationals.”

Those are the 14 Iranians who bombed the Jewish social center in Argentina. Of course, Iran may be lying about the Obama Administration’s concession. But if the Administration actually did make the concession, it is the most craven, disgusting act I can imagine. The Administration needs to clear this up, and fast.

[ADDENDUM: Here’s information on the seven prisoners the US freed, and what violations they had committed. Six of the released men have dual citizenship, and all will be allowed to stay in the US. If you look at what they’ve done, one can only hope these guys will be monitored in the future. I have my doubts.]

8 Responses to “Prisoner swap with Iran”

  1. Frog Says:

    “it is the most craven, disgusting act I can imagine. The Administration needs to clear this up, and fast.”
    Dream on, Neo. And get real. The Iran deal is many magnitudes more disgusting, craven and evil.
    Most of us refuse to see evil even when it has us by the throat.

  2. neo-neocon Says:


    Get real yourself, and take another look at the post.

    Those are not MY words. That’s a quote from Lipson (see the link right before the quote). I don’t happen to agree with it—I think Obama has done much, much worse.

  3. Ann Says:

    Not about an Argentinian connection, but these tweets by Jay Solomon, a foreign correspodent at WSJ, are not encouraging:

    Jay Solomon ‏@WSJSolomon 1h: US to remove CEO of #Iran @mahanair from @Interpol watch list. @USTreasury accused him of smuggling arms to #Syria. http://1.usa.gov/1nq114m

    Jay Solomon ‏@WSJSolomon 3h: Among #Iranians to be freed in swap is Nima Golestaneh, who pleaded guilty to cyberhacking a US defense firm. http://1.usa.gov/1J92whs

  4. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    There is no act so evil, much less craven, that this pack of hyenas will not contemplate it, nor approve of, if the potential reward is attractive enough. Consider that to prove that diplomacy always works, they are willing to risk the lives of millions of innocents. Justified with the rationalization buried within their subconscious, i.e. their willingness to surrender to even the most heinous of monsters. As after all, full collaboration is always an option.

  5. Beverly Says:


    And SNAFU.

  6. Ymarsakar Says:

    I theorize that this false flag op was what they tried to do in Benghazi as well. The data points suggest a strong correlation and line between them.

    They wanted an excuse, Valerie did at least, to “exchange” some prisoners, you see. And make sure that some Americans are captured… well, that would be the ticket right. It would be blamed on “foreigners” and “film makers online”. See how that works.

  7. Ymarsakar Says:

    The Leftist alliance also used their Iran card to help sabotage the war against Islam, in the guise of the Iraqi occupation and the Afghanistan nation building.

    They endlessly complained about the Shiite voting being the same as Al Sadr and Iran’s alliance, that this was meaningless, playing on American patriotic fervor against Iran due to the hostage crisis before.

    What the Left didn’t notify their propaganda targets was that the Left was already in an alliance with Iran, to destroy America. So all the people using regurgitated Leftist propaganda about the Shiites in Iraq and the Shiites in Iran, are just being manipulated, they’re tools of the Left’s discarded propaganda.

  8. J.J. Says:

    Prisoner or hostage swaps create a market for hostages. Three U.S. contractors in Iraq have gone missing.

    With this administration’s weak stance, Americans are now vulnerable to being taken prisoner for bargaining chips. Worst President, ever.

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