Why Iran Took Another U.S. Hostage

The news that another American has been arrested by Iran shouldn’t have come as a great surprise to the White House. The United States hasn’t used its leverage to insist on Iran freeing the four Americans who were already being held by the Islamist regime. Indeed, despite formal protests about the conviction of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian on trumped up charges earlier this month, there was no indication that the U.S. would take any action actions about the plight of any of the Americans in Iranian hands other than to carrying on secret ransom negotiations. Since we must assume that Obama wasn’t yet prepared to give Tehran everything it asked for in those talks, what better way to bolster its position than by raising the ante in the standoff by putting yet another American in custody. The question now is what, if anything, will the administration do about it? Judging by their past behavior, the obvious answer is not much.

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Why Iran Took Another U.S. Hostage

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