Kerry Incentivizes Hostage-Taking

The timing of Iran’s release of four American hostages was no coincidence; rather, it confirmed that Iran was willing to hold American hostages as a chit to cash in for political and diplomatic concession. In this case, the price was high: By tying the hostage release to the lifting of sanctions, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry effectively paid Iran $25 billion per hostage. The added irony was that it agreed to release Iranian or Iranian-American prisoners who had been convicted of seeking to evade sanctions in order to export technology that Iran needed for its covert nuclear and missile programs. From The Tower:

The partial release of innocent Americans convicted and effectively held hostage by Iran’s theocratic judiciary – branded a “triumph of diplomacy” by NIAC ­– has resulted in the Obama administration releasing seven Iranians – six of whom hold dual U.S. citizenship – charged with involvement in terrorism and smuggling related to Iran’s illicit nuclear activities. According to Fars, the seven Iranians are Nader Modanlou, Bahram Mechanic, Khosrow Afghahi, Arash Ghahreman, Touraj Faridi, Nima Golestaneh, and Ali Sabounchi.

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Kerry Incentivizes Hostage-Taking

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