11/7/15, "Obama held hostage: How Iran’s using the nuke deal as license to go wild," NY Post Editorial Board
"President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were convinced
their one-sided nuclear deal would lead to better relations with Iran,
but it’s already doing the reverse.
Tehran has taken two more Americans hostage just this month-- and
followed up with a massive cyberattack on the US government, especially
the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs.
The kicker: Iran is holding the nuke deal hostage-- threatening to
junk it if Obama tries to punish the country for its fresh outrages. Wake up and smell the coffee, guys.
When they seized one of the new hostages, the Iranians also grabbed
his computer and forced him to unlock it. That allowed the Revolutionary
Guard to launch what The Wall Street Journal reports is a massive
And, of course, the new hostages--charged with spying, natch--join three other American citizens already held.
Tehran has also cracked down on Iranians advocating better ties with
Washington, while dialing up the anti-American propaganda. There’s legal
action, too, including a new ban on the import of any US-made consumer
goods. They even shut down a KFC in Tehran.
(So much for the dreams of new openings in Iran for American businesses.)
In case there was any doubt, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei reiterated
his commitment to “Death to America” (while telling Americans not to
take it personally).
Vintage Iran, in other words. Little different from the days of the
1979 Islamic Revolution that culminated in the taking of 52 American
hostages and holding them in captivity for 444 gut-wrenching days.
Back then, the Jimmy Carter administration found itself unable or unwilling to respond forcefully. Likewise, Team Obama today.
Some in Congress want new sanctions targeted at, for example, the
Guard officials behind the cyberattacks. But Obama and Kerry are instead
lifting all US sanctions as part of the nuke deal.
And, again, Tehran says it will tear up the pact if Washington retaliates for the latest provocations.
Mind you, Iran has yet to see the vast bulk of the hundreds of billions of dollars it’s to receive under the deal --but it’s still threatening to renege. How much worse will it get once the first $100 billion or so has cleared?
This is the time to see if the Iranians mean it: Hit them with new sanctions before handing over that cash, and see if they pull out. Better to know now, at the lowest cost.
The president won’t do it, of course: He sees the nuke deal as key to
his legacy, right up there with ObamaCare. Iran’s leaders know it--and
they’re going to use this hostage ruthlessly."
Comment: The bottom line is the Republican Party doesn't exist. Everyone in the Beltway is in one party. The GOP would elect Obama for a third term if they could. This criminal charade must end.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Iran takes two more Americans hostage and why not?-NY Post Editorial Board (Republican 'leadership' had power to stop this deal and didn't, has power now and won't, no matter how many American hostages Iran takes. Editorial unfortunately doesn't mention Republicans)
Posted by susan at 10:57 PM