Obama caves to Iran on captured Quds forces in Iraq

posted at 9:36 am on July 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

In January 2007, the US captured five Iranians providing assistance to the Shi’ite extremists in the south of Iran killing US soldiers.  The Bush administration identified the five as members of the Quds Force, an elite unit within the Revolutionary Guard, tasked with fomenting terrorism and undermining the US in Iraq.  The BBC reports today that the Obama administration has released them today to the Iraqis as a means of allowing them to go free:

Five Iranian officials held by the US military in Iraq since January 2007 have been freed, according to Iranian state media.

Tehran’s ambassador to Baghdad was quoted as saying US forces had handed the five, whom he said were diplomats, to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

Hassan Kazemi-Qomi said they would soon be taken to the Iranian embassy.

US forces seized the five in the Kurdish city of Irbil on suspicion of arming and funding Shia militias.

Why do this now?  Obviously, it’s appeasement.  The Obama administration wants talks with the Iranian mullahs so badly that he’s not only willing to meet with them unconditionally, he’s now fulfilling their conditions to get direct talks.  The Iranians had made this an issue every time the subject of direct talks arose.

Normally in these transactions, both sides give.  Granted, we have only heard the crowing of the Iranian regime, so we may have received something in return.  Did the Iranians pull their infiltrators out of Iraq?  Did they at least apologize for the deaths of hundreds of our troops at the hands of Iranians and Iranian-supplied weapons?  Did they even pledge to stop at all?

Or did we just cough them up for Obama’s naïve flowers-and-unicorns fantasy that the only reason the Iranians want nukes is because the US has been big meanies to them?

I suspect that it’s the latter.


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Or did we just cough them up for Obama’s naïve flowers-and-unicorns fantasy that the only reason the Iranians want nukes is because the US has been big meanies to them?

I bet you’re right.

myrenovations on July 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM

this is oboobi’s reward to the mullah’s for the impressive crack down on the protesters….

SHARPTOOTH on July 9, 2009 at 9:40 AM

There’s no limit to his stupidity.

the_nile on July 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Or did we just cough them up for Obama’s naïve flowers-and-unicorns fantasy that the only reason the Iranians want nukes is because the US has been big meanies to them?
I suspect that it’s the latter.

Exactly. This is Busch league diplomacy.

Shock the Monkey on July 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Lessee … we have an appeaser-in-chief who wants to cut the military budget in order to fund porkulus spending.

Yeah, THIS is going end well …

PackerBronco on July 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM

right about the mullah’s are sitting back saying thanks suckahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhs…..

SHARPTOOTH on July 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Obama is planting the seeds of his own destruction. THe Republicans better be ready to capitalize.

RedSoxNation on July 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

100% limp *ick… Amazing this man was capable of producing children.

Keemo on July 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

At the 2004 Republcan Convention, Zell Miller said that George Bush has a spine of tempered steel. I can’t imagine him saying the same about Obama.

backwoods conservative on July 9, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Appeaser-in-Chief

Ugh….

cmsinaz on July 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

OT:

Obama passion index down to -8!

:O

Joe Caps on July 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Best world leader since the great Neville Chamberlain

bill30097 on July 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Hassan Kazemi-Qomi said they would soon be taken to the Iranian embassy.

And then?…..Bahamas.

christene on July 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Catch and release

RobCon on July 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Dear Leader:
selling out the proto-democracy movement in Iran and
selling out the US military in Iraq.

All to get the mullahs to negotiate on their nuclear weapons program? Does He honestly think that a regime that doesn’t bargain in good faith with its own people (rigged election in a closed election process) is going to bargain in good faith with a country it has literally demonized for the last thirty years?

There are three possible reasons:
1) The One is hopelessly naive, despite presumably competent advisers.
2) The One is frighteningly arrogant that He will be able to negotiate in good faith with a hostile regime that needs an outside boogieman to justify repressing its own people
3) The One wants to build up counterweights to US power.

rbj on July 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

So Obama has released Iranians who are in part responsible for the attacks on American soldiers?

Is this enough to call for treason charges?! W-T-F!

katy on July 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM

This is an awesome move.

The great and wise Obama returns five terrorists to Iran in exchange for them never, ever, ever building a nuclear weapon.

Asked about this shrewd manuever, Barney Frank said, “They pwomised”.

/sarc

fogw on July 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Joe Caps on July 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Hee hee hee….
our master plan is working, keep giving him enough rope…
:-)

cmsinaz on July 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

In January 2007, the US captured five Iranians providing assistance to the Shi’ite extremists in the south of Iran killing US soldiers.

Come now. Let’s not bicker and argue about who killed who.

Daggett on July 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Obama is planting the seeds of his own destruction. THe Republicans better be ready to capitalize.

RedSoxNation on July 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Then they had best get the RINOs Jeb Bush (CFR – Immigration “Reform”/open borders, Newt “Global Warming” Gingrich, and Mitt “Massachusetts Fascist Health Care rules” Romney off the stage quick before they blow it.

bill30097 on July 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

It’s true. Obama is Jimmy Carter. So… Carter is a zombie. Just like we thought.

ROCnPhilly on July 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

bill30097 on July 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

+1

indeed…

cmsinaz on July 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Or did we just cough them up for Obama’s naïve flowers-and-unicorns fantasy that the only reason the Iranians want nukes is because the US has been big meanies to them?

I bet you’re right.

myrenovations on July 9

Or maybe it’s just treason.

JellyToast on July 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Imagine what will happen to O’s ratings when this hits the main stream. He’s down to -8 today.

katablog.com on July 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Or maybe it’s just treason.

JellyToast on July 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM

+1

bill30097 on July 9, 2009 at 9:50 AM

The Obama administration wants talks with the Iranian mullahs so badly that he’s not only willing to meet with them unconditionally, he’s now fulfilling their conditions to get direct talks.

Nailed it. This guy will do a-ny-thing for a photo-op with the mullahs in the guise of “progress” and “change”. Which is laughable considering the mullahs are a throwback to the stone age.

RepubChica on July 9, 2009 at 9:50 AM

It takes a strong leader to stand up against popular opinion and do what is right…

to bad we do not have that now.

LincolntheHun on July 9, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Obama’s in a giving mood. He just got back giving in to Russia.

Doesn’t the US military react to stuff like this? How can that be gauged?

JiangxiDad on July 9, 2009 at 9:50 AM

As pointed out, in this sort of transaction the quid pro quo may be buried pretty deep. So it is *possible* that Obama actually made a productive diplomatic agreement. On the other hand, it is also possible that the Iranians really just want peaceful nuclear power and that the Cubs will win the World Series. Given Obama’s dismally incompetent diplomacy thus far, I am inclined to say he’s guilty until proven innocent.

jwolf on July 9, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Five Iranian officials

Iranian officials?

bcm4134 on July 9, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Obama is disgusting . . . never before in history this Republic had such a loser for its chief executive. If the country survives this pandering Marxist it will be a miracle.

rplat on July 9, 2009 at 9:52 AM

As pointed out, in this sort of transaction the quid pro quo may be buried pretty deep. So it is *possible* that Obama actually made a productive diplomatic agreement.

Yeah, possible, but why would the US agree to secrecy on the part of the Iranians? What’s wrong with us scoring our own PR coup? Why do we have to lose “publicly?”

JiangxiDad on July 9, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Obama is planting the seeds of his own destruction. THe Republicans better be ready to capitalize.

RedSoxNation on July 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

That’s right.

We elected Obama only because we had no honest concept of what his agenda was. But now as it unfolds, he’ll see that Americans aren’t going to wring their hands like the Europeans did, and say “oh well, it’s time for socialism”.

Americans are going to put the hammer down. Look out in 2010, I think the Left has no clue the force that’s about to hit them.

We’re going to see an angry messiah next year. Count on it.

jeff_from_mpls on July 9, 2009 at 9:54 AM

OT kinda:

Barry’s Honduran buddy Zelaya gives 48hr ultimatum at talks in Costa Rica.

http://snurl.com/mfk0l

JiangxiDad on July 9, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Why do this now?

Never release captured terrorists.

Never release captured prisoners of war until the war is over and ALL TROOPS ARE WITHDRAWN.

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Catch and release

RobCon on July 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

If we had tagged them like the Fish and Game service for tracking perpouses, then I’d be ok with this. Some how I doubt they left with a tag or transponder on them.

todler on July 9, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Um, this is news? You really didn’t expect Iran to get payed for releasing the journalist?

corona on July 9, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Obama’s brain, David Axelrod, is the most dangerous man in America

ndulik on July 9, 2009 at 9:57 AM

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 9:55 AM

You’re spittin in the wind. They aren’t terrorists to Obama, and it’s OUR troops he wants gone from the region.

JiangxiDad on July 9, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Pathetic.

Vashta.Nerada on July 9, 2009 at 9:58 AM

No Dirty Harry, he’s Fairyland Barry.

RandyChandler on July 9, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Foreign policy freakin’ amateurs. My 16 year old son could do better than this.

RWLA on July 9, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Um, this is news? You really didn’t expect Iran to get payed for releasing the journalist?

corona on July 9, 2009 at 9:56 AM

In a sense you’re right.

We were disappointed that Reagan bargained with Iran because we knew Reagan was a great man, it seemed out of character precisely because he was a principled man with principled staff.

As for child-president Obama, we have no such expectations of greatness. We have come to expect weakness. And in that sense, you’re right, this is not big news.

jeff_from_mpls on July 9, 2009 at 9:59 AM

In January 2007, the US captured five Iranians providing assistance to the Shi’ite extremists in the south of Iran killing US soldiers.

Imagine what would happen if five members of the CIA or US Special Forces were captured in Iran after pulling the same kind of sh*t that the Quds Force did in Iraq…..unbelievable.

Shock the Monkey on July 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Who knows? Joe Biden’s concept of a huge cash appeasement may still be on the table. Good ideas never go away…in Obamaland.

whitetop on July 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Yeah, possible, but why would the US agree to secrecy on the part of the Iranians? What’s wrong with us scoring our own PR coup? Why do we have to lose “publicly?”

JiangxiDad on July 9, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Obama obviously wants the U.S. to be “just another country” and friends to everyone. I think he’d really just like all these pesky international relations thingies to go away so he can put all his energies into turning the U.S. into an Obamic paradise.

ROCnPhilly on July 9, 2009 at 10:01 AM

M.O. of B.H.O.:
Kiss our enemies
Diss our friends

jgapinoy on July 9, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Obama is planting the seeds of his own OUR destruction.

RedSoxNation on July 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Lord help us.

Chainsaw56 on July 9, 2009 at 10:02 AM

SHARPTOOTH on July 9, 2009 at 9:42 AM

right about now the mullah’s people who did not vote for Obama are sitting back saying Obama voter’s are suckahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhs…..

izoneguy on July 9, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Obama’s brain, David Axelrod, is the most dangerous man in America

ndulik on July 9, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Axelrod and Emmanuel. Dangerous men, dangerous to jews like me. Would like to see them unable to continue their duties.

JiangxiDad on July 9, 2009 at 10:03 AM

I just sent this story to Drudge. HOPE TO GOD HE POSTS IT AS A HEADLINE!!

BASTARD OBAMA!

katy on July 9, 2009 at 10:03 AM

More insanity. The five should have been executed without fanfare or announcement, upon being initially identified.

GFW on July 9, 2009 at 10:07 AM

JiangxiDad on July 9, 2009 at 9:57 AM

That’s the point. He wants our troops gone from the region. WAIT UNTIL THEY ARE GONE before releasing captives.

The Iranian Diplomat ploy holds no water. Even if it did, the so-called Iranian Diplomats can wait as many days at least if not more than our American Embassy staff kidnapped and held hostage by the Iranian Theocracy in Revolution until Reagan took office.

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 10:08 AM

I ask again, in the fullness of time…

“If Obama really were a Manchurian Candidate, how would he act differently?”

Immolate on July 9, 2009 at 10:08 AM

he’s now fulfilling their conditions to get direct talks.

He really does not get it. Too green for the job.

FireBlogger on July 9, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Obama’s naïve flowers-and-unicorns fantasy that the only reason the Iranians want nukes is because the US has been big meanies to them?

That sums it up Ed. We’re so mean, we should be in detention after school.

Geronimo on July 9, 2009 at 10:09 AM

This is an awesome move.

The great and wise Obama returns five terrorists to Iran in exchange for them never, ever, ever building a nuclear weapon.

Asked about this shrewd manuever, Barney Frank said, “They pwomised”.

/sarc

fogw on July 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I really needed the laugh this morning.

DeweyWins on July 9, 2009 at 10:09 AM

M.O. of B.H.O.:
Kiss our enemies
Diss our friends

Make friends of our enemies and enemies of our friends.

n0doz on July 9, 2009 at 10:09 AM

RandyChandler, yep.

No Dirty Harry, he’s Fairyland Barry.

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 10:10 AM

They are what we thought they were. Crown their ass.

Kid from Brooklyn on July 9, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Putin’s in there, somewhere.

OldEnglish on July 9, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Immolate on July 9, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Yes.

How would a Manchurian Candidate act differently than Obama?

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 10:12 AM

He caves to the Iranians but tries to beat down Israel. I wonder what the Obama voters of Palm Beach county think about that.

Tasha on July 9, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Putin’s in there, somewhere.

OldEnglish on July 9, 2009 at 10:12 AM

marketing sales

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 10:13 AM

I just sent this story to Drudge. HOPE TO GOD HE POSTS IT AS A HEADLINE!!

BASTARD OBAMA!

katy on July 9, 2009 at 10:03 AM

I twittered? it to breitbart. Hopefully if it’s slow enough, we’ll get a headline.

Here’s a corollary to that “never waste a crisis” quip: Never miss an opportunity to shame and humiliate our maggot-in-chief.

JiangxiDad on July 9, 2009 at 10:13 AM

How would a Manchurian Candidate act differently than Obama?

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 10:12 AM

A manchurian candidate wouldn’t be so blatant.

rbj on July 9, 2009 at 10:13 AM

@#$%%^&*%!@#!

CP on July 9, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Putin’s in there, somewhere.

OldEnglish on July 9, 2009 at 10:12 AM

likely very right. Ogabe’s already doing as told.

JiangxiDad on July 9, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Tasha on July 9, 2009 at 10:13 AM
So long as they are left at peace in Palm Beach, Obama-voters remain in brain-dead bliss. They don’t care. They feel no allegiance and no guilt for their antipathy. They feel secure in having divorced themselves of any emotional attachments to history. That was then. This is now. “We’ve worked hard for what we have, and we deserve every bit of our indifference for others.”

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 10:16 AM

I’d sure like to know what Patraeus thinks about all this. He’s the one who would know who these guys really were, “diplomats” or QUDS. Of course, he’s probably not at liberty to object against the president.

scalleywag on July 9, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Here’s a corollary to that “never waste a crisis” quip: Never miss an opportunity to shame and humiliate our maggot-in-chief.

JiangxiDad on July 9, 2009 at 10:13 AM

heh

ladyingray on July 9, 2009 at 10:17 AM

A manchurian candidate wouldn’t be so blatant.

rbj on July 9, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Depends.

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 10:18 AM

It is going to be quite the task to keep up with all the campaign ad material Obama has provided Republicans with.

JKahn913 on July 9, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Y’all are forgetting the prime directive of Chicago Barry:
Why did he set those Iranian terrorists free?
The Mullahs check cleared. Pay for Play, baby!

Doug on July 9, 2009 at 10:18 AM

I am starting to truly despise this man.

muggedbyreality on July 9, 2009 at 10:19 AM

It is going to be quite the task to keep up with all the campaign ad material Obama has provided Republicans with.

JKahn913 on July 9, 2009 at 10:18 AM

one would hope they will actually use it…too many ‘let’s play nice with the (D)s’ in the party…

cmsinaz on July 9, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Make friends of our enemies and enemies of our friends.

n0doz on July 9, 2009 at 10:09 AM

The problem is that while Obama may succeed at the latter, the former will not happen. Our enemies will mock and laugh at us while our former friends will stand offended and bewildered. Did I ever tell you how much I love Obama’s smart power?

jwolf on July 9, 2009 at 10:22 AM

My, my, there’s nothing on CNN about this. You’ll never guess whose face is on the home page.

scalleywag on July 9, 2009 at 10:23 AM

I’d sure like to know what Patraeus thinks about all this. He’s the one who would know who these guys really were, “diplomats” or QUDS. Of course, he’s probably not at liberty to object against the president.

scalleywag on July 9, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I doubt Barry consulted Patraeus or any commanders prior to dropping the diplomatic QUDS bombs on our troops he’s left to hold down the perimeter.

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Somebody twitter Palin and let her know the Commie in the WH just put her son at greater risk!

katy on July 9, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I am starting to truly despise this man.
muggedbyreality on July 9, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Polls show your sentiment in the national growth pattern.

Barry, get a cup ‘o Joe.

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 10:27 AM

katy on July 9, 2009 at 10:27 AM

don’t go there
cruel to the families

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Are generals permitted to carry a sidearm when they meet with the CIC in the oval office?

Just wondering.

DeweyWins on July 9, 2009 at 10:29 AM

DeweyWins on July 9, 2009 at 10:29 AM

The last thing we need is another martyr.

OldEnglish on July 9, 2009 at 10:33 AM

In order to uphold the United States long standing tradition of not negotiating with terrorist, President Obama has instead decided to simply cave to them.

BadgerHawk on July 9, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Just an empty suit. God help us all. Three and a half more years to do more untold damage.

ultracon on July 9, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Um, this is news? You really didn’t expect Iran to get payed for releasing the journalist?

corona on July 9, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Roxanna Sabieri was a pawn used by the Iranians, and they waited until the outcry became big enough from the world community, not just the US diplomats like Hillary, to release her. If in fact you are right, and the 5 militia training operatives to kill US soldiers were released back to the Iranians as a concession for freeing Roxanna–particularly while our troops are still abroad in the thousands–then it was a checkmate for the Iranian dictatorship regime and not, I repeat NOT for the United States of America…

RepubChica on July 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM

katy on July 9, 2009 at 10:27 AM

don’t go there
cruel to the families

maverick muse on July 9, 2009 at 10:29 AM

I disagree. What’s even more cruel to the families is losing one of their beloved members to his kind of insanity and not have had the opportunity to cry outrage and bring this information to light.
It’s the only hope of stopping this maniac in his tracks!

katy on July 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Its all about the ‘O’. Scuttlebutt has our naval facilities in Bahrain targeted for closing as a further sacrifice to the Murderous Muslim Mullahs.

Affirmative action, what you see is all that you get.

dmann on July 9, 2009 at 10:36 AM

The Iranian training and arming of the Iraqi terrorists are still killing American soldiers to this day, and the killing will go on regardless of this release. How many times do we have to read about former Gitmo prisoners showing up on the battlefield after their release?

These five scumbags will go back to doing what they were trained to do, and more American soldiers will die because of them and more families will be devastated forever.

As a veteran myself I will now say that I don’t consider this man my President anymore, he is acting contrary to his Constitutional mandate to protect the nation and to act as a responsible CinC to the troops. I’m just an average guy and no one cares what I do or say, but I can’t in good conscience consign myself to follow such an irresponsible President.

Bishop on July 9, 2009 at 10:39 AM

We can feel good about this because there is NO chance they will train other Quds about American operations so they can go kill Americans in the other country bordering Iran in which we’re fighting. NO CHANCE. Nope. No way.

Chris_Balsz on July 9, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Obama cares nothing about foreign policy beyond the opportunity to have his picture taken with world leaders. He is delusional the way all megalomaniacs are self delusional.

His intention is total control of US domestic policy with every decision made in the White House.

If Obama’s health care plan, and cap-n-tax plan pass congress, Obama will have total control of the United States. That is when you will see real change.

Skandia Recluse on July 9, 2009 at 10:41 AM

well, almost certainly no chance…

Chris_Balsz on July 9, 2009 at 10:41 AM

We got NOTHING, otherwise Obama would also be crowing. The Iranians, NK’s, etc have tested Barry and found him wanting.

GarandFan on July 9, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Barrack Obama, our first woman President.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Should have just made them disappear. That is what they do all the time.

clement on July 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Barrack Obama, our first woman President.

Jeff from WI on July 9, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Yeah, I’ve heard that pondered. Think that may be correct.

JiangxiDad on July 9, 2009 at 10:51 AM

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