Trump: Why didn’t Obama demand that Iran release its four U.S. prisoners as part of the deal?

posted at 4:41 pm on July 14, 2015 by Allahpundit

When the guy’s right, he’s right, especially the bit about Obama dealing from desperation. When your only options are bombing Iran, doing nothing, and making a terrible deal that can be spun as successful, and you’ve already ruled out the first two, you’re going to give up whatever you need to in order to make the third option viable.

You would think O might have insisted on making the prisoners part of the deal if only so that he’d have some tangible “win” to show Americans while Republicans and pro-Israel Democrats are screaming that he sold out the country. Bringing them home would be emotionally gratifying even as a footnote to a nuclear capitulation that stinks on ice. If nothing else, having four very grateful Americans doing a media tour to thank him for saving their lives would be nice PR to counterprogram all the heat he’s going to take from hawks here and abroad. (Obama loves the theater of prisoners returning home too, as any president would. Remember his triumphant Rose Garden presser with Bowe Bergdahl’s parents before the country found out the truth about why Bergdahl had gone missing?) It makes so much sense that we have to assume Kerry did raise this issue with Javad Zarif and the Iranian team and got a big fat no in return. In fact, we don’t have to assume:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stepped to the sidelines for a private conversation at a security conference in Germany on Sunday, according to a senior State Department official…

“Secretary Kerry pressed for the Iranians to work cooperatively with us in our efforts to help United States citizens Robert Levinson, Amir Hekmati, and Saeed Abedini to return to their families,” [a U.S.] official said…

Hekmati and Abedini could receive reduced sentences, Zarif said in an interview less than two weeks ago from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

That was February 2014. Nearly 18 months later, nada. And U.S. officials insist they’ve been trying:

Senior White House officials on Tuesday said that negotiators had discussed the fate of Americans detained and missing in Iran, and insisted they are doing “whatever we can” to help bring the Americans home.

The officials said Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Tuesday about the prisoners.

“This is a moment where Iran has an important opportunity to make a humanitarian gesture to bring Americans home,” an official said.

Either Iran turned us down cold, even though releasing the prisoners is as small a gesture of goodwill as one could ask, or the prisoner release is being dangled as part of a potential grand bargain in which the U.S. would finally officially recognize Iran’s regime and Iran would provide the U.S. with some magic carpets or whatever it is that Obama and Kerry think they might get in return. “Assurances,” probably. Iran’s got all the assurances you could want.

Anyway, as I say, when the guy’s right, he’s right. And when he’s wrong, he’s very, very wrong.


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This a NEW revelation that should give Trump more ammo against Jeb Bush:

Jeb Bush goes left on climate change:

In April 2015 Jeb Bush stated that “The climate is changing, and I’m concerned about that. We need to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/us/politics/jeb-bush-on-the-issues.html?_r=1

Jeb is calling for international carbon caps and the global governance that would go with that.

INSANE for a Republican.

anotherJoe on July 14, 2015 at 6:35 PM

Why do people only notice these things when Trump says them?

Others have also noted the problems with attempted procurements they had agreed not to do during negotiations. If they are violating their agreements while making an agreement, how dumb do you have to be to think they wouldn’t violate the new one?

Adjoran on July 14, 2015 at 6:31 PM

Because the GOP is frantically trying to distance itself from his comments. Remember Chris Christie? “If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 15 times”

fossten on July 14, 2015 at 6:37 PM

Iran
1m
Family of Amir Hekmati, longest-held American prisoner in Iran, on nuclear deal:

‘The historic news of this deal reflects a commitment by the United States and Iran to compromise, peace and an end to the hostility that has defined their relationship for years. Our family is hopeful this translates into a release for Amir. Amir is an innocent man who traveled to Iran to visit family, yet there is no denying that his imprisonment has been prolonged pending an outcome in these negotiations. While Amir himself has said that he should not be part of any nuclear deal, his immediate release would demonstrate a strong gesture of good faith to the international community following the successful end of the negotiations and enhance any agreement’s prospects in the U.S. Congress’

– @nytimes
End of alert

canopfor on July 14, 2015 at 12:40 PM

canopfor on July 14, 2015 at 6:38 PM

And people thought assured us that his middle name being hussein was just a footnote and would have no bearing on his political worldview.

HugoDrax on July 14, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Cleombrotus on July 14, 2015 at 6:39 PM

Jeb is calling for international carbon caps and the global governance that would go with that.

INSANE for a Republican.

anotherJoe on July 14, 2015 at 6:35 PM

How else is he going to have a shot at palling around with Leo DiCaprio and James Cameron?

Priorities!

Brian1972 on July 14, 2015 at 6:39 PM

Trump is right again.

Meanwhile the GOPe is having a cucumber sammich buffet.

SpongePuppy on July 14, 2015 at 6:40 PM

You GOPE rinos are culpable for the fubard bunch of PC morons we got in our party.

GOPe idiots keep talking about global warming and social issues thinking the left will cross over a vote for them.

SpongePuppy on July 14, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Even Billy Jeff got a prisoner released.

Obama must be a TOTAL a-hole.

fossten on July 14, 2015 at 6:43 PM

MeanWhile:

American Held Hostage:

Iran nuclear program talks
14m

Family of detained journalist Jason Rezaian:

‘The outcome of the nuclear deal does not change Jason’s cruel and illegal imprisonment for the past 356 days. Jason is completely innocent of all charges and it is inhumane for him to still be held behind bars after nearly a year. He was a journalist doing his job and today he should be reporting on the details of this agreement rather than being subjected to continued incarceration and delays in the judicial proceedings. We remain appreciative of the ongoing efforts of the US Government behalf of Jason and the other Americans being held in Iran. We are hopeful that with agreement now in place the Iranian courts will conclude this process swiftly and affirm Jason’s innocence so we can bring him home and make our family whole once again’

– @guardian
Read more on theguardian.com

canopfor on July 14, 2015 at 11:12 AM

canopfor on July 14, 2015 at 6:43 PM

The meltdown begis:

Trump uses Nazi SS soldiers in his logo

faraway on July 14, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Trumps book:

“The Art of The Deal”

A primer for high-stakes negotiating. Un-read by anyone in the regime, obviously. I bought it when it first came out, and has been a living room bookshelf staple for decades now.

BobMbx on July 14, 2015 at 6:47 PM

Jeb is calling for international carbon caps and the global governance that would go with that.

INSANE for a Republican.

I should have pointed out that last year I had researched it, and concluded that Jeb was essentially a climate skeptic. But that has changed! Now, for who knows what reason Jeb has gone sharply left on climate change. Trump should be able to increase the strength of his attacks on Jeb with this.

In Jeb’s April statement (which apparently went largely unnoticed) he implicitly accepts the leftist AGW theory, and wants to take global action which could have a devastating impact on us. This is the position of Obama and the Dems, not of Republicans. Well, it is Jeb’s position.

In contrast:

“This global warming bullshit has got to stop!” -Donald Trump

anotherJoe on July 14, 2015 at 6:48 PM

Why do people only notice these things when Trump says them?

Others have also noted the problems with attempted procurements they had agreed not to do during negotiations. If they are violating their agreements while making an agreement, how dumb do you have to be to think they wouldn’t violate the new one?

Adjoran on July 14, 2015 at 6:31 PM

The other candidates have no idea what they’re doing, they listen to consultants and focus group everything. People tune them out because they’re terrible.

It’s hilarious how the idiots in the media go “uhhh, this is temporary, remember Herman Cain”.

Trump isn’t Bachmann or Cain, he is a different type of candidate due to his fame, showmanship and persona, the closest template is maybe Schwarzenegger.

He’s had worse press coverage over the last month than any human being has ever had, yet he’s skyrocketed in the polls.

Redstone on July 14, 2015 at 7:06 PM

Another real reason to support Trump, beyond sending a sharp message to the GOPe and the Dems, is that he is creating a lot of excitement, and you should want to be part of the fun.

anotherJoe on July 14, 2015 at 7:06 PM

The meltdown begis:

Trump uses Nazi SS soldiers in his logo

faraway on July 14, 2015 at 6:45 PM

You’re delusional if you think that is doing to sink Trump.

Wigglesworth on July 14, 2015 at 7:09 PM

Redstone on July 14, 2015 at 7:06 PM

Good post. Right on target.

SpongePuppy on July 14, 2015 at 7:11 PM

The GOP field is pathetic. Trump got more votes in that poll than the ‘rising stars’ Walker and Rubio combined.

Wigglesworth on July 14, 2015 at 7:12 PM

[Trump’s] the closest template is maybe Schwarzenegger

Redstone on July 14, 2015 at 7:06 PM

Maybe, I still don’t think Schwarzenegger is very close.

I don’t think Schwarzenegger was really a “populist,” so from the start they are totally different. I would look for more a populist type to find an analogy, like, well I’ll have to think about it myself.

Schwarzenegger rose on protesting the $600 car registration fee, which he did repeal, but after that, as far as I could see Schwarzenegger was like a Democrat, and a conventional one. Trump is not conventional, so that’s a stark difference with the squish Schwarzenegger.

On the issues, we will find huge differences. As far as I know, Schwarzenegger had no objections to California’s lurch toward becoming swamped by illegals, which Trump has been objecting to that since at least 1999.

On other issues, take global warming. Schwarzenegger goes completely left on climate change, why Trump goes completely right. No comparison there. Schwarzenegger pushed California in to becoming the only state that has instituted its own draconian Cap & Trade system.

In contrast, Trump:

“Obama’s speech on climate change was scary. It will lower our standard of living and raise costs of fuel & food for everyone.” -Donald Trump

“Surprise? 1970’s global cooling alarmists were pushing the same no-growth liberal agenda as today’s global warming.” -Donald Trump

anotherJoe on July 14, 2015 at 7:20 PM

Maybe, I still don’t think Schwarzenegger is very close

Not politically in terms of his stances, I just mean as a candidate. He’s a celebrity, not an unknown like Cain or Bachmann, so those aren’t good comparisons.

Schwarzenegger just said “I’ll be back”, “let’s terminate the defecit” and stupid things like that, but he still got elected.

Redstone on July 14, 2015 at 7:25 PM

On the issues, we will find huge differences. As far as I know, Schwarzenegger had no objections to California’s lurch toward becoming swamped by illegals, which Trump has been objecting to that since at least 1999.

Yeah Arnold didn’t do a good job, he’s a bodybuilder.

Trump has hit the right notes on immigration and other things, which is why he is doing so well.

Redstone on July 14, 2015 at 7:27 PM

Deficit, not defecit.

Redstone on July 14, 2015 at 7:28 PM

Wigglesworth on July 14, 2015 at 7:09 PM

He is just kidding I think. Faraway is a kidder.

SpongePuppy on July 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM

SpongePuppy on July 14, 2015 at 7:11 PM

Thanks

Redstone on July 14, 2015 at 7:31 PM

Just a fly-by .. Yeah, dammit, he’s right !!!

pambi on July 14, 2015 at 7:32 PM

Trump. What say you?:

Wisconsin governor, presidential candidate Scott Walker on Iran nuclear deal: ‘I will terminate that deal… I will put in place crippling economic sanctions on Iran, and I will convince our allies to do the same’ – @nytimes

davidk on July 14, 2015 at 7:34 PM

I like how Trump talks like the man on the street. No flowery political nonsense.

Pegcity on July 14, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Trump: Why didn’t Obama demand that Iran release its four U.S. prisoners as part of the deal?

Mendenez (sp?) was on FOX saying the prisoners was a bargaining chip that obola didn’t have to use because blah, blah, blah.

davidk on July 14, 2015 at 7:37 PM

If Trump is a stalking horse for hillary as some allege then maybe the intern is a hillary hire:

MJ LeeVerified account [email protected]_lee

Trump Org EVP Michael Cohen says an intern accidentally posted questionable photo; apologized and immediately deleted

davidk on July 14, 2015 at 7:40 PM

Is the US holding any Iranian prisoners?

DarkCurrent on July 14, 2015 at 7:49 PM

Pretty much #WhiteLivesDontMatter

I guess we should have had a hashtag out there for #Release4PeaceIran or something. We all KNOW hashtags are so …effective.

ProfShadow on July 14, 2015 at 7:51 PM

Poor babies:

President Obama says he has asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to start a review of the use of solitary confinement in prison; says excessive use of solitary confinement in prison is likely to make inmates more alienated, hostile and violent – @markknoller

davidk on July 14, 2015 at 7:53 PM

IOW, legalize drugs:

President Obama on need for criminal justice reforms: ‘In 1980, there were 500,000 people behind bars in America…today there are 2.2 million… If you’re a low-level drug dealer, or you violate your parole, you owe some debt to society…but you don’t owe 20 years… For non-violent drug crimes, we need to lower long mandatory minimum sentences – or get rid of them entirely’ – @WhiteHouse

davidk on July 14, 2015 at 7:55 PM

Put your money where your mouth is. Let’s say, $500 to Trump ’16. Yeah, I thought so.

WisRich on July 14, 2015 at 5:14 PM

Don’t bother, he is one of those posters with no ideas, he just disses other posters…he engages you, than begins the stalking.

Kind of weird, he posts things just to get a rile out of someone he targets…it’s one of the “burdens” of posting on any website, you get these freaks.

He just kind of lurks around…I just don’t him to know where I live…

right2bright on July 14, 2015 at 7:56 PM

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Iran nuclear deal: ‘The proposed agreement with Iran is unacceptable and I will vote against the agreement. The deal is bad because 1) sanctions relief precedes evidence of compliance 2) Iran is left with significant nuclear capacity. It also lifts the ban on selling advanced weapons to Iran. Better to keep the interim agreement in place instead of accepting a bad deal’ – @RandPaul

davidk on July 14, 2015 at 7:56 PM

Come soon, Lord.
Expected alot of cr*p, because it’s all prophesized, but, man !!
Ignore scriptures at your own peril, peeps.

pambi on July 14, 2015 at 7:57 PM

Why didn’t Obama demand that Iran release its four U.S. prisoners as part of the deal?

Easy. Obama sold out our national security to pad his legacy in leftist history books. What could be more obvious?

petefrt on July 14, 2015 at 8:05 PM

Thats ok R2B. He will never locate your Batcave… :-D

Indiana Jim on July 14, 2015 at 8:06 PM

Trump is completely right.

David Blue on July 14, 2015 at 8:10 PM

Mendenez (sp?) was on FOX saying the prisoners was a bargaining chip that obola didn’t have to use because blah, blah, blah.

davidk on July 14, 2015 at 7:37 PM

Not so. Kerry said that they didn’t want to complicate the negotiations by bringing them up.

alanstern on July 14, 2015 at 8:14 PM

Just a fly-by .. Yeah, dammit, he’s right !!!

pambi on July 14, 2015 at 7:32 PM

Hey, when did you learn to fly?

I thought you could only swim.

SpongePuppy on July 14, 2015 at 8:15 PM

SpongePuppy on July 14, 2015 at 8:15 PM

Dear, sweet SP .. Simply ask MG.
Merm can do .. (Insert anything).
Snort .. Yes, I often snort upon emergence .. So, sue me ! ;-)

pambi on July 14, 2015 at 8:22 PM

Obama can’t make a deal to bring home white Americans illegally detained by Iran, but he can make a deal to trade five muslim fighters to trade for a single deserter.

HiJack on July 14, 2015 at 8:32 PM

This is especially disturbing considering the trade he made for Bergdahl, a deserter. I don’t know what exactly is wrong with this president other than to say (again) that I think he’s insane.

scalleywag on July 14, 2015 at 9:01 PM

Oh, man.
HE sees, knows, smiles, laughs heartily.
Jus sayin’. .

pambi on July 14, 2015 at 9:09 PM

Because Zero couldn’t care less. 4 in Benghazi, including an Ambassador? Phhhtttt! These guys? Probably teabaggers, Phhhhttt!

Who is John Galt on July 14, 2015 at 9:14 PM

BREAKING NEWS……..Glenn Beck’s Stu and Pat to go off on Trump again tomorrow.

I don’t care what others say. Trump is right on this issue as well.

He speaks in a common tongue, and the MONEY POWER CONTROL must be pissed at him departing from the doctrine of the Cult.

PappyD61 on July 14, 2015 at 9:32 PM

No doubt the four US prisoners are being held as a bargaining chip to hold over Congress’ head so as to insure they don’t block this treaty. In other words “If you don’t block this treaty Mr. US Congress you get these prisoners”.

Buckshots on July 14, 2015 at 9:34 PM

He’s a Muslim

CW on July 14, 2015 at 9:42 PM

Trump: Why didn’t Obama demand that Iran release its four U.S. prisoners as part of the deal?

Because they didn’t vote for His Magnificence!

:spit:

BlaxPac on July 14, 2015 at 9:44 PM

They may find out that Israel, Is-for-rael.

Buckshots on July 14, 2015 at 9:53 PM

I heard John Kerry’s explanation as to why they didn’t demand the release of the hostages and I am dumber for it.

RoddREpub on July 14, 2015 at 9:53 PM

RoddREpub on July 14, 2015 at 9:53 PM

We will not hold it against you if you don’t share.

Buckshots on July 14, 2015 at 9:58 PM

Buckshots

on July 14, 2015 at 9:58 PM
Lol. Thank you.

RoddREpub on July 14, 2015 at 10:27 PM

JugEars’ desperation is fed fron his need for EVERYONE to live him.

And this is news?

socalcon on July 14, 2015 at 10:27 PM

lol Trump’s campaign uses images of Nazi soldiers.

lexhamfox on July 14, 2015 at 10:52 PM

Obama is a little detached from this because he knows it could go bad while he’s still driving the WH golf-cart. Sitting down with the enemy is another of his campaign promises – as a big liar, I’m not sure why he cares so much about that, but there it is. Next up: close Guantanamo, releasing the prisoners to the oversight of our new friends, the Castros. He’s only doing this because nobody is stopping him.

virgo on July 14, 2015 at 11:13 PM

BREAKING NEWS……..Glenn Beck’s Stu and Pat to go off on Trump again tomorrow.

PappyD61 on July 14, 2015 at 9:32 PM

Those dolts should be off the air!

anotherJoe on July 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Obama didn’t demand their release because Obama doesn’t give a sh8t about Americans, unless they are black or Muslim.

lonestar1 on July 15, 2015 at 12:09 AM

lol Trump’s campaign uses images of Nazi soldiers.

lexhamfox on July 14, 2015 at 10:52 PM

That’s rich coming from someone who favors David Duke’s Middle East policy. No doubt you are all in with the annihilationist savages of the IRI getting their $$ and nukes.

FOAF on July 15, 2015 at 1:24 AM

Why?
Because he doesn’t really like Americans?

Another Drew on July 15, 2015 at 2:00 AM

Dark current….go back to sleep.

Indiana Jim on July 15, 2015 at 9:50 PM

Why? Because they weren’t Trayvon, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and Bill Cosby. They’d be flying back on Air Force One right now.

NoPain on July 15, 2015 at 10:56 PM

I’VE FIGURED IT OUT!!!

Allahpundit is GLENN BECK!!! No one else says, “Stinks on ice”!

Al in St. Lou on July 16, 2015 at 5:53 PM

And I can’t make out the alleged Waffen SS patches on the soldiers in the picture at the link to the Daily Beast.

Al in St. Lou on July 16, 2015 at 5:56 PM

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