Obama, Kerry weak hostage negotiators

By October 14, 2015October 22nd, 2015Foreign Policy

Since taking office, President Obama has released more than 100 prisoners from Guantanamo while four American hostages rot in Iranian prisons.

How does this make any sense?

Americans should be his priority, not terrorists.

Now, Iran’s Revolutionary Court announced on state TV Sunday it has convicted Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who has been held for more than 14 months already.

In a secretly cloaked sham trial, Rezaian has been convicted of espionage and other yet-to-be-announced charges — without evidence — that carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, the Post reports.

Rezaian has now been held longer than the American hostages were during the Nov. 4, 1979, to Jan. 20, 1981, Iranian hostage crisis under the Carter administration.

Congrats to President Obama. He’ll now go down in history as weaker than our weakest president, Jimmy Carter.

And who can forget the other hostages? Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, who’s been religiously persecuted by Iran and held hostage since 2012; Bob Levinson, a former FBI agent who has been “missing” since being taken in 2007; and former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, who was taken hostage by Iran in 2011 and sentenced to death.

There is no doubt that while negotiating the Iran nuclear deal both Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry should have demanded the release of these four before the United States inked the deal.

As representatives of the strongest nation on Earth — both militarily and economically — Obama and Kerry could have set the terms of the negotiations, not Iran. That’s what strong leaders do. They let adversaries know who’s boss.

But they didn’t. Instead they opted to rely on the “good faith” of Iran to do the “right thing” while promising to lift sanctions estimated to be worth at least $100 billion. A nation that commits heinous human rights violations, supports terror and oppresses millions of women and girls.

I interviewed Pastor Abedini’s wife after the Iran deal was announced and she was understandably distraught. She may never see her husband again and feared her two young children will grow up without their father.

The hostages and their families are now at the mercy of a nation that chants “Death to America, Death to Israel.”

The next election can’t come soon enough.

Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Herald Drive” on Boston Herald Radio airing from 6-9 a.m. weekdays. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.

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