Timelines fascinate me. The Obama administration’s kowtowing to despots has encouraged Russia, China and Iran to escalate aggressive actions in international territories, against US ships and planes. The most damaging image of American weakness, even worse than the images of Somalia during the Clinton years, was the Iranian seizure of US sailors back in January. This incident serves as a prime example of the liberal media collusion to sell the Obama administration “narrative” and to aid and abet the administration to quickly bury this story.
President Obama and John Kerry were busily working out the ransom payments and pay-offs to Iran, the likes of which these recent plane loads of cash stories delivered to Iran are now raising eyebrows.
January 12, 2016 – Iran captures 10 US sailors and their two boats.
January 13, 2016 – Iran publishes embarrassing photos of US sailors on their knees. The White House downplays the incident and Josh Earnest hypes John Kerry’s great diplomatic skills:
“White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Wednesday afternoon that Iran’s release of the soldiers “underscores the importance of the diplomatic lines of communication between” Kerry and his Iranian counterpart. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Earnest added, “We’re still trying to learn more about how exactly that all happened.””
Here’s another example:
WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry thanked Iranian authorities on Wednesday for their cooperation in the release of 10 American sailors who were taken into custody in the Gulf and credited diplomacy with resolving the situation.
“I think we can all imagine how a similar situation might have played out three or four years ago, and fact that today this kind of issue can be resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure, and strong,” Kerry said in a speech at the National Defense University.
Then we get to the US captain apologizing to Iran:
“The unidentified sailor apologized for mistakenly travelling into Iranian waters – contradicting claims the U.S. were forced to say sorry.
‘It was a mistake. That was our fault. And we apologize for our mistake,’ the sailor said, in a brief state TV clip posted on Twitter by a journalist with Iran’s Tasnim News Agency.
His comment was in response to a man holding a microphone, who asked in English, ‘How was the Iranian behavior with you?’
The sailor was also asked if they had a ‘special problem.’ The sailor responded, ‘We had no problem, sir.’
Reports from Iran suggest the Pentagon was forced to make a grovelling apology in a bid to get the sailors released, admitting they had traveled into sovereign waters by mistake – just days before the controversial nuclear agreement is set to go into force.”
January 14, 2016 – CNN reports:
“In a few tense hours on Tuesday, the crisis had threatened to prove a major political embarrassment for Obama, particularly since the sailors were being held while he delivered his final State of the Union address. He didn’t mention the captives while he was speaking, instead highlighting the Iran nuclear deal as a top legacy achievement.Pressed into crisis mode, Secretary of State John Kerry led U.S. diplomacy to free the sailors. He spoke five times by telephone to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, with whom he bonded during tortuous negotiations last year over the nuclear deal.Kerry told Zarif that “if we are able to do this in the right way, we can make this into what will be a good story for both of us,” a senior State Department official told reporter.With the crisis resolved, Kerry thanked Iran on Wednesday and chalked up a victory for the administration.”
“As part of a prisoner swap with Iran, President Barack Obama granted clemency to seven men of Iranian origin either facing criminal charges in U.S. courts or already serving time in U.S. prison, an American official confirmed Saturday.”Further in the story:“While an official confirmed Obama issued seven grants of clemency in the deal with the Iranians, spokespeople at the Justice Department and the White House did not immediately release the names of those spared in the U.S. legal system.
However, Iran’s Fars news agency released seven names, which correspond with U.S. court records on pending or recent cases.”
And then this:
“A U.S. official confirmed charges were dropped in cases involving 14 individuals. The moves will allow those individuals to travel more freely outside Iran.
“The United States also removed any Interpol red notices and dismissed any charges against 14 Iranians for whom it was assessed that extradition requests were unlikely to be successful,” the official said.”
The liberal media ignores the facts, whenever the facts don’t promote their political agenda.
And beyond the Obama/Kerry selling out the US military on their great Persian carpet ride. Where was the press asking probing questions about these Iranians release, just days after the release of our US sailors? Here’s another one, where the timeline smells to high heaven.
As John Kerry’s great deals with Iran keep leaking out, I’m still waiting to see where, “we can make this into what will be a good story for both of us.”
If anything, Iran got piles of cash to fund weaponry and terror, Iran made out great on the hostage exchange, Iran waged a masterful propaganda campaign to make the US military look weak. And all John Kerry does is preen about his “grand diplomacy” and personal bonds with despots….
The truth is that Kerry’s bonding with the terrorist regime in Tehran has put US soldiers and sailors AT GRAVE RISK – he is encouraging aggression against our military by hostile actors. You don’t back down from BULLIES! You face them down, each and every time.
September 13, 2016 – “State Dept Has No Idea How Many Americans Imprisoned in Iran”
Yep,“if we are able to do this in the right way, we can make this into what will be a good story for both of us”… you can quote John Kerry, diplomat extraordinaire…