How often is the Biden-Obama audience played by Iran?
Yes, it’s heartening that five wrongly imprisoned Americans from the notorious torture chamber of Evin Prison were transferred to house arrest last week.
But at what cost?
Leftists claim this could be an opportunity for greater US-Iran cooperation and possibly even an agreement to stem Tehran’s nuclear weapons program.
We’ll cork our champagne, thank you.
First off, the deal includes a $6 billion ransom payment of frozen Iranian funds, as well as the release of several Iranians detained in the United States.
The money is for humanitarian purposes, but it gives Tehran the opportunity to use other money for its terror and weapons programs.
It is also told other potential kidnappers that the US would pay huge sums to return the hostages.
Keep dreaming about greater cooperation and even a nuclear deal with Iran.
Tehran has repeatedly shown that it is not keeping its promises. So what use are talks and signed documents?
No, America should not release a penny of funds, release a single Iranian prisoner, or lift sanctions until Iran has demonstrably and consistently fulfilled its obligations all his obligations.
Remember, the first half of Biden’s tenure was marked by a deeply humiliating, failed attempt to get Iran back into former President Barack Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal.
Biden did real harm in pursuing this insane goal, damaging Washington’s relationships with countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Iran has stockpiled vast amounts of enriched uranium and continues to destabilize the region and even plot conspiracies against people on American soil.
And, of course, the Obama deal freed over $100 billion in frozen assets, money that was spent on weapons that would later be used against Americans in Iraq.
Even if, after a period of time, it allowed Iran the freedom to operate nuclear weapons.
On Saturday, Western forces warned shipowners to stay away from Iranian waters to avoid confiscation as the US considers stationing military personnel on merchant boats in the Strait of Hormuz.
This Is it the people we suddenly expect to do bona fide business?
Biden may wish to reiterate his former boss’s Iran diplomacy, but he should have learned his lesson by now.
Promises are not enough; Iran needs to prove itself before America rewards it anything.