Most people don’t even know that an American marine, a veteran of the Iraq War, is imprisoned in Iran on spying charges and formerly was under the penalty of death. There is also an American pastor and a former FBI agent imprisoned in the Shia Islamic theocracy. There was no mention of these prisoners in Obama’s “deal” with Iran.
Montel Williams, a Naval Academy Graduate and U.S. Marine himself, has had enough and unloaded again while “On The Record With Greta Van Susteren.”
On Thursday, Williams returned to the show to discuss the case again, in light of the announcement by the Obama administration of a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program
(Amir) Hekmati, an Iranian-American, was born in Arizona but held dual citizenship when he flew to Iran to visit his ailing grandmother.
Hekmati was arrested and charged with spying for the United States. He was sentenced to death, but that sentence was reversed and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a lesser charge.
Williams said a few days ago that Hekmati is in a dire situation, being whipped and forced to take drugs so that he could be tortured with the withdrawal symptoms.
On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry said conversations are continuing on the release of American prisoners. Others known to be held include American pastor Saeed Abedini and former FBI agent Bob Levinson. Williams said he has “no idea” what Kerry meant with that statement.
President Obama declared Thursday that the proposed agreement satisfies the United States’ “core objectives.”
Williams pushed back, asking Greta how Obama could say that while these Americans remain imprisoned.
“Would not getting an American soldier back from the grips of a terrorist country that is torturing him be one of our objectives? So I don’t understand what that meant,” said Williams.
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I guess the phrase “leave no one behind” in Obama’s administration only applies to deserters.
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