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  1. “A U.S. citizen is murdered and our government would have us believe it’s powerless to lift a hand in the matter.”

    A U.S. citizen, Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, rots in a Iranian prison for 500 days and our government would have us believe it’s powerless to lift a hand in the matter.

    Well. Not powerless. Our government had the power to make nuke deal with Iran, all the while Rezaian sat in prison.

    1. In July 2015, journalist Major Garrett made headlines when he asked President Obama during a press conference why he was “content” with the Iran Nuclear Deal that left four Americans trapped in Iran, referring to Rezian and three others (Amir Mirza Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, and Robert Levinson). Obama admonished Garrett by responding “I’ve got to give you credit, Major, for how you craft those questions. The notion that I am ‘content’ as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails, Major, that’s nonsense, and you should know better. Now, if the question is why we did not tie the negotiations to their release, think about the logic that that creates. Suddenly, Iran realizes, ‘You know what? Maybe we can get additional concessions out of the Americans by holding these individuals.”


    2. Well, well, this is from Haaretz:
      “Iran has released four American prisoners, including a Washington Post reporter, a Christian pastor and a former U.S. Marine, Iranian television said on Saturday. 
      A fifth American, student Matthew Trevithick, was also released, a U.S. official said, separately from the four other Americans. It was unclear when Trevithick, a student, was released. 
      The Americans released included Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent, Saeed Abedini, a pastor from Idaho, Amir Hekmati, a former Marine from Flint, Michigan, and Nosratollah Khosravi, state television said. 

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.697760

    3. @ Barbar: I’d say you have a very bad case of bad timing. Shall I hand you a napkin to wipe the egg off your face?? Apparently, our government wasn’t powerless to lift a hand to free Rezaian. Not only that but three other Americans were freed as well.

      I hear Kerry is available to negotiate for the freedom of Avera Mengistu next, since your government “refuses to lift a hand in that matter.”

      1. @Richard

        Let’s be frank. Both the Saudi regime and the Iranian regime are despicable violator of human rights, and both support international terrorism.
        Yet, you whitewash Iranian abuses ONLY because of their opposition to Israel.

        Now that the Saudis appear to tilt to Israel, you start to attack them.
        You prefer one evil regime over another. I think they should both go to hell.

        1. @ Barbar:

          you whitewash Iranian abuses ONLY

          That is a lie. I have never whitewashed “Iranian abuses.” But what I have done is distinguish between hardliners and more pragmatic forces inside Iran. Actually, the pragmatists in Iran are much more powerful than pragmatists in Israel. The hardliners control Israel. If the same type controlled Iran we’d already be at war. It is only because of Iranian pragmatists that we aren’t.

          It’s funny you only find two “evil regimes” in the region. Israel’s crimes are just as bad as those of Iran or Saudi Arabia. Yet you conveniently ignore them. Tells us something.

  2. Hey Richard, you mean the same oh-so-enlightened Islamic Republic of Iran that executed “between 4,000 to 6,000 gays and lesbuans” since 1979, according to a British 2008 Wikileaks dispatch?

    The same devoutly bloodthirsty Iran whose commander of the IRGC recently said “the formation of [the Islamic State group] and Takfiri [extremist] groups, and the events that occurred in the past years are paving the ground for the emergence of Imam Mahdi,” Middle East Monitor reported. “You can now see the positive results in the readiness of nearly 200,000 young armed in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.”?

    The same tolerant and progressive Iran where throngs scream “Death to America!”. Oh, right, they’re talking about U.S. POLICY. Riiiight.

    So, do you really think they’re a forward-thinking, modern country? Or are you simply cheerleading Iran because it gets you gigs on PressTV?

    1. @ DS1216: Your hasbara passed its sell-by date about a decade ago. If you go back 40 yrs sure you can find Iran killing gays. But a lot changes in that period. And even more will change in a very short time moving forward into the future. Did Ayatollahs approve killing gays at one time? They did. Do those Ayatollahs make such rules now? They don’t.

      Excuse me but you have yr pals, John Hagee sermonizing about the clash of Gog & Magog and the Second Coming; and you have Israeli generals calling for cutting off the foreskins of the Philistines of Gaza, and you worry about the Imam Mahdi? I’d say your priorities are a bit screwed.

      The same tolerant and progressive Iran where throngs scream “Death to America!”

      I’d rather hear “Death to America” at a protest rally in Tehran than see Palestinian babies burned to death and offensive graffiti screaming from the walls of the houses in which they were incinerated. What was it I just said about your priorities being screwed??

      are you simply cheerleading Iran because it gets you gigs on PressTV?

      I actually “get gigs” in Makor Rishon & other haredi publications, where I’ve been profiled. So why don’t I support their causes as well? BTW, I’ve said things on PressTV that did not support Iranian policy. And guess what? They invited me back.

      1. Would you be kind enough to share links to the ‘Makor Rishon & other haredi publications’ articles? Just curious and couldn’t find online.

        1. It was B’Kehilla and Yaakov Mann wrote the profile. I have a jpg of the article if you’re very interested in it. I don’t think it’s available online. I’ve also been the subject of long profiles in both Yediot & Maariv and shorter ones in Yisrael HaYom & Jerusalem Post.

  3. @Richard – ” I wouldn’t be surprised if the Saudis have sprinkled a bit of wonk-fairy-dust their way”.
    How much are you paid for your Iran PressTV interviews?

    1. @Arik: Not that I owe insolent jackasses like you any explanation. But the answer is $0.00. And I earn that for every interview. So clearly I’m becoming quite wealthy from this enterprise.

      How much are you being paid for your hasbara efforts?

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