SO Rezaian and Abedini are going to be freed…there’s word their planes could have already taken off, in the last thirty minutes. Them, AND our Marine and an American Iranian businessman. No Robert Levinson, apparently.
I’d normally be SO much more excited but something in my guts tells me “…not so fast..”
Here’s is a paragraph from THIS LINK WHICH GIVES DETAILS that caught my attention:
Iranian officials have met recently with some of the prisoners held in the United States to see if they would be willing to return to Iran if a swap was agreed, said a person familiar with the cases who asked not to be identified.
Iranian officials meet with our prisoners? And they wonder IF they’d be willing to return to Iran? IF? Odd, don’t you think?
CNN is using this as a swipe at the Republicans who were angry this swap didn’t happen with the “Nuke Deal”, of course. “See? Our State Dept HAS been on this and they should have just understood and been patient,” (I paraphrase Blitzer and Smerconish). And they’re pretty much only mentioning Rezaian, not the PASTOR who hasn’t seen his children in about 3 years.
THOUGHTS ON THEIR RELEASES? I should also mention a Marine who was released, Amir Hekmati, though the news is barely mentioning him, sadly. It seems that a fifth is confirmed to be released and that’s an American student, Matthew Trevithick, who has apparently been languishing in jail there without at least the little bit of support that Rezaian and Abedini have received.
Shep Smith, on FOX, treated Ric Grenell (a favorite of mine) as if he was such an ideological conservative moron that he couldn’t be happy for the releases because Grenell was curious about the details, when Grenell had worked FOR the families in the release efforts. Smith was really in typical leftwing “I’m SO moderate and so much smarter because of it” mode, as usual, this morning. I had to turn him off.