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Former Iranian hostage on nuke deal: ‘Like Jimmy Carter all over again’

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While President Obama has described the deal made Saturday between Iran and six major nations as “an important first step,” many of the Americans who were held hostage in the U.S. embassy in Tehran at the start of the Iranian Revolution for over a year think otherwise.

“It’s kind of like Jimmy Carter all over again,” said Clair Cortland Barnes according to the Associated Press. He doesn’t see a lot of difference between the current negotiations and those in 1979 and 1980, when he and 65 other hostages were tormented for 444 days with depravities such as mock executions.

Retired Air Force Col. Thomas E. Schaefer agrees, and refers to the deal as “foolishness.”

“My personal view is, I never found an Iranian leader I can trust,” he said “I don’t think today it’s any different from when I was there. None of them, I think, can be trusted. Why make an agreement with people you can’t trust?”

The Associated Press reported:

Rodney “Rocky” Sickmann, who was then a Marine sergeant, said one of his Iranian captors told him their goal was to use the hostages to humiliate the American government.

Sickmann, 56, suspects the nuclear agreement is more of the same.

“It just hurts. We negotiated for 444 days and not one time did they agree to anything . . . and here they beg for us to negotiate and we do,” he told the AP.

And this tweet from Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani Tuesday seems to confirm some of the former hostages’ comments.


Translation: If you like your uranium enrichment, you can keep your uranium enrichment. This isn’t quite the deal the Obama administration reported to the American people.

Meanwhile, two U.S. citizens are still languishing in Iranian prisons: Saeed Abedini, the American pastor arrested in July of 2012 and later sentenced to eight years in prison, and retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, 65, who has been held for over six years — 2456 days.

I can still remember when America used to stand for something. It seems like a long time ago now.

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