Republicans Allegedly Tried to Scuttle the Iran-U.S. Prisoner Swap

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The delicate and carefully planned prisoner swap that led to the release of several American prisons including a Washington Post reporter almost didn't happen thanks to Congressional Republicans.

While we may not be able to verify the veracity of his words, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council says Republicans in Congress asked Iran not to release the American prisoners and delay talks until after the election.

According to the semi-official Iranian news outlet, Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, made the claims during a speech Thursday at a rally in Yazd, Iran.

"In the course of the talks for exchanging prisoners, the Republican rivals of the current US administration who claim to be humanitarians and advocates of human rights sent a message telling us not to release these people [American prisoners] and continue this process [of talks] until the eve of US presidential elections,” Shamkhani said, according to Tasnim.

If this is true, I would say Congressional Republicans are guilty of nothing less than selling out American citizens held captive abroad.

I don't find this very hard to believe because, as I'm sure you recall, 50 members of Congress signed a letter addressed to Iran warning them not to agree to the nuclear peace deal. That is on the official record. I believe they would do anything to complicate or obstruct President Obama's decisions. They would sell their own mothers.

  • Fred Beloit

    Just like libruls to believe anything the friendly[/s] Iranians say without asking for evidence.

    • ninjaf

      If this is true, I would say Congressional Republicans are guilty of nothing less than selling out American citizens held captive abroad.

      Leave it to a conservative to have poor reading comprehension.

      • Fred Beloit

        I see. You believe you are the only commenter here, huh? (See ninjaf, ceoltoir, muselet.)

        • ninjaf

          Your reading comprehension skills still aren’t very good. First of all, I don’t have to go look at ninjaf’s comments, since I made them. And nowhere did I say one way or the other if I thought it were true. I said, basically, why wouldn’t they try it because it has worked for them in the past? Secondly, muselet added a caveat at the beginning of his comment and ended that the Iranian was more credible than people who lied about doing this very thing in the past. Lastly, Ceoltoir also didn’t say whether or not he/she believed it but just commented on how much of an uproar something like this would cause should Democrats be accused — no evidence would be needed in Conservative World. The accusation is enough.

          I will stop feeding the trolls now.

  • Ceoltoir

    Imagine for a heartbeat if anything like this had happened during the Bush administration. Democratic Senators trying to cut deals with hostile governments? Or result would have been an explosion of violence and hate being directed by the entirety of the cable news networks. But it’s the Republicans so all that’s happening is a huge yawn.

    • zac

      Carter and Clinton both traveled to hostile nations to advocate for the release of American prisoners successfully. And Republicans screamed bloody hell for undermining the Shrub….

      • Ceoltoir

        That’s the difference, Congressional Republicans are trying to get it so that Americans are stuck in foreign prisons.

  • muselet

    I know nothing about Ali Shamkhani, so for all I know he’s just shit-stirring because the US is the Great Satan or something.

    However, I don’t see what Iran would gain from lying about the negotiations. Tweaking the US is good fun, but telling porkies like that would be an excellent way to get the Rs and Ds to unite in opposition to anything Iran wants, in any international venue. That would be incredibly stupid, and the Iranian government is not made up of stupid people.

    On the other hand, it would take truly contemptible and stupid people to try to undermine hostage negotiations, and the GOP is full to the brim with contemptible and stupid people.

    On balance, then, I believe Shamkhani on this one.


  • Badgerite

    And where have we seen that before? The Party of Nixon.

  • TimJ

    Please please please Iran, tell us WHO among the traitorous Repubs was in communication with you! We know you read the B&C Blog, you can come clean here.

  • Georgie

    Well goodness,someone better inform Ted Nugent, because our liberal asses are showing more patriotism than his darlings.

    • Aynwrong

      Of course we are. It would be impossible not too. What else is new?

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    If this is true how is this not treason?

    • captkurt

      For the same reason that revealing the indentity of an undercover CIA agent during a state of war is not treason. Though I have no idea what that reason is. Maybe ask Rove or Cheney.

  • ninjaf

    Well, it worked for them in the 60s during the Vietnam War; it worked for them in the 70s with Reagan; why wouldn’t they think it might work for them again?

    • Fred Beloit

      Please show some evidence for your “it worked for them” in the 60s and 70s, and an explanation of what “it” means would be appreciated.
      It is most amusing to see a commenter attempt to dodge out of something he/she just wrote. See your comments below.