In traditional hostage swaps, we get our hostages returned and we return some enemy agents back to their country.
For example, we freed a major Russian arms dealer and in return we got a pothead WNBA player.
But Biden somehow managed to negotiate an even worse hostage deal with Iran in which the Islamic terror state gets $6 billion and we free 5 Iranians… who then remain in the United States.
Picture a Cold War prisoner swap in which we free Soviet agents who then stay on in the United States.
Court filings seen by VOA show Kambiz Attar Kashani was released Monday from a federal prison in Michigan after receiving a presidential commutation of his sentence, while Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi and Amin Hasanzadeh received presidential pardons as they awaited trial on federal charges. The clemency letters for the three men, signed by President Joe Biden on September 14, had similar conditions attached.
The other two Iranians granted clemency by the U.S. under the deal, Mehrdad Ansari and Reza Sarhangpour Kafrani, arrived in Tehran late Monday after being flown to Qatar earlier in the day.
Why aren’t they all in Tehran? Because the same folks negotiating a new Iran Deal got us the best deal ever.
Iran gets $6 billion and we get to keep their agents.
The frequent New York Times contributor pardoned by US President Joe Biden after being charged as a paid foreign agent of Iran says he’s planning to return to teaching.
“I am planning to resume teaching American politics and international relations as I did most recently in 2022 at Umass Boston,” Kaveh Afrasiabi told The Algemeiner by email.
I’m not sure how the next hostage deal could get any worse, but I have every faith that the Biden administration will find a way. Maybe next time the provisions will also name Iran’s agents to top positions at the Pentagon.
Sorry, that one already happened too.
Tabatabai’s bio now describes her as the Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. Up from a Senior Advisor last year.
In 2014, a year before Tabatabai began working as a NATO consultant, she joined an initiative by the Iranian Foreign Ministry to mobilize “Iranians who have established affiliations with the leading international think-tanks and academic institutions, mainly in Europe and the US.”
Before Tabatabai testified about the Iran Deal in Congress, she allegedly checked in with the head of an Iranian Foreign Ministry think tank. “I am scheduled to go to the Congress to give a talk about the nuclear program. I will bother you in the coming days,” she wrote.
Does she still have her job? Obviously.
So maybe in the next deal, Iran gets to name three of its agents as cabinet members. And then the next president.