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By Jenny Goldsberry
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer railed against President Biden for his failure in Afghanistan. He appeared on the Sara Carter Show Tuesday to put the president on blast. Meanwhile, Sara Carter has been working to get people out of the country, operating in what is being called a “digital Dunkirk.”
“You know, I know how hard you’ve been working. You’re basically doing the government’s job,” Spicer told host Sara Carter. “God bless you for doing it.”
However, Spicer thinks that the Biden administration could be doing more. “But it’s ridiculous that this has fallen down to NGOs, VSOs, people like you,” he said. “I was in New England for the weekend, I spent more time preparing for the hurricane than I think this government spent preparing for withdrawing from Afghanistan.”
Meanwhile, the airport in Kabul is surrounded by Taliban. Americans report that they are stranded in their homes in the country. “I have sources that are telling me that by the end of the week, after or, or at which point all the Americans are out, then the Taliban is going to shut down any access” Spicer said. “They will shut down the internet, they will shut down the access of Afghans to be able to leave. And what do you think they’re going to do?”
As a result, in Spicer’s opinion, the United States will also suffer consequences. “The short term, you’re seeing the consequences of the lack of planning the lack of thought. But the long term is also we’re giving up a strategic foothold in a key area.”
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American Citizens Released in Prisoner Exchange with Iran Return Home
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a significant diplomatic development, five American citizens who were detained in Iran have been successfully released and are on their way back to the United States.
The five Americans, along with two family members, arrived safely in Doha, Qatar on Monday after departing from Iran. This release comes as part of a prisoner exchange agreement between the United States and Iran, accompanied by the return of $6 billion in frozen funds to Iran.
A White House official commented on this, stating, “The president is making five families whole again.” The $6 billion in frozen funds, a substantial part of this exchange, arrived in Qatar on Sunday night, leading to Iran’s decision to release the American detainees. Qatar has played a crucial role as an intermediary for negotiations between the U.S. and Iran.
President Biden, in a statement on Monday, expressed his satisfaction with the successful exchange and revealed that two of the American citizens involved had requested that their identities remain undisclosed. He also used the opportunity to call upon the Iranian regime to provide a full account of the disappearance of Bob Levinson, a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran.
“The Levinson family deserves answers,” President Biden stated. He further announced sanctions against former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence under the Levinson Act for their involvement in wrongful detentions.
Secretary of State Tony Blinken held a press conference later on Monday to address the release and answer questions from reporters. Blinken expressed his relief at the return of the American citizens and emphasized the U.S. government’s dedication to punishing countries that unlawfully imprison U.S. citizens.
He clarified that the prisoner swap was negotiated separately from discussions regarding the Iran nuclear deal, cautioning against interpreting the exchange as an indicator of progress in the nuclear negotiations, though there are many skeptics raising concern across social media platforms.
The Biden administration has underscored that Qatar will retain control of the $6 billion that is being unfrozen and will allocate it to Iran exclusively for humanitarian purposes. However, some Iran watchdogs have voiced concerns, claiming that this move is insufficient.
According to reports from Fox News, Benham Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, stated, “The Islamic Republic must be beaming now. Despite rhetoric from Washington about supporting the Iranian people, in practice with the waiver and random payment, the Biden administration is now effectively helping Tehran signal that no matter what the regime does, it will not be met with meaningful pressure.”
Furthermore President Donald J Trump took to Truth social Monday commenting on the deal current President Joe Biden made stating, “This absolutely ridiculous 6 Billion Dollar Hostage Deal with Iran has set a terrible PRECEDENT for the future. Buckel up, you are going to see some terrible things start to happen. The 3 years ago highly respected USA has become a laughingstock all over the WORLD. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. VOTE TRUMP!!!”
The release of these American citizens and the accompanying fund transfer mark a questionable development in U.S.-Iran relations. The path forward remains complex and uncertain as both nations grapple with long-standing issues and ongoing negotiations surrounding the Iran nuclear deal.
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