Iran Violates Geneva Convention While Obama Defends A Bad Deal

From The Observer:

Yesterday, only hours before President Barack Obama was to deliver his final State of the Union address to the nation, over in the Persian Gulf, Iran seized two small boats belonging to the U.S. Navy. Ten of our sailors spent the night in Iranian custody. They have been released already, as Tehran promised, but the sting of international humiliation will take longer to dissipate.

The timing of Iran’s seizure is difficult to miss. Not only did this cast a distinct pall over Mr. Obama’s address – particularly since the president, who never tires of touting his nuclear deal with the revolutionary regime in Iran, failed to mention the ten American sailors in Iranian hands last night – but it happened only days before onerous international sanctions are set to be lifted off the mullahs in Tehran.

Read more at The Observer.

From National Review:

Article 13 of the Geneva Convention (III), governing the treatment of prisoners of war, requires Iran to protect prisoners against “insults and public curiosity.” … The sight of members of the American military, disarmed and under Iranian control, is of enormous propaganda value in Iran’s ongoing war against the United States. To its allies in the Middle East, the photo demonstrates Iran’s strength – how many jihadist countries have had this many American servicemembers under their power? – and it demonstrates American weakness.

Read more at National Review.

NBC News has a full rundown including video of one of the US Navy sailors “apologizing” on Iranian TV.

7 Iran newspapers ran pictures of US Sailors on the frontpage today:

Sean Davis of The Federalist has some very important points on the topic:

And let’s not forget that Iran is still holding 5 Americans hostage, many of them for multiple years: Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, Robert Levinson, Siamak Namazi, and Jason Rezaian. The USA is about to release $100 billion to Iran as part of Obama’s deal, and none of these hostages are due to be released any time soon.