NBC Analyst Says Iran's 2016 Seizing of US Sailors Proves Trump Is Wrong on Iran

NewsBusters | 7/19/2019 | Staff
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Remember in 2016 when Iran seized ten American sailors and their riverine command boats and when their Iranian captors photographed them on their knees with their hands behind their heads and videotaped confessions, and when then Secretary of State John Kerry thanked the Iranians for treating our sailors well, despite this probable violation of the Geneva Convention?

It was an embarrassing episode for the country during the Obama era, but on Friday's MSNBC Live, former member of Obama's national security council and current NBC analyst Ned Price declared that the episode's quick resolution actually proves that Obama's Iran strategy is superior to President Trump's.

Segment - Host - Craig - Melvin - NBC

The segment began with host Craig Melvin and NBC correspondent Courtney Kube discussing the USS Boxer downing an Iranian drone on Thursday. After a semantic conversation about whether the drone was "shot down" or merely "downed" by electronic jamming, Melvin then turned to Price and asked his thoughts on the situation.

Price declared the tensions in region to be Trump's fault because he has pursued, "An approach that could be characterized by provocation for the sake of provocation, escalation for the sake of escalation." He blamed the situation on Trump withdrawing from the Iran deal, "deal despite the fact that Iran, according to our own intelligence community, international weapons inspectors, was abiding by the stringent verification and monitoring protocols implemented by the Iran deal."

Verification - Monitoring - Protocols - Stringent - Javad

We know that the "stringent verification and monitoring protocols" are not that stringent, if they were Javad Zarif wouldn't be making his latest "substantial" offer. Furthermore, in a woefully underreported story, Axios reported that the IAEA found radioactive material at a "carpet factory" in Iran, which would violate not only the JCPOA, but also the NPT.

Price then got to the 2016 capture of the ten American sailors. With Kube nodding her head, seemingly as a...
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