On Sunday morning, President Obama talked about the release of prisoners from Iran, the 10 sailors detained by Iran last week, and the implementation of the nuclear deal. The President extolled the virtue of diplomacy over war. particularly with regard to the sailors who "accidentally strayed" into Iranian waters, and revealed that he and his diplomats used every opportunity they had to press for the prisoners' release during the sidelines of the nuclear talks.
Here's the full video of President Obama's remarks:
Here's our original report on the release of American prisoners from Iran:
Obama Wins Again: Iran Releases 4 US Prisoners, Including Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian
Among the chief arguments against President Obama's historic nuclear deal with Iran was an emotional appeal by Republicans who insisted that the release of American prisoners being held in Iran should have been a deal-breaker. They put a lot of eggs in that basket, and on Saturday, the day the deal was to be implemented, those eggs were all cracked at once.
On Saturday morning, Iran announced that it had released four prisoners from the U.S., including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian:
Republicans have been desperately trying to make hay all week over the 10 sailors who were detained and released by Iran, pointing to it as evidence that the nuclear deal should be scuttled, and even bringing up the prisoners who remained in Iran. This is going to be awkward for them.
Several months ago, I wrote that there was every chance the sideline talks about the prisoners were more detailed than the White House was letting on, and I think when more is known about this, it will turn out that this was something that was at least loosely planned all along.