Breakthrough Moment: U.S. Senators Push Resolution to Release All 3 U.S. Hostages as Pre-Condition

Cruz-Inhofe-620x350(Photo credit: Jim Lobe, With Sen. Inhofe, at podium, is Mike Lee on his right and Ted Cruz, Rand Paul on his left.

Mr. Lobe broke news on January 6 that Senators James Inhofe and Ted Cruz had circulated a draft resolution to halt bi-lateral discussions with Iran. At its core is a demand that Iran release Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and Robert Levinson as a PRE-CONDITION to having further direct talks.

Jim Lobe wrote: “[Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Ted Cruz (R-TX)] seeking co-sponsors for a new resolution that would forbid the Obama administration from engaging in any bilateral talks with Iran unless Tehran fulfills two conditions. We obtained a letter by a member of Sen. Ted Cruz’s staff and a copy of the draft resolution …. sent out to presumably sympathetic legislative directors [LDs]. Perhaps the intention here is to make the Kirk-Menendez Iran Nuclear Weapon Free Act of 2013, aka the Wag the Dog Act, look vaguely reasonable although its aim may be more related to Cruz’s cultivation of the Republican Jewish Coalition and its big donors. Whatever the case, it amounts to yet another effort to derail any possibility of detente between Washington and Tehran.” disagrees with the last sentence above. If Tehran wants ‘normalized relations’ with the U.S., they must be willing to behave normally! They should release the three ‘pawns’ as they see them in a cruel game THEY alone are playing.  In return, the U.S. will surely be willing to release many more BILLIONS of dollars worth of frozen assets: currency, gold, oil and other trade contracts that Iran will benefit from … and has already begun to benefit from.

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The sooner Iran releases the three hostages and the sooner they cooperate on nuclear issues, the sooner the U.S. will open the Treasury floodgates they desperately need for domestic programs. Iran’s ruthless leaders have shown mainly stubbornness in the past, willing to impose hardships on their own citizens over caving in. Imposing MORE sanctions at this time appears pointless to the extreme.  It only makes US feel better, but fixes nothing. If and when more sanctions ARE necessary, due to nuclear cheating, we will know it and new sanctions can be passed in a week.

Here is the internal Senate letter and draft proposal garnered by Jim Lobe:


Today, Senator Cruz filed a resolution with Senator Inhofe regarding US diplomatic efforts with Iran. The resolution outlines two preconditions that Iran must meet before any further bilateral negotiations occur; 1) release all Americans unjustly detained in Iran, namely Pastor Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Robert Levinson, and 2) publicly affirm the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.

Please let us know if your boss would like to be a cosponsor.

Thank you,

Legislative Correspondent

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

And here’s the draft resolution:

113th Congress, 2D SESSION S. RES. ll

Expressing the sense of the Senate on steps the Government of Iran must take before further bilateral negotiations between the Government of Iran and the United States Government occur.


Mr. CRUZ (for himself and Mr. INHOFE) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on ……..


Expressing the sense of the Senate on steps the Government of Iran must take before further bilateral negotiations between the Government of Iran and the United States Government occur.

Whereas, on September 27, 2013, the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, and President Barack Obama engaged in the first direct contact between Iranian and United States leaders since 1979;

Whereas the Government of Iran has yet to take any practical steps towards halting Iran’s nuclear programs and remains a committed state-sponsor of terrorist groups that have been responsible for American deaths in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Afghanistan;

Whereas, since the election of President Rouhani, the persecution by the Government of Iran of religious minorities, notably Christians, has increased not decreased;

Whereas United States citizens remain imprisoned in Iran, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Robert Levinson;

Whereas President Rouhani has called Israel the ‘‘Zionist state’’ that has been ‘‘a wound that has sat on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed’’, and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has called Israel a ‘‘rabid dog’’ facing ‘‘annihilation’’;

Whereas a Joint Plan of Action was released from Geneva on November 24, 2013, outlining first step, voluntary measures to be taken over a six month duration providing the Government of Iran with some $7,000,000,000 in relief from economic sanctions, while extracting no substantive concessions from Iran on their nuclear program; and

Whereas the representatives of the United States engaging in these negotiations failed to raise the issue of the United States citizens imprisoned in Iran and to rebuke their Iranian counterparts for their vicious rhetoric against Israel at the highest levels:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved,

That is it the sense of the Senate that, before further bilateral negotiations between the Government of Iran and the United States Government occur,

the Government of Iran must—

(1) immediately and without conditions release all United States citizens unjustly detained in Iran; and

(2) publicly affirm the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.”

Old and new Iran leaders june 18 13 - supports this resolution.  It would be helpful going forward though for President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the media to speak up immediately  when anti-Semitic outbursts from Iran occur … because it’s the right thing to do. Not speaking up at such times is seen by Iran as either approval or acceptance. If Iran is not embarrassed to make such hateful, bigoted statements, the U.S. should not be embarrassed to call them out.

We had no problem, in government or the media, to criticize Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he did it with a scowl. We should not tolerate it now when it is delivered with a smile!


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6 thoughts on “Breakthrough Moment: U.S. Senators Push Resolution to Release All 3 U.S. Hostages as Pre-Condition

  1. And Rouhani, AFTER the 15-minute phone call, returned home and sent Saeed Abedini to an even worse prison where the most dangerous criminals, murders run loose in cells divided by a shower curtain. Same as In 1979-81; the Ayatollah and Iranians were thrilled that for over a year they stuck their thumbs in the eye of Jimmy Carter and America! Same now, it’s a victory for them. Gotta turn it around fast!


  2. My concern, perhaps not clearly stated, is that we (USA) seem to be rushing into normalization before seeing any evidence that Iran is willing to do the same. But my hope, and by faith, I believe Iran will come around to let these 3 men go. Since we cannot talk directly to Iran’s leaders, we need to help our leader(s) come to make the right decision on this issue. So far they are AWOL. Daniel


    • I concur on the first and am dubious but pray regarding the second. Can you imagine how good it must have felt for Rouhani to say no the the most powerful person in the world last September? High 5’s all-around in about a third of the world.


  3. Before we worry about Iran’s pres behaving “normally” lets expect it first from the Pres. of the United States…
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  4. Does anyone out there actually expect Tehran/President Rouhani to behave normally? He stands even more empowered once again. He spit in the face of the President of the U.S. in September and received accolades from half of the Arab and Muslim world. Now he can spit in the face of the U.S. Congress. The accolades of the other half will soon follow.


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