The Obama administration's patting itself on the back for capitulating to the Iranians when they were clearly in the wrong is unbelievable, but for Biden to imagine that the indignation the men held hostage by by them was somehow lessened by the fact that they didn't “apologize” to Iran is the height of delusion.
“From CBS News:
The vice president explained that the ‘the Iranians picked up both boats — as we have picked up Iranian boats that needed to be rescued.' Iranian officials then ‘realized they were there in distress and said they would release them, and released them — like ordinary nations would do.'
He added that situations like the capture of the two U.S. Navy boats were exactly ‘why it’s important to have channels open' with the Middle East power. That sentiment was echoed by his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, who tweeted Wednesday a message about the importance of diplomacy and ‘respect.'
Secretary of State John Kerry issued a thank you to the Iranian regime for releasing the U.S. soldiers.
‘I want to express my gratitude to Iranian authorities for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter,' he said.
‘That this issue was resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure, and strong.'
CNN is reporting that Kerry spoke to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at least five times Tuesday, and that Kerry said of the situation that it could be ‘a good story for both of us.'
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) captured two Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, only hours before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. They detained the ships and the ten American sailors.