Skip to comments.WATCH: Former Iran Hostage Says Obama Administration Demonstrating ‘Same Ambivalent’ Foreign Policy
Posted on 11/04/2012 12:05:00 PM PST by Nachum
On Happening Now today, Jenna Lee spoke with Don Cooke, who was taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, exactly 33 years ago. Cooke was 24 at the time and one of four officers at the embassy when it was overrun by Islamic militants.
Cooke described the 444-day hostage crisis and discussed the current state of affairs between the United States and Iran. Protesters took to the streets in Iran in recent days to mark the occasion, and denounce America.
Cooke said the crisis started during a period under President Jimmy Carter of ambivalent foreign policy toward the Middle East. He said only after the election of Ronald Reagan did the Iranian government realize the U.S. was serious and release the hostages.
At this point, (Iran) sees ambivalence in the U.S. foreign policy and they dont see any particular reason to stop (their nuclear program).
The sanctions are starting to bite, but I wish we had gone to these very punishing sanctions a bit earlier. Maybe we might see results by now, Cooke said.
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“Ambivalent”? I just checked my thesaurus and somehow don’t find “criminal” listed as a synonym.
It translates as talking out of both sides of your mouth at once.
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on this day, November 4, 1979
I had no idea there was a movie coming out about the 6 hostages we Canadians got out of Iran back then until they played the trailer before the movie I saw last night.
here is the trailer