Iran Sentences 2 U.S. Hikers to 8 Years in Prison, Obama Silent

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Two American men arrested more than two years ago while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border have been sentenced to eight years in prison on bogus charges of espionage, according to Iranian state television.

The announcement is an example of Iran’s Islamic judiciary which answers directly to the ruling Sharia clerics.

In July 2009, American hikers Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were hiking along the porous badlands that loosely defines the Iraq-Iran border. Sarah Shourd was released in September 2010 after the U.S. paid a $500,000 bounty.

The Americans say they mistakenly crossed into Iran when they stepped off a dirt road while hiking near a waterfall in the Kurdish region of Iraq.

No such a deal was in the cards for Bauer and Fattal. Both men, 29, were sentenced to three years each for illegal entry into Iran and five years each for spying for the United States.

President Obama, vacationing with his family on Martha’s Vineyard, has made no comment on the American’s egregious sentence.

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9 Responses to Iran Sentences 2 U.S. Hikers to 8 Years in Prison, Obama Silent

  1. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Again……….. it would take a set of balls for Obama to make a statement about this, and he has proven repetedly that he possesses none.

  2. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Here’s what Obama should do.

    The link to the article says Ahmadinejad is scheduled to travel to New York and the UN in the near future.

    Obama should order the CIA to arrest him upon arrival. Hold him until he gives the order for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal to be released.

    It’s really that simple. Of course, Obama doesn’t have the balls to do it. He’s a pussy and will hide behind international law and diplomacy.

  3. Mets Fan says:

    Arizona – I really like your idea. I wish you were the president.

  4. FDRWeeps says:

    Those three Americans were hiking, not spying. The only reason the girl was freed is the U.S. broke with its long-held tradition of not paying ransom and forked over $500,000 to buy her release. If the U.S. allows the two remaining men are held for 8 years, then there is no hope for this country.

  5. TOM339 says:

    Christopher – You know I read your blog every day and I have great respect for you but did you really expect President Obama to intervene in the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal?

    Obama proved he’s incapable of standing up to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell on the debt and budget debate. He rolled over and gave them 98% of what they wanted.

    Obama couldn’t stand up to Birther queen Orly Taitz. He finally threw in the towel and produced his live birth certificate to shut her up.

    Did you think Obama has the courage to stand up to Ahmadinejad? Obama is a sissy. As I’ve said before, all of his “reaching across the aisle” schtick is just a cover for the fact he’s a punk.

  6. Joe in Colorado says:

    I agree with TOM339. Obama is eating lobster with Michele in Martha’s Vineyard. Why would he be the least bit concerned about Americans being illegally held in Iran?

  7. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Imagine for a moment if these hostages were Israeli nationals and not Americans?

    Bibi Netanyahu would phone Ahmadinejad and tell him he had 24 hour to release the men or Tehran would be nuked, leveled and millions of Iranians killed. The thing is, Netanyahu would follow through, too. But Barack Obama — unfortunately, isn’t Bibi Netanyahu. He’s Pee Wee Herman, riding around a $50,000 a week rental farm on Martha’s Vineyard being the “adult in the room.” Whoever that is.

  8. Insouciant says:

    Obama needs to grow a spine.

  9. Fran says:

    They have already been held for 2 years, so the 8 years is on top of that?

    I can’t imagine the hell that would be living in an Iranian prison for a decade.

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