Brit Hostages Are Bargaining Chips for 300 Iranian Linked Prisoners in Iraq

Can you say: Rusty's insane speculations are almost always nearly right?*

Pajamas Media:

American forces in Iraq now hold some 300 prisoners tied to Iran’s intelligence agencies, Pajamas Media learned from both diplomatic and military sources.

This is believed, by both sources, to be a record number of prisoners tied to Iran. Virtually all were captured in the past two months.

This week’s seizure of 15 British sailors by Iran in the contested waters of the Shattab al-Arab, the ship channel that divides Iraq and Iran, may have been payback for the capture of record number of Iranian operatives inside Iraq. “It may be a bargaining chip,” one diplomatic source said.

Well, well, well. You laughed when I said that perhaps, just maybe, the Iranians intentionally planned the seizure of 15 British sailors. But are we now seeing the underlying motivation here? Vicki reported the 'bargaining chip' angle yesterday, but the 300 number puts a whole new spin on it.

But, the worst part? The U.S. State Department:

The Pentagon received “considerable pressure” from officials in the State department and CIA to release some or all of the Iran-linked prisoners to facilitate discussions between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iranian officials.
Lord, is there anything the State Department ever gets right?

State's incompetence gives me a good lead into posting this editorial cartoon by Ronny Gordon. He calls it "Frankenstein peace" or "Condi re-animates the peace process", and its intended to be commentary on moves to reignite the Israeli-PA talks, but I think its apt here as well.

Frankenstein peace.JPG

So, why now? JPOST confirms the details of the PJM report above, but adds this:

According to the official, Iran was worried that its detained people would leak sensitive intelligence information.
Allah has pretty good coverage here.

*Except, of course, when they're not. In which case they're never just slightly off target, but way off.

Posted by: Rusty at 06:08 PM

Comments

1 300 you say? Is the exchange based on a Spy/Spartan ratio?

Posted by: PKA at March 25, 2007 07:14 PM

2 "Well, well, well. You laughed when I said
that perhaps, just maybe, the Iranians intentionally planned the
seizure of 15 British sailors. But are we now seeing the underlying
motivation here? Vicki reported the 'bargaining chip' angle yesterday, but the 300 number puts a whole new spin on it."

Rusty..
I'd never laugh at you....

Well maybe if you were flying the codepink colors and prancing around in a tutu, but other than that...

And yes...regarding the 15 Brits 'disappeared' coinciding with Amadimjihad's trip to the UN...I question the timing....

Also sad how the Iranians are trying to ride the coattails of one of the best movies out right now..(300)...

Posted by: mrclark at March 25, 2007 09:20 PM

3 He doesn't fly the Code Pink colors, but that is the color of his tutu.

I have photographic evidence.

Posted by: Vinnie at March 26, 2007 12:33 AM

4 "...It may be a bargaining chip..."
Well, of course it is! I suspect IRGC had been monitoring the allied interdiction operations in those waters biding their time for the opportunity to kidnap coalition servicemen.

"..The Pentagon received “considerable pressure” from officials in the
State department and CIA to release some or all of the Iran-linked
prisoners..."

Isn't this the same State Department that robbed Israel of its victory in Sinai 40 years ago, and again robbed Israel of a full victory against Hizbullah last year?

"...to facilitate discussions between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iranian..."

For G_d's sake what's there to discuss?
This regime openly states that exists for the sole purpose of subjugating the whole world under Islam; and that destroying Israel is merely the first step to conquest of the West and then the world. Force is the only these f**kers understand.


Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at March 26, 2007 07:36 AM

5 Why the hell is it that every time a guy comes home after a hard days work, cracks open a beer, takes out a cigar and puts on a tu tu they call it freakin "prancing"? The correct resonse should be 1000 cruise missles that take out everyone in the leadership and most importantly the mullas. Then ask again by saying please, let our sailors go in 10 minutes. @ 10:00:01 drop tactical. Next....... damnit! Tutu is pinching again, I gotta lay off these fried oysters.

Posted by: wb at March 26, 2007 12:45 PM

6 wb,

Amen brother...................








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Posted by: doriangrey at March 26, 2007 08:13 PM

7 wb: Believe everything except the hard work bit.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 26, 2007 11:10 PM

8 GR: Trust me, it ain't easy bein' me......

Posted by: wb at March 27, 2007 01:50 PM






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