From the Conservative Tribune: If there’s anyone who won’t take guff from inept politicians, it’s Chuck Norris, who’s parlayed his patriotism and fame into becoming one of the most listened-to conservative commentators in America.
In a recent op-ed, Norris weighed in on Obama’s Iran deal. Needless to say, the man who played Walker, Texas Ranger was decidedly unimpressed.
“While Iranians hit the streets cheering, honking horns and waving flags, Iran President Hassan Rouhani praised the U.S.-led nuclear program framework agreement reached last Thursday, calling it a ‘day that will remain in the historical memory of the Iranian nation,’” Norris began his piece for WND.
While Obama called the agreement “a good deal that meets our core objectives,” Norris disagreed, quoting Benjamin Netanyahu’s dire warning about the preliminary agreement: “Such a deal doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”
“Quite frankly, I think the U.S. is absolutely foolish to have any negotiations with a country that harbors, equips and finances terrorists,” Norris wrote.
“We are only aiding and abetting our enemies by doing so. Moreover, we are gullible for believing Iran will not one day break its promises and produce nuclear bombs. And we are definitely not worthy of the title ‘friend and ally of Israel,’ when we endorse her greatest neighboring enemy’s nuclear power.”
“But do you want to know what is worse than approving a U.S.-Iran nuclear power agreement? Not using it as leverage to force Iran to release three innocent U.S. citizens being held in its prisons.”
Norris was referring to the Americans held prisoner by Iran for no other reason than being associated with the United States. These include Iranian-Americans like former marine Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini and journalist Jason Rezaian.
“Before the U.S. even talks about lifting sanctions – let alone sitting down with Iran to talk nuclear power – the White House should demand the release of the American citizens imprisoned in Iran.
“Secretary of State John Kerry can say he repeatedly calls on Iran to release the Americans, but it is quite another thing to require or demand it.
“It is inconceivable that our president’s administration would sit down for a friendly chat with Iranian officials to negotiate nuclear power without ever demanding the three Americans’ release,” Norris wrote.
“It’s bad enough that Iran doesn’t offer the release of the three Americans as goodwill gestures. It’s unforgivable that the White House doesn’t insist on their release when sitting right across the table.
“But it is not too late,” he continued.
“In his White House speech Thursday, even Obama stressed there is much to be finalized over the next three months and that ‘nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed.’
“With a final nuclear agreement to be completed by June 30, one point of action should be clearly made before then. Obama should state categorically to Iranian leaders: Release our U.S. citizens immediately, or kiss any negotiations goodbye.”
Chuck Norris is right, of course, which means that the Obama administration won’t listen to him. However, your representative and senators will listen to you, so it’s time for us to call them and insist they kill any plan that doesn’t release Americans held by Iran.
Make sure that you make your voice heard — lives may depend upon it.