Saudi Paper: Iran ‘Effectively Kidnapped’ ‘Foolish’ Obama Himself


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Saudi Paper: Iran ‘Effectively Kidnapped’ ‘Foolish’ Obama Himself

A piece in the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsa opined that the detention of 10 American sailors just hours before President Obama’s final State of the Union address effectively “kidnapped” the “foolish” U.S. president himself by casting a shadow over his authority.

Tareq Al-Homayed, former editor of Al-Sharq Al-Awsa, estimated that the international incident proved Iran does not intent to moderate its positions ahead of next week’s expected lifting of a decade of sanctions imposed on the Iranian regime.

Al-Homayed’s article was translated into English by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.

Al-Homayed wrote:

“When Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized two American naval craft in the Gulf on Tuesday evening [January 13, 2016], with ten American sailors on board, it was not the sailors who were the important point, but the fact that the Revolutionary Guards effectively kidnapped U.S. President Barack Obama [himself only] a few hours before he was to deliver his final State of the Union address, towards the end of his second term in office.