How Iran Perceives 'Ransom' Is More Important Than Obama's Spin
By Post Editorial Board, New York Post
Democrats have an advantage among Hispanic voters, but they shouldn’t fool themselves into thinking it’ll be permanent, warns Josh Gelernter at National Review. He writes of the waves of Irish and then Italian immigrants who were thought to be a reliable voting bloc for the party that pandered to them in perpetuity, but eventually they — like all American immigrants — assimilated and integrated and just became “white” voters. “And before too long, that ethnically indistinct pot will include Latin-Americans too — Latin-Americans being the immigrant group that, after WW2, supplanted Italians as the largest.”
Foreign-Policy Expert: Yes, It Was Ransom
Frida Ghitis, writing at CNN.com, makes a common-sense point about the Obama administration’s $400 million cash airdrop to the Iranians: How Iran perceives it matters more than Obama’s spin. “A large cash payment at a time of a prisoner release looks precisely like a ransom payment,” Ghitis writes. “And that’s what the Iranian commander of the dreaded Basij militia called it when he said the money ‘was in return for the release of American spies.’ If Iran thinks it was ransom, then for practical purposes it was.” And as Secretary of State John Kerry “has awkwardly traveled the world urging countries to invest in Iran, which remains the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism,” it doesn’t appear to be a one-off, either.