Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said after Iran detained 10 U.S. Navy sailors this week, he believes the Obama administration made a key mistake, the blaze.com reported Jan. 15, 2016.
Paul was asked during a sit-down interview with TheBlaze about criticism Obama received from conservatives over the incident.
“Would you have done anything specifically different?” he was asked.
“I think complimenting them too much was something the president made a mistake in.” the Republican presidential hopeful said.
“It was also insulting the way our soldiers were treated.” Paul added.
Paul told TheBlaze he was particularly worried that Iran “paraded them as sort of pawns and puppets for our regime.”
“It goes against the Geneva Convention,” he said. “The Geneva Convention says you are not supposed to use prisoners of war that way. You are not supposed to film them, ridicule them, have them do fake confessions.”
“So it makes me suspicious of Iran’s intentions,” Paul continued. “Do they really want to be part of the civilized world? Are they going to be honest in their agreement as we move forward?”
Paul said it was “part of the reason” he voted against the Iranian nuclear deal.
“While I do want negotiations and I think a negotiated settlement to get rid of their nuclear weapons would be good. I worry, will they comply,” he explained. “And I thought that if we kept the sanctions on and gradually take them off over a several year period, as we saw their compliance, it would have a better chance that they would comply.”
“They are getting very close now to getting their money,” Paul added. “When they get their money, the question is will they be as quick to comply? Or will their behavior get worse again? It does concern me, particularly when we play games like this.”