This week five Americans imprisoned in Iran made it back to the United States. That’s after the Biden Administration agreed to give Iran access to about $6 billion of its assets that were frozen by the United States.

Host Jim Niedelman returns with former Rock Island County Republican Party Chair Drue Mielke and former Rock Island mayor Mark Schwiebert, a Democrat.

There is concern making deals like this encourages the same type of behavior. The United States has a history of not negotiating with terrorists. And Iran has close ties with Hezbollah. This isn’t the first time the united states has made this kind of trade.

“Historically, they (Iran) were allies of the United States some years ago,” Schwiebert said.

“It will only encourage future hostage-taking for ransom,” Mielke said.

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