This was in Saturday, April 14's Washington Post:
"After intense internal debate, the Bush administration has decided to hold on to five Iranian Revolutionary Guard intelligence agents captured in Iraq, overruling a State Department recommendation to release them, according to U.S. officials.
At a meeting of the president’s foreign policy team Tuesday, the administration decided the five Iranians will remain in custody and go through a periodic six-month review used for the 250 other foreign detainees held in Iraq, U.S. officials said. The next review is not expected until July, officials say. . . .
Differences over the five Iranians reflect an emerging divide on how to deal with Iran. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice went into the meeting Tuesday advising that the men be freed because they are no longer useful, but after a review of options she went along with the consensus, U.S. officials say. Vice President Cheney’s office made the firmest case for keeping them."
Obviously, Dick Cheney again is demonstrating that it is he, and his insane policies that are driving American Diplomacy. He has over ruled the State Department and insisted that the US keep 5 Iranian Diplomats who were illegally siezed on Iranian Embassy Property. After 3 months of interrogation, they were found to be of no use as the "smoking gun" Mr. Cheney so desparately is looking for to start the phase of his war for energy domination. It's almost ridiculous to point out that the Iranians were invited to Iraq by the Iraqi government. Since when do the have any say in what goes on?
Who's the decider?