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Former hostages react to Iran’s nuclear deal

November 26, 2013 • National News


This 1981 photo provided by retired Air Force Col. Thomas E. Schaefer shows him posing for a portrait just days after being released from captivity in Iran. Schaefer was among 66 people taken hostage when militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. He calls it “foolishness” to make any deals with Iran over its nuclear program. (AP Photo/Courtesy Thomas E. Schaefer)

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — To some of the Americans subjected to mock executions and other torment during more than a year as hostages in Iran more than 30 years ago, it seems like a mistake to trust the regime in Tehran to keep its promises in a nuclear deal brokered by the U.S. and other world powers.

The prolonged hostage crisis that began in 1979 gnawed at American emotions and touched off decades of animosity between the U.S. and a nation that had once been an ally. The latest deal has been touted as a trust-building endeavor, though some who endured captivity are skeptical.

“It’s kind of like Jimmy Carter all over again,” said Clair Cortland Barnes, now retired and living in Leland, N.C., after a career at the CIA and elsewhere. He sees the negotiations now as no more effective than they were for the Carter administration, when he and others languished.

Retired Air Force Col. Thomas E. Schaefer, 83, called the deal “foolishness.”

“My personal view is, I never found an Iranian leader I can trust,” he said. “I don’t think today it’s any different from when I was there. None of them, I think, can be trusted. Why make an agreement with people you Login to read more

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