We have all seen President Barack Obama trade five top commanders of the Taliban for a American military deserter in order to create a photo-op with the deserter’s family in the White House Rose Garden. You remember the one, where the deserter’s father looked like a Taliban sympathizer and spoke to his son in a foreign language. And, secondarily to clear out some of the most dangerous detainees that Congress would refuse to free – all to move closer to closing GITMO.
So what makes this weak, feckless, empty suit believe that the Israeli government would alter their stance on the existential threat a nuclear Iran poses to Israel, the Middle East, and to the United States of America in return for releasing a convicted Israeli spy?
Jonathan Jay Pollard (born August 7, 1954) was a United States government employee who pleaded guilty in 1987 to selling classified information to Israel while working as a civilian intelligence analyst and was sentenced to life in prison. Because his offenses were committed prior to November 1987, he becomes eligible for parole in November 2015.
Pollard is the only American ever to receive a life sentence for passing classified information to an ally of the U.S. Israeli officials,
American and Israeli activist groups, and American politicians who see his punishment as unfair have lobbied continuously for reduction or commutation of his sentence. The Israeli government issued a formal apology to the U.S. for part of its role in Pollard's espionage in 1987, but did not admit paying for the documents until 1998. Since the arrest, Israel has made repeated attempts through both official and unofficial channels to secure Pollard's release, but without success. Israel granted Pollard Israeli citizenship in 1995.
[T]he damage to American national security as a result of Pollard's activities was far more severe and enduring than publicly acknowledged. Intelligence officials contend that at least some of the information purchased from Pollard ended up in the Soviet Union. His motives, they argue, were monetary, not idealistic or patriotic. He stole classified documents related to China that his wife used to advance her personal business interests. He admitted shopping his services to countries other than Israel. There is evidence that he sold classified information to South Africa, and attempted to do so with Pakistan. He also attempted to broker arms deals with South Africa, Argentina, Taiwan, Pakistan, and Iran. <Source>
Bottom line …
I don’t care if Pollard was spying for Israel or that some in Israel consider him a hero. The son-of-a-bitch knowingly sold out the United States of America and should be treated as any other captured spy who materially disadvantaged his country.
As for Obama’s plan to jigger the release of Pollard to recapture some of the good will his actions have cost, one can only assume that, lacking in core values, patriotism, and hating his county, he believes the Israelis can be bought with 30-pieces of silver he got from Iran?
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius