Famed martial arts master and actor, Chuck Norris, has not been afraid to speak out and make his opinion known when he feels his country is under attack, even by the president. The U.S. Air Force veteran recently published an op-ed piece calling out President Obama for betraying American interests and American citizens as part of the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Norris, who is also a widely read conservative commentator, pulled no punches critiquing Obama’s controversial talks with the Islamic stronghold saying, “I think the U.S. is absolutely foolish to have any negotiations with a country that harbors, equips and finances terrorists. We are only aiding and abetting our enemies by doing so.”

The U.S. Air Force veteran went on to say that Secretary of State, John Kerry, has failed to work hard enough to obtain the release of American citizens who are currently imprisoned in Iran even though he seems to work tirelessly to discuss the terms by which the country, which is officially called The Islamic Republic of Iran, will be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

Three Americans were specifically identified by Norris as being held by the government of Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, who holds the highest political and religious positions in the country. Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, has been held on vague charges since July 2014, and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini has been “detained” for over two years based on religious beliefs. A third prisoner, Amir Hekmati, who traveled to Iran to meet his elderly grandmother, was arrested on suspicion of espionage and sentenced to death; it was later reduced to ten years in prison.

Norris, who is active in veterans’ causes, wrote that any agreement with Iran should be conditioned upon the prior release of the three Americans, along with information about a missing American.

The star of action movies that helped make martial arts popular, was also critical of the so-called “framework” Kerry and Obama claimed is in place for the nuclear pact, saying, “Obama just helped Iran win – they gain a huge level of protection for their nuclear program and also get the massive bonus of having international sanctions lifted to boost their economy.”

Streets in Iran were filled with cheering and flag-waving when the terms of the framework were announced and, despite a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that revealed 70 percent of Americans believe that the Iranians can be prevented from producing a nuclear weapon, President Obama continues to call his controversial plan “a good deal that meets our core objectives.”


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