Blaine Holt: Iran ‘Thugocracy’ Validated With Hostage Deal

“Sunday Report,” retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Blaine Holt characterized Iran as a “rogue regime” that has been legitimized by the U.S. through a $6 billion payout in a hostage deal. Holt stressed that the Iranian government is subjugating its own people and promoting global terrorism, including activities near the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to Holt, the Biden administration’s arrangement depends on Qatar vouching that the funds will be allocated for humanitarian purposes. However, he emphasized that Iran’s Supreme Leader has explicitly stated that the funds would be spent at their discretion, implying a potential investment in nuclear arms.

Retired Air Force Special Operations Commander Glenn Ignazio, also a guest on the program, warned about the escalating nuclear threat in the Middle East. He mentioned that an increase in nuclear capabilities could lead to an unstable situation that aggravates existing conflicts in the region. Ignazio added that the financial inflow to Iran poses a broader regional challenge and is detrimental for all parties involved.

Holt also expressed concerns that the monetary deal with Iran sets a dangerous precedent, endangering Americans globally and potentially encouraging rogue states to behave recklessly. He cited North Korea’s past actions as an example and warned that this perceived American weakness could lead Israel to consider preemptive military action.

On a separate note, Ignazio criticized President Joe Biden’s recent meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly. He described the meeting location, a hotel, as a slight against an important ally, raising questions about the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

In the same week, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also took the podium at the General Assembly, accusing the U.S. and its partners of fanning the flames of international strife. Holt disagreed with the notion that Russia is in a corner regarding its conflict with Ukraine, suggesting instead that Russian President Vladimir Putin is feeling pressured to conclude the ongoing war. Holt also lamented the absence of a strong U.S. response to Russia’s statements and suggested that talks should have occurred in New York to find a way to end the conflict.