Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia ended early Thursday morning, after the White House announced that she was on a plane back home safely. The timing surprised everyone outside the Biden and Griner families. However, the two individuals involved were not. Convicted arms dealer VikTor Bout for Griner happens on United Arab Emirates soil a few months later UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyant and Vladimir Putin discussed in detail.
However, the secrecy that pervaded the negotiations also created a void for false stories to fill. The most common noise to remove focuses on allegations that the Biden Administration dumped former Marine Paul Whelan. Dallas Cowboys outside defender Micah Parsons expressed those feelings on Twitter in the hours after Griner’s release was announced before withdrawing his statement later in the afternoon.
2 to 1 was a long shot, and by keeping Whelan, Russia also accomplished its goal of creating discord in the United States. Pass Rush Limbaugh may not have lasted long with this, but to Parsons’ credit, he changed his tune after being edited by those close to him for his ignorant actions. Nor will he be the first or the last. Carlson’s handling of false indignation is representative of sentiment shared by skeptics, who consider Griner unworthy on their imaginary prisoner exchange value chart. Instead of rejoicing that Griner can spend the holidays at home, we make the Parsons of the world meaningless.
The Whelan family was made aware of Griner’s release before the general public was and issued a supportive, level-headed statement intended to preempt the bad takes from talking heads who couldn’t wait to denigrate the moment.
“There is no greater success than for a wrongful detainee to be freed & for them to go home. The Biden Admin made the right decision to bring Ms. Griner home, & to make the deal that was possible, rather than waiting for one that wasn’t going to,” the Whelan family said in a statement acknowledging the reality of the situation.
Prisoner swaps are imperfect, but for the first time we’ve had an the former president didn’t raise a finger to help Whelan, sad about the safe return of an American. Given how inferior a particular segment of the population feels about Black women, lesbians, and women’s sports, visceral anger is not surprising.
Where did this energy go? Trevor Reed’s release back in spring? In exchange for Reed’s release, the Biden administration handed over Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiring to import $100 million worth of cocaine into the US.
Swapping Griner for an arms dealer who sold weapons to the Taliban has come under 10 times more scrutiny than the previous administration liberate 5000 actual Taliban in 2020.
In 2009, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was captured by terrorists after deserting in Afghanistan. To recover Bergdahl, the US released five senior Taliban officials being held at Guantanamo Bay.
Given the choice of swapping Griner for Bout or nothing at all, the Biden Administration chose only deal available to them. Too many people in this county assume that an international prisoner exchange is as simple as a Craigslist exchange. Negotiations for Griner’s release are hampered by strained diplomatic relations due to the war in Ukraine and growing economic sanctions against Russia following its invasion of neighboring Ukraine. .
These are complex negotiations that go on for months and require coordination between multiple governments and, most importantly, secrecy. Keeping Griner’s name in the ears of the Biden Administration has helped, but now it appears pressure is being applied behind the scenes. Negotiations to release Griner have been reported forged in October and kept it a secret ever since. On certain occasions, the US State Department has publicly negotiated, which has blown them in the face. Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds a press conference agreement approval notice for Whelan and Griner making unreasonable expectations and putting Russia on the front foot by playing the tough game to pretend it’s not down for the US
Many irrational fears about Bout’s release have no basis in reality. He was an unscrupulous gun dealer in his heyday, but he wasn’t a super criminal. Bout is not about to restart a particularly dangerous terrorist organization or unleash some of the advanced weapons that will win the invasion of Ukraine for Russia.
The way Bout is portrayed, you’d think he was some sort of Russian Tony Stark who would deal with the nation’s military infrastructure problems. He is actually 2014 KG and Paul Pierce. The Griner Exchange is a diplomatic version of Billy King’s infamous Nets-Celtics trade. Essentially, Bout retired from getting caught up in a stinging business, and at 55, he’d been out of the arms-trafficking industrial complex for over a decade. serving in Africa, he has developed close relationships with members of the Russian elite who are now part of Putin’s inner circle.
“Trader of Death” is a nickname, it is not a description of a superpower. He is not a religious leader or political war hero. In Griner, USA received a great young player, still at his peak, with a larger base and a new lease for life. 8-time MVP, 2-time goal-scoring champion, 2-time Olympic athlete and 2-time Defensive Player of the Year award has been one of the WNBA’s most prominent stars since it was first drafted by Mercury. first in 2013 and will have a bigger title. speaker than Bout will be in Russia.