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Josh Rogin and Eli Lake

Iran Holds Obama’s Foreign-Policy Legacy Hostage

Iran's capture of 10 U.S. sailors didn't help the president's case in the State of the Union.
The "legacy" speech.

The "legacy" speech.

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Iran's seizure of two U.S. naval ships and President Barack Obama's response show that the country the president hoped would secure his foreign policy legacy now has the ability to hold it hostage.

Obama didn’t mention the incident in the Persian Gulf during his State of the Union speech because, according to administration officials, the U.S. does not consider the boarding of the ships and the seizure of 10 U.S. sailors to be a "hostile act." Instead, the president praised the diplomatic agreement on Iran's nukes.