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Lt. Col. Shaffer to Newsmax: A 'Travesty' to Get No US Hostages Back Yet

By    |   Friday, 24 November 2023 07:29 PM EST

Anthony Shaffer, a retired U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel, said it is a "travesty" that no U.S. citizens held hostage in Gaza have been released by Hamas yet.

Joining Newsmax's "The Chris Salcedo Show" on Friday, Shaffer slammed the Biden administration for failing to return any Americans home during the first phase of Hamas hostage releases hours before.

"The appeasement didn't even work," Shaffer said of the United States' role in the cease-fire and hostage release agreement between Israel and Hamas. "I mean, out of all the billions we've spent, all the support we've done, somehow the Thailand and the Philippines have better negotiators than we do."

Of the 24 hostages released, 13 were Israeli, 10 were Thais, and one was a Filipino, The New York Times reported. Another 26 are expected to return home in the coming days.

"This is a travesty ... I mean, think about this. All the effort of [Secretary of State Antony] Blinken — multiple trips. All the effort of [President Joe] Biden. It's all an illusion," Shaffer said. "They don't want to really do it."

His comments arrived after reports Hamas already broke the temporary, four-day cease-fire agreement meant to facilitate the prisoner exchanges, which include the release of 150 imprisoned Palestinians.

"It's pretty obvious to me that Hamas, as a command-and-control structure, doesn't truly have command and control of all of its forces," said retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Blaine Holt, who appeared alongside Shaffer.

"They tried to parse off that some of the hostages are controlled by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, some by the al-Qassam Brigade," he continued. "You can have renegade factions that say, 'We didn't sign on for this, and we're going to keep throwing rockets at Israel.'"

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Luca Cacciatore

Luca Cacciatore, a Newsmax general assignment writer, is based in Arlington, Virginia, reporting on news and politics. 

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Anthony Shaffer, a retired U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel, said it is a "travesty" that no U.S. citizens held hostage in Gaza have been released by Hamas yet.
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