Mike Huckabee On Iran Holding U.S. Sailors: ‘What Happens When Your Enemies Don’t Fear You’

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks with moderators at an economic forum, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Columbia, S.C.
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GOP presidential candidate former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says President Obama “lacks the power and respect” to demand that Iran to return the 10 U.S. sailors and two vessels its currently detaining, and that “this is what happens when your enemies don’t fear you.”

“Iran should immediately release our sailors or face serious consequences. Yet Obama lacks the power and respect to secure that demand,” charged Huckabee. “The Iranians are yet again, publicly embarrassing America. This is what happens when your enemies don’t fear you.”

Iran has reportedly promised to return the sailors, but there is no specific time yet known for their return.

The two vessels with 10 U.S. Navy men drifted into Iranian water due to mechanical issues. Iran accused the sailors of trespassing.