Analysis: Prisoner swap puts GOP candidates in a tough spot

January 17, 2016 5:21 AM

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WASHINGTON — Iran’s release of five Americans gives President Barack Obama the opportunity to deliver a harsh reminder to the Republicans wanting to succeed him: You can promise to pull back the hand I’ve extended to Iran and Cuba — nations the U.S. once cut off — but it won’t be easy and it may be lonely.

As Republican candidates vow to rewind Obama’s rapprochements on their first day in office, many U.S. allies and business interests have pressed forward with outreach to Iran. The next president may find Iran has established itself as world player, a useful diplomatic power broker and a potential ma...

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