I have no faith in our current government to accomplish anything positive for the American people. We're on a downward spiral. We have a president who by all accounts seems mentally unsound and massively incompetent. The rest of his administration is either incompetent or far right extremists. We're headed down the tubes fast. We're the laughing stock of the rest of the world, and it's an embarrassment. So we may as well demand the release of these prisoners, because either way we probably will make poor decisions regarding Iran over the next few years. There's no sense in allowing other countries to hold prisoners at this point. I also suspect given the Arabic origin of these names that conservatives and the current administration will not care for their well being. If theirs names were Jim Anderson or Rachel Anderson for example, they would care significantly more.