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President Biden, where is the action for Austin Tice? – Denver Post


Ten years. An American, a veteran of the US Marine, a man who became a foreign correspondent to let his fellow Americans know what’s going on in Syria, has been missing for 10 years.

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Austin Tice is an American, a US Navy veteran, and a man who became a foreign correspondent to let his fellow Americans know what was happening in Syria. He’s been missing for 10 years.

President Joe Biden knows Austin Tice. President Donald Trump and President Barack Obama have done the same. Some of them got involved; none of them with apparent results.

Trump’s team said it had evidence that Tice, who worked as a freelance correspondent for McClatchy before his capture, was alive and sent his envoy hostage to Damascus to gather information on him.

Biden’s team — after some prodding — agreed to allow Austin’s parents, Debra and Marc Tice, to meet with the president in early May.

At that meeting, the Tices say the president instructed his team to get a meeting with the Syrians and find out what they want and work with them to get Austin released. Three months later, and not much has changed.

President Biden issued a statement this week calling on Syria to end Austin’s captivity and work with his administration to bring him home.

“There is no higher priority in my administration than the recovery and return of Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad,” the statement said. “We need to name them, keep them in our hearts and minds, and make recovery and return a priority.”

Statements like these are encouraging, but words are not worth action. We need to see actions and results.

If the US government has evidence of Austin’s location and circumstances, it’s high time to pull out all the stops to find a solution. It starts with direct engagement with the Syrian government – ​​without going through intermediaries or communication channels.

For a decade, Austin Tice has been absent from family get-togethers, holidays, and celebrations — times big and small. As a father and grandfather, my heart breaks for Debra and Marc Tice. They deserve better from their president, from this government.

To my colleagues in the press, don’t let Austin Tice be forgotten. Keep asking tough questions and demanding answers until the administration acts and makes his release a priority.

And to President Biden, step up and insist that your team find a path to the release of Austin. Bring Austin Tice home!

Tony Hunter is the president and CEO of McClatchy, a local news company that publishes in 30 communities across the United States

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