- Wednesday marks the ninth year since Bob Levinson disappeared
- Ellen Glasser: U.S. failure to push publicly and hard for answers about him is outrageous
Ellen Glasser is a past president of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, an apolitical organization of more than 8,500 former and current FBI agents. The FBI has offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading directly to Robert Levinson's safe location, recovery, and return. The views expressed are the writer's own.
(CNN)Theodore Roosevelt once said: "In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." These are powerful words that apply to leadership in dangerous times. In negotiating with the enemy state of Iran, our nation's leaders did the "next best thing" by giving away much and getting little in return. But by failing to impose a condition for Robert "Bob" Levinson's release as part of recent diplomatic efforts, they did the "worst thing." This is a failure of American will at the highest level.