President Barack Obama, following in the footsteps of his predecessor, George W. Bush, has been very tight-fisted when it comes to handing out presidential pardons. If he fails to act on the request to free Jonathan Jay Pollard before the November election, almost certainly some Jewish groups will use it as an issue against him.

It must be noted, therefore, that every president of the United States from Ronald Reagan on, three Republicans and two Democrats, have refused to let Pollard go free. Unless Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, unambiguously says otherwise, he is no more likely to free Pollard if he is elected president.

Causes are best served with truth. This cause is no different.