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Speaking of the Iran deal (5)

Featured image Fred Fleitz reports at NR: Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) issued a press release today on a startling discovery they made during a July 17 meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency officials in Vienna: There are two secret side deals to the nuclear agreement with Iran that will not be shared with other nations, with Congress, or with the U.S. public. One of these »

Iran: Of Course We’ll Continue to Support Terrorists!

Featured image The worst feature of President Obama’s disastrous deal with Iran is that it provides immediate sanctions relief that will cause $100 billion to $150 to flow into the regime’s coffers, and will lead to substantial improvement in Iran’s economy, which has been badly hurt by the sanctions that the U.N., the U.S. and others have imposed. This means that opposition to the ayatollahs’ rule will be weakened, and Iran will »

John Kerry is “disturbed” that Iran remains Iran

Featured image Towards the end of the nuclear negotiations with Iran, the mullahs’ negotiators talked about the possibility of cooperating strategically with the U.S. on regional matters, in the event the sides reached a deal. Even “Supreme Leader” Ali Khamenei joined in, declaring that “if the other side avoids its ambiguity in the talks, it’ll be an experience showing it’s possible to negotiate with them on other issues.” This was an enticing »

Speaking of the Iran deal (4)

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to draw attention to Bill Gertz’s Free Beacon article on the ludicrous inspections regime established under the deal with Iran. Omni writes: Last April – in the immediate days after the Lausanne framework was announced – Obama administration officials assured reporters that it was a good deal because the verification regime would include anytime/anywhere inspections [a][b][c]. Then there was a range of hearings and forums held in »

Defeat without a war

Featured image The deal that the United States and others have entered into with Iran bears comparison with the Munich Agreement. Churchill’s speech condemning the Munich Agreement is useful in understanding the Iran deal. Churchill condemned the Munich Agreement in part as “a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road[.]” I think the Iran deal can usefully be understood as representing a defeat »

Netanyahu’s question

Featured image Secretary of Defense Carter is in Israel to reassure the Israelis in the wake of the catastrophic deal the United has entered into with Iran. We are facilitating and funding Iran’s nuclear program; what can Carter say to mitigate what any fool can see? The Israeli media report that Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has put in a call to former President Shimon Peres. In a Saturday call with »

Speaking of the Iran deal (3)

Featured image Here Omri Ceren concludes his email series of comments on the appearances of Secretaries Kerry and Moniz on the Sunday gabfests yesterday retailing the administration’s talking points in favor of the Iran deal: Again – the administration is scrambling to justify collapsing on conditions related to the three overarching areas of the JCPOA debate: will it work to keep Iran away from a nuclear weapon for a decade (the verification »

Speaking of the Iran deal (2)

Featured image Having watched the Sunday gabfests with Secretaries Kerry and Moniz retailing the Iran deal yesterday, I appreciate Omri Ceren’s email elucidation of the statements peddled in the appearacnes. Here is Omri’s second email message commenting on the Sunday appearances: Again, if you untangle what happened across all five shows, they were trying to answer concerns about collapsing in the three overarching areas of the Iran deal: will it work to »

Speaking of the Iran deal (1)

Featured image There is no more important issue before us at the moment than the catastrophic Iran deal negotiated by President Obama with Iran. Yesterday Secretaries Kerry and Moniz disseminated their talking points in favor of the deal on the Sunday morning gabfests. Omri Ceren has commented on the talking points in a series of email messages this morning, of which this is the first. Omri writes: Happy Monday from Washington DC, »

Another alternative to Obama’s Iran deal

Featured image One alternative to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran that I don’t think we’ve discussed is for Congress to reject it and send him back to bargaining in the hope that he and John Kerry can negotiate a better one. I haven’t discussed this alternative because I consider it futile. Not because Iran won’t agree to a deal less favorable it to than the one on the table. Obama and »

Khameni on the Iran deal (corrected)

Featured image Iran’s Supreme Leader Khameni spoke today for the first time since the parties concluded the agreement blessing and protecting Iran’s nuclear program. Unlike our Supreme Leader and Obama administration officials, whose every word on the subject is shot through with falsity, Khameni and the representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran have occasionally proved more reliable sources of information regarding the proceedings going back to the interim deal. Today Khameni »

Kerry: Iran Not “Allowed” to Use Windfall Cash to Support Terrorism

Featured image Under President Obama’s Iran deal, sanctions will be repealed and $100 billion to $150 billion will promptly flow into Iran’s coffers. We and many others have argued that this infusion of cash will allow the mullahs to 1) expand their support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups around the world, and 2) cement their domestic control over Iran–control that at times has been shaky because of the economic damage inflicted »

Deep meaning of the Iran deal

Featured image Omni Ceren sent out several email messages yesterday updating his readers on the Iran agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or “JCPOA”). I would like to bring the following excerpt from one of the messages to your attention. Omri writes: The agreement commits the international community to actively helping Iran perfect its nuclear program over the life of the deal (!) On a policy level, it means Iran’s breakout time »

Charles Hill on the Iran deal

Featured image Before undertaking his current responsibilities as diplomat-in-residence and lecturer at Yale, Charles Hill had an incredibly accomplished career at the Department of State. He rose to Chief of Staff of the department. He worked particularly closely with George Shultz, whom he served as Executive Aide. Molly Worthen chronicles his remarkable career in The Man On Whom Nothing Was Lost. Professor Hill’s denunciation of the deal with Iran is striking (video »

A Study in Liberal Weakmindedness

Featured image One thing I love about liberals is how they can’t ever seem to make up their mind about whether Ronald Reagan was an ogre or a great man. This week he’s a great man, because lo and behold with regard to Iran Obama is doing exactly what the Gipper did with the Soviet Union! Take E.J. Dionne’s column yesterday, “Obama: Reaganite on Iran,” which begins thus: When President Ronald Reagan »

The irrelevance of Congress

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to elucidate the unfolding process in the Iran deal brought to us by President Obama. Omni’s message explores the issue I noted yesterday here. This is important. Omni writes: Lead negotiator Wendy Sherman confirmed for journalists yesterday that the Obama administration will, over the next few days, pursue a binding United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) that will lift sanctions on Iran. The resolution was circulated yesterday »

Iran’s trifecta

Featured image It’s no scoop to say that both Israel and Saudi Arabia are alarmed by President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. But it’s worth articulating the difference in the primary concern of the two. In doing so, we can better appreciate just how bad the deal is. Israel is unhappy with the deal because it all but ensures that Iran will obtain nuclear weapons. Whether Iran does so in 10 to »