Iran

So Happy Together…

Featured image It is remarkable how little it took for some observers to start recommending that the U.S. should cooperate with Iran in quelling the extremist takeover of much of Iraq. If you tried to follow the logic, you could get whiplash. Then there is the practical question: how, exactly, would such cooperation work? Michael Ramirez offers an answer to that question; click to enlarge: Well, why not, if the Mullahs are »

McCain kicks his sidekick’s rear

Featured image Lindsey Graham is often wrong, but never in doubt. For example, Graham agrees with the Obama administration that the U.S. needs to work with Iran to help Iraq stem the tide against the current Islamist blitzkrieg. Graham told CNN, “The Iranians can provide some assets to make sure Baghdad doesn’t fall; we need to coordinate with the Iranians.” He added, however, that there will have to be “some red lines.” »

Obama’s partner, the Iranians

Featured image As I noted here, President Obama reportedly intends to open direct talks with Iran on how to counter the Islamist blitzkrieg by Sunni insurgents in Iraq. Yet, as Omri Ceren of The Israel Project reminds us, a mere six weeks ago, the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Terrorism concluded that Iran is actively working to undermine Iraqi stability through terror groups. Significantly, for present purposes, the report assessed that »

Obama seeks to leverage his Iraq debacle into rapprochement with Iran

Featured image In the post immediately below this one, I argue that President Obama now “owns” Iraq because his unwillingness seriously to negotiate a status of forces agreement led directly to Iraq’s current chaos. Obama, of course, doesn’t see it this way, but he is belatedly looking for ways to prevent the complete disintegration of Iraq. That’s the good news. The bad news is that, according to The Wall Street Journal, Obama’s »

In Syria, Tehran declares victory

Featured image Researching and writing about the interim nuclear agreement with Iran, I have found Iranian authorities to be a more reliable guide than the Obama administration. I may be overstating the phenomenon, but if so, not by much. The same applies to events in Syria, as reported by Simon Tisdall in Britain’s Guardian: Iran and its close ally President Bashar al-Assad have won the war in Syria, and the US-orchestrated campaign »

One Pillar of unwisdom revisited

Featured image A number of signs point to the pending agreement of the United United States et al. with the mad mullahs of Iran on a bad nuclear deal. Jonathan Tobin collects a few such signs at Commentary in the post “Aid can’t buy Israel’s silence on Iran deal.” Another such sign, it seems to me, is the trashing of Israel in Jeff Stein’s Newsweek article “Israel won’t stop spying on the »

Kristol connects

Featured image Bill Kristol spoke to an overflow crowd of our small local chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Minneapolis on Monday night. Under the leadership of chapter president Mark Miller, our chapter has grown from the 38 members at the time of our first event (former Senator Rudy Boschwitz was the speaker) to some 700 today. I would like to think that the growth of the chapter is a straw »

Netanyahu at Yad Vashem

Featured image Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke yesterday evening at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem. The occasion was Holocaust Remembrance Day. In his free weekly newsletter (sign up for it here), Bill Kristol puts it this way: “[B]y contrast with the delusional Kerry and the feckless Obama, here’s a world leader who understands the gravity of the moment…It’s well worth reading.” Netanyahu gave the speech in Hebrew, so I’m foregoing »

Letter from a Tehran jail

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s editorial “Letter from a Tehran jail” reports news I haven’t seen anywhere else. I’d like to take the liberty of presenting it verbatim without further comment: Ward 350 of Tehran’s Evin prison houses some of Iran’s most prominent dissidents, including human-rights lawyers, labor leaders and opposition bloggers. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the intelligence ministry raided the ward last week and administered a mass beating »

Where Do We Turn For Wisdom on Foreign Policy?

Featured image You know it’s an upside-down world when editorial cartoonists have a more sober understanding of national security realities than the administration’s foreign policy team. Click to enlarge: »

Iran Claims Right to Enrich to 90%, Plans New Nuclear Plants

Featured image In Iran, it was a busy day in the news. Consider these four items from FARS, the semi-official Iranian news service: The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran announced that Iran retains the right to enrich uranium to weapons grade, and said that Iran will build four new nuclear power plants with Russian assistance: Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi underlined that »

Iran’s gas exports up 258 percent

Featured image Is President Obama’s sanctions relief for Iran working? It depends on one’s perspective. From the perspective of those who hope to see a deal that would prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, the answer is no. Predictably enough, nothing has been accomplished on that front. As Michael Rubin says, the sanctions relief was the diplomatic equivalent of giving a five-year-old dessert first and then expecting him to eat his spinach. »

From the Kelly File

Featured image Megyn Kelly gets the message sent by the mullahs’ chosen representative to the United Nations — one Hamid Aboutalebi — now awaiting the issuance of a visa by the United States. Kelly sought out former hostage Colonel Chuck Scott to mull over the mullahs’ new man at the UN last night on The Kelly File. Kelly’s interview is, as always, worth a look. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Scott »

Message from the mullahs

Featured image As badly as Barack Obama wants to sell us out to the mullahs, they have a way of reminding us just how they feel about us. Say what you will about him, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad never much sought to camouflage his feelings about the United States, though he never confessed to his role in tormenting the American hostages during their 444 cays of captivity (reported by Mark Bowden in his book »

Hillary’s incoherence

Featured image In a speech yesterday to the American Jewish Congress, Hillary Clinton said that “the odds of reaching [a comprehensive nuclear] agreement [with Iran] are not good.” Going further, Clinton declared herself “personally skeptical that the Iranians would follow through and deliver” if an agreement were reached. At the same time, Clinton said she supports the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran. And she praised John Kerry’s efforts. Clinton believes that the »

Obama’s “hopey” Iran policy

Featured image Don’t look now, but negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program are about to begin again. The New York Times writes: Tensions between the West and Russia over events in Ukraine have cast a shadow over the second round of talks set to begin on Tuesday in Vienna on a permanent nuclear agreement with Iran. Although the talks have no direct connection to Ukraine, their success hinges on solidarity among »

The Hamas Rockets: A Postscript

Featured image Scott wrote earlier today about the cone of silence that has descended over the Israelis’ interception of long-range rockets and other weaponry in transit from Iran to Hamas in Gaza. This AFP story adds a touch of irony: Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Hamas unveiled a rocket-shaped statue Monday showcasing its capacity to strike arch-enemy Israel, as the Jewish state boasted its own haul of captured weapons it claims »