Iran

An eerie message from Iran

Featured image Mark Landler covers Iran’s public relations offensive at Davos in the New York Times article “Iran message at Davos has eerie echo.” That eerie echo that Landler hears has nothing on the message sent by the catalogue of Iran’s activities compiled by Michael Ledeen: ● A few days ago, Mohammad Reza Naghdi, the head of the Basij– a highly ideological militia under the umbrella of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps »

Obama’s magical thinking about Iran

Featured image In 1998, George F. Kennan wrote: On the foreign policy front . . . I find myself 
wondering why we cannot regard another country, in this case Iran, 
as just that, as one more country which we would regard as neither friend nor foe, with whom we are prepared to deal on a day-to-day basis, neither idealizing it nor running it down, keeping to ourselves (here, of course, I am speaking about »

How many schmucks does it take to defend DWS?

Featured image Debbie Wasserman Schultz is known more aptly to consumers of the Excellence in Broadcasting Network as Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz. Schultz has really come into her own as a blabbermouth in connection with her work as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, but there is one subject on which the cat has got her tongue. That is her behind-the-scenes opposition to Iran sanctions in Washington despite the fact that she represents »

Is CNN starting to catch on? part 2

Featured image It’s great that CNN is taking a look at the terms of the deal we have entered into with Iran and trying to anticipate the terms of the one that is in store for us next. The farcical Joint Plan of Action that provides the outline of the current deal is only four pages long. (CNN has posted the text here.) It goes a long way to answering questions that »

Is CNN Starting to Catch On?

Featured image Probably not. But Wolf Blitzer has noticed that it is odd that the Obama administration won’t release the text of its agreement with Iran. The Iranians say they haven’t agreed to dismantle anything, which is clearly true, based on the initial four-page outline that was made public a month or so ago. So why won’t the Obama administration tell us what it has agreed to with respect to what most »

Mr. Zarif explains

Featured image Iranian officials have been pretty good sources of understanding the nature of the deal we have entered into with Iran. Among other things, in my view, they rightly crow that it’s a good deal for them and a bad deal for us. They claim victory. By contrast, the Obama administration has misrepresented and obfuscated the nature of the deal from the git-go. In terms of understanding, they are an obstacle »

Understanding the Iran Deal: The Cartoon

Featured image Scott has been writing insightfully about the Iran nuclear deal. Michael Ramirez sees the deal the same way Scott does; click to enlarge: »

Understanding the Iran deal

Featured image I think that Iranian officials have been pretty good sources of understanding the nature of the deal we have entered into with Iran. Among other things, in my view, they rightly crow that it’s a good deal for them and a bad deal for us. They claim victory. By contrast, the Obama administration has misrepresented and obfuscated the nature of the deal from the git-go. In terms of understanding, they »

All we are saying

Featured image Iranian officials have been the best source of information about the agreements they have arrived at with the United States et al. in Geneva. Yesterday Iranian President Rouhani tweeted: “Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation’s interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation’s will.” Thanks for clearing that up. The White House discounts Rouhani’s boast as political posturing for a domestic audience, but I »

A double secret deal with Iran

Featured image In several posts we examined the Joint Plan of Action agreement the Obama administration arrived at with Iran in November. It is brief and poorly written, right down to the footnotes You really have to take a look with your own eyes. I think it represents a tremendous victory for Iran. There is a reason why the Iranian officials have been the best source of information about the terms of »

Today’s Strangest News Story

Featured image This was one of those days when I spent a couple of hours on the internet without seeing anything that inspired commentary. Today’s news is the same as yesterday’s, but for the football scores. I did, however, encounter one of the oddest stories ever at FARS, which is conventionally described as Iran’s semi-official news agency. Tucked in between such predictable headlines as “Iran, World Powers Agree to Enforce Geneva Deal »

The source of Obama’s quest for detente with Iran

Featured image It has been my contention that President Obama’s deal with Iran on nuclear weapons had little to do with stopping Iran from obtaining them, and much to do with his desire to achieve detente with the mullah-run Islamist regime. As I put it here: Obama isn’t motivated, as Israel and Saudi Arabia are, by a strong desire to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. That’s not the purpose of this »

The mullahs’ message for Obama

Featured image The Associated Press reports that Iran nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi has made an announcement. He says the country is building a new generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment but that they need further tests before they can be mass produced. The AP attributes the announcement to an apparent desire to “counter hard-liner criticism of its nuclear deal with word [sic] powers.” The story continues in the second paragraph with »

Worst deal of 2013

Featured image Clifford May is the former New York Times reporter who now heads up the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. In his most recent column Cliff takes up our deal with Iran. He thinks it’s a bad deal, of a piece with other comparable deals between democracies and dictators. He also assesses the current state of play since the Joint Plan of Action was announced on November 24: The Foundation for »

Analyze this

Featured image President Obama has shown remarkable sympathy for the mentality of the mullahs ruling Iran, most recently in this past Friday’s year-end press conference from which I quoted in “Sympathy for the mullahs.” The mullahs are not shy about making their views known. The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has documented the mullahs’ attitude toward Israel and Jews since 2008. Last year it published a supplement covering 2009-2012. This year IDF »

Sympathy for the mullahs

Featured image Iran has been at war with the United States since the ascent of the mullahcracy in 1979. They held American hostages for 444 days in 1979-81, until Ronaldus Magnus was sworn in. On Reagan’s watch, however, the mullahs upped the ante, dispatching their Hezbollah subsidiary to murder 242 Marines in Beirut in 1983. The Iranians have kept right at it, murdering and maiming many of our fellow Americans in the »

The trouble with surrender

Featured image The Iranian mullahs are tough negotiators. They even make surrender difficult. The won’t take yes for an answer. In latest developments on the Joint Plan of Action agreed among the parties with such fanfare in Geneva, there is, so to speak, all plan and no action. Over the weekend Rick Richman took note in “Joint Plan of Action for our time.” Amir Taheri comments “Iran nuke deal quietly collapses.” Pending »