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 »

The message in the missiles revisited

Featured image That deafening silence you hear enfolds not just the Obama administration’s criminal misuse of the IRS and its royal edicts rewriting Obamacare to suit the electoral needs of the Democratic Party. It extends to Israel’s seizure of the cargo of long-range rockets, mortars and bullets destined for terrorist forces under Iran’s control in the Gaza Strip. Claudia Rosett has done her damnedest to break the silence, in her columns “The »

The message in the missiles

Featured image Earlier this week Israel seized a ship carrying high-trajectory missiles bound for Gaza from Iran. The Obama administration wants it known that the United States collaborated with Israel in tracking the ship. Yet I can’t find any comment by an administration official on the message in the missiles. For that, we must turn to Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking yesterday in Los Angeles at the Museum of Tolerance: We shall expose what »

Netanyahu draws a line

Featured image Whenever Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at AIPAC’s policy conference in Washington, as he did earlier this week, he devotes some part of his speech to basics that are too often neglected in discussions of Israel’s role in the Middle East. As always, Netanyahu’s speech is worth reading in its entirety. I want to draw attention in particular to Netanyahu’s introductory point. It stands in stark contrast to anything »

“To Save Venezuela, Sanction Iran and Starve the Castros”

Featured image That is Ted Cruz’s formula, as delivered on the Senate floor today. Cruz is, obviously, a controversial figure. He is unquestionably one of the most brilliant men in Washington, but at times his judgment has been subject to legitimate criticism. Still–speaking for myself–I like brilliance, especially in the Senate. In his speech today, Cruz pointed to the critical connections among Venezuela, Iran and Cuba. He acknowledged, and elaborated upon, Marco »

Obama enters new Iranian talks with one hand gladly tied behind his back

Featured image The latest round of negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear program began yesterday. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi stated what has always been clear: “Dismantling [the] nuclear program is not on the agenda.” What, then, is? As the Washington Post reports, the West seeks only “to prevent Iran from quickly converting its nuclear program to weapons production or from hiding a parallel program.” (emphasis added) This probably means “a demand that »

Iran Nuclear Agreement? What Agreement?

Featured image In November, negotiators for Iran and the U.S., along with other Western powers, announced that they had agreed on a framework for an agreement to slow or even roll back Iran’s nuclear weapons development program, in exchange for an easing of sanctions. The deal was hailed by the usual suspects, like the New York Times editorial board: The interim nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers is an important »

Al Qaeda’s departure from Iran — what does it mean?

Featured image The Washington Post reports that senior al Qaeda officials long sheltered by Iran have exited that country in the past year or two. These al Qaeda officials migrated to Iran when, following 9/11, the U.S. began taking out the organization’s top leaders. The departing officials include Thirwat Shihata who was the deputy of Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s current leader, when he ran Egyptian Islamic Jihad; Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, accused in the »

Obama policy move boosts economy

Featured image President Obama has done little, if anything, positive for the U.S. economy. Growth has been anemic, about half of what economists (including his own) expected from the recovery. The jobs situation remains fairly grim. Debt continues to balloon. But Obama has helped boost another economy — Iran’s. An IMF report notes the progress the Iranian economy has made since Obama reached his deal with the mullahs to lift economic sanctions »

Contain this

Featured image Writing as “Mr. X,” George Kennan promulgated the doctrine of containment of the Soviet Union in his famous 1947 Foreign Affairs article “The sources of Soviet conduct.” Kennan’s conclusion was that “the main element of any United States policy toward the Soviet Union must be that of a long-term patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies.” The State Department Office of the Historian explains: “Containment provided a »

Occam’s razor applied to the Iran deal

Featured image At Mosaic, Michael Doran infers the Obama administration’s intentions regarding Iran’s nuclear program from the obvious consequences of the administration’s actions. I think it’s the only approach that makes sense. In honor of one of Obama’s quotable quotes, Doran’s column is titled “I don’t bluff.” The title/quote by itself is a valuable reminder of how Obama has flooded the zone with BS here as elsewhere. In order to make the »

Assessing Iran

Featured image Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before Congress this week. At Commentary, Tom Wilson takes up Clapper’s testimony on Iran’s nuclear program: In yesterday’s State of the Union address President Obama spoke stridently of how “American diplomacy … has halted the progress of Iran’s nuclear program—and rolled back parts of that program.” The president spoke with apparent pride of the “peaceful” efforts being taken to prevent Iran from gaining »

Cone of Silence revisited

Featured image The nuts and bolts of the Joint Plan of Action that we have entered into with Iran are spelled out in a mysterious “nonpaper” (I’m withholding judgment until I can see it, but spellcheck disapproves it). Incidentally, we only know about the nonpaper because Iranian officials have touted it. If you want to understand the JPOA and related matters, you have to attend to their sayings. On this subject, they »

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 »