Iran

Corker’s Folly

Featured image Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was one of a handful of Republican Senators who didn’t sign the open letter advising Iran that a nuclear agreement wouldn’t bind the next president unless the Senate ratified it. Reportedly, Corker thought the letter would hurt his efforts to gain support from Senate Democrats of his Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which requires the president to submit »

The UN angle [updated] [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Reuters has broken an important story on the conniving to convert President Obama’s deal in process with Iran from an executive agreement into some compulsory form of international law. Reuters reports: Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to »

How Barack Obama Undercut Bush Administration’s Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

Featured image In 2008, the Bush administration, along with the “six powers,” was negotiating with Iran concerning that country’s nuclear arms program. The Bush administration’s objective was to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. On July 20, 2008, the New York Times headlined: “Nuclear Talks With Iran End in a Deadlock.” What caused the talks to founder? The Times explained: Iran responded with a written document that failed to address the main »

Khameni goes Democrat on the letter

Featured image Is Islamic Republic of Iran Supreme Leader Khameni a “hard-liner” in the eyes of Barack Obama, or one of the good guys at the top of the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism? I’m not clear on that. Maybe some inquiring reporter can take a run at getting an answer from Josh Earnest at a White House press briefing this week. The AP reports that Ayatollah Khameni has now commented on »

Victory in Tikrit, but should we rejoice?

Featured image Iraqi forces have swept into Tikrit and appear poised to push the Islamic State (ISIS) out of Saddam Hussein’s old hometown. Reportedly, the Iraqi forces have retaken nearly all of the city, though ISIS is still resisting in some areas. By “Iraqi forces,” I mean government troops, a small number of Sunni tribesman, and (above all) Shiite militias directed by Qassem Suleimani, head of the Iranian Quds Force, and bolstered »

John Kerry Goes Ballistic Over Senate Letter

Featured image John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this morning on the proposed authorization for the use of military force against ISIS. Along the way, a Democratic member of the committee gave Kerry the opportunity to unleash a prepared tirade against the now-famous open letter that has been signed by 47 Senate Republicans. The letter is here. It is brief and seemingly non-controversial. It is worth reading the letter »

Iran’s Government Strikes Back Against Congress

Featured image FARS is Iran’s semi-official news agency. It collaborates closely with the regime and publishes the regime’s talking points. So what FARS has to say, in English, about the open letter to Iran’s leaders drafted by Tom Cotton and signed by 47 senators, is of interest, as it no doubt reflects the thinking of the Supreme Leader and his minions. FARS responds to the letter with an attack on Congress. Interestingly, »

Madam Hillary on the letter

Featured image In the press conference she held yesterday on her email issues, Madam Hillary turned to the Democratic talking points on Senator Cotton’s open letter to the powers-that-be in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Washington Post has posted a transcript of the press conference here. It would be easy to lose the thread of her comments on Senator Cotton’s letter and the deal in process with Iran. This is what »

Sen. Cotton responds

Featured image Senator Cotton appeared last night on FNC’s Kelly File to defend the letter he drafted to the mullahs on Obama’s deal in process with Iran. Senator Cotton recruited 46 of his Republican colleagues to sign on. An updated PDF of the open letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran is posted here. The letter sets forth the applicable constitutional principles that would apply to any such deal. »

A Quick Thought About Tom Cotton’s Letter

Featured image Judging from the reaction of the Left, Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran clearly struck a nerve.  Never mind the hypocrisy of Democrats on this (anyone remember the “Dear Comandante” letter from House Dems to Sandinista dictator Danny Ortega back in 1984? Or just have a glance at the photo below, and remember that the guy on the left is the same guy in the room with Iranians right now). »

Who can’t find Iran on a map?

Featured image The left has a new talking point — actually a taunt — regarding Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran. In unison, the left is tweeting that the Senator, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, couldn’t find Iran on a map. Accusing a political adversary of being a yokel — that’s just the kind of insightful analysis we can count on from the left. New York Times columnist Roger Cohen joined the »

Joe Biden “reveres” the Senate, but not its constitutional role [UPDATED]

Featured image As Scott notes, Tom Cotton has created a firestorm with his open letter to Iran, signed by 46 of his Senate colleagues. The letter explains that unless an agreement between President Obama and Iran receives Senate approval, it will not bind the next president. Vice President Biden intones that the letter is “beneath the dignity of an institution I revere.” This is sheer wind-baggery. If Biden revered the Senate, he »

Our Supreme Leader, and theirs, according to Ramirez

Featured image I’m quite sure that Investor’s Business Daily editorial page editor Michael Ramirez would sign off on Senator Tom Cotton’s open letter to Iran if he could. As it is, he has sized up our Supreme Leader and theirs in the editorial cartoon published by IBD here today and posted below. The heterodox thought reflected in this cartoon might make Ramirez out to be a “traitor” in the eyes of the »

Our Supreme Leader, and theirs

Featured image Our friend Senator Tom Cotton has created something of a firestorm with his open letter to Iran, joined in by 46 of his Senate colleagues. The letter sets forth the applicable constitutional principles to the agreement. Our Supreme Leader does not approve; he intends to deliver the agreement in process with Iran to Congress as a done deal. Iran’s Supreme Leader appears to be on board. With his characteristically crude »

A War of Obama’s Making

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about the letter to Iran’s leaders that was written by Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 47 Senate Republicans. The letter warns Iran that President Obama has no constitutional authority to bind the United States government beyond his term in office. If any agreement is submitted to the Senate and approved as a treaty, then it will have the force of law, but that is not »

Tom Cotton explains

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton has taken the lead in drafting an open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Thus far 47 Republican senators have signed off on the letter. The letter explains constitutional principles relevant to the agreement in process that President Obama intends to deliver to Congress as a fait accompli. The letter explains: It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with »

Mendendez’s moment

Featured image If New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is guilty of the corruption charges that he will apparently be faced with shortly, it would represent a disgrace to his office and a loss to those of us who oppose the catastrophic foreign policy of President Obama. I cannot help but hope that the charges are false or wonder why they have been leaked today, before they have been handed up. As the »