Iran

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 »

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 »