Iran

Deal? What Deal?

Featured image Amid debates over whether the Obama administration’s “framework” agreement with Iran is a good deal or a bad deal, an even more basic question keeps arising: is there any deal at all? The agreement as announced by America’s State Department included a robust program of inspections. The New York Times, which greeted the framework enthusiastically as “a surprisingly specific and comprehensive understanding,” emphasized the importance of the inspections regime as »

A signing bonus for Iran?

Featured image One gets the impression that President Obama would be open to throwing in a couple of nuclear devices of the Supreme Leader’s choice to be named later if only Iran will sign a nuclear agreement with him on the dotted line. Consider Omri Ceren’s latest email update: This Wall Street Journal article by Carol Lee and Jay Solomon went live yesterday [evening] just as everyone was going home, but it’s »

A fine “mess”

Featured image Having lived through the Sturm and Drang over the precisely accurate “16 words” regarding Saddam Hussein in President Bush’s 2003 State of the Union Address, I am struck by the media’s — how to put it? — lack of interest in the absurd falsehoods retailed by President Obama et al. in the service of equally consequential causes. President Obama and Secretary Kerry, for example, have both cited the fatwa allegedly »

Our Supreme Leader to cave creatively to theirs

Featured image Omri Ceren has sent out two messages today on developments related to the arrangement in process with Iran. They will come as a surprise to no one. In the first, Omri expanded on the Reuters story reporting “No breakthrough between Iran and UN nuclear watchdog” on the nondisclosure of past nuclear work conducted by Iran’s military. For those keeping score at home, the second of the two messages provides this »

Netanyahu remembers

Featured image Wednesday was Holocaust Remembrance Day, a somber event made even more somber this year under the shadow of our arrangement in process with Iran. Prime Minister Netanyhau spoke in Jerusalem at Yad Vashem to mark the occasion. The Prime Minister’s Office has posted a translation of his speech here. It is certainly worth reading in its entirety. Referring to “the enervation, the weakness, the denial of reality” reflected in current »

Neville Chamberlain and Barack Obama, the similarities run deep

Featured image Sen. Tom Cotton recently told Jeffrey Goldberg that it is unfair to Neville Chamberlain to compare his appeasement of Hitler to Barack Obama’s appeasement of Iran. Chamberlain, Tom reminded us, had been told that the British military was unprepared to fight Germany. Thus, he was in a position of weakness. President Obama, by contrast, is in a position of military strength. The Senator is right insofar as the issue is »

Iran’s Parliament Wants Changes to Nuke Deal

Featured image Earlier today, the Nuclear Committee of the Iranian Parliament released a fact sheet “to declare the revisions needed to be made in the Lausanne statement that was issued by Tehran and the world powers as a framework understanding at the end of their nuclear talks in Switzerland earlier this month.” The parliamentary fact sheet objected to the statement put out by John Kerry et al.: The Iranian Parliament factsheet for »

Cotton on Corker-Menendez

Featured image The Corker-Melendez bill is obviously an imperfect vehicle for introducing congressional oversight to President Obama’s catastrophic arrangement in process with Iran. Is it better than nothing, as the Wall Street Journal argues, is it much ado about nothing, as Paul argues, or is it worse than nothing, as Matt Continetti argues? I wanted to know what Senator Tom Cotton thinks and therefore reached out to his office for help in »

Russia takes an Israel-U.S. military option off the table

Featured image As Scott points out below, Russia has lifted its ban on the delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran. The groundwork has thus been laid for the sale of a powerful air-defense system to Tehran. In the wake of this development, a reporter asked Marie Harf if the sale would have any effect on the ongoing Iran nuclear talks. Harf predicted it would not. As discussed below, Harf’s view is subject »

Another red line done gone

Featured image On Monday the Wall Street Journal reported that “the Kremlin has formally lifted its own ban on the delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran, setting the legal groundwork for the possible Russian sale of a powerful air-defense system to Tehran.” On Tuesday the Journal reported that an Iranian official said he believed Iran would receive the air-defense system as early as this year, though Russian officials suggested the delivery could »

Corker-Menendez, much ado about nothing?

Featured image I don’t understand the enthusiasm with which the Corker-Menendez legislation is being greeted, now that President Obama has agreed to sign it. Under the Constitution, treaties need to be approved by a super-majority (two-thirds) to be effective. Obama’s deal with Iran is a treaty, whatever ever label he gives it. Yet under Corker-Menendez, a two-thirds super-majority is required to block Obama’s treaty. As explained in Scott’s post: The legislation prohibits »

Obama caves on Corker-Menendez

Featured image We’ve been following the political action following the arrangement in process with Iran mostly via the email reports of Omri Ceren. Today he mailed two reports on the Corker-Menendez bill, which passed unanimously out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this afternoon. In the second of the two messages below, Omri reports that the White House has backed off its veto threat in light of its impending loss on this »

The Willful Ignorance of Dana Milbank

Featured image As issues of potentially world-altering significance are being debated in connection with Iran’s nuclear weapons program, you can count on one constant: liberals will dodge the real issues while trying to score petty political points against Republicans. One of many cases in point is Dana Milbank, the Washington Post reporter/comedian. In yesterday’s Post, Milbank accused Republicans of inconsistency with regard to the Iran negotiations: A week ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham »

Tom Cotton: Obama’s no Chamberlain

Featured image Atlantic national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg sought out Senator Tom Cotton for an interview on Obama and Iran. The Atlantic has posted the interview under the heading “Obama’s Iran deal may lead to nuclear war.” Goldberg presses Senator Cotton on each of the administration’s talking points supporting the arrangement in process. Goldberg sounds like a true believer, or he may be drawing Senator Cotton out. In either case, it seems to »

Shut up, he explained

Featured image The Supreme Leader’s speech on National Nuclear Technology Day last week has created certain public relations problems for the Obama administration. The Supreme Leader insists that Iran is to be afforded sanctions relief upon signing a final agreement. The United States insists that sanctions are to be lifted as Iran complies with its commitments under a final agreement (details to be determined). Who ya gonna believe, our Supreme Leader or »

Uncommon Knowledge with Tom Cotton

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton recently sat down with Peter Robinson in Washington to record an interview for Peter’s Uncommon Knowledge series (video below, 39 minutes). The interview focuses on questions of national security and offers cogent thoughts on the cause of the present discontents. The video is also posted here under the auspices of the Hoover Institution. I’m posting the interview this morning in the hope that readers can make time »

Evolution of the Will

Featured image In late 2013 George Will wrote a disappointing column on the Obama administration’s interim deal with Iran. The problem with Will’s column was its assumption that Iran can be contained/deterred. Will assumed without argument that doctrines of containment and deterrence were viable in the case of Iran; he assumed what was to be proved, i.e., he begged the question. Two fundamental problems undermined his assumptions. First, Iran’s acquisition of nuclear »