Iran

Washington Post agrees with Power Line: Cruz crushed Code Pink

Featured image Last week, John wrote that Ted Cruz “crushed Code Pink” in an impromptu debate with its leader Medea Benjamin regarding Iran. He provided video of the confrontation so that readers could judge for themselves. Code Pink had tried to shout Cruz down during a campaign event. Cruz engaged them and decisively out-debated Benjamin. A few days later, Dave Weigel of the Washington Post decided to judge the debate. He scored »

Speaking of the Iran deal (7)

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to comment on Jay Solomon’s Wall Street Journal article “White House says Iran unlikely to address suspicions of secret weapons program” (accessible here via Google. Omri writes: The WSJ gained access to some of the documents on the Iran deal that the administration filed with Congress to meet its obligations under the Corker legislation. Two of the documents – both of which are secret and one of »

The Supreme Leader Tweets

Featured image I had never looked at the Ayatollah Khameini’s Twitter feed until this morning, when Drudge linked to it. Here is the Supreme Leader’s latest tweet, from earlier today: US president has said he could knock out Iran’s military. We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but.. pic.twitter.com/D4Co7fVuVg — Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) July 25, 2015 I take it that is President Obama. My own view is that we should »

How Much Will Iran Gain from the Nuclear Deal?

Featured image If the long-term consequences of the administration’s Iran deal are murky, the short-term results are crystal clear: on Implementation Day, estimated to occur in a matter of months, sanctions against Iran will be lifted and Iranian assets that have been frozen abroad will begin to flow back to Tehran. This is, of course, why the mullahs made the deal. Sanctions imposed by the U.S., the E.U. and the U.N. have »

John Kerry finds Israel of use

Featured image I wish there were any danger that Congress would reject the deal with Iran by the two-thirds majorities necessary to override President Obama’s veto under the Corker bill. Has the United States ever entered into such a fateful deal without popular support? I think the answer is no, and the lack of popular support may be the single most distinguishing feature of the Iran deal from the Munich Agreement. In »

Congressional Democrats poised to give Iran deal their support

Featured image From the time that the nuclear deal with Iran (minus the two side deals) was published, I’ve thought that it will receive substantial support from congressional Democrats. Even before the deal was reached, I assumed that Dems, by and large, would likely support it. They march pretty much in lockstep with the administration, especially on issues of vital importance to Obama. Once the details were made known, it seemed clear »

John Kerry on the Iran deal: a litany of lies

Featured image Lee Smith, writing for the Weekly Standard, accuses Secretary of State John Kery of “making stuff up” with respect to the nuclear deal with Iran. Smith (or the headline writer) is being polite. Kerry is flat out lying. Let’s look at some examples. First, having given up on “anytime, anywhere inspections,” Kerry now claims that this was never the administration’s position and that, in fact, the concept is unknown to »

Speaking of the Iran deal (6)

Featured image I’m posting a video of Tom Cotton commenting on the side deals to the Iran agreement and a video of Senator Melendez at work in yesterday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deal following the footnotes in Omri Ceren’s email update: Happy Friday from Washington DC, where lawmakers will be wrapping up a half-week of hearings on the final JCPOA deal with Iran. As always there are three levels »

Ted Cruz Crushes Code Pink

Featured image Earlier today, Ted Cruz spoke to a rally protesting the administration’s Iran deal. Representatives of Code Pink and other radical groups, representing the establishment, crashed the rally and tried to shout him down. Cruz responded by inviting the leftists to the podium, where he engaged them in a civil debate. Medea Benjamin represented Code Pink, and another leftist or two was also heard from. Did Cruz crush them? He did. »

Obama in full, and full of it

Featured image President Obama appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart the day before yesterday. Video of the extended full episode (I think) is posted below. Obama is playing before a friendly audience and Stewart does everything but give him a French kiss. He wants to, but modesty somehow intrudes. Stewart’s approach to Obama reminds me of Howard Stern interviewing Rudy Giuliani in the course of one of Giuliani’s reelection campaigns: »

Speaking of the Iran deal (5)

Featured image Fred Fleitz reports at NR: Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) issued a press release today on a startling discovery they made during a July 17 meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency officials in Vienna: There are two secret side deals to the nuclear agreement with Iran that will not be shared with other nations, with Congress, or with the U.S. public. One of these »

Iran: Of Course We’ll Continue to Support Terrorists!

Featured image The worst feature of President Obama’s disastrous deal with Iran is that it provides immediate sanctions relief that will cause $100 billion to $150 to flow into the regime’s coffers, and will lead to substantial improvement in Iran’s economy, which has been badly hurt by the sanctions that the U.N., the U.S. and others have imposed. This means that opposition to the ayatollahs’ rule will be weakened, and Iran will »

John Kerry is “disturbed” that Iran remains Iran

Featured image Towards the end of the nuclear negotiations with Iran, the mullahs’ negotiators talked about the possibility of cooperating strategically with the U.S. on regional matters, in the event the sides reached a deal. Even “Supreme Leader” Ali Khamenei joined in, declaring that “if the other side avoids its ambiguity in the talks, it’ll be an experience showing it’s possible to negotiate with them on other issues.” This was an enticing »

Speaking of the Iran deal (4)

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to draw attention to Bill Gertz’s Free Beacon article on the ludicrous inspections regime established under the deal with Iran. Omni writes: Last April – in the immediate days after the Lausanne framework was announced – Obama administration officials assured reporters that it was a good deal because the verification regime would include anytime/anywhere inspections [a][b][c]. Then there was a range of hearings and forums held in »

Defeat without a war

Featured image The deal that the United States and others have entered into with Iran bears comparison with the Munich Agreement. Churchill’s speech condemning the Munich Agreement is useful in understanding the Iran deal. Churchill condemned the Munich Agreement in part as “a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road[.]” I think the Iran deal can usefully be understood as representing a defeat »

Netanyahu’s question

Featured image Secretary of Defense Carter is in Israel to reassure the Israelis in the wake of the catastrophic deal the United has entered into with Iran. We are facilitating and funding Iran’s nuclear program; what can Carter say to mitigate what any fool can see? The Israeli media report that Obama national security adviser Susan Rice has put in a call to former President Shimon Peres. In a Saturday call with »

Speaking of the Iran deal (3)

Featured image Here Omri Ceren concludes his email series of comments on the appearances of Secretaries Kerry and Moniz on the Sunday gabfests yesterday retailing the administration’s talking points in favor of the Iran deal: Again – the administration is scrambling to justify collapsing on conditions related to the three overarching areas of the JCPOA debate: will it work to keep Iran away from a nuclear weapon for a decade (the verification »