Obama Foreign Policy

The trouble with compliance

Featured image Secretary Tillerson’s tough talk on Iran prompts a look back to the time when the Obama administration entered into the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. Under the JCPOA, Obama claimed to have “blocked” Iran’s paths to nuclear weapons. This was the “narrative” disseminated by Obama soulmate Ben Rhodes to the Democrats’ moronic media adjunct. The JCPOA, it should be noted, is not a treaty. What is »

Kassem Eid’s case

Featured image We got a glimpse of Kassem Eid when he appeared on CNN blowing up in anchor Brooke Baldwin’s face. Eid was a 2013 victim of Assad’s sarin gas attack on a suburb of Damascus; Baldwin was looking for Eid to denounce President Trump for calling a timeout on the emigration of Syrian refugees to the United States. Instead, he denounced President Obama and thanked Trump for the American military reprisal »

On Syria, now they tell us

Featured image New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker looks back at Assad’s use of Sarin gas to murder civilians in Syria in the context of President Obama’s agreement with Putin and Assad to remove chemical weapons. In the newspaper Baker’s article runs on page A11 under the headline “Deal on Syria’s chemical weapons comes back to haunt Obama.” Online Baker’s article runs under the headline “For Obama, Syria chemical attack »

What they knew & what they said

Featured image Yesterday in “Never true and mostly stupid” I noted that PolitiFact has withdrawn its previous assessment of the alleged removal of chemical weapons from Syria under the Obama administration as “mostly true.” PolitiFact’s revised assessment is posted here. The current update declares PolitiFact agnostic pending further review. Mark Hemingway is here to help. At the Weekly Standard Hemingway compiles some of the evidence that the Obama administration not only knew »

Never true and mostly stupid

Featured image There is a lot about Obama administration foreign policy that needs urgently to be revisited. The sarin gas attacks in Syria have prompted the left-wing hacks at PolitiFact to take a look back and set the record straight. This particular episode stars the former Obama administration Secretary of State (and former Democratic presidential nominee for whom CBS News blew its credibility in 2004), but by all rights Barack Obama himself »

The message in the missiles

Featured image Last night President Trump authorized the destruction of the air base from which the Syrian butcher Assad had launched insidious sarin gas attacks earlier this week. Our destruction of the air base was executed through the use of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles. I strongly support President Trump’s authorization of the action. As the great William F. Buckley, Jr. used to say, herewith a few observations: 1. Asked about the gas »

“Beyond a red line”

Featured image Asked yesterday by AP reporter Julie Pace about Syrian President Assad’s sarin gas attacks on the town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday, President Trump responded: “It crossed a lot of lines for me. When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line. Many, »

From the Iran file

Featured image Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon’s new book is The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East. Solomon has broken many stories on the Iran beat for the Journal. His new book is must reading on the critical national security challenge presented by the regime of the mad mullahs that is on a glide path to the acquisition of nuclear weapons with »

Obama holdovers retain key State Department jobs

Featured image President Trump fancies himself the new Andrew Jackson. But did Jackson allow holdovers from John Quincy Adams’ administration to guide his foreign policy? I raise the question because of reports that architects of some of President Obama’s worst foreign policies are making policy at Trump’s State Department. Let’s first consider the case of Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, the Iran director for former President Obama’s National Security Council. According to Jordan Schachtel of »

Trump likely to move Britain to the front of the queue

Featured image President Obama famously warned the British that Brexit would put the United Kingdom at the “back of the queue” when it comes to trades deals. Fortunately, Obama will be out of the White House in a few days, and his successor has other ideas. President-elect Trump, in his first interview with the British press, said: I will be ­meeting with [Prime Minister Theresa May]. She’s requesting a meeting and we’ll »

Obama’s betrayal of Israel

Featured image President Obama must have placed his betrayal of Israel at the United Nations at the top of his “rhymes with bucket list.” University of Paris Professor Guy Millière turns to the subject in a timely column full of useful links. Here are the column’s bullet points provided by the Gatestone Institute: • President Obama’s decision not to use the US veto in the UN Security Council and to let pass »

The madness of King Barry (or not)

Featured image If one hypothesized that President Obama’s object in entering into the JCPOA was to block Iran from acquiring a nuclear arsenal, one might conclude that the man is madder than King George III in the Regency Crisis. Indeed, so it seems, more evidence emerges every day to support the hypothesis. You begin to think you might be on to something. In the alternative, one might hypothesize that President Obama seeks »

Nunes’s notes & queries

Featured image Devin Nunes is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Appearing on FOX News Sunday this morning, he had a few heterodox observations about the news surrounding the story of Russian interference in our election (video below, about 10 minutes). The interview captures a few of the dissonant notes that have generally been ignored in the hysterical din to which we are now subject. Rep. Nunes knows what he is »

Flunking the Israel test

Featured image In his column today, Victor Davis Hanson asks “Why the anti-Israel sentiment?” As the Obama administration expressly joins the jackals, it’s a good question. Let us pause in particular over Dr. Hanson’s framing of the question: Secretary of State John Kerry, echoing other policymakers in the Obama administration, blasted Israel last week in a 70-minute rant about its supposedly self-destructive policies. Why does the world — including now the U.S. »

Atop the mount which must not be named

Featured image Ilan Ben Zion reports at the Times of Israel: Islamic authorities managing the Temple Mount attempted to have a veteran Israeli archaeologist ejected from the Jerusalem flashpoint holy site on Sunday for using the term “Temple Mount” in a lecture to American students. Waqf guards brought him to Israeli police at the site to complain, and the police, while saying there were no legal grounds to eject him, advised him »

MEMRI strikes again, I think

Featured image The Obama administration denied that it coordinated the introduction and passage of the infamous United Nations Security Council resolution that allocated to the Palestinian Arabs all the land taken by Israel in its defense in 1967, including the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem. The Obama administration goes so far as to concede that it its abstention allowed the passage of the resolution. It hasn’t explained why it abstained rather than voted »

The president-elect need not be a potted plant [UPDATED]

Featured image Ruth Marcus, the liberal Washington Post columnist, advises Donald Trump that “there can be only one president at a time.” This slogan raises, but does not answer, the question of what the president-elect should say or do when the lame duck takes highly controversial action with which his successor-to-be strongly disagrees. More on that in a moment. But first, let’s share a laugh over Marcus’ invocation of Richard Nixon in »