Obama Foreign Policy

Charles Hill on the Iran deal

Featured image Before undertaking his current responsibilities as diplomat-in-residence and lecturer at Yale, Charles Hill had an incredibly accomplished career at the Department of State. He rose to Chief of Staff of the department. He worked particularly closely with George Shultz, whom he served as Executive Aide. Molly Worthen chronicles his remarkable career in The Man On Whom Nothing Was Lost. Professor Hill’s denunciation of the deal with Iran is striking (video »

A Study in Liberal Weakmindedness

Featured image One thing I love about liberals is how they can’t ever seem to make up their mind about whether Ronald Reagan was an ogre or a great man. This week he’s a great man, because lo and behold with regard to Iran Obama is doing exactly what the Gipper did with the Soviet Union! Take E.J. Dionne’s column yesterday, “Obama: Reaganite on Iran,” which begins thus: When President Ronald Reagan »

The irrelevance of Congress

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to elucidate the unfolding process in the Iran deal brought to us by President Obama. Omni’s message explores the issue I noted yesterday here. This is important. Omni writes: Lead negotiator Wendy Sherman confirmed for journalists yesterday that the Obama administration will, over the next few days, pursue a binding United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) that will lift sanctions on Iran. The resolution was circulated yesterday »

This Video About the Iran Deal Isn’t Fair…Really It Isn’t

Featured image This video depicts the Iranian government’s reaction to Obama’s nuclear deal in a way that is tendentious and utterly unfair. Seriously. Of course, nothing in it is actually inaccurate. To the extent it characterizes the agreement it is correct…unlike, say, President Obama’s descriptions. But still, it is a little disreputable. It may make you laugh. Or cry. »

Why Obama’s best defense of his Iran deal falls short

Featured image John did an excellent job of dissecting President Obama’s efforts, during his press conference yesterday, to defend the Iran nuclear deal. However, Obama made one point that I consider substantial (perhaps because I raised in this post). Obama stated: So maybe [Iran’s mullahs] don’t get $100 billion dollars [if there is no deal]. Maybe they get $60 billion or $70 billion instead. The price for that, that we’ve paid, is »

Analyze this

Featured image Lou Dobbs invited Rep. Ed Royce to discuss the Iran deal on his FOX Business show last night. The interview touches on a few points in its roughly five minutes, but it most notably raises an overlooked issue at the end (video below, about 4:00). Will Obama submit the deal for approval to the United Nations for approval by the Security Council to unravel UN sanctions before the United States »

Clueless Reporters Question President Pinocchio: A Pathetic Press Conference

Featured image Today President Obama met the White House press corps at length to defend his Iran nuclear deal. One could deconstruct his evasions line by line, but that would largely duplicate the content of many posts we have done over the past weeks and months. Instead, I want to focus on a few key issues. But first, this observation: if any of the reporters present had read the agreement, which is »

What the Iran deal is really about

Featured image Yesterday, I argued that President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is driven by two motives, neither of which involves stopping, or even significantly slowing, the mullahs’ quest for nuclear weapons. In my view, Obama’s primary motives are (1) the desire to thaw U.S. relations with the Iranian regime and, through a grand bargain, usher in an age of strategic cooperation between Washington and Tehran and (2) constrain Israel from attacking »

Susan Rice keeps talking

Featured image Daniel Bassall titles the clip below of Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice “Wolf Blitzer makes a fool of Susan Rice on Iran funding terrorists.” In fairness, though, Blitzer gets an invaluable assist from Rice herself, who simply does not know when to shut up. It’s almost laughable. I’m sure Obama knows exactly what he is doing, but if I doubted it, this video might be enough to make me »

The Iran nuclear arrangement: more than a bad deal, a betrayal

Featured image Ishaan Tharoor of the Washington Post provides an “analysis” of the Iran nuclear deal. After raving at length about the “historic deal,” Tharoor turns to the case against it. He writes: Critics of the deal, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Republican hawks in Washington, warn that, contrary to the Obama administration’s talking points, it gives Iran a ticket to becoming a nuclear superpower. These claims are somewhat undermined »

Far worse than Munich

Featured image Mark Steyn appeared on Sean Hannity’s FOX News show last night in part to discuss the Iran deal (video below). At the outset they compare and contrast the Iran deal with the Munich Agreement. At his site, Mark characterizes the deal as “Far worse than Munich.” Mark thinks the comparison “unfair to Chamberlain. He was an honorable man who loved his country and just happened to get the greatest issue »

16 ways of looking at a catastrophe

Featured image Wallace Stevens gave us “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” Times of Israel editor David Horovitz gives us 16 ways of looking at a catastrophe. David writes: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday unsurprisingly hailed the nuclear agreement struck with US-led world powers, and derided the “failed” efforts of the “warmongering Zionists.” His delight, Iran’s delight, is readily understandable. The agreement legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program, allows it to retain »

How Iran Describes the Nuclear Deal

Featured image Throughout the negotiation process, Iran’s government has been more forthright and more reliable in characterizing the parties’ interim agreements than the Obama administration. So it is worth noting what the Iranians say the deal entails. This is from FARS, Iran’s news agency: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said his country has achieved all its four goals in the agreement that his foreign minister Zarif signed with the six world powers in »

How to think about the Iran deal in one photo

Featured image Why is this man laughing? “Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif stands on the balcony of Palais Coburg, the venue for nuclear talks, Austria, July 13, 2015.” Via Armin Rosen/Business Insider. »

The Iran deal — what difference at this point does it make?

Featured image It seems to me inevitable that, given the obvious flaws in the Obama administration’s nuclear deal, Iran will obtain nuclear weapons (barring outside military intervention) at roughly the time of its choosing with or without the deal. It also seems clear that, with or without this deal, the international sanctions regime will largely collapse, thanks to President Obama’s decisions first to negotiate with Iran and second to loosen sanctions before »

How To Think About the Iran Deal in One Photo

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A word from Jim DeMint

Featured image Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, has written a good, concise opening statement of the case against the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. DeMint states: If allowed to stand, the Vienna agreement announced today will make the world a much more dangerous place. It completely fails to cut off Iran’s path to nuclear weaponry. Indeed, it moves the world one step closer to a regional nuclear arms race »