Obama Foreign Policy

Richard Block: Not this deal

Featured image President Obama has sought to silence the voice of the organized Jewish community opposing his deal with Iran. Several prominent Jewish organizations have resisted and expressed their opposition to the deal. Obama’s response has been an extraordinarily nasty piece of work. Rabbi Richard A. Block now speaks up in opposition to the deal, noting some of the same points we have here on Power Line. Rabbi Block is senior rabbi »

The Insincerity of the Iran Agreement Defenders

Featured image The debate over the Iran agreement is provoking flashbacks to the Cold War, when disarmament movements in the West aimed chiefly at the disarmament of the western democracies. From my email in-box, a message from the “Global Zero” campaign (and note the punch line at the end of this first paragraph): “As we mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we must consider the present-day »

Associated Press Says: Tom Cotton Was Right!

Featured image This Associated Press story, headlined “Obama can do Iran nuclear deal even if Congress disapproves,” is getting a lot of attention: The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. Yet even if U.S. lawmakers reject the agreement, it’s not game-over for the White House. A congressional vote of disapproval would not prevent Obama from acting on his own »

Who ya gonna call?

Featured image I’ve noted the anti-Semitic themes and canards on which President Obama has unsubtly drawn in promoting the deal with Iran. He’s injected anti-Semitism into the mainstream of the Democratic Party. He hasn’t been reticent and he’s hardly been called on it. He is a true believer with a true believer’s lack of scruples or other inhibitions. Despite its liberalism and its Democratic tilt, the organized Jewish community has to a »

Who Lost Iraq?

Featured image Hugh Hewitt has been making news regularly lately. If you haven’t been listening to his radio show, you should. Tonight I was driving home from work and heard the following exchange between Hugh and Lindsey Graham. First, this observation: Graham is not my favorite Republican by any means, but he is smart and generally sound on foreign policy. In addition, he has been personally involved in some key events of »

Our own Susan Canby

Featured image One of the funny scenes in the Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night comes when George Harrison finds himself consulting with supposed advertising guru Simon Marshall (video below): Simon Marshall: If you don’t cooperate, you won’t get to meet Susan. George: And who’s this Susan when she’s at home? Simon Marshall: Only Susan Canby, our resident teenager. George: Oh! You mean that posh bird who gets everything wrong? Simon Marshall: »

For the Iran deal

Featured image The Obama administration is using the August recess to promote the Iran deal. We have reviewed President Obama’s speech last week at American University. It is an unsavory speech by a president who is losing the argument in the court of public opinion. Obama himself has sunk to new depths to promote the deal. For the details, please see Lee Smith’s eloquent Tablet column on Obama’s invocation of Jewish scapegoats. »

A word from Robert Bartlett

Featured image Veterans Against the Deal has released the video below featuring former Staff Sergeant Robert Bartlett. Bartlett sustained horrendous injuries courtesy of President Obama’s new friends among the powers-that-be in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Not surprisingly, he doesn’t think the deal is all it’s cracked up to be by President Obama. Funny — funny if you attend to the unsavory line peddled by the White House and its unsavory allies »

Who you gonna believe?

Featured image Iranian officials have proved a valuable source of information about our interim and final deals with the regime. Now the invaluable MEMRI has compiled new information from Iranian sources on the background to these deals. MEMRI titles its compilation “Iranian Senior Officials Disclose Confidential Details From Nuclear Negotiations: Already In 2011 We Received Letter From U.S. Administration Recognizing Iran’s Right To Enrich Uranium.” The information (I use the word not »

Bob Reich, Down and Dirty on Iran

Featured image Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, has become a darling of the far left. MoveOn.org’s emails sometimes feature his laughably old-school-left videos. But he is still viewed as an important and mainstream supporter of the Obama administration. Yesterday, Reich went on Facebook to join in the administration’s campaign of vilification against those who oppose its deal with Iran’s mullahs. He started on a conciliatory note: Although there are important arguments »

Questions for our Supreme Leader

Featured image In a notorious passage of his disgusting speech at American University this past Wednesday, President Obama asserted: Just because Iranian hardliners chant “Death to America” does not mean that that’s what all Iranians believe. (Applause.) In fact, it’s those hardliners who are most comfortable with the status quo. It’s those hardliners chanting “Death to America” who have been most opposed to the deal. They’re making common cause with the Republican »

An evil and ugly speech

Featured image This past Wednesday President Obama spoke at American University in support of the arrangement he has entered into with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The White House has posted the text of the speech here. Video of the speech is posted here on the White House site and here on YouTube. The setting and length of the speech mark it as major. The setting harks back to President Kennedy’s commencement »

Team Obama warns Schumer, unconvincingly

Featured image As John has noted, the White House didn’t take kindly to Chuck Schumer’s announcement that he opposes the Iran nuclear deal. The Washington Post didn’t exaggerate in today’s front-page headline (paper edition) that read: “Senator [Schumer] assailed on Iran stance: White House, allies go on the offensive.” Schumer has previously said that the timing of the passage of Obamacare was a political mistake. This makes the New York Senator 0-2 »

The Administration Continues Its Crazed Attacks on Iran Deal Opponents

Featured image Senator Charles Schumer has announced his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. His reasons, as reported by the Washington Post, are basically the same as mine: the agreement “would strengthen Iran by boosting its economy and ultimately may not prevent the country from developing a nuclear bomb.” I would say that it most certainly will not prevent Iran from getting the bomb. How did the administration respond? With a multi-pronged »

When You’ve Lost David Brooks. . .

Featured image I know reader opinion here about David Brooks is . . . divided (full disclosure—oh hell, you don’t need to be told, but I will add that if you ask Charles Krauthammer who his favorite liberal columnist is, he’ll say “David Brooks”), and it is certainly true that Brooks tends to give Obama the benefit of the doubt too much of the time. Still. Brooks’s column today in the NY Times today is brutal on the »

Soleimani’s travels

Featured image Jennifer Griffin reports that Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani recently visited Moscow to meet with senior Russian leaders, according to two Western intelligence sources, despite a travel ban and U.N. Security Council resolutions barring him from leaving Iran. Griffin notes that Soleimani arrived in Moscow for meetings with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and President Vladimir Putin. “It was not immediately clear what the Iranian leader discussed,” she reports, “but »

IAEA chief stonewalls Congress

Featured image Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Alliance (IAEA) came to Capitol Hill yesterday to try to reassure members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the Iran nuclear deal. Amano wanted to convince Senators that the private side deals between Iran and the IAEA aren’t problematic and shouldn’t lead Congress to reject the deal. There was just one problem: Amano couldn’t provide any details about his »