Obama Foreign Policy

Funding Iran

Featured image I think it’s fair to say that the Islamic Republic Iran is a serious enemy of the United States. The powers that be in Iran regularly proclaim their ardent desire for the death of the United States, and they take action aimed at bringing it about in one way or another. With the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, President Obama has teamed up with the mullahs to finance their nuclear »

Iran Says: Spirit? What Spirit? We’re Preparing For War!

Featured image As Scott noted this morning, President Obama complains that Iran has violated the “spirit” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by launching ballistic missiles and calling for the destruction of Israel. Earlier today, Iran responded to Obama’s rather pathetic lament: Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi blasted US President Barack Obama for his remarks against Tehran’s implementation of the nuclear deal, and said »

Spirit of the JCPOA

Featured image What is the “spirit” of the weirdly unsigned Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran? The JCPOA obligates the parties to protect Iran’s nuclear program, arranges for its financing, and sets it on a path to fruition at a time of Iran’s choosing. Given that the Islamic Republic of Iran is an avowed enemy of the United States, I think the deal reeks of malice and delusion. Yet President Obama »

Quotations from Chairman Barry

Featured image You may have missed President Obama’s mind-boggling statement regarding his friends in the Islamic Republic of Iran at his news conference this past Friday (complete White House transcript here, video excerpt below). Thus spake Chairman Barry: “When they launched ballistic missiles with slogans calling for the destruction of Israel that makes businesses nervous….If Iran continues to ship missiles to Hezbollah, that gets businesses nervous.” Iran makes businesses “nervous” with its »

Iran at war

Featured image The Islamic Republic of Iran has been at war with the United States since 1979. It wages war through terrorist surrogates and main forces such as the IRGC. Michael Rubin lists a few markers along the warpath in “Imaginary Iran.” Last month brought another reminder and another example. On March 24, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against seven computer specialists who regularly worked for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards »

Obama Refused Plan to Stop ISIS?

Featured image It is well-established that President Bill Clinton more than once in the 1990s refused to capture or kill Osama bin Laden when we had him in our grasp—a fact that Clintons and their retainers have go to great length to deny or obfuscate, including their frantic efforts first to edit and then suppress the TV movie “The Path to 9/11.” This afternoon NBC News reports Obama’s equivalent dereliction in a »

Omri Ceren: Dollarizing Iran

Featured image Omri Ceren writes from The Israel Project with the first of three updates on the Obama administration’s latest assistance extended to our enemies in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is at least a good place to begin and I thought readers would find it of interest. Omri writes with his usual alphabetized footnotes: Last week the AP revealed the Obama administration is planning to provide Iran with another wave »

Obama’s ransom diplomacy

Featured image When Iran freed five American hostages in January, President Obama was hailed by many in the mainstream media for his skillful diplomacy. However, more sober analysts, most notably Arthur Herman, wondered whether the Obama administration had, in effect, paid a ransom for the release of the Americans. The sense that this was a gussied up case of ransom payment, rather than clever diplomacy, arose not from the $100 billion or »

Carlos Eire: Obama’s inglorious speech

Featured image Carlos Eire is professor of history at Yale and author of the National Book Award-winning memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy. At Babalú Blog Professor Eire wrote a proposed speech for President Obama in Havana that was posted as “The speech never given, the op-ed never published” In the event, Obama gave remarks to the Cuban people” in Havana this past Tuesday. I briefly disparaged »

Carlos Eire: The speech never given

Featured image Carlos Eire is professor of history at Yale and author of the National Book Award-winning memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy. At Babalú Blog, which is providing invaluable commentary on President Obama’s Cuban interlude, Professor Eire has posted the column below as “The speech never given, the op-ed never published.” Professor Eire provides a prefatory note indicating that he “offered the essay below to The »

Obama goes limp

Featured image Following their joint news conference this afternoon, Raul Castro grabbed President Obama’s arm and sought to raise it in a gesture of triumph against the backdrop of the Cuban and American flags. In response Obama let his wrist go limp. I take it that Obama was exploring the outer limits of his defiance of the Castro regime. It seems to represent another of the Obama administration’s great moments in diplomacy, »

Common ground with Castro

Featured image At his joint press conference with Raul Castro this afternoon, President Obama found common ground: “President Castro, I think, has pointed out that in his view making sure that everybody is getting a decent education or health care, has basic security and old age, that those things are human rights as well. I personally would not disagree with him. But it doesn’t detract from some of these other concerns. And »

Che chic, Obama edition

Featured image President Obama is proud of his visit to Cuba this week. He’s enjoying himself immensely. I bet he even enjoyed the group photo that captured him standing in front of a mural of Che Guevara in Havana this morning (below). My God. pic.twitter.com/rZYgnTi3dh — Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) March 21, 2016 As Jay Nordlinger has never tired of reminding the ignorant, this was Che: He was an Argentinian revolutionary who served »

Quotations from Chairman Barry

Featured image I still have my old copy of Quotations From Chairman LBJ. The book was inspired by Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (“the little red book”). Compiled by Jack Shepherd and Christopher Wren and published by Simon and Schuster in the annus horribilis of 1968, the book consisted of supposedly laughable quotes attributable to President Johnson. It was popular enough to go through multiple printings. My copy derives from the third »

Move over Che, indeed

Featured image AFP has published the photo featuring the poster of Presidents Obama and Castro in central Havana yesterday, characterizing the photo as “a revolutionary change to the portraits of Che Guevara and other communist leader plastered around Cuba.” The accompanying AFP story carries the headline “Move over Che: Obama’s the new poster in town.” Someone observed this week (I think, and I’m sorry I don’t recall who) that the United States »

The Clueless Presidency

Featured image If you cast your mind back to 1979 or so, one of the signs that Jimmy Carter was washed up was a long cover story in The Atlantic by James Fallows, who had been one of Carter’s speechwriters, called “The Passionless Presidency.” “[T]here was a mystery to be explained about Jimmy Carter,” Fallows wrote, “the contrast between the promise and popularity of his first months in office and the disappointment »

Obama’s CIA Director Is Opposed to Spying

Featured image Unbelievable, but true: President Obama’s CIA Director, John Brennan, doesn’t think the agency should engage in spying. He finds espionage unsavory, apparently. John Sipher, a former member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service and a recipient of the agency’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, explains: In what was otherwise a thoughtful interview with National Public Radio last week, CIA Director John Brennan expressed his personal view that the CIA should be »