Obama Foreign Policy

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 »

A word from Ron Dermer

Featured image Anticipating the agreement with Iran announced today, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer spoke to Christians United for Israel. Claudia Rosett points out that Ambassador Dermer has posted the text of his remarks here on Facebook. Ambassador Dermer’s speech represents the position of Israel with respect to the agreement. As one of the primary targets of Iran’s enmity, Israel cannot afford to indulge itself in the delusions and »

Munich for our time

Featured image The big news of the day is the announcement of the deal with Iran by President Obama and Secretary Kerry. The Washington Post provides the text and video of Obama’s announcement here. Listening to President Obama this morning, without access to the text of the agreement, I found key concessions made against his previously announced minimum criteria concealed in pleasing formulations presented as great accomplishments. ‘Twas a famous victory. The »

“Evil Never Sleeps”

Featured image The evil that never sleeps? That would be us, in the opinion of Iran’s Supreme Leader. President Obama has a grand vision of a rapprochement between the United States and Iran, which involves recognizing Iran as the dominant power in the Middle East, further entrenching Ayatollah Khamenei and the mullahs in their theocratic rule through the abolition of sanctions, and financing their acquisition of nuclear weapons via the agreement that »

Beyond appeasement

Featured image The final capitulation in process with Iran takes place before our eyes. Its consequences will travel far with us along our road, as Churchill said of the Munich Agreement. Like the Munich Agreement, this deal is a disgrace, but it is worse. We don’t have the excuse of a lost generation that persuaded the British to avert their eyes from the grim necessity to confront Hitler’s evil intentions. We have »

Goodnight Vienna (12)

Featured image As we remain on the final countdown to the full catastrophe taking place in Vienna, Omri Ceren helps us keep track of the details. In his second email update this morning, Omri draws attention to Andrew Bowen’s Daily Beast column Give the mullahs ballistic missiles?” (quoted below). Omri writes: The last few hours have been a flurry of bilateral and trilateral meetings – Kerry/Zarif, Kerry/Zarif/Mogherini, Hammond/Lavrov, Lavrov/Zarif, etc – and »

Goodnight Vienna (11)

Featured image Omri Ceren continues his series of reports by email from Vienna: Good Monday from Vienna, where we’re now into day 17 of the current round of negotiations and yet summer continues to surprise us. The JPOA is again set to expire at midnight after having been extended a few days ago. Just about everyone is saying that another short-term extension is not being considered. Of course the parties always say »

The Middle East prospect

Featured image The David Horowitz Freedom Center’s Texas retreat took place last month in Dallas. I have posted videos of the presentations by Stanley Kurtz and Bret Stephens at the retreat. Other videos from the retreat are posted here. In the video below, Daniel Pipes presents a survey of the Middle East in the Age of Obama. It works as an excellent companion to Stephens’s presentation; Pipes provides a regional close-up following »

Goodnight Vienna (10)

Featured image As we reach the round number of 10 in this series of email reports by Omri Ceren from Vienna, we approach the catastrophic conclusion that has been implicit from the beginning. Omni writes: And here we go… VIENNA (AP) — Diplomats say negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks are expected to reach a provisional agreement Sunday on a historic deal that would curb the country’s atomic program in return for »

Goodnight Vienna (9)

Featured image Omri Ceren reports by email from Vienna: Happy Saturday from Vienna, where we continue to slouch towards a deal. The Iranians went into meetings this morning talking about progress and predicting breakthroughs. Kerry came out of his meetings later and tweeted “Met with @FedericaMog and @JZarif this AM. Still have difficult issues to resolve” [1]. That language was read by some journalists as evidence that the talks remain stalled. Other »

Goodnight Vienna (8)

Featured image July 9 was a significant date from the standpoint of the review act passed by Congress this spring. A deal presented to Congress by July 9 would have been subject to a 30-day review period. A deal presented to Congress now is subject to a 60-day review period. Omni Ceren reports by email from Vienna: Happy Friday from Vienna, where a deadline extension wasn’t supposed to happen again, but did. »

America in retreat

Featured image Bret Stephens is the Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist and editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal. We interviewed him about America In Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disaster in the Power Line podcast that we posted here. Bret spoke at the David Horowitz Freedom Center Texas retreat last month, giving a presentation based on his book. Bret argues that Obama’s foreign policy proceeds from a »

Beyond appeasement

Featured image The final capitulation in process with Iran takes place before our eyes. Its consequences will travel far with us along our road, as Churchill said of the Munich Agreement. Like the Munich Agreement, this deal is a disgrace, but it is worse. We don’t have the excuse of a lost generation that persuaded the British to avert their eyes from the grim necessity to confront Hitler’s evil intentions. We have »

Goodnight Vienna (7)

Featured image Omri Ceren continues to report from Vienna on the catastrophic deal in process with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road. Omni writes (with footnotes providing URLs to his cited sources): The Iranians must have liked what they heard when they woke up this morning. Yesterday President Obama spoke by teleconference to the U.S. negotiating team in Vienna. This morning »

Goodnight Vienna (6)

Featured image There are no surprises in Omri Ceren’s latest email update from Vienna, but if you have been following his reports, you will find this of interest (footnoted URLs at the bottom). Omri writes: The parties missed another deadline this morning, and talks are now expected to go through the end of the week. Mogherini told reporters this morning: “I am not talking about extension. I am talking about taking the »