Obama Foreign Policy

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 »

Why Jeb Bush Doesn’t Impress, Whether Trump Is For Real, and Obama’s Mean-Spirited Speech, With Seth Leibsohn

Featured image Last night I did two fun radio segments with our friend Seth Leibsohn. Seth was formerly Bill Bennett’s producer, and now has his own radio show in Phoenix. You can listen to his show online at the link. Seth and I talked about Jeb Bush’s struggles, the Donald Trump phenomenon, and Barack Obama’s deeply dishonest speech on Iran. It was a lively conversation, lasting about twenty minutes. If you’d like »

The Obama method

Featured image The White House has posted the text of President Obama’s speech at American University yesterday here. The video is below (55 minutes). John Hinderaker covers the lowlights and exposes the chop logic here. I haven’t seen any commentary better than John’s. Obama begins his speech with a discussion of President Kennedy’s American University speech. The text of President Kennedy’s speech is posted here. Obama’s potted history of the Cold War »

Speaking of the Iran deal (13)

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to comment on the Bloomberg View story reporting that President Obama’s friends in Iran are destroying evidence at the Parchin site in broad daylight. Omni comments by email: The Obama administration has spent the last two years assuring lawmakers and reporters that any deal with Iran would have to include the Iranians allowing IAEA inspectors robust access to the Parchin military base. The Iranians used the facility »

Barack Obama’s Lowest Moment Yet?

Featured image Today President Obama gave a speech at American University, urging acceptance of his nuclear deal with Iran. It was the usual exercise in deception and demagoguery, and he skated up to the edge of accusing opponents of the deal–a majority of Americans, apparently–of treason. After some initial reminiscence about the Cold War, Obama leaped right into misrepresenting the agreement’s terms: After two years of negotiations, we have achieved a detailed »

Mark Moyar: Lurching without direction

Featured image Mark Moyar is Visiting Scholar at The Foreign Policy Initiative and the author, most recently, of the important new book Strategic Failure: How President Obama’s Drone Warfare, Defense Cuts, and Military Amateurism Have Imperiled America. We invited Mark to write something for us bearing the subject of his book. He has responded with this column: Last year, shortly before Barack Obama fired him, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel chided America’s »

The Obama-Hillary Libya debacle

Featured image Everyone understands by now that our intervention in Libya produced a disaster. But many fail to appreciate the magnitude of the disaster. And few understand that the stated reason for the intervention, to prevent a bloodbath, lacked any real basis in fact. Writing in Foreign Affairs, Alan Kuperman, an associate professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, provides clarity on these points. »

Obama Relies On Hollywood and Anti-Semites to Sell Iran Deal

Featured image I wrote here about the Obama administration’s use of a YouTube video starring Hollywood celebrities like Morgan Freeman and comedian Jack Black to promote its Iran deal. The video is entirely fact-free, but for the bare assertion that absent the agreement, we will all be killed in a nuclear war. Seriously. Today Michael Ramirez ridiculed Obama’s Hollywood outreach campaign: That’s bad enough. Even worse is the Obama administration’s reliance on »

Speaking of the Iran deal (12) [updated with video]

Featured image Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke via live webcast this afternoon about our deal with Iran. I understand that the recorded video will be available later this afternoon. If it is embeddable I will post it here. Please check back later. The webcast was sponsored by and addressed to supporters of the Jewish Federations of North America. Thousands tuned in. The show got on the road 30 minutes later than scheduled. I »

Question of the Day

Featured image National Review‘s Jay Nordlinger wins the Internet for today with this great question: Idle question: If the Norwegian Nobel Committee gives John Kerry the peace prize for the Iran deal, and Iran goes nuclear, will he throw away his Nobel medal? Jay goes on to note that Henry Kissinger did indeed try to return his Nobel Peace Prize from 1973 after North Vietnam shredded the peace accord, but that the »

Speaking of the Iran deal (11)

Featured image I have said repeatedly here that the Iran deal is distinguished from the Munich Agreement in part by the state of public opinion. As Churchill acknowledged in his great speech opposing the Munich Agreement, the agreement was hugely popular in Great Britain; it reflected public opinion. By contrast, Americans (on average) resist the deal with Iran. They understand the sinister nature of the Iranian regime and they understand that the »

Khameni’s “Kampf”

Featured image At the site of the Gatestone Institute Amir Taheri explores the book published in Iran by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Taheri’s column on the book is published there under the heading “The ayatollah’s plans for Israel and Palestine.” Taheri has also adapted his Gatestone column into a piece for the New York Post published as “Iran publishes book on how to outwit US and destroy »

Obama Administration Enlists Celebrities to Promote Iran Deal

Featured image The Obama administration has released this YouTube video, starring Morgan Freeman–the only participant I recognize–and other people who apparently are famous, including Queen Noor, to sell the Iran deal. What is their argument? There isn’t an argument, exactly, just an assertion that if the deal isn’t approved, we will all die in a nuclear war. All right then! Where can I write to my Congressman? Here it is: This approach »

Cotton v. the White House: It’s no contest

Featured image White House spokesman Josh Earnest mocked Senator Tom Cotton as “an international man of mystery” this week from his perch in the press briefing room. Earnest was alluding to Senator Cotton’s complaint regarding “secret side deals” that are integral to our catastrophic deal with Iran. Senator Cotton responds in this video compiling statements by administration officials, some of whom (unlike Earnest) are speaking unironically under oath. Video via The Right »

Speaking of the Iran deal (10)

Featured image AP Vienna bureau chief George Jahn reports: “Iran: US statements on attacking Tehran violates nuke deal” (subject-verb disagreement in the original, I hate to say). On Twitter, AP diplomatic correspondent Matt Lee concisely comments: “Already?!” Here is Jahn’s report: A senior Iranian official is accusing the U.S. of violating the nuclear deal with his country through comments indicating that the accord would make any attack on Tehran’s atomic program more »

The Dempsey options

Featured image Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey put some daylight between himself and the Commander in Chief on the question of our options with Iran. President Obama, of course, serves up the choice as between the Iran deal (ineffective) or war (not gonna do it). General Dempsey, however, asserts that the United States has “a range of options” if it »