Obama Foreign Policy

Why no deal is better than Obama’s deal

Featured image I found Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress persuasive in all but one respect. I question Netanyahu’s claim that the alternative to the deal Obama seems prepared to settle for is “a better deal.” It believe that the Iranian regime’s overriding goal is to obtain nuclear weapons. If that’s the case, Iran will not agree to a deal that significantly impedes its ability to reach this goal. It follows that the »

Democrats respond to Netanyahu (video edition)

Featured image President Obama let it be known that he didn’t watch Prime Minister’s historic speech to the joint session of Congress yesterday. Netanyahu came to present the case against the nuclear deal with Iran that is in process. Obama has made concession after concession that would abrogate sanctions against Iran and facilitate Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. Netanyahu sought to explain why that was athe case and why it wasn’t a »

What Color Is the Dress? What Dress?

Featured image If you don’t know what The Dress is, it means, among other things, that you don’t have teenage daughters. But even the daughterless are generally aware of the dress that took Twitter, and most of the rest of the internet, by storm a few evenings ago. Only Michael Ramirez would think to connect The Dress with President Obama’s myopia (or collaboration, whichever it is) on Iran. Click to enlarge: »

The Democrats Respond to Netanyahu’s Speech [Updated]

Featured image This afternoon, Democrats in politics and the media promptly swung into action to try to discredit Benjamin Netanyahu’s powerful indictment of the administration’s policies toward Iran. Nancy Pelosi bordered on the hysterical. Here, Chris Matthews accuses Netanyahu of being a “man from a foreign government” who “tried to take over U.S. foreign policy.” Seems like we’ve heard that somewhere before; Mearsheimer and Walt, call your office: CNN’s Christiane Amanpour says »

Observations on Netanyahu’s Reception by Congress

Featured image I will leave it to my partners to analyze the content of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress this morning as it relates it Iran. Instead, I want to make some observations about the reception that he received from the joint session of Congress. To say that Netanyahu’s welcome was warm would be an understatement: it was rapturous. President Obama has never gotten such an enthusiastic reception for a State »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 6

Featured image The video of Prime Minister Netanyahus’s speech to the joint session of Congress is below. The Prime Minister’s Office has posted the text of the speech here. Paul Mirengoff has posted an excellent summary and analysis in the adjacent post. This was a historic speech. In the heart of his speech Netanyahu hit many of the themes we have hit here. He also anticipated and addressed the Obama administration’s criticism »

Netanyahu’s message to Congress, and to the President

Featured image Strip away the politics associated with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and this simple reality remains: Netanyahu had an urgent, much needed message to deliver about Iran. This morning Netanyahu delivered that message forcefully, persuasively, and to great applause from members of both political parties. A few dozen Democratic members, including a hugely disproportionate number of African-American congressman but also (according to Fox News) half a dozen Jewish members, »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 5

Featured image President Obama’s outrage at Prime Minister Netanyahu is undoubtedly genuine, but every ground presented for it by the administration for it is a transparent pretext. One such ground is Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress within a few weeks of Israeli elections. The timing of the speech, however, is rather obviously dictated by the administration’s March 23 deadline for the outline of a final agreement with Iran. Obama’s outrage is keyed to »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 4

Featured image Obama national security adviser Susan Rice spoke at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington this evening. In the video below, Rice frankly avows the Obama administration’s support for Iran’s “domestic enrichment capacity” and pursuit of “peaceful nuclear energy.” We are advised that we have to define deviancy down in the name of realism: “We cannot let a totally unachievable ideal stand in the way of a good deal.” Translation: Unfortunately: »

Taken to the Cleaners

Featured image Michael Ramirez satirizes President Obama’s impending nuclear deal with Iran. Click to enlarge: Actually, Ramirez gives Obama the benefit of the doubt by assuming that his facilitation of Iran’s nuclear program is inadvertent. It seems at least as likely that Obama shares the mullahs’ goal of Iran as a regional hegemon. »

A “Political Football”? He Would Know

Featured image So our totally self-aware secretary of state, John Karrie (who fought in Vietnam, you may not know, against Genghis Khan or somebody), said yesterday that he doesn’t want Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to become “a political football.”  I wonder why that might be?  Oh yeah—this: »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 2

Featured image I’ll be posting notes in anticipation of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress tomorrow. This is the second in what I think will be a series of three or four such notes. Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard editorial “Netanyahu’s moment” provides the theme. Prime Minister Netanyahu will be speaking at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington today. C-SPAN is televising much of the policy conference and posting videos. C-SPAN 2 »

Did Obama Threaten to Shoot Down Israeli Jets? [Updated]

Featured image That is the explosive claim made by a Kuwaiti newspaper, ostensibly based on “well-placed sources,” presumably Israeli. Take it for what it may be worth; this account is from Israeli National News: The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could »

The Mullahs: Still Crazy After All These Years

Featured image Barack Obama intends the centerpiece of his foreign policy legacy to be a de facto alliance with Iran–a stroke so brilliant that only he could think of it. The U.S. will set Iran up as the dominant regional power in the Middle East, in part by allowing it to develop the nuclear capability for which its rulers have long yearned, and in exchange, Iran will keep the peace and subdue »

Netanyahu’s moment

Featured image The coming deal with Iran represents folly of a Chamberlainite proportion. One can easily see it in the administration’s prebuttal of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, reported in today’s New York Times story by David Sanger and Michael Gordon. I hear the voice of Susan Rice in the unnamed administration official quoted by the Times. Whoever it is speaks out of the love that dare not be identified with his or her »

The SecState who couldn’t shoot straight

Featured image Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday. In response to a question posed by Rep. Gerald Connolly, Kerry cast doubt on the adverse judgment rendered by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the deal in process with Iran. As described by the AP, the terms of the coming deal will put Iran on a glide path to the acquisition of nuclear weapons over a »

Why is this woman laughing?

Featured image In its annual Dubious Achievement Awards, Esquire magazine never failed to include a photo that captured Richard Nixon in an uncharacteristically humorous moment with the caption: “Why is this man laughing?” It was a joke of which Esquire never tired. Someone needs to bring the joke back in honor of the unspeakable Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, who yuks it up with Charlie Rose in the video below. Rice »