Iran

Obama holdovers retain key State Department jobs

Featured image President Trump fancies himself the new Andrew Jackson. But did Jackson allow holdovers from John Quincy Adams’ administration to guide his foreign policy? I raise the question because of reports that architects of some of President Obama’s worst foreign policies are making policy at Trump’s State Department. Let’s first consider the case of Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, the Iran director for former President Obama’s National Security Council. According to Jordan Schachtel of »

Trump’s three generals

Featured image The New York Times notes one thing that the generals President Trump has appointed to top administration positions have in common. Gen. Jim Mattis, Gen, John Kelly, and Gen. H.R. McMaster each, at one point or another, “strode the sands of Iraq, fighting on the unforgiving battlefield of America’s costliest war since Vietnam.” Now “all three will sit around the table in the White House Situation Room, steering a new »

Obama’s Secret Communications with Mullahs Undermined American Foreign Policy

Featured image The Democrats are trying to make a scandal out of the fact that one or more people associated with the Trump presidential campaign had telephone conversations with one or more representatives of the Russian government prior to Trump’s inauguration. Is there anything wrong with that? Not as far as we know. The CIA/NSA leakers have declined to say anything about the content of the conversations, so they must have been »

Games people shouldn’t play

Featured image That was the title of a January 1980 George Will column arguing that the U.S. should not participate in the 1980 Olympics, which were to be held in the Soviet Union. President Carter agreed. He said that if Soviet troops did not withdraw from Afghanistan, the United States would boycott the Moscow Olympics. They didn’t; we did. I thought of Will’s column when I learned that, in retaliation for President »

Iran put “on notice”

Featured image At today’s White House press briefing National Security Advisor Michael Flynn read a statement that took note of recent Iranian provocations. Flynn specifically cited two sets of Iranian actions that he suggested the Iranians had been allowed to conduct with relative impunity in recent years: Iranian ballistic missile launches and Iran’s proxies in Yemen attacking naval vessels in the Red Sea. Flynn put Iran “on notice,” without further explanation. Politico »

The Iran deal: what is to be done?

Featured image I’ll say this for Barack Obama, his two signature programs — Obamacare and the Iran deal — will be difficult for President Trump satisfactorily to dismantle. Yesterday, the Hudson Institute held a conference on “The Iran Deal Under Trump.” Unlike some D.C. think tank events, a full range of views was on display: anti-deal conservatism, moderate deal skepticism, and pro-Iranian apologism. Gary Samore of Harvard, who worked on arms control »

The madness of King Barry (or not)

Featured image If one hypothesized that President Obama’s object in entering into the JCPOA was to block Iran from acquiring a nuclear arsenal, one might conclude that the man is madder than King George III in the Regency Crisis. Indeed, so it seems, more evidence emerges every day to support the hypothesis. You begin to think you might be on to something. In the alternative, one might hypothesize that President Obama seeks »

An opportunity for Trump in Iran

Featured image Michael Ledeen reports that the Iranian dissident Ayatollah Hossein Boroujerdi is out of prison. He has been held in miserable conditions for a decade. Ayatollah Boroujerdi advocates toleration of all religious (and non-religious) beliefs and opposes the involvement of religious leaders in politics. He has repeatedly criticized the fundamentalist doctrines of the Iranian theocratic state and spoken out against anti-Semitism. In 2010 he sent Hanukkah greetings to the Jews of »

Obsessed with Israel; oblivious to genocide

Featured image That’s how the World Values Network summaries the Obama administration’s foreign policy. A good summary, though it excludes President Obama’s other dark obsession — appeasing Iran. What follows is the content of the World Values Network’s newspaper ad that appears under the title quoted above, and under pictures of Samantha Power, Susan Rice, John Kerry, and President Obama — a quartet described as one that “will live in infamy as »

Whole lotta lyin’ goin’ on

Featured image By just about everyone’s reckoning, the so-called signature achievements of the Obama years are the enactment of Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal. They have a lot in common. Both are ruinous and both were founded on an edifice of bald-faced lies. President Obama is the lyin’ king and these are the lyin’ years. We recall the foundational lies of Obamacare: If you like your insurance plan, you can keep »

Obama’s secret concessions to Iran revealed

Featured image Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) posted documents revealing that President Obama granted Iran permission to stockpile uranium in excess of the 300 kilogram limit set by the nuclear deal. Jenna Lifhits of the Weekly Standard has the story. The exemptions had been kept secret for almost a year. However the Trump administration reportedly intended to make them public, which may be why the IAEA decided to reveal »

MSM mainstay thinks Trump may have a clue

Featured image David Ignatius strikes me as a fount of the conventional wisdom. If so, the conventional wisdom about Donald Trump may be changing. On December 6, Ignatius proclaimed that Trump had “flunked his first foreign policy test” by following up his phone conversation with Taiwan’s president with an anti-China “twitter storm.” This certainly was the conventional wisdom. But earlier this week, Ignatius found value in Trump’s “early foray with China.” He »

Will Team Trump air Obama’s Iran secrets?

Featured image For years, Republicans and conservatives have charged that President Obama has shielded embarrassing intelligence and other information regarding Iran in order to limit opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and Obama’s conciliatory approach to Tehran. The charge seems well-founded. After all, it took Sens. Tom Cotton and Rep. Mike Pompeo to discover secret side agreements attached to the nuclear deal. Eli Lake suggests that the Trump administration may well stop »

After the Iran deal

Featured image Fred Fleitz of the Center for Security Policy is an expert on, and leading critic of, the Iran nuclear deal. He followed the Iranian nuclear issue for the CIA, the State Department, and the House Intelligence Committee. In this column for NRO, Fleitz predicts that Donald Trump will fix the Iran deal or else kill it. He cites a statement by Walid Phares, a senior national-security adviser to Trump, that »

Smith reviews Sciolino

Featured image President Obama’s signal foreign policy “achievement,” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, guarantees and finances the Iranian regime’s development of a nuclear arsenal. It also enhances their regional power until that time. All in all, from the perspective of the national security of the United States and its allies, it must be the stupidest deal of all time. Some Americans nevertheless see it as a brilliant stroke. Take, for example, »

When Houthis attack

Featured image Like so many other regimes around the world, that of the Islamic Republic of Iran has President Obama sized up as a patsy. Its Houthi minions in Yemen fired on the United States Navy destroyer USS Mason twice while the ship was patrolling the Red Sea. After the second attack we fired off an ever so proportionate response last week. According to this NBC News report, the Mason was fired »

WikiLeaks: Podesta agreed that Iran deal is disastrous

Featured image Among the recent WikiLeaks documents is an exchange between John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, and John Anzalone of something called Anzalone Liszt Grove Research. Anzalone sent Podesta an email that consisted of a quote from Sen. Mark Kirk contained in a BuzzFeed article about the Iran deal. Analone also included a link to the article. In the quoted portion of the article, Kirk said that the Iran deal “condemns »