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House committee will investigate matters relating to Iran deal

Featured image Politico reports that the House oversight committee has launched an investigation into whether the Obama administration, in trying to win support for a nuclear deal and prisoner swap with Tehran last year, undermined an ambitious U.S. counter-proliferation effort to thwart Iranian weapons trafficking networks. In addition, 13 Republican senators have demanded answers about whether the Obama administration jeopardized U.S. national security as a result of its protracted top-secret negotiations with »

Such a deal (3)

Featured image Tucker Carlson invited Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell to discuss the Iran deal in the context of Josh Meyer’s bombshell report for Politico. Meyer shows that Team Obama had a whole lotta lyin’ goin’ on. Where’s the outrage? Swalwell is not inclined to look back. It’s all ancient history. The video below from Tucker’s Fox News shows last night reflects Swalwell’s struggle to keep his Obama era talking points straight. Ben »

Such a deal (2)

Featured image Here and here, we noted Josh Meyer’s 7300-word investigative report for Politico on the odious hostage deal we arrived at with Iran last year further to the even more odious JCPOA. When it comes to the approach of President Obama and his flacks to these deals, let me adapt the song made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis: whole lotta lyin’ goin’ on. If the Democrats’ mainstream adjunct has its way »

Such a deal: A footnote

Featured image At the time the rotten Iran deal was announced in January 2016 reader Don Burden wrote to comment on one of the convicted Iranians released by the Obama administration in exchange for the four or five American hostages who were returning home. We posted Mr. Burden’s message in “A note on the hostage deal.”. Mr. Burden wrote, he said at the time, because “this is something I have a lot »

Such a deal

Featured image Politico has just posted Josh Meyer’s investigation of concealed dimensions of the Obama administration’s giveaway to Iran in the hostage deal further to the rotten Iran nuclear deal. It is a long and intensely reported piece that warrants the closest attention. Here Meyer reports on the reaction of law enforcement authorities to the release of eight Iranian-born prisoners and the shutdown of previously undisclosed cases: When federal prosecutors and agents »

The trouble with compliance

Featured image Secretary Tillerson’s tough talk on Iran prompts a look back to the time when the Obama administration entered into the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. Under the JCPOA, Obama claimed to have “blocked” Iran’s paths to nuclear weapons. This was the “narrative” disseminated by Obama soulmate Ben Rhodes to the Democrats’ moronic media adjunct. The JCPOA, it should be noted, is not a treaty. What is »

Rex Tillerson’s tough talk on Iran

Featured image Yesterday, as we noted here, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed Congress that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal and that the administration will continue to provide relief from sanctions, as called for by the agreement. He added, however, that “Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods.” Today, Tillerson (1) elaborated in scathing language on Iran’s role as a leading sponsor of »

Trump finds Iran in compliance with nuclear deal

Featured image The State Department informed Congress Tuesday that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal and that it will continue relief from sanctions under the agreement. It added: “Notwithstanding, Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods.” The State Department also told Congress that the administration has undertaken a full review of the agreement to evaluate whether continued sanctions relief is in the national interest. »

On Syria, now they tell us

Featured image New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker looks back at Assad’s use of Sarin gas to murder civilians in Syria in the context of President Obama’s agreement with Putin and Assad to remove chemical weapons. In the newspaper Baker’s article runs on page A11 under the headline “Deal on Syria’s chemical weapons comes back to haunt Obama.” Online Baker’s article runs under the headline “For Obama, Syria chemical attack »

Iran’s Mullahs: Dead Syrian Children Are Fakes!

Featured image How nervous are Iran’s rulers, sponsors of the Assad regime, about President Trump’s missile strike on Syria? This nervous: Iran’s semi-official FARS news service headlines, “Swedish Medical Associations [sic] Says White Helmets Murdered Kids for Fake Gas Attack Videos.” President Trump is now threatening to take America into a war against Syria, Iran and even Russia, a war he says is justified by “evidence” he has received from the Syrian »

“Beyond a red line”

Featured image Asked yesterday by AP reporter Julie Pace about Syrian President Assad’s sarin gas attacks on the town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday, President Trump responded: “It crossed a lot of lines for me. When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line. Many, »

From the Iran file

Featured image Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon’s new book is The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East. Solomon has broken many stories on the Iran beat for the Journal. His new book is must reading on the critical national security challenge presented by the regime of the mad mullahs that is on a glide path to the acquisition of nuclear weapons with »

A Yemen dilemma

Featured image Michael Ledeen wonders whether President Trump has “a strategy to win the global war.” Michael discerns none. Instead, he sees our enemies and adversaries making inroads, while the U.S. counters mostly with words and, in the case of Russia, “the usual sanctions.” What is our policy? It’s a surprisingly difficult question to answer. We say we want Iran out of Syria, but we’re in league with the Iranians in some »

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 »