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 »

Our man in Hezbollah

Featured image The outrages continue to mount as we approach the end of the Obama administration. President Obama adds degradation to insult and injury. In a very recent example, Adam Kredo reports that former Hezbollah co-conspirator is slated to speak at a conference in Washington, D.C. He is Azmi Bishara. Bishara was an Israeli Arab serving in Israel’s parliament when he fled Israel in 2007. Bishara fled Israel to set up shop »

Obama’s Syria policy explained

Featured image In writing about the pathetic efforts of John Kerry to arrange a cease fire in Syria, I’ve referred to the Secretary of State as the village idiot. But what about President Obama? Though his intellect may be overrated, he’s anything but an idiot. Obama is, instead, a clever operator who often thinks several moves ahead of his domestic, though not his foreign, adversaries. Why, then, has U.S. policy paved the »

Netanyahu: The UN is a moral farce

Featured image Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu gave his annual address to the UN General Assembly yesterday (text here, video below). There is something thrilling about hearing the truth about important matters blurted out before a largely unfriendly audience that knows every word is true. In this crowd Netanyahu is the little boy who cried that the emperor has no clothes. Whether in text or video form, the speech in its entirety is »

Where’s the evidence we “owed” Iran the money we paid?

Featured image The Obama administrations and others wishing to defend the president’s decision to hand over $400 million in cash to Iran on Jan. 17 and $1.3 billion more in cash in two subsequent shipments insist that the payment was not a ransom. It was, instead, a payment of money the U.S. “owed” Iran, they say. Indeed, we got a bargain because the money settled a claim that was worth substantially more, »

For the mullahs, nothing but cash

Featured image Omri Ceren writes to update us on today’s Wall Street Journal story by Jay Solomon and Carol Lee (accessible here via Google) that the $1.7 billion paid to the Islamic Republic of Iran was all cash. Omri writes with his usual footnotes: In January the White House revealed it was transferring Iran $1.7 billion while Iran released some US hostages. Officials denied those were linked, but then the WSJ revealed »

Analyze this

Featured image The Obama administration’s multifarious accommodations of the Islamic Republic of Iran are an evil that we will be living with for some time to come. Omri Ceren writes with his usual footnotes to explicate the administration’s nonresponse to revelations regarding the regime’s installation of the Russian anti-aircraft system to protect the supposedly pacified nuclear facility at Fordow (emphasis in original). This is an important issue and I thought some readers »

Unsafe in the Gulf

Featured image The Obama administration has declined to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, though it has richly earned such recognition. President Obama doesn’t want to do anything to alienate his putative friends in Islamic Republic of Iran. His putative friends, however, continue to harass American forces in the Gulf and to take actions that humiliate the United States. As his putative friends express their contempt for him, President Obama »

More Iran dividends

Featured image AFP reports that the Islamic Republic of Iran has deployed the Russian made S-300 missile system to protect its underground nuclear facility at Fordow. The Obama administration has expressed its “concern” for public consumption, but it’s an Obama threefer. Russia flaunts its contempt for Obama; the mullahs put American ransom money to work protecting the nukes they will acquire when they choose as they advance their program under the umbrella »

Secrets of the Iran ransom (2)

Featured image Following up on Andy McCarthy’s NRO column on the $1.31 billion in ransom payments to Iran (apart from the $400 million in cash) and on my related post, a reader with background in federal law enforcement writes: I saw your post regarding the suspicious transactions totaling $1.31 billion to Iran and thought I could explain part of it but with more questions. The reason for the 13 structured payments is »

Secrets of the Iran ransom

Featured image At the New York Sun last week, Claudia Rosett tentatively reported the mechanics of the Obama administration’s payment of the $1.3 billion tranche of the ransom to Iran. She discovered what Andy McCarthy calls “a bizarre string” of 13 identical money transfers of $99,999,999.99 each — all of them one cent less than $100 million — paid out of an obscure Treasury Department stash known as the “Judgment Fund.” In »

Obama’s Iran Policy Continues to Pay Dividends

Featured image From the first days of his administration, Barack Obama has sought to promote an alliance of sorts between the U.S. and Iran’s mullahs, and to build Iran up as a regional power. It is not hard to imagine what the Iranians thought of Obama’s repeated overtures. You might think the mullahs would show some gratitude for the $100 billion (or whatever the amount has turned out to be) that the »

Why Obama turned his back on the “green revolution” in Iran

Featured image Most readers, I’m pretty sure, recall that in the summer of 2009, after the dubious election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranians began an uprising. They hoped for support of some kind from the United States. That that support didn’t come. Instead, as Eli Lake reminds us, President Obama publicly downplayed the prospect of real change, saying that the candidates whom hundreds of thousands of Iranians were risking their lives to support »

The Nation’s Political Pilgrims, Iran Edition

Featured image If The Nation magazine’s special “curated” tour of the Soviet Union Russia isn’t enough for you, why they have another trip to an America-hating country that may be perfect: Iran! Join The Nation as we travel to Iran for an educational excursion curated for a very limited delegation of Nation readers and supporters. Undoubtedly, this trip will offer a rare opportunity to experience the people, politics, culture, and history of a country that has »

Obama administration: Iran cash payment depended on prisoner release

Featured image Yesterday, the Obama administration finally admitted that its $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of a group of American prisoners. State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the U.S. withheld the delivery of the cash as “leverage” until Iran permitted the Americans to leave the country. There was also this exchange: In basic English, you’re saying you wouldn’t give them $400 million in cash until »