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  • WikiLeaks Releases More Than Half A Million US Diplomatic Cables

    11/28/2016 11:53:05 AM PST · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11/28/16 | Alex Pfeiffer
    WikiLeaks released Monday more than half a million U.S. diplomatic cables from the year 1979. “If any year could be said to be the ‘year zero’ of our modern era, 1979 is it,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a press release. “In the Middle East, the Iranian revolution, the Saudi Islamic uprising and the Egypt-Israel Camp David Accords led not only to the present regional power dynamic but decisively changed the relationship
  • Six Million Christians Emigrated from Middle East Over Past 100 Years – Expert

    11/25/2016 3:28:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 11/25/16
    “The number of Christian emigrants comprised six million people in the past 100 years,” Suheil Farah, Lebanese university professor and a member of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS), was quoted by the IOPS press service as saying. According to his information, the number of Christians on the territory of the Arab world ranges between 12 million and 15 million. Most of them live in Egypt, Sudan and Lebanon (9-12 million). There are 900,000 Christians in Syria, 350,000 in Iraq, between 140,000 and 165,000 in Jordan, 50,000 in Palestine and 120,000 in Israel. “Christians now account for 3.4% of the...
  • Obama Admin Covering Up Key Iran Deal Details in Final Days

    11/22/2016 4:23:58 PM PST · by FreedomUS · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Nov-22-2016 | Adam Kredo
    Rubio spox: Senator looks forward to helping Trump shred Iran deal Senior Obama administration officials in their final days in office are seeking to cover up key details of the Iran nuclear deal from Congress, according to documents and sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about continued efforts by the White House to block formal investigations into secret diplomacy with Tehran that resulted in a $1.7 billion cash payment by the United States. As leading members of Congress petition the Obama administration for answers about what many describe as a $1.7 billion “ransom” payment to Iran, Obama administration...
  • Incoming CIA Director Has Reputation for Confronting Iran

    11/18/2016 6:08:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | November 18, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) to serve as the next CIA director is garnering early praise from senior congressional insiders and foreign policy experts, who told the Washington Free Beacon on Friday that the lawmaker has won plaudits for taking a tough line on Iranian intransigence and investigating the Obama administration’s secret negotiations with Tehran. Pompeo, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, earned a reputation among his Republican colleagues for his aggressive investigations into Obama administration secrecy surrounding last year’s nuclear agreement with Iran, multiple sources confirmed.Multiple investigations by the lawmaker unearthed documents showing...
  • House votes 419-1 to extend Iran sanctions

    11/16/2016 5:33:48 PM PST · by ConfidentConservative · 43 replies
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 11/15/16 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to extend an Iran sanctions law for another 10 years...
  • Kerry Hints at One Last Mideast Peace Push Before Obama Term Ends

    11/14/2016 1:35:12 PM PST · by SaveFerris · 53 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 3, 2016 | 4:14 AM EDT | By Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State John Kerry has hinted that he may be involved in one final push on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, amid growing speculation – and concern among Israel supporters – that President Obama may use the period between next week’s election and the end of his administration to break the deadlock. The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that according to administration sources, “the White House has asked the State Department to develop an options menu for the president’s final weeks.” It said the possibilities could include supporting – or not vetoing – a U.N. Security Council resolution...
  • Army Special Forces soldiers killed in Jordan were working for the CIA

    11/12/2016 9:47:35 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 24 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | November 12, 2016 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Joby Warrick
    The three Army Special Forces soldiers killed at a Jordanian military base this month were working for a CIA program to train moderate Syrian fighters when they were shot at a checkpoint under still-unclear circumstances, U.S. officials said. The Nov. 4 slayings of the three soldiers is believed to be the deadliest single incident involving a CIA team since December 2009, when seven officers and contractors were killed in a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan. The Fort Campbell, Ky.-based soldiers — all members of the 5th Special Forces Group — were killed by a Jordanian soldier at an entry control...
  • Why an Iran-Saudi Arabia Conflict Is More Likely Today Than Ever Before

    10/23/2016 5:26:23 PM PDT · by RC one · 25 replies
    NewsWeek ^ | 10/18/16 at 12:05 PM | Bilal Y. Saab
    Much has been written about the cold war between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Though this deadly strategic competition has not caused the sweeping disorder in which the Middle East finds itself, it has widened and deepened it.Whether in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Lebanon or elsewhere, the feud between Riyadh and Tehran has heightened societal divides and inflamed sectarian tensions, harming any efforts to defeat the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), end the civil war in Syria, stabilize Iraq, stop the fighting in Yemen, and solve the political crisis in Lebanon.While both countries have always preferred...
  • Aleppo has become a 'ghost city'

    09/26/2016 8:00:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | September 26, 2016 | James Masters and Mohammad Eyad Kourdi
    Everyone is waiting for a way out of Aleppo, says 28-year-old Monther Etaky, a graphic designer who lives there. "The city is now a ghost city," the father of a two-month-old boy tells CNN. "There are only ambulances and fire trucks around and over the past three days the shelling has been horrible. "Usually I get used to the barrel bombs and I could sleep normally -- but now I can't -- the new missiles are so loud and horrifying."
  • UN Chief: End the nightmare in Syria

    09/25/2016 2:40:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations urged world powers on Sunday to work harder to end Syria's civil war. The conflict has taken half a million lives and created an international refugee problem since it started in March of 2011. Addressing an emergency session of the Security Council, Ban asked, "What excuse is there for anything less than determined action to stop the mayhem? How much longer will all those with influence allow such cruelty to continue? I urge all involved to work harder...
  • We just got the clearest sign yet that Iran's military mastermind is calling shots in Iraq

    09/16/2016 9:20:27 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 1, 2016 | Natasha Bertrand
    Photos appearing to show the leader of Iran's powerful Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, liaising with Iraqi authorities near Baghdad have prompted speculation — and concern — over the role Iran and its proxies intend to play in driving ISIS out of Mosul and Fallujah. Soleimani's presence in Iraq amid two major counter-ISIS offensives — in Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, and in Mosul, further north — has unnerved those familiar with Iran's campaign to cultivate influence in the region through Shiite proxy militias, whose presence in Sunni-majority areas could provoke sectarian violence. Iraqi officials deny that the PMU is...
  • Trump warns Iran: Ships 'will be shot out of the water'

    09/10/2016 7:10:37 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 98 replies
    ktvz.com/CNN ^ | Daniella Diaz and Jeremy Diamond CNN
    <p>Donald Trump vowed Friday that if Iran inappropriately approached U.S. ships, they would be "shot out of the water."</p> <p>"And by the way, with Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats and they make gestures that our people -- that they shouldn't be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water," he said at a rally here.</p>
  • Obama administration arms sales offers to Saudi top $115 billion: report

    09/07/2016 9:12:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 07, 2016 | Yara Bayoumy
    U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has offered Saudi Arabia more than $115 billion in weapons, other military equipment and training, the most of any U.S. administration in the 71-year U.S.-Saudi alliance, a report seen by Reuters has found. The report, authored by William Hartung of the U.S.-based Center for International Policy, said the offers were made in 42 separate deals, and the majority of the equipment has yet to be delivered. Hartung told Reuters the report would be made available publicly on Sept. 8. The report said U.S. arms offers to Saudi Arabia since Obama took office in January 2009...
  • Iranian boats swarm US warship, force it to change course

    09/07/2016 6:24:32 AM PDT · by pabianice · 49 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 9/6/16 | Dickstein
    ...One of the small Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps watercraft stopped directly in the USS Firebolt’s path where it turned to face the American coastal patrol ship, said U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. After several attempts at radio communication, the Firebolt was forced to maneuver to avoid a collision. The American ship came within about 100 yards of the boat...
  • Wikileaks Outlines How Hillary Clinton Did Bidding Of Her Saudi Masters & Turned Libya Into ISIS He

    08/28/2016 3:48:46 PM PDT · by drewh · 47 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | August 27 2016
    It’s called the “tick tock” email, just recently released by Wikileaks. The email shows Hillary Clinton’s office outlining how Mrs. Clinton must be given full credit for what took place in Libya before and after the fall of the Gaddafi regime – a fall that resulted in a missing 1.5 billion dollars sent to Libya by Hillary Clinton, the subsequent death of four Americans, including the first U.S. ambassador to die on duty in more than thirty years, and thousands more deaths as Libya descended into anarchy. And it was all done after the House of Saud wished it so...
  • HOUSTON: Thousands of Middle Eastern Illegal Immigrants Busted with Forged Papers at Border

    08/21/2016 3:09:34 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 18 Aug 2016 | Bob Price
    <p>U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents working with Mexican immigration officials have found thousands of non-Hispanic illegal immigrants crossing Mexico's southern border to make their way to Texas. The "extra-continental" immigrants enter countries as far south as Brazil and make their way to the United States, often with forged travel documents.</p>
  • Top US commander warns Russia, Syria

    08/21/2016 1:37:11 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies
    cnn.com ^ | August 21, 2016 | Barbara Starr
    In the most direct public warning to Moscow and Damascus to date, the new US commander of American troops in Iraq and Syria is vowing to defend US special operations forces in northern Syria if regime warplanes and artillery again attack in areas where troops are located.
  • Obama secretly backing Muslim Brotherhood

    08/18/2016 1:04:23 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    President Obama and his administration continue to support the global Islamist militant group known the Muslim Brotherhood. A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State. The policy of backing the Muslim Brotherhood is outlined in a secret directive called Presidential Study Directive-11, or PSD-11. The directive was produced in 2011 and outlines administration support for political reform in the Middle East and North Africa, according to officials familiar with the classified study. Efforts to force the administration to release the directive or portions of...
  • White House Partner Asked Soros for $750K to Fund Pro-Iran Deal ‘Echo Chamber’

    08/18/2016 10:46:47 AM PDT · by amorphous · 10 replies
    FreeBeacon.Com ^ | 18 August 2016 | Adam Kredo
    An organization that played a key role in the White House’s effort to mislead the public and Congress about last summer’s nuclear agreement with Iran requested $750,000 for this campaign from a foundation backed by liberal billionaire George Soros, according to funding documents leaked to the public. The Ploughshares Fund, a liberal organization cited by top White House officials as a chief architect of the Obama administration’s campaign to push the Iran deal, requested the cash from Soros’s Open Society Foundations so that it could pay off “experts and validators” of the administration’s diplomacy with Iran, according to a funding...
  • Hizbullah Official: Israel Is Closer Than Ever to Its Demise; We Are Capable of Entering the Galilee

    08/15/2016 9:37:40 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 41 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 8/8/16 | Mayadeen TV (Lebanon)
    In a TV interview, Lebanese cleric Hashem Safieddine, head of the Executive Council of Hizbullah, said that "Israel is closer than ever before to its demise" and warned that "the time for operations will come." When the interviewer asked whether Hizbullah was capable of entering the Galilee or "even further than the Galilee" with ground forces, Safieddine responded: "We have that capability. Of course." The interview aired on Mayadeen TV on August 8.
  • Hezbollah leader: Obama did, indeed, found ISIS

    08/14/2016 12:33:25 PM PDT · by Mr. M.J.B. · 59 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 14/08/16 21:14 | Nissan Tzur
    Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Hezbollah terror group, cited American Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's words several days ago stating that current American President Barack Obama had founded ISIS - and agreed with him. During a event for Hezbollah supporters in Southern Lebanon, Nasrallah cited Trump, emphasizing: "The American Presidential candidate is saying this. What he says is based on documents and facts."
  • Iran ‘Ransom’: Feds Claim $1.7 Billion Paid in Full — But Won’t Explain How

    08/11/2016 3:19:50 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Aug 2016 | Aaron Klein
    Questions continue to linger about the Obama administration’s decision to deliver $400 million in pallets of foreign currency flown to Iran aboard an unmarked jetliner the same day five American hostages were released from Iranian custody. The State and Treasury Departments both told Breitbart News that the U.S. government transferred the remaining $1.3 billion, which was part of the same settlement for which the $400 million was an initial payment in January. However, despite numerous requests, neither State nor Treasury would provide an answer on how the Obama administration allegedly transferred to Iran the remaining $1.3 billion.
  • Fmr. CIA Agent: Obama Displayed ‘High Level’ of Deception On $400 Million Iranian Payment

    08/09/2016 12:49:52 PM PDT · by detective · 42 replies
    Law Newz ^ | August 9th, 2016 | Phil Houston and Don Tennant
    Phil Houston is CEO of QVerity, a training and consulting company specializing in detecting deception by employing a model he developed while at the Central Intelligence Agency. He has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations for the CIA and other federal agencies. His colleague Don Tennant contributed to this report. As the debate rages over whether the payment of $400 million to Iran was a ransom to secure the release of four Americans being held prisoner by Iranian authorities, our analysis of the behavior exhibited by President Barack Obama in explaining the payment suggests that it was almost certainly a...
  • President Obama Violated the Law with His Ransom Payment to Iran

    08/08/2016 12:33:45 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/16 | Andrew C. McCarthy Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438744/iran-ransom-payment-
    The president hoped to camouflage what he knew to be against the law in his dealings with Iran.   Did it ever occur to President Obama to ask why he couldn’t just cut a check to the Iranian regime? Outrage broke out this week over the revelation that Obama arranged to ship the mullahs piles of cash, worth $400 million and converted into foreign denominations, reportedly in an unmarked cargo plane. The hotly debated question was whether the payment, which the administration attributes to a 37-year-old arms deal, was actually a ransom paid for the release of American hostages...
  • QUIET URGENCY IN FACE OF PROBABLE WAR (Israel)

    08/05/2016 4:46:52 PM PDT · by Lera · 78 replies
    Jerusalem Journal ^ | August 3, 2016 | Brian Schrauger
    Behind the headlines, Israel is quietly concerned about protecting its citizens from an attack just across its northern border with Lebanon. Hezbollah, the so-called "Party of Allah" is known to have at least 150 thousand missiles in its armory. They are all earmarked for the Jewish State. Under Iran's control, it is virtually certain that the only reason Hezbollah has not yet attacked Israel is because of Syria. Like Hezbollah in Lebanon, that country's President Assad is also a vassal of the Islamic Republic. Almost all of Tehran's immediate efforts are focused on keeping Assad in power. Accordingly, Hezbollah has...
  • Obama’s Cash Payment to Iran Was More Than a Ransom — It Broke Criminal Law

    08/06/2016 6:35:54 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 98 replies
    National Review ^ | August 6, 2016 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    " By his own account, President Obama engaged in the complex cash transfer in order to end-run sanctions that prohibit the U.S. from having “a banking relationship with Iran.” The point of the sanctions is not to prevent banking with Iran; it is to prevent Iran from getting value from or through our financial system — the banking prohibition is a corollary. And the point of sanctions, if you happen to be the president of the United States sworn to execute the laws faithfully, is to follow them — not pat yourself on the back for keeping them in place...
  • OBAMA ILLEGALLY AIRLIFTED $400 MILLION IN CASH TO IRAN IN UNMARKED PLANE

    08/04/2016 10:16:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 90 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 3, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Funding Iran directly funds terrorism because the Iranian regime is effectively a terror state. Back in the Senate, Obama fought against the classification of the Revolutionary Guard, a key Iranian political-military institution, as terrorists. He's remained consistent since then. 3. This is simply treason. Obama is aiding and abetting the murder of Americans. He's funding terrorism. He's funding Iran's wars in the region, which aside from Israel, include campaigns in Iraq and Syria that have dragged the United States in. The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January...
  • Assad to Netanyahu: Help Me Control the Region and I Guarantee You a Calm Golan

    07/31/2016 6:32:48 PM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 67 replies
    Assad to Netanyahu: Help Me Control the Region and I Guarantee You a Calm Golan By JNI Media July 31, 2016 , 8:30 am 162 16 8 9Email 274Share “Unto the sons of Gershom were given, out of the family of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with the open land about it, and Ashtaroth with the open land about it.” I Chronicles 6:56 (The Israel Bible™) image: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/bashar-al-Assad-syria-russia-vladimir-putin.jpg Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets with Vladimir Putin in Russia 20 October 2015. (Photo: Kremlin/President of the Russian Federation/Wikimedia Commons) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets with Vladimir Putin in Russia...
  • How Obama Crippled the Iranian People's Freedom Quest

    07/25/2016 6:09:01 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 13 replies
    FSM ^ | 7/24/2016 | Slater Bakhtavar
    Instead, Obama has ignored the people of Iran, a population friendly to the United States and its ideals. His administration even declared the 2009 Green Movement - a popular protest against a probably-rigged presidential election - an internal affair of Iran that warranted no American input. He has failed to do anything for the Iranians, and has even tacitly betrayed them by negotiating with and legitimizing their theocratic government. The catastrophic nuclear deal with the rulers of Iran represented the latest in Obama's long series of failures in relation to the country. While it is true that the economic sanctions...
  • Former Saudi General Makes Rare Israel Visit; MK: "Saudis Want to Get Closer to Israel"

    07/24/2016 5:48:56 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 18 replies
    Israel News ^ | 24 July 2016 | By Ariella Mendlowitz
    ormer Saudi General Dr. Anwar Eshki visited Israel last week, alongside a delegation of academics and businessmen, all of whom came with the intended goal to encourage further discussion of the Saudi-led 2002 Arab Peace Initiative. The Israeli news source Haaretz reported that the delegation met with Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold, the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Yoav Mordechai, and several Knesset members from the opposition. ...
  • Syria: Patriarch Blasts Western Efforts to Remove Assad

    07/22/2016 7:26:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The head of the Syriac Catholic Church—an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See—offered strong criticism of “American, French, English, [and] European Union politicians” whose efforts to remove President Bashar al-Assad have led to a nightmare for the region’s Christians. Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan told the National Catholic Register that Syria was a place “where they were fighting against illiteracy, where you had medical care for all, a peaceful country, where you could go wherever you wanted to go, 24 hours a day without any problem — they [the Western powers] find it has a dictatorship...
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran: At War with the U.S.

    07/22/2016 7:39:18 AM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    Frontpage ^ | July 22, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    The Jerusalem Post Wednesday quoted the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, “warning the US administration and its House of Representatives and Senate that injurious measures against the nuclear agreement have reached such a point that there is no way left for Iran but to counteract.” As I show in my new book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran, Larijani’s bellicose language and thinly-veiled threat may have come as a surprise to those who believe that Barack Obama and John Kerry brought peace for our time by means of the nuclear deal, but it was nothing new to those...
  • Iran: Confronting U.S. Is Only Choice Left

    07/21/2016 8:17:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/21/2016 | Deborah Danan
    TEL AVIV – Confronting the U.S. is the only choice Iran has left, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned Wednesday. The remarks came following legislation proposed by U.S. opponents to the Iran deal to further sanction the Islamic Republic, and the UN’s first bi-annual report, which said that Iran was not following the “spirit” of the nuclear agreement signed last year by continuing ballistic missile tests. “Majlis (Iranian Parliament), utterly regretting the UN chief’s move, is warning the US administration and its House of Representatives and Senate that injurious measures against the nuclear agreement have reached such a point that...
  • British military insider: World War III is being staged; starting with Israel and Iran

    02/20/2010 3:48:46 PM PST · by TaraP · 204 replies · 3,696+ views
    examiner.com ^ | Feb 18th, 2010 | Carl Herman
    There is a planned Third World War, which will be nuclear and biological. Our source believes that this is on track to be initiated within the next 18-24 months. • It is planned to begin with a strike by Israel on Iran. Either Iran or China will be provoked into a nuclear response. After a brief nuclear exchange, there will be a ceasefire. The world will be thrown into fear and chaos - all carefully engineered. • The extreme state of tension will be used to justify heavy social and military controls in all western first world nations. Plans are...
  • C.I.A. Arms for Syrian Rebels Supplied Black Market, Officials Say

    06/27/2016 12:33:15 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 26, 2016 | MARK MAZZETTI and ALI YOUNES
    Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials. Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, F.B.I. officials believe after months of investigating the attack. The Jordanian officers who were part of the scheme reaped a windfall from the weapons sales. The training program, which in 2013 began directly arming the...
  • Iran’s Unfriendly Skies

    06/27/2016 7:54:51 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 24, 2016 | Diane Katz
    With the blessing of the Obama administration, Boeing Co. has negotiated the sale of a fleet of new jets to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism. The $17.6 billion deal between the aviation giant and the Islamic Republic of Iran was made possible by the lifting of economic sanctions against Tehran in January. It is a reckless piece of business that Congress must address. Under terms of the memorandum of agreement, Boeing reportedly will supply 80 planes—including intercontinental jumbo jets—to state-owned Iran Air. The carrier, according to the U.S. Department of Treasury, has been routinely commandeered by the Islamic...
  • In anger, Obama questioned necessity of Israel's qualitative military edge

    06/20/2016 4:41:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/20/16 | Michael Wilner
    WASHINGTON -- Frustrated over a stall in an arms sale to Saudi Arabia, Obama once questioned the necessity of maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge in the region, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday. Panetta was confirming a report from Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg, who attributed the claim to him in an article on Obama's foreign policy doctrine published last March. The former Pentagon chief said the White House, at the time, was deeply concerned that Israel was preparing to unilaterally strike Iran. Simultaneously, the administration was also hoping to complete with Riyadh a significant sale of fighter jets....
  • U.S. Officials Fear Saudi Collapse If New Prince Fails

    06/18/2016 4:38:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | 17 June 2016 | Robert Windrem, William M. Arkin
    The Saudi prince who seems to have won a family power struggle is meeting with U.S. officials this week -- some of them the same officials who are concerned his reign could be ruinous and hurt the regional security U.S. officials crave. Officials in the national security establishment believe Saudi Arabia is at a crossroads, and that if the prince doesn't succeed, now and later as king, there could be chaos in the Kingdom. "It's him or it's ISIS," said one Saudi expert who asked that his name not be used. Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's 30-year-old deputy crown prince,...
  • Israel Has Been Infected by the Seeds of Fascism, Says ex-Prime Minister Ehud Barak

    05/23/2016 2:51:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | May 20, 2016 9:43 PM
    Israel has been “infected by the seeds of fascism,” former prime minister and defense minister Ehud Barak said during a TV interview on Friday night. Responding to the resignation of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon earlier in the day, Barak said that it “should be a red light for all of us regarding what’s going on in the government.” “Life-sustaining Zionism and the seeds of fascism cannot live together,” Barak told a Channel 10 interviewer. …
  • How the Obama administration paid J Street to push the Iranian nuclear sellout

    05/23/2016 10:33:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 5/23/16 | Carl in Jerusalem
    The Obama administration through its National Security Council passed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Ploughshares Fund, an NGO that favors allowing Iran to have nuclear weapons. And the Ploughshares Fund paid J Street over $500,000 to push its agenda last summer. That's what came out over this past weekend. A group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal gave liberal Jewish lobbying organization J street $576,500 to advocate for the deal.  ... J-Street, a liberal Jewish political action group, undertook a comprehensive campaign last year to support the nuclear...
  • White House admits it played us for fools to sell Iran deal

    05/06/2016 5:51:32 AM PDT · by detective · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 5, 2016 | John Podhoretz
    Congratulations, liberals of the Washington press corps and elite organizations: You’re a bunch of suckers. We all know this because the Obama White House just told us so. In an astounding New York Times piece by David Samuels, senior White House officials gleefully confess they use friendly reporters and nonprofits as public relations tools in the selling of President Obama’s foreign policy — and can do it almost at will because these tools are ignorant, will believe what they’re told, will essentially take dictation and are happy to be used just to get the information necessary for a tweet or...
  • Kerry Draws Red Line, Says Syria Better Start Removing Assad By Aug 1

    05/04/2016 9:35:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 55 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/4/2016 | Jonah Bennett
    Secretary of State John Kerry just gave Syria a hard deadline for starting the political transition to get rid of Syrian President Bashar Assad: Aug. 1. Kerry told reporters Tuesday if Syria doesn’t begin the process of removing Assad by Aug. 1, there will be serious consequences, The Associated Press reports. “If Assad does not adhere to this, there will clearly be repercussions,” Kerry said. “One of them may be the total destruction of the cease-fire and then go back to war. I don’t think Russia wants that. I don’t think Assad is going to benefit from that. There may...
  • Exxon's 1Q profit plunges 63 percent on lower oil prices

    05/03/2016 7:34:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 43 replies
    AP ^ | 29 April 2016 | David Koenig
    <p>DALLAS (AP) -- Exxon Mobil produced its weakest quarter in more than 16 years as lower oil prices pushed its profit down by 63 percent.</p> <p>Revenue tumbled 28 percent, and the oil giant lost money in its vaunted exploration and production business despite a 2 percent increase in production. It made more money, however, in chemicals.</p>
  • Obama in Riyadh: Iran nuclear deal sign of 'strength, not weakness'

    04/21/2016 1:19:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/21/16 | Susan Crabtree
    President Obama vigorously defended his nuclear negotiations at the end of a summit of Persian Gulf state leaders and a rocky visit to Saudi Arabia aimed at reassuring the anxious ally and seeking more support for the fight against the Islamic State. While the president acknowledged Saudi concern that the United States should not be "naďve" when dealing with Iran, he cited previous presidents' willingness to engage in talks with Russia during the height of the Cold War as models to follow. "John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan still negotiated with the Soviet Union even when the Soviet Union was...
  • Saudis snub Obama on Riyadh arrival amid growing tensions

    04/20/2016 11:52:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/19/16 | cnn
    (CNN)President Barack Obama received a chilly reception from Saudi Arabia's leaders as he landed in Riyadh Wednesday, a clear sign of the cooling relations between once-close allies amid regional upheaval and dropping oil prices. When Obama touched down in Riyadh shortly after 1 p.m. local time, there were no kisses with the kingdom's ruler as President George W. Bush once exchanged. The Saudi government dispatched the governor of Riyadh rather than a senior-level royal to shake Obama's hand, a departure from the scene at the airport earlier in the day when King Salman was shown on state television greeting the...
  • Air France plane lands in Iran for first time in 8 years

    04/17/2016 8:56:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2016-04-18 | (AFP News Wires)
    The first Air France flight between Paris and Tehran for eight years landed in the Islamic republic’s capital on Sunday, bearing a government minister and a business delegation. The airline’s route had been suspended since 2008 because of international sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program. However, sanctions have been lifted under an accord with world powers that has now been in force for three months. […] Frederic Gagey, the airline’s chief executive, spoke of its “great pride in returning to Iran”. However, resumption of the service caused controversy in France after unions said the airline sent an internal...
  • U2's Bono lobbies US Senate for 'Marshall Plan' in the Middle East

    04/12/2016 3:25:43 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 46 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/12/16 | ATRICIA ZENGERLE, LESLEY WROUGHTON / REUTERS
    U2 lead singer Bono joined diplomats and aid experts on Tuesday to appeal for US Senate support for a "Marshall Plan" to provide aid to the Middle East much like the massive relief the United States provided for Europe after World War Two. "Aid in 2016 is not charity; it is national security," the rock star, who is also an active anti-poverty campaigner, testified to the Senate subcommittee that oversees foreign aid. "It could be the best bulwark we have against violent extremism," Bono said.
  • White House: Blame to share for failed Libya aftermath

    04/11/2016 2:06:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 11, 2016 3:22 PM EDT | Josh Lederman and Kathleen Hennessey
    The White House sought Monday to share the blame for the failed aftermath of the 2011 intervention in Libya, arguing the U.S. and its NATO allies asked too few questions about what would follow after dictator Moammar Gadhafi was toppled. A day after President Barack Obama called that failure the worst mistake of his presidency, the White House said Obama believed more should have been done to fill the power vacuum. Although the U.S. played a leading role in that effort, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama’s regrets extended to what “the United States and the rest of the...
  • Bernie Sanders claims Israel killed '10,000 innocents' in Gaza

    04/05/2016 6:20:45 PM PDT · by Lera · 42 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/5/2016 | Ari Soffer
    Grossly inflating casualty figures, Jewish Democratic presidential candidate condemns Israel's defensive actions in Gaza. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has accused Israel of killing over 10,000 innocent civilians during 2014's war with Gazan terrorists - in a gross inflation of the casualty statistics enough to make even Hamas's own propaganda chiefs blush. Sanders, who trails Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton by a significant margin, made the comments in a meeting with the New York Daily News editorial board, a transcript of which was published Tuesday. Despite being the only Jewish candidate in either party (and despite a stint as a youngster...
  • Did they lie or did they just bow to Iran?

    04/04/2016 7:55:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 4/4/16 | Carl in Jerusalem
    The Israel Project's Omri Ceren sent around an email this afternoon reporting that Congress is looking into whether Obama administration officials lied to Congress in their testimony about the Iran deal last summer, or whether they have just totally bowed to Iran. Last week reporters confirmed that the Obama administration has reversed itself on a number of commitments made to Congress during last summer's push to get support for the Iran deal. Specifically the AP confirmed that the administration intends to give Iran indirect access the U.S. financial system and Reuters confirmed that Washington is no longer labeling Iranian...