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  • Israeli Officials: Obama has Already Given Iran 80% of What they Want in Nuke Negotiations

    01/30/2015 8:31:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | January 30, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Considering that he has given our enemy Iran 80% of what they want in negotiations that were supposed to curtail their nuclear enrichment program, you bet I would. The guy is a pushover and if I played my cards right, I might end up walking off the lot with a free car. According to Channel 10 in Israel, Israeli officials believe that the American president is so desperate for a deal, he will give away the store — and American and Israeli security — in his quest to “make history” with the Iranians. Jerusalem Post: Israeli officials told Channel 10...
  • Five reasons Netanyahu should not address Congress

    01/30/2015 7:42:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Robert Kagan
    Here are five reasons Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should politely decline House Speaker John BoehnerÂ’s invitation to address a joint session of Congress: â—Ź ItÂ’s inappropriate. It doesnÂ’t matter what good allies the United States and Israel are, and it doesnÂ’t matter how bad relations may be between Netanyahu and President Obama. Allies donÂ’t go big-footing around in each otherÂ’s politics. It also doesnÂ’t matter how worthy the cause. In 1793, when Citizen GenĂŞt traveled through the United States, drumming up support for revolutionary France (and overtly violating President George WashingtonÂ’s policy of U.S. neutrality), he no doubt thought...
  • Israel Releases Footage Of An Iranian ICBM That Could Reach And Strike The US!

    01/30/2015 6:24:31 PM PST · by xzins · 54 replies
    RightWingNews ^ | 30 Jan 15 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    So, tell me again why our President is threatening to veto any new sanctions against Iran? Why our Marxist leaders are insisting that Iran has a right to nuclear power, which in reality is nuclear warfare capability? Are we on the wrong side, suicidal or both? Obama is knowingly releasing the worst of the worst from Gitmo to go back and actively command and assist these terrorists. This isn’t some far off battle that doesn’t affect us. Iran’s missiles can now reach the United States! And it isn’t just them – it’s Russia and China too. They are literally salivating...
  • ISIL’s Rise in Libya

    01/30/2015 12:16:52 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 29 January 2015 | Christopher Stephen
    The Islamic State announced its arrival in Libya in brutal fashion this week with the slaying of an American contractor in a suicide attack on a Tripoli hotel, an act that will make it harder for Washington to continue ignoring the conflict and chaos raging in this North African country. Until now the United States and the European Great Powers have been content to look the other way as Libya had descended into violence and anarchy. Four years ago, NATO bombed the rebels to victory in their war against Muammar Qadhafi, then packed its bags and left the country to...
  • Senate Democrats Leave Door Open To Skip Netanyahu Speech

    01/30/2015 10:36:33 AM PST · by Dave346 · 54 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | Jan. 29, 2015, at 6:38 p.m. | Jacob Fischler
    WASHINGTON — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress in March, it is unclear whether everybody invited will actually show up. Democrats have criticized House Speaker John Boehner for circumventing the administration when he invited Netanyahu to speak, and the White House has already said Obama will not meet with him when he’s here. BuzzFeed News asked several Senate Democrats whether they planned on skipping the speech or not. Most said they either hadn’t thought about it or they hadn’t decided. But there were no hard answers in the negative. Only one senator definitively said...
  • Obama has agreed to 80 percent of Iran's demands in nuclear talks, Israeli officials tell Ch. 10

    01/30/2015 11:36:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | January 30, 2015 | Staff
    Isreali officials told Channel 10 on Friday that they are convinced the Obama administration has already agreed to most of Iran’s demands in the P5+1 negotiations over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. According to unnamed officials, Washington “has given the Iranians 80 percent of what they want” out of the negotiations, Channel 10 is reporting.
  • Speaker Boehner's State of Union Guest Is an Ex-Political Prisoner From Cuba; Will Media Ignore?

    01/20/2015 3:45:53 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ken Shepherd
    The State of the Union address this year falls one day after the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. So it's quite fitting that Speaker John Boehner have as his honored guest a black human-rights activist. But alas, said human-rights activist is also a Cuban dissident, a former political prisoner of the Castro regime and a critic of resident Obama's push to normalize relations with Cuba without any concomitant political and economic reforms on the island to empower the impoverished, oppressed people there. We will watch to see what mention, if any, is given by network journalists tonight to Jorge...
  • Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

    01/30/2015 9:31:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 23, 2015 – 06:13 PM | Gunther Latsch, Fidelius Schmid and Klaus Wiegrefe
    When it comes to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the German government is unyielding—particularly when it comes to finding excuses for why it should do nothing when it comes to potential German perpetrators. For more than 16 months, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has been in possession of a list containing the names of German companies thought to have helped Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his father Hafis build up Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal over the course of several decades. Ultimately, it became one of the largest such arsenals in the world. […] Berlin immediately classified the list and has...
  • Iran — Unafraid and Undeterred

    01/30/2015 6:11:58 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies
    Caroline Glick ^ | 1/30/2015 | Caroline Glick
    Israel’s reported strike January 18 on a joint Iranian-Hezbollah convoy driving on the Syrian Golan Heights was one of the most strategically significant events to have occurred in Israel’s neighborhood in recent months. Its significance lies both in what it accomplished operationally and what it exposed. From what been published to date about the identities of those killed in the strike, it is clear that in one fell swoop the air force decapitated the Iranian and Hezbollah operational command in Syria. The head of Hezbollah’s operations in Syria, the head of its liaison with Iran, and Jihad Mughniyeh, the son...
  • White House unhinged over Netanyahu speech

    01/29/2015 11:01:47 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | 29 Jan 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    At first blush, it might seem that the White House has become unhinged over an appearance by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before a joint session of Congress. After days of whining that Netanyahu’s appearance was not cleared with the White House, U.S. officials have taken to the press to anonymously screech and moan... ....... Ironically, the scuffle comes just after Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists killed two Israeli soldiers, reminding us that Iran is on the march throughout the region and that the Iranian government with which Obama hopes to achieve a grand reconciliation is committed to Israel’s destruction. UPDATE: In...
  • Who saw it coming: Jordan’s negotiations with ISIS over hostages collapse

    01/29/2015 12:41:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/29/2015 | Noah Rothman
    When the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria set terms for the release of a Jordanian fighter pilot captured when his plane was disabled over Syria, it was only marginally shocking that Jordan signaled it was willing to negotiate with ISIS fighters. That decision had some shock value not only because it is generally rare to see Western coalition partners negotiate with groups they admit to be terrorist organizations, but because the prisoner ISIS demanded in exchange was involved in one of the worst terrorist attacks in that countryÂ’s history. No sooner had bilateral negotiations between the Hashemite Kingdom...
  • Shiite Rebels Capture Yemen Military Base

    01/29/2015 9:05:37 AM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | Jan. 29, 2015
    Yemeni officials said that Shiite rebels have captured a key military base south of the capital, where U.S. advisers had previously trained counterterrorism forces. They say that the Republican Guard camp captured on Thursday was used by American experts until 2012 to train local forces battling al Qaeda’s powerful Yemeni affiliate. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, have seized a number of key military facilities in recent days, including the headquarters of the paramilitary special forces. They took control of the capital in...
  • Greenfield: Muslims are Not a Minority

    01/29/2015 8:45:43 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 14 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, July 25, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, July 25, 2013 Muslims are Not a Minority Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog The most persistent myth of the Western Dhimmi narrative is that Muslims are a minority and must receive special protection and accommodation. But Muslims are not a minority. There are 1.5 billion Sunni Muslims worldwide, outweighing Catholics as the next largest religious faction at 1.1 billion and Hindus at 1 billion. They are still a minority of the overall population in Western countries, but a demographically trending majority. In the UK more people attend mosques than the Church of England, that makes...
  • Can Israel Survive?

    01/29/2015 2:18:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Eight million Israelis are surrounded by some 400 million Muslims in more than 20 states. Almost all of Israel's neighbors are anti-Israeli dictatorships, monarchies or theocracies-- a number of them reduced to a state of terrorist chaos. Given the rise of radical Islam, the huge petrodollar wealth of the Middle East and lopsided demography, how has Israel so far survived? The Jewish state has always depended on three unspoken assumptions for its tenuous existence. First, a democratic, nuclear Israel can deter larger enemies. In the Cold War,...
  • The Next War In The Middle East Has Begun: Israel Vows ‘To Act Powerfully On All Fronts’ [Psalms 83]

    01/29/2015 8:49:49 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 48 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 1/29/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Israel and Hezbollah are at war. On top of everything else that is going on in the world, now we have a new war in the Middle East, and nobody is quite certain what is going to happen next. Israel has been preparing for this moment for more than 8 years. So has Hezbollah. According to some reports, Hezbollah has amassed an arsenal of 50,000 rockets since the end of the Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006. If all-out warfare does erupt, we could potentially see tens of thousands of missiles rain down into an area not too much larger than the...
  • Boehner: Admin ‘Doesn’t Even Try to Hide’ Antipathy Toward Netanyahu (Boner: ‘I’m the Tea Party’)

    01/29/2015 8:25:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jan 28, 2015 6:15 pm | (Special Report with Bret Baier)
    House Speaker John Boehner sat down with Bret Baier today for an exclusive interview, covering everything from immigration to ObamaCare to Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Boehner charged the administration with antipathy toward Netanyahu, and he sounded off on plans to sue President Barack Obama over his executive action on immigration. […] Baier asked whether this Congress is Boehner’s “last time around” and if he thinks he can bring all Republicans together. He responded with a laugh and said “I’ll be here for a while,” before adding that he sympathizes with the concerns of the more conservative...
  • Obama, Ignoring Realities, Sticks to His Comfort Zone

    01/29/2015 4:22:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    A week after his State of the Union address, political observers are still trying to figure out what President Obama's game is. That's because rhetorically and substantively, he seems to be in another world. In his State of the Union address, Obama refused to even take note of the GOP's historic midterm gains and the fact the House and Senate are now both under Republican control. On foreign policy, Obama talked as if everything was going swimmingly abroad, prompting even the Washington Post's Dana Milbank to marvel at Obama's "disconnect" from what is happening in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Russia....
  • Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal (i.e. West/East Germany)

    01/28/2015 3:10:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jan 2015 15:54 GMT+01:00
    More than 25 years after the Berlin Wall’s fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germany’s 1990 “annexation” of East Germany as Moscow’s answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea. Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of Russian parliament’s lower house, on Wednesday ordered legislators to consider an appeal from a Communist Party deputy to denounce the reunification of Germany as an illegal land grab of East Germany by its western neighbor. The collapse of Socialist rule in East Germany—officially known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR)—heralded the end of the Cold War, and was met with jubilation...
  • Hezbollah Missile Attack Kills Israeli Soldiers Near Lebanon, and 2 Sides Exchange Fire

    01/28/2015 10:39:21 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 28, 2015 | ISABEL KERSHNER and ANNE BARNARD
    JERUSALEM — Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded in a missile attack Wednesday as they drove in a disputed zone along the Lebanese border, Israel said, in the most serious flare-up in the area in years. Hezbollah claimed responsibility. The attack raised the risk of a further escalation between Israel and Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group that is one of Israel’s most tenacious enemies. The two sides lobbed rockets and artillery at each other for hours afterward. Hezbollah, which had vowed to avenge a deadly Israeli strike on its fighters earlier this month, said in a statement that...
  • Netanyahu Warns Syria and Lebanon Against Further Attacks [Isaiah 17]

    01/28/2015 10:47:08 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/28/2015 | Staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a warning to the government of Lebanon and to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from whose territories Wednesday's attack and Tuesday's rocket fire on the Golan Heights were launched. "The government of Lebanon and the Assad regime share responsibility for the consequences of attacks originating in their territory against the state of Israel," he said.
  • Video shows Hezbollah Brigades convoy transporting American M1 tank

    01/28/2015 9:44:59 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 28, 2015 | By Bill Roggio & Caleb Weiss
    A video uploaded to YouTube appears to show a large Hezbollah Brigades convoy transporting weapons, troops, and armored vehicles to the front to fight the Islamic State. Several American-made military vehicles, including an M1 Abrams tank, M113 armored personnel carriers, Humvees, and Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAP), as well as Iranian-made Safir 4x4s and technicals (armed pickup trucks) are in the convoy. The Hezbollah Brigades is US-designated foreign terrorist organization that has been involved in killing American soldiers in Iraq. At one point in the video, a transport truck is shown carrying an M1 Abrams tank. The Hezbollah Brigades' flag...
  • Israel says 2 soldiers killed in Hezbollah strike near Lebanese border

    01/28/2015 8:02:28 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-28-2015 | Fox News
    Israel's military says two of its soldiers were killed and another seven were wounded in a Hezbollah strike Wednesday on an army convoy near the Lebanese border. Israel's military responded to the anti-tank missile strike on the convoy with aerial and ground attacks on Hezbollah positions in Lebanon. Lebanese security officials told the Associated Press that Israel fired 25 shells across the border. The Israeli Defense Forces said that residents of the area had been ordered to remain in their homes. The Lebanese terror group Hezbollah earlier claimed responsibility for the attack and said it destroyed a number of Israeli...
  • Iran-Syria-North Korea Nuclear Nexus

    01/28/2015 7:27:24 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 1 replies
    FrontpageMag.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Majid Rafizadeh
    HassanAs Iranian and American chief diplomats continue to meet to find ways to speed up nuclear negotiations and strike a final nuclear deal that would lead to the removal of all international sanctions on the ruling clerics, the Obama administration persists in ignoring the recent revelations about the Islamic Republic and its covert operations in the region.
  • Lebanese Hezbollah Hits Israeli Convoy, Causing Casualties

    01/28/2015 6:10:51 AM PST · by edpc · 20 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Ariel Shalit and Zeina Karam
    SHEAR YASHUV, Israel (AP) — A missile fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an apparent retaliation for a deadly airstrike attributed to Israel that killed six Hezbollah fighters in Syria earlier this month.
  • ...Obama: 'Iran Has Not Advanced Its Nuclear Program'

    01/28/2015 3:52:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    opposingviews.com ^ | 12/29/14 | Edward Arnold
    ...."when I came into office, the world was divided and Iran was in the driver's seat. Now the world's united because of the actions we've taken, and Iran's the one that's isolated,” he said. Before his Presidency, Iran was well on its way to achieving the tools necessary to make a nuclear weapon. Now, he says to CNN's Candy Crowley, “you look at an example like Iran, over the last year and a half, since we began negotiations with them, that's probably the first year and a half in which Iran has not advanced its nuclear program in the last...
  • U.S. NATO ‘Ally’ Turkey Providing Safe Harbor to Muslim Leader of Foreign Terrorist Organization

    01/26/2015 4:20:51 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ben Barrack
    It’s been formally acknowledged that U.S. NATO ‘ally’ Turkey is providing safe haven to leaders of Hamas, a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) so designated by the U.S. State Department. By its very definition, an FTO should be considered declared enemy of the U.S. Despite this, Turkey doesn’t appear to be paying any price. Another player in all this is the small nation of Qatar. It is desperately trying to play both sides of a political fence as leaders of Hamas – to include the terrorist organization’s political leader Khaled Meshaal – has been forcibly relocated to Turkey. The reason these...
  • Gowdy Opening Statement at Benghazi Select Committee Hearing

    01/27/2015 9:42:00 PM PST · by upchuck · 38 replies
    US House web site ^ | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    January 27, 2015 Press Release As prepared for delivery This committee exists because the House of Representatives voted for it to exist and in the process made it very clear what is expected. If you have not read the House resolution authorizing this committee, I would encourage you to do so. For those asking for a roadmap, or the scope of the investigation, or asking what the committee intends to look into, the resolution passed by the House of Representatives, including seven Democrats, answers all of those questions. The Resolution asks this committee to investigate: “all policies, decisions and activities”...
  • Report: Hillary Clinton Agrees to Testify Before Benghazi Panel

    01/27/2015 10:07:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/27/15 | Dan Riehl
    Former Secretary of State and likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify before the House Select Committee on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. Reportedly, she was first contacted in that regard by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings. According to reports, neither Clinton nor a spokesperson on her behalf has commented on her pending appearance.
  • Gen. Keane: ‘Radical Islam Has Increased 4-Fold in 5 Years’

    01/27/2015 10:20:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jan 27, 2015 9:45 PM
    Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) was on “The Kelly File” tonight following his testimony about terrorism at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. […] “Radical Islam has increased four-fold in five years,” Keane told Megyn Kelly. […] “This administration has been paralyzed by the fear of adverse consequences in the Middle East driven by the realities of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Keane told Kelly. …
  • BUSTED: Obama Advisor Working To Defeat Nethanyahu Worked For Israel Hater

    01/28/2015 1:47:51 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 26 replies
    Got News ^ | 1-28-2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    Off to try to defeat Nethanyahu, Obama advisor Jeremy C. Bird once worked for an anti-Israel activist condemned by the Anti-Defamation League. Bird, then a student at Harvard’s Divinity School, worked for Edmund Hanauer, one of America’s most prominent anti-Israel activists, in 2002. Bird worked for Hanaeuer while Hanaeuer wrote a virulently anti-Israel op-ed that accused Israel of “state terrorism” and “war crimes,” and called for the arrest and prosecution of Israeli soldiers. Bird and Hanaeur also attacked Israel in speeches. Hanauer showed an anti-Israel film to a Harvard audience and gave a speech at Harvard in 2002. Bird also...
  • Hezbollah Fires Antitank Missile at IDF Vehicle Near Border

    01/28/2015 3:14:25 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/28/2015 | Gil Ronen
    An antitank missile has been fired at an IDF vehicle from the Har Dov area (Shebaa Farms) in a Hezbollah ambush Wednesday morning, and there are reportedly seven casualties, who are receiving treatment. A helicopter has been taking casualties to a hospital. The IDF is certain that none of its soldiers was abducted. Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for the attack, through journalist Rassan Ben Jiddo, who is close to the terrorist militia. ZAKA emergency services initially said that three people were hurt. The IDF spokesman said that an antitank missile was fired at an IDF vehicle that was moving along...
  • BREAKING: IDF Strikes Multiple Targets In Syria Following Rocket Fire Into Northern Israel

    01/27/2015 3:41:22 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 77 replies
    Breaking 911 | 11-27-2015 | Breaking911 Newsroom)
    The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit says that the Israeli Air Force was striking multiple artillery positions belonging to the Syrian army, and that direct hits were identified. The air strikes came minutes after residents in the northern Golan Heights reported hearing air raid sirens around 12:30AM (Wednesday). No casualties or damages have been reported in Northern Israel. On Tuesday morning two rockets exploded in the northern Golan Heights.
  • Obama Empowers Iran...Jihadi Cells & Argentina’s Murdered Prosecutor. How Are They Linked?

    01/27/2015 11:44:35 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 46 replies
    Adina Kutnicki, a Zionist & Conservative Blog ^ | January 27, 2015 | Adina Kutnicki
    GEO-POLITICS operates at warp speed, but its moving parts are rarely understood for what they are.
  • Senate Democrats bow to Obama, pull support for immediate new Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 6:05:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    U.N. gives mixed signals on Tehran cooperation as nuclear talks intensifySenate Democrats on Tuesday backed away from a bipartisan push for immediate new sanctions on Iran, bowing to President Obama’s call not to undercut international talks to get Tehran to curb its nuclear programs in the coming weeks. The shift, announced Tuesday by Sen. Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat and one of the party’s outspoken hawks on Iran, came amid a series of mixed signals from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency over the question of whether Tehran was honoring promises to put its suspect nuclear programs on hold as...
  • Iran Is Ditching The Dollar In Foreign Trade [Ezekiel 38]

    01/27/2015 3:29:03 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/27/2015 | Elena Holodny
    (Vladimir Putin, right, with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in 2014.) Iran is ditching the dollar. Iran is no longer using the US dollar in foreign-trade transactions and is replacing it with other currencies, t he deputy governor at the Iranian Central Bank Gholami Kamyab said, according to Sputnik News. "In trade exchanges with the foreign countries, Iran uses other currencies including Chinese yuan, euro, Turkish lira, Russian ruble, and South Korean won," Kamyab reportedly said. He also reportedly added that Iran was considering bilateral currency-swap agreements, which would allow partners to exchange one foreign currency for the equivalent...
  • Senate Democrats give Obama an Iran deadline (Menendez still ticked)

    01/27/2015 3:12:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Kristina Wong
    Ten Senate Democrats warned the White House in a letter Tuesday that they will support legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran if a framework to roll back the country’s nuclear program isn’t reached within two months. "In acknowledgement of your concern regarding congressional action on legislation at this moment, we will not vote for this legislation on the Senate floor before March 24," said the letter, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who is the co-author of Iran sanctions legislation. "After March 24, we will only vote for this legislation on the Senate floor if Iran fails to reach agreement...
  • Democrats fold, of course, on Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 12:01:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27 at 1:22 PM | Jennifer Rubin
    Unless there is any doubt, the vast majority of Democrats value partisan support for a failed president over support for our own national security and for that of Israel. Hence, they want to delay once again a vote on the Menendez-Kirk bill imposing sanctions on Iran unless it agrees to an acceptable final deal. The bill was introduced more than a year ago. The timing just isn’t right, you see. Will it ever be? A letter by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) signed onto by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.),...
  • ISIS threatens Obama, Japanese and Jordanian hostages in new online messages

    01/27/2015 10:13:51 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 27 Jan 15 | Fox staff
    A new, grisly beheading video from ISIS includes a direct threat against President Obama and is one of at least three new warnings from the terror organization, including pledges to kill Jordanian and Japanese hostages if a hostage held by Jordan is not freed. In a new online video discovered by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Tuesday, three Islamic State fighters stand behind a kneeling Kurdish fighter as one of the extremists launches into a diatribe against the U.S. and other Western nations. “Know, oh Obama, that will reach America,” says one of the fighters, clad...
  • Powell blames Hamas, Islamic Jihad for Palestinians' situation

    06/22/2003 9:25:08 AM PDT · by veronica · 11 replies · 217+ views
    Haaretz ^ | June 21, 2003 | Arnon Regular, Yossi Verter, Shlomo Shamir
    DEAD SEA, Jordan - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he was concerned about the Israeli killing of a leading member of Hamas but nevertheless emphasized that Hamas and Islamic Jihad shoulder primary responsibility for the difficult situation facing the Palestinian people. Powell added that Middle East peace negotiators needed to keep working despite the killing of the Hamas leader in Hebron on Saturday at the hands of Israeli special police forces. "I regret we had an incident that could be an impediment to progress," he told a news conference after a meeting of the "Quartet" of key...
  • US considers granting missile ships to Turkey

    12/28/2012 10:10:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | December/25/2012
    US considers granting missile ships to Turkey WASHINGTON / ANKARA As Turkey plans developing its national naval vehicles, a US bill to the House of Representatives suggests granting guided missile frigates to Turkey. The bill angers a particular Hellenic-US group A recent bill has been submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives that would authorize President Barack Obama to grant the provision of guided missile-firing naval vessels to Turkey, along with several other countries, including Thailand and Mexico. Under the motion, Turkey may receive the USS Halyburton (FFG–40) and the USS Thach (FFG–43) ships. USS Halybutron is the 34th ship...
  • Iran sends warning to Israel via US officials

    01/27/2015 10:02:17 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 39 replies
    MyWay ^ | 27 Jan 15 | Staff reporter
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting the country has sent a warning to Israel through the United States over the recent killing of an Iranian general in an alleged Israeli airstrike. The Tuesday report quotes Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian as saying, "We told the Americans that the leaders of the Zionist regime should await the consequences of their act." He added, "The Zionist regime has crossed our red lines." Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed along with six Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in a Jan. 18 airstrike in the Syrian-controlled part of the disputed...
  • New Saudi King Named In 9/11 Suits

    01/27/2015 7:14:15 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    IBD ^ | January 26, 2015
    President Obama should think before bowing to Saudi Arabia's new king in his Tuesday visit. King Salman has a history of funding al-Qaida, and his son has been accused of knowing in advance about the 9/11 attacks. When it comes to jihadism, Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is more of a hardliner than his older brother, King Abdullah, who died last week of a lung infection. As such, any commitment he makes to helping the U.S. destroy al-Qaida and Islamic State terrorists should be viewed with great suspicion. The 79-year-old Salman once ran a Saudi charity tied to al-Qaida and...
  • Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

    01/27/2015 7:59:35 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 27, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Executives at a Bermudan firm funneling money to U.S. environmentalists run investment funds with Russian tycoons. A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil and gas. He is also senior counsel at the Bermudan law firm Wakefield Quin and the vice president...
  • Israel Says 2 Rockets From Syria Strike Golan Heights

    01/27/2015 6:51:59 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 15 replies
    ABC and AP ^ | 27 Jan 15 | AP Reporter
    At least two rockets launched from Syria struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel responded with artillery fire, the Israeli military said. The fire comes after an airstrike last week in Syria attributed to Israel that killed six members of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and an Iranian general. Israel has braced for a response to that strike, beefing up its air defenses and increasing surveillance along its northern frontier. Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said the fire "appeared to be intentional." He declined to comment on whether the fire may have been connected to the...
  • Exclusive: Obama Cuts Off Syrian Rebels’ Cash

    01/27/2015 7:00:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 27,2015 | Jamie Dettmer and Tim Mak
    In the past several months, many of the Syrian rebel groups previously favored by the CIA have had their money and supplies cut off or substantially reduced, even as President Obama touted the strategic importance of American support for the rebels in his State of the Union address. The once-favored fighters are operating under a pall of confusion. In some cases, they were not even informed that money would stop flowing. In others, aid was reduced due to poor battlefield performance, compounding already miserable morale on the ground.
  • "Islamic Nutcases" : Paul, Rubio,Cruz Debate Iran Sanctions

    01/27/2015 2:49:23 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Pam Key
    Partial Transcript Courtesy of ABC News of Sunday’s Freedom Partners 2016 Presidential Forum with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL), moderated by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, on the issue of Iran sanctions.
  • Secretary of State John Kerry demonstrates why Huma Abedin’s background mattered

    01/26/2015 5:58:33 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | March 27, 2013
    When folks like Andrew McCarthy articulated why our findings about then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s close adviser Huma Abedin were important, his camp was smeared as being discriminatory. His argument had nothing to do with discrimination or Islamophobia. It had everything to do with Abedin’s familial ties compromising her judgment and allegiances to the U.S. Constitution. Here we have an example that demonstrates this reality further and it comes via Kenneth Timmerman, who has picked up on the fact that the new Secretary of State – John Kerry – has a son-in-law with family still living in Iran. This...
  • Rand Paul Challenges Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on Iran

    01/26/2015 4:56:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The New York Times Taking Note Blog ^ | January 26, 2015 | Carol Giacomo
    Politicians who oppose President Obama can bluster all they want, grab headlines and curry favor with donors yet don’t have to be responsible for their (too often) irresponsible critiques and prescriptions on foreign policy. So it was refreshing to hear Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky split with some of his fellow Republicans on Iran during a presidential forum on Saturday organized by Freedom Partners. As far as Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida are concerned, negotiations involving the United States and five other major powers on Iran’s nuclear program are endangering America and the world. “They’ve...
  • Obama and cognitive dissonance

    01/26/2015 12:21:44 PM PST · by DanMiller · 8 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 26, 2015 | Dan Miller
    It has been argued that Obama's cognitive dissonance is demonstrated by His dealings with Iran and His other disruptive efforts in the Middle East.  Perhaps the contrary is more accurate. Basis of His foreign policies? An article at Front Page Magazine by Bruce Thorton is titled The Dangers of Obama's cognitive dissonance. It argues that Obama mistakenly believes that Iran and "we" want many of the same things and that He acts on that belief. The heart of this mistake is the belief that whatever their professed beliefs, all peoples everywhere are just like us and want the same things we want. Since...
  • Rand Paul spars with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio over Iran and Cuba in Florida summit

    01/26/2015 11:02:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul prefers exhausting diplomatic efforts in dealing with overseas conflicts, and on Sunday he highlighted the difference between his softer approach to foreign policy and that of two other senators who are likely 2016 presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Cruz of Texas and Rubio of Florida on stage Sunday evening in California for a summit organized by Freedom Partners. That group is the central hub of the powerful network of organizations backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch....