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  • Krauthhammer--Obama’s Betraying Our Allies – to Partner With Iran

    03/24/2015 6:04:37 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 40 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | March 24, 2015 | Sara Noble
    “He thinks he is going to do a Nixon to China. He is the man who is going to develop the entente, the understanding, the condominium with Iran to run the Middle East. We will join with them. We are going to recognize their presence, their dominance in Iraq, in Syria, in Lebanon, and now in Yemen as that will be the reward for having cut a deal with us on nuclear weapons.” “That’s impossible, O’Reilly said, “because if that ever were to come true, we would alienate all of the Sunni nations. Saudi Arabia, the Emirates…” “But that’s exactly...
  • Arab Media Lashes Out at Obama for Iran Negotiations

    03/24/2015 6:18:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | March 24, 2015 | Abraham Rabinovich
    Saudi commentator: ‘He is gambling with the future of the region’JERUSALEM—With Washington cozying up to Tehran as nuclear negotiations approach countdown stage, Arab media in the region are lashing out at the United States for jilting its Arab allies. Unlike Israelis, who are focused on the danger of nuclear weapons in the hands of a regime calling for their country’s elimination, citizens of Arab states are concerned about Iran’s imperial ambitions. The nuclear threat is seen as a tool to further those ambitions rather than a direct threat. Khaled Al-Dahil, a Saudi political commentator writing in the London-based daily Al-Hayat,...
  • Iran to U.S.: No, we’re not going to allow snap inspections of our nuclear facilities

    03/24/2015 1:13:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2015 | AllahPundit
    Welp, that about wraps it up for the great Iranian diplomacy goose chase. The only way to justify letting Iran continue to enrich uranium is if UN inspectors can come and go as they please whenever they please to verify that Iran’s not cheating. Without snap inspections, there’s no way to verify. Now Obama gets to walk away.No, no, I’m kidding. Obama’s invested so much political capital in getting this deal done, even at the price of driving relations with Israel to the lowest point they’ve been in decades, that he’s got to see it through now. Contrary to...
  • Intelligence Min. Wraps Up Lobbying Mission against Iran Deal (Israel lobbies France and UK)

    03/24/2015 2:14:30 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/24/2015, 9:20 PM
    Yuval Steinitz says Israel and France share concerns over US-led hasty deal with Iran, as he ends a 2-day special diplomatic mission. Israel's intelligence minister on Tuesday wrapped up a two-day European diplomatic offensive against making concessions to Iran in nuclear negotiations with world powers, his spokesman said. "Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz completed two days of intensive discussion in Paris and London," a statement from Eyal Basson said, adding that the minister was accompanied by National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen and "intelligence experts". "They met the British negotiating team, headed by Simon Gass, and senior intelligence officials," the statement said,...
  • Art Imitating Life, or Propaganda Selling a Flawed Iranian Nuke Deal?

    03/24/2015 11:58:42 AM PDT · by detective · 2 replies
    AIM ^ | March 24, 2015 | Roger Aronoff
    When the CBS show “Madam Secretary” premiered last September, there was much speculation [1] and hand-wringing about whether or not the title character, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord played by Tea Leoni, was inspired by Hillary Clinton, and if this show was meant as a long-running political ad humanizing Hillary Clinton. Such an effort might help make her ascension to the White House seem plausible, if not inevitable. Despite the denials, it seems clear that “Madam Secretary” was just such an effort, and still is. But in the few episodes I’ve watched, I haven’t seen much of what we know...
  • WH on Iran leader’s “death to America” comments: That’s just stuff he says for his domestic audience

    03/24/2015 11:29:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2015 | AllahPundit
    No, it isn’t, as any American soldier who’s faced off with a Shiite militia in Iraq could tell you, but that’s where we’re at right now in American diplomacy. Watch to the very end of the clip below for the key bit from Jim Acosta and ask yourself if this is something the White House sincerely believes or if they’re now so invested in a legacy-building detente with Iran that they’re willing to spin “death to America” rhetoric from the mullahs to get it done. David Brooks, pondering the related question of Iranian anti-semitism, thinks it’s more the latter...
  • Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Obama want Israel to commit suicide?

    03/24/2015 10:15:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    In 1982, during one of many visits to Israel, I had the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who told me, "Israel needs friends." He added that in the end, his nation could not trust any nation with its fate and security. The protection of Israel, he said, was ultimately the responsibility of Israelis. Begin's comment was prophetic given the petulance of our current president, who behaves like an enemy of Israel when he attempts to impose a Palestinian state on Israel and negotiate a deal with Iran that can only lead to new threats against the Jewish...
  • Obama Ignores Threats from Iran, Has a Fit Over Israel

    03/24/2015 6:06:11 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 4 replies
    Radix News ^ | March 24, 2015 | James S. Robbins
    When an Israeli leader questions the wisdom of trading land for peace with Islamic terrorists, President Obama has a fit. But when an Iranian Ayatollah threatens to destroy America, he dismisses it as a rhetorical flourish. ... Contrast Mr. Obama’s pique regarding a misunderstanding with Israel with his blasé attitude towards unambiguous threats from Iran. On Saturday, in a speech in Tehran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei denounced key aspects of the ongoing nuclear negotiations, as well as the international sanctions regime, and Mr. Obama’s video message to the Iranian people. When the crowd began chanting the traditional Iranian mantra, “Death...
  • Israel spied on US nuke talks with Iran and then used inside info to lobby US Congress

    03/24/2015 9:30:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/24/2015 | Bryan Logan
    In a revelation that is bound to further erode an already tense relationship between the US and Israel, Israel has reportedly been spying on nuclear talks with Iran — and then using the inside info to lobby members of Congress to kill the deal. Officials told The Wall Street Journal that the spying began last year after the US and other interested parties entered negotiations on slowing down Iran's nuclear program. This news comes after a tumultuous few weeks following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint session of Congress. In that address on March 3, Netanyahu passionately...
  • Boehner 'shocked' and 'baffled' by report Israel spied on US talks with Iran

    03/24/2015 9:50:14 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 62 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Michael Wilner
    Speaker of the House says he received no information from Israel on nuclear talks as was suggested in 'Wall Street Journal' report. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he was "shocked" and "baffled" by a Wall Street Journal report published Tuesday morning that claimed Israel had spied on US nuclear talks with Iran, collecting information that was used to lobby him and his colleagues in Congress to drum up opposition to an emerging nuclear deal. "I'm not sure what the information was, but I'm baffled by it," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. "No information [was]...
  • Report: Israel spied on US nuclear talks with Iran

    03/23/2015 8:58:53 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 43 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Staff
    Not only did Israel spy on the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran, but it angered Obama administration officials by using the information gleaned from its espionage efforts to drum up opposition to a nuclear deal among US lawmakers, The Wall Street Journal is reporting on Tuesday. The administration's discussions with Iran appear to be nearing an agreement, with Israeli officials resigned to the fact that the sides are about to strike what they call "a bad deal." According to the Journal, Israel spied on the talks as part of the Netanyahu administration's campaign to publicly build a case against the...
  • Israel spied on Iran talks but Obama is upset over who saw the intel

    03/23/2015 8:53:15 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 03/23/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Israel spied on the Iran nuclear negotiations and shared information with President Obama’s enemies—the U.S. Congress. Such betrayal.
  • Obama downplays Iran ‘death to America’ remarks, toes hard line on Netanyahu

    03/23/2015 10:37:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3-23-2015 | Guy Taylor and Ben Wolfgang
    The Obama administration toed a hard line Monday against Benjamin Netanyahu for his comments about Israeli Arabs and Palestinian statehood leading up to Israel’s election last week, but downplayed concerns over “death to America” remarks Iran’s supreme leader made over the weekend. The White House also seemed to warmly welcome input from 367 House members reiterating Congress‘ role in reaching a final nuclear agreement with Tehran, despite its vigorous attacks on an earlier letter to the Iranian leadership from 47 GOP senators explaining that any deal Iran may strike with the U.S. needs to be submitted to Congress to be...
  • US accusations of Israeli espionage – why now? [Netanyahu]

    03/24/2015 8:40:23 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    YNetNews ^ | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Ron Ben-Yishai
    Analysis: The Obama administration has launched a media blitz against Netanyahu, fearing a narrow right-wing government that could be a potential 'nightmare' for the US. The accusations from the US over Israeli espionage, published Monday in The Wall Street Journal, are unfair and even a little ridiculous. The American administration and the government official who leaked the information are well aware that Israel is capable of obtaining this information in a completely legitimate manner from those party to the negotiations with the Iranians, as well as through other legitimate means within the intelligence community. It is no secret that Israel...
  • Iran talks deadline passes without a deal… again

    03/24/2015 6:53:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2015 | Noah Rothman
    It’s déjà vu all over again. In November, the multilateral negotiations aimed at curbing Iran’s march toward a nuclear weapon stalled and failed to culminate in an agreement before the scheduled deadline. But Iran and the P5+1 were reportedly so close to an agreement that they just couldn’t let the talks collapse merely because an arbitrary dead had come and gone. All parties agreed to extend the talks until the end of March when all parties would have to agree on a framework for a final deal. They would have until the end of June to work out the...
  • Iran’s Coming Leadership Crisis

    03/24/2015 7:04:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 22, 2015 | Sohrab Ahmari
    Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has cancer. After him are men even less likely to comply with a nuclear deal. ********************** Negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 powers led by the U.S. are racing against a March 31 deadline to conclude a nuclear deal in Lausanne, Switzerland. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Saturday that negotiators had made “genuine progress” but that “important gaps remain.” Yet what happens if the Iranian leadership that the U.S. and others are dealing with now is not in place to implement any agreement? Two recent developments suggest that the Islamic Republic may be...
  • Obama Angry that Israel Passed U.S. Secrets to U.S. Congress

    03/24/2015 7:05:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/24/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    If you thought that Obama was done with his tantrum over Netanyahu’s win, you haven’t seen anything yet. Get ready for more Un-American Activities Committee hearings by actual authentic un-Americans.Call this an extension of Obama’s #47Traitors meme accusing the other branch of government of treason for opposing him. That’s usually a charge made by dictators, but a near majority of Democrats support Obama governing unilaterally, so here we come.Now the charge, as usual made by anonymous officials, is that Israel spied on Obama’s talks with Iran… for Congress. Israel is passing classified information from the U.S. government… to the U.S....
  • White House Angry At Israel For Sharing Intel With Congress

    03/24/2015 7:04:21 AM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | John Hayward
    A fascinating piece at the Wall Street Journal drives home the point that the Obama White House might be willing to canoodle with the world’s worst terror masters (even when their leaders are caught shouting “Death to America!” during the most delicate phase of negotiations), but it’s adamant about stripping Congress of all meaningful involvement in American governance, and presidential advisers firmly believe their domestic political opponents are the true enemy:
  • Israel denies 'utterly false' claims it spied on U.S.

    03/24/2015 7:02:55 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Barak Ravid
    Israel on Tuesday vehemently denied claims that it had spied on the U.S. during the Iranian negotiations, as reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal. Official in the Prime Minister’s Office called the allegations "utterly false." "The State of Israel does not conduct espionage against the United States or Israel’s other allies. The false allegations are clearly intended to undermine the strong ties between the United States and Israel and the security and intelligence relationship we share," they said. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Israel had not received an official complaint from the American administration over such claims and that...
  • Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S.

    03/24/2015 6:48:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/23/15 | Adam Entous
    Ally’s snooping upset White House because information was used to lobby Congress to try to sink a deal
  • New US “allegation”: Israel spied on closed-door nuclear talks, passed secrets to Congress

    03/24/2015 3:13:45 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 25 replies
    DEBKA ^ | March 24, 2015, 8:24 AM (IDT) | DEBKA
    Yet another Obama administration thrust in its campaign to stigmatize Binyamin Netanyahu and the newly elected Israeli government came Tuesday, March 24, in the form of a pejorative leak to The Wall Street Journal. "Israeli intelligence was eavesdropping on closed-door nuclear negotiations between Iran and the US and other world powers, then passing the classified information along to the US Congress to try and preemptively scuttle the deal, The WSJ reported, adding from its unnamed sources: "It’s one thing for the US and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal US secrets and...
  • Iran endorses nuclear EMP attack on United States

    03/19/2015 1:14:07 PM PDT · by familyop · 119 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 19, 2015 | by Paul Bedard
    Suspected for years of plotting to dismantle the U.S. electric grid, American officials have confirmed that Iranian military brass have endorsed a nuclear electromagnetic pulse explosion that would attack the country's power system. American defense experts made the discovery while translating a secret Iranian military handbook, raising new concerns about Tehran's recent nuclear talks with the administration. The issue of a nuclear EMP attack was raised in the final hours of this week's elections in Israel when U.S. authority Peter Vincent Pry penned a column for Arutz Sheva warning of Iran's threat to free nations. "Iranian military documents describe such...
  • Spite: Angry Obama Doubles Down on Iran Deal, Punishes Israel After Netanyahu Victory

    03/19/2015 11:44:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Apologies for quoting myself, but here's what I wrote within hours of Benjamin Netanyahu's dramatic victory Tuesday night -- then repeated here on Wednesday morning: Parting thought: Given Obama's knee-jerk rejection of electoral thumpings, Tehran should consider adding some big demands to their list. Who knows what O might be willing to agree to, out of spite for Israeli voters, Bibi and the Cotton 47? Gulp. My point was pretty simple.  This president has extremely thin skin and extraordinary self regard.  He views rejections of his agenda as personal affronts; in his mind, such setbacks not are not occasions for reflection and reconsideration,...
  • Spite toward Bibi ‘hardened’ Obama’s resolve to do Iran nuke deal (9pm Bibi interview on FOX)

    03/19/2015 11:03:41 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 19, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    SPITE TOWARD BIBI “HARDENED” OBAMA’S RESOLVE TO DO IRAN NUKE DEAL NYT: “[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s] objections to a nuclear deal with Iran, and his decision to firmly ally himself with Mr. Obama’s Republican opponents in expressing his ire over the Iran talks, may well have hardened the president’s decision to push for an agreement, one Obama adviser said Wednesday.” [Watch Fox: Netanyahu will be interviewed by Megyn Kelly, airing on “The Kelly File” tonight at 9 p.m. ET] White House steps up attacks - Fox News: “ In its first public response to Netanyahu's election triumph, White House...
  • GOTTA SEE: Congressional hearing probes Iranian reach in Latin America

    03/19/2015 10:08:50 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mar 19, 2015 | Amb. Roger Noriega AND Jenna Lee
    Mar 19, 2015 Congressional hearing probes Iranian reach in Latin AmericaReaction from Amb. Roger Noriega, former US ambassador to the Organization of American States
  • AP Exclusive: Iran limited to 6K (out of original 10 k) centrifuges in draft accord [ed]

    03/19/2015 8:30:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    AP ^ | March 19, 2015 | George Jahn and Bradley Klapper
    A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut the amount of hardware it could use to make an atomic bomb by about 40 percent for at least a decade, while offering immediate relief from sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. As an added enticement, elements of a U.N. arms embargo against Iran could be rolled back. The very existence of the draft provided perhaps the clearest indication that the sides were nearing a written agreement as they raced to meet a March 31...
  • Obama’s Treason Is the New Patriotism

    03/13/2015 7:28:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/13/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    When Republicans complained that Obama refused to talk about Islamic terrorism, he accused them of playing into the hands of ISIS by demanding that he identify the enemy we’re fighting.When they spoke out against his Iranian nuclear sellout, he accused them of “wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran”.Those hardliners would presumably toe a harder line than Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who responded to Obama’s outreach in his first term by saying, “The Islamic peoples all over the world chant ‘Death to America!’” and who stated last year that “This battle will only end when...
  • White House Issues Saturday Night Iran Deal Warning To Senate

    03/15/2015 8:06:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON -- In an effort to reassert control over the domestic political debate surrounding sensitive negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, the White House penned a letter Saturday night warning senators to hold back on legislation that would detract from the president’s ability to affect and approve a final agreement with Iran. The letter, written by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), reiterates a veto threat of the bill, while insisting that Congress will have a say in reviewing and affecting the ultimate outcome. But in far more detailed and foreboding...
  • Obama’s Iran Scheme is Laid Bare

    03/13/2015 2:49:29 PM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 13, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    We surmised yesterday that the Obama administration had the idea to go to the United Nations to pass by resolution what Congress would never agree to: a lifting of sanctions on Iran in exchange for a nearly worthless deal in which Iran would keep thousands of centrifuges and get a 10-year glide path to nuclear breakout. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), seeing what was afoot, demanded an explanation from the White House, calling such a scheme an “affront to the American people.” On Thursday evening, after being pressed by irate Republicans, the National Security Council issued a defensive statement insisting that...
  • Iran shows off new cruise missile

    08/23/2011 9:06:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 08/23/2011 | NASSER KARIMI
    Iran shows off new cruise missile By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press – 7 hours ago TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president claimed on Tuesday the country's military can cripple enemies on their own ground as Tehran put a new Iranian-made cruise missile on display, the latest addition to the nation's growing arsenal. The state TV reported that the new missile, showcased at a ceremony in Tehran, is designed for sea-based targets, with a range of 124 miles (200 kilometers) and is capable of destroying a warship. The TV said it can travel at low altitudes and has a lighter weight...
  • Expert: Iran ships a dry run for later nuclear/EMP attack; humiliate Obama

    02/18/2014 2:54:27 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 68 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 02/14/2014 | Paul Bedard
    Iran's surprising decision to move warships off the Atlantic coast poses a potential catastrophic threat to America from a nuclear or electromagnetic pulse attack, according to an expert who foresaw Iran's move. Peter Pry, an expert on EMP attacks, said the ships are likely a dry run for a future attack, a maneuver meant to lull Washington into complacency while also embarrassing President Obama and his effort to convince Tehran to give up production of a nuclear bomb in return for a lifting of some economic sanctions. “Yes, patrols by the Iranian Navy off our coasts could pose threat of...
  • Expert: Iran ships a dry run for later nuclear/EMP attack; humiliate Obam

    02/14/2014 3:51:56 PM PST · by Kartographer · 64 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/14/14 | PAUL BEDARD
    Iran's surprising decision to move warships off the Atlantic coast poses a potential catastrophic threat to America from a nuclear or electromagnetic pulse attack, according to an expert who foresaw Iran's move. Peter Pry, an expert on EMP attacks, said the ships are likely a dry run for a future attack, a maneuver meant to lull Washington into complacency while also embarrassing President Obama and his effort to convince Tehran to give up production of a nuclear bomb in return for a lifting of some economic sanctions. “Yes, patrols by the Iranian Navy off our coasts could pose threat of...
  • Watch: Michelle O Just Reached Out To Islamic Iran With A Big White House Party…And Said THIS!

    03/12/2015 12:46:13 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 3-12-15 | Norvell Rose
    On more than one occasion, President Obama has praised Muslim immigrants for their contributions to American history, though the extent and significance of those contributions have been questioned by many. The Washington Examiner reminds us of Obama’s effusive shout-out to Muslim Americans: “Throughout our history, Islam has contributed to the character of our country, and Muslim Americans, and their good works, have helped to build our nation.” Now, as the president reaches out to the mullahs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, intent on making a controversial deal on their nuclear weapons development — a deal that would admittedly not...
  • Fallout: Saudis score nuclear reactor deal with South Korea as Obama appeases Iran

    03/12/2015 12:07:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Who could have seen this coming? Practically everyone outside the Obama administration, that’s who, but these days it would have been a Logan Act violation to mention it. Saudi Arabia has cut a deal with South Korea to develop two nuclear reactors in the next 20 years, putting Iran’s chief opponent in the region to play a little nuclear escalateo with Tehran: As U.S. and Iranian diplomats inched toward progress on Tehran’s nuclear program last week, Saudi Arabia quietly signed its own nuclear-cooperation agreement with South Korea.That agreement, along with recent comments from Saudi officials and royals, is raising...
  • Iranian President: Diplomacy With U.S. is an Active ‘Jihad’

    03/12/2015 7:22:16 AM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Washington free Beacon ^ | March 12, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian President: Diplomacy With U.S. is an Active ‘Jihad’ Diplomacy just as significant as new weapons, missiles Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described his country’s diplomacy with the United States as an active “jihad” that is just as significant to Tehran’s advancement as the slew of new weapons and missiles showcased by the Islamic Republic’s military. Rouhani praised the country’s military leaders for standing “against the enemy on the battlefield” and said as president, he would carry out this “jihad” on the diplomatic front. Rouhani’s comments echo those of foreign minister and lead nuclear negotiator Javad Zarif, who said Tuesday that...
  • Saudi Nuclear Deal Raises Stakes for Iran Talks

    03/12/2015 8:40:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jay Solomon and Ahmed Al Omran
    As U.S. and Iranian diplomats inched toward progress on Tehran’s nuclear program last week, Saudi Arabia quietly signed its own nuclear-cooperation agreement with South Korea. That agreement, along with recent comments from Saudi officials and royals, is raising concerns on Capitol Hill and among U.S. allies that a deal with Iran, rather than stanching the spread of nuclear technologies, risks fueling it. Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, a member of the royal family, has publicly warned in recent months that Riyadh will seek to match the nuclear capabilities Iran is allowed to maintain as part of any...
  • Republicans are beginning to act as though Barack Obama isn’t even the president

    03/09/2015 6:32:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | March 9, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    It’s safe to say that no president in modern times has had his legitimacy questioned by the opposition party as much as Barack Obama. But as his term in office enters its final phase, Republicans are embarking on an entirely new enterprise: They have decided that as long as he holds the office of the presidency, it’s no longer necessary to respect the office itself. Is that a bit hyperbolic? Maybe. But this news is nothing short of stunning: A group of 47 Republican senators has written an open letter to Iran’s leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they...
  • Obama: I'll Make Case to American People After Iran Deal Is Made

    03/09/2015 2:40:47 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 100 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9 March 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama will wait until after a nuclear deal with Iran is made to make the case to the American people that it's the right thing to do. He made the comment today after being asked about this letter from nearly 50 U.S. senators to Iran, which stated, "The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time." A member of the press asked Obama, "Can you comment on the Republican letter to Iran? Can you comment on that?" "I think it's...
  • NBC News Whitewashes History on Iran Diplomacy

    03/09/2015 4:13:18 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12:11 PM, Mar 9, 2015 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    In a tweet this morning, NBC News senior political editor Mark Murray writes: “With GOP Senators’ Iran Move, Politics Goes Beyond the Water’s Edge.” 47 Republican Senators sent to the Supreme Leader of Iran reminding him that Congress is not bound by deals that Congress does not approve. The article Murray links to describes this as “stunning” and “unprecedented” and implies that the letter constitutes a breach of protocol so significant that it ends the long tradition of bipartisan foreign policy. This is utterly preposterous. The only way to reach such a conclusion is to ignore efforts by Democrats to...
  • Iranian FM calls Republican letter to Iran 'propaganda ploy'

    03/09/2015 12:30:30 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/09/2015 21:10 | By MICHAEL WILNER
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, speaking to Iranian press, mocked a letter sent by 47 Senate Republicans to Tehran warning of their intent to undermine any future multilateral agreement – as a "propaganda ploy" and questioned whether its signatories – including the upper chamber's most senior members – fully understood their constitutional role. "In our view, the letter has no legal value," Zarif said. "While no agreement has been reached, some political pressure groups are so afraid even of the respect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history." "The world is not the...
  • 'An Israeli leader must be able to stand up and tell the truth' (Benjamin Netanyahu interview)

    03/06/2015 8:44:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Friday March 6, 2015 | Shlomo Cesana and Mati Tuchfeld
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Israel Hayom that his Iran speech was "well worth" the cost and "served to shore up support for Israel's stance" • "The days when Jews remained passive while others called for their extermination are over," he says. After speaking at Congress and facing off with U.S. President Barack Obama, 11 days before facing an election at home, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Israel Hayom that "a prime minister in Israel must be able to stand up even to our closest ally and tell the truth. Otherwise, history will not be kind to us." Netanyahu stresses...
  • When Iran goes nuclear

    03/06/2015 10:43:41 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 2, 2015 | James Woolsey
    <p>Our attention these days with regard to security is understandably riveted on the Islamic State, or ISIS, and its hideous decapitations, rapes and live immolations. We must deal with the Islamic State, but it is not the gravest threat we face. The Israelis are right — we should awaken to the fact that the coming of a nuclear Iran holds special dangers and requires particularly urgent attention. There are four driving reasons.</p>
  • How radical and extreme is Obama?

    03/03/2015 6:14:23 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 19 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 03/03/2015 | Pamela Geller
    In a shocking op-ed by the editor-in-chief of the fiercely anti-Israel paper, al-Arabiya, Faisal Abbas admits that Netanyahu is right, Iran must be dealt with. Obama is out-radicalizing the radicals. “Al-Arabiya Editor Demands Obama Listen to Netanyahu,” Israel National News, March 3, 2015 Al-Arabiya’s English edition editor-in-chief Faisal J. Abbas wrote a surprising op-ed on Tuesday, calling on US President Barack Obama to listen to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu after the latter addressed Congress on the dangers of an Iran nuclear deal being formulated. Abbas, whose paper is openly anti-Israel and Saudi-owned, began by scornfully conceding “it is extremely rare...
  • The Pointlessness of the Two-Phased Nuclear Deal

    03/05/2015 4:56:52 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 5, 2015 | Majid Rafizadeh
    The Pointlessness of the Two-Phased Nuclear DealPosted By Majid Rafizadeh On March 5, 2015 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments The deadline for the “first phase” of nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers (known as the P5+1; the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China) is approaching.The prolonged negotiations appear to be making progress, according to Secretary of State John Kerry. In addition, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated that both sides came to “a better understanding” at the negotiation.After the interim nuclear deal was reached in November 2013,...
  • "Arab Joint Force": A Vote of No Confidence in the West

    03/05/2015 4:25:55 PM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | March 3, 2015 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    The general feeling in Cairo and other Arab capitals is that the US and the Western world are not serious when it comes to confronting the threat of Iran, the Islamic State or other terrorist groups in the Middle East. Thanks to President Sisi's new and bold approach, there is a real chance that Arabs will lead the fight against extremists and terrorists. This is a development that should be welcomed and backed by the US and the rest of the international community. "The conference [on Countering Violent Extremism, in Washington] did not give birth to a global strategy on...
  • Greenfield: The Ages of Purim

    03/05/2015 4:44:22 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 17 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Wednesday, March 04, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Wednesday, March 04, 2015 The Ages of Purim Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Tonight begins the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim. Like so many Jewish holidays, it is an inconvenient fit for liberal clergy and parishioners who insist that Jewish values consist of social justice. There is no peace process conducted with Haman, the chief villain of the Purim story. No one tries to understand his point of view or figure out how much bowing he will accept in exchange for calling off the genocide. Instead he and his fellow conspirators must die. Purim...
  • Iran Foreign Minister: We Believe We Are 'Very Close' to Nuke Deal

    03/04/2015 8:37:17 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    NBCNews ^ | March 04, 2015
    Iran Foreign Minister: We Believe We Are 'Very Close' to Nuke Deal GENEVA — Iran has no intention of building a nuclear weapon, and the sooner the world recognizes that, the sooner there will be a deal aimed at curbing its nuclear capabilities in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told NBC News. "Iran is not about building nuclear weapons," Zarif said in an exclusive interview with Ann Curry Wednesday. "We don't want to build nuclear weapons, we don't believe nuclear weapons bring security to anybody, certainly not to us." Zarif said his...
  • Did Netanyahu shift his position a bit? or did the New York Times read too much into this?

    03/05/2015 7:36:27 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    GretWire.FoxNewsInsider.com ^ | 03/05/2015 | Greta Van Susteren
    “….While [Prime Minister Netanyahu] condemned President Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran as dangerously lenient, one word was missing from his expansive speech: Zero. It is a word he likes, one he has used before to describe his bottom line when it comes to an acceptable Iranian nuclear program — zero capability whatsoever.
  • Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer Discusses Netanyahu's Speech [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] (15 minutes)

    03/04/2015 6:00:23 PM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | K2 radio
    Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer called K2 Radio to discuss Netanyahu's recent speech with Brian Scott
  • The Audacity of Weakness

    03/05/2015 4:51:28 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/5/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s morally confused foreign policy is making the world more dangerous by the day. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress on Tuesday to warn Americans of the anti-Western threats from theocratic — and likely to soon be nuclear — Iran. Netanyahu came to the U.S. to outline the Iranian plan to remake the Middle East with a new nuclear arsenal. His warning was delivered over the objections of the Obama administration, which wants to cut a deal with Iran that allows the theocracy to continue to enrich lots of uranium. Netanyahu received a standing ovation for stating the...