Obama and Iran

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President Obama certainly shows a lot of favor toward Islam.  Even the most casual observer must realize by now that every time the United States has any interaction with Muslims or Islamic countries, the Muslims always seem to come out ahead.  Every coin toss somehow favors the Muslims.  After looking at empirical and anecdotal evidence — Barack Obama's actions and words, and the claims of his siblings — I am convinced that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.  Most of the articles I've seen that would support such a conclusion are posted here.  If he is a Muslim he is also a liar, but that should come as no surprise after reading the material on this page.

Certainly President Obama is no friend of Israel and he is systematically weakening America's defenses — exactly what a Muslim would do.

The underlying theme on this page is Barack H. Obama's interaction with (i.e., his actions on behalf of) Iran.  I suspect the affinity for Iran has a lot to do with Mr. Obama's immediate supervisor, the Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett.

Related topic:  The Bergdahl prisoner exchange — exactly what a Muslim would do.

Related topic:  Obama and the Muslims — items like the ones on this page that show favoritism toward Islam but without an emphasis on Iran.

Why The Iran Deal?  With even Obama supporters now questioning the deal with Iran, with the revelation Iranian leaders made a side deal with the IAEA, with recognition that al Qaeda has a sanctuary in Iran, with the U.S. excluded from the inspection team, with leaders in Iran shouting "death to America" and with the Supreme Leader indicating that Israel must be "annihilated," why does President Obama insist on this arrangement?

Iran Nuclear Deal Isn't A Bad Deal After All; It's No Deal.  The Obama administration admits to Congress that its nuclear pact with Iran has not been signed by the Iranian regime and has no legal force.  Obama's "tough diplomacy" is puff diplomacy.  The White House's latest updated "Strategy for American Innovation" left one innovation out:  diplomatic pacts with other countries that don't have to be signed.  Maybe President Obama will say that it saves the taxpayers money, since it eliminates signing ceremonies in lavish locales.

State Department: Iran Deal Is Not 'Legally Binding' and Iran Didn't Sign It.  President Obama didn't require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not "legally binding," his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review.  "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document," wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter.

Iran uranium stockpile grows after deal with Obama.  Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium has grown in the past three months, the United Nations nuclear watchdog reported on Wednesday [11/18/2015].  The stockpile is supposed to be slashed as a result of the agreement the regime reached this summer with the United States and other world powers.  According to the confidential report, recounted by Reuters, "Iran had also moved centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium, at its Natanz and Fordow sites, the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.  Under the deal with major powers reached in July, Iran is supposed to reduce the number of centrifuges it has in operation."

Iran Threatens to Walk Away from Nuke Deal.  Iran has threatened to walk away from the recently inked nuclear deal and stop rolling back its nuclear enrichment program, according to recent comments by Hassan Rouhani, the Islamic Republic's president.  Rouhani, in comments on Thursday [11/12/2015], threatened to break the deal if the United States imposes any new sanctions on Iran, even ones concerning the country's human rights abuses and its ballistic missile program.  The comments are a direct response to promises by the Obama administration to continue pursuing economic sanctions targeted at Iran's terrorist proxies and efforts to foment unrest across the globe.

Lifting the (Oil) Ban on Economic Prosperity.  Lifting the crude oil export ban would enable American producers to take advantage of huge opportunities for significant world-market share.  Domestic petroleum companies would prosper even at current oil prices.  In turn, this would power substantial economic growth — including a manufacturing renaissance — and help reestablish U.S. geopolitical influence.  Thousands and eventually millions of jobs would be created throughout the economy.  Oddly (or some would say, predictably) President Barack Obama opposes lifting the export ban for U.S. companies yet supports lifting the same ban on Iran, which is part of the nuclear deal.

Obama held hostage: How Iran's using the nuke deal as license to go wild.  President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were convinced their one-sided nuclear deal would lead to better relations with Iran, but it's already doing the reverse.  Tehran has taken two more Americans hostage just this month — and followed up with a massive cyberattack on the US government, especially the State Department's Office of Iranian Affairs.  The kicker:  Iran is holding the nuke deal hostage — threatening to junk it if Obama tries to punish the country for its fresh outrages.

Appeasement Only Makes Iran Hate A Weakened America More.  A funny thing happened on the way to a friendlier Iran.  Obama effigies burn and "Death to America" is declared a permanent slogan, as our nuclear deal is rightly viewed as American weakness.

Iran Responsible for Killing 14 Percent of U.S. Troops in Iraq.  Nearly 200 U.S. troops have been killed and nearly 1,000 injured by Iranian-made explosives in Iraq, according to new disclosures from a partially declassified report conducted by U.S. Central Command and described by sources to the Washington Free Beacon.  The number of U.S. deaths resulting from Iranian terrorism were revealed for the first time on Wednesday by Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) during a hearing focusing on the Obama administration's failure to prosecute terrorists directly responsible for the deaths of Americans.  At least 196 U.S. service members fighting in Iraq were killed directly as a result of Iranian-made explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, according to Cruz and congressional sources familiar with Centcom's mostly classified report.

Iran anniversary: Thirty-six years since 'Death to America' and there's no end in sight.  Wednesday, November 4 marks the thirty-sixth anniversary of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.  Fifty-two Americans were held captive by Iranian "students" at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, subjected to 444 days of living hell.  The milestone might get a brief mention in U.S. news reports, but most Americans won't reflect much on what happened that day.  Not so in Tehran, where the regime plans to commemorate the Embassy takeover and several other key events in its "revolutionary" history with chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel."

Iran's Parliament Says 'Death to America' Chant Is the 'Symbol of the Islamic Republic'.  As he was concluding the calamitous nuclear agreement with Iran last summer, John Kerry asked the Iranians to cut out the "Death to America" chants.  (This was not long before he told an astonished world that the chants did not really mean that the Iranian mullahs wanted to kill us.)  In yet another indication of just how disastrous the nuclear deal really is, the Iranians have not only rejected Kerry's request, but are ramping up the genocidal rhetoric.

Why Iran Took Another U.S. Hostage.  The news that another American has been arrested by Iran shouldn't have come as a great surprise to the White House.  The United States hasn't used its leverage to insist on Iran freeing the four Americans who were already being held by the Islamist regime.  Indeed, despite formal protests about the conviction of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian on trumped up charges earlier this month, there was no indication that the U.S. would take any action actions about the plight of any of the Americans in Iranian hands other than to carrying on secret ransom negotiations.

Fifth American Arrested in Iran.  An Iranian-American businessman has been arrested in Iran, making him the fifth U.S. citizen currently imprisoned in the country as Washington prepares to loosen economic restrictions on Tehran under the nuclear deal.  Siamak Namazi, an executive at Crescent Petroleum Co. and a prominent supporter of the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, was reportedly detained two weeks ago while visiting family in Tehran and is being held in Evin prison.

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Nonbinding from the Outset.  When two parties obligate themselves to the terms of a contract, it is fundamentally necessary that both parties commit to an identical deal.  This is not the case with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which makes it inherently nonbinding on all parties.  On October 13, Iran effectively decided to disapprove of the JCPOA.  Instead of approving the JCPOA, Iran's Parliament devised its own "amended version" that in parts dramatically alters the original and in parts directly contradicts it.

The Americans Obama Left Languishing in Iran's Jails.  President Obama had several key opportunities to put pressure on the ruling mullahs in the Islamic Republic to free the three American citizens (pastor Saeed Abedini, journalist Jason Rezaian and US Marine Amir Hekmati) who have been held for years in one of Iran's notorious jails on bogus and baseless charges.

Obama signs Iran nuclear deal, making pact official.  President Obama on Sunday [10/18/2015] signed the Iran nuclear deal, officially putting the international agreement into effect.  The president's signature opens the way for Iran to make major changes to an underground nuclear facility, a heavy water reactor and a site for enriching uranium.  However, the rogue nation will need months to meet those goals and get relief from the crippling economic sanction that will be lifted as part of deal, despite the pact going into effect Sunday [10/18/2015].

Obama's Partners in Peace Prepare for War: Iran Shows Off Secret Underground Missile Base.  This is something I predicted long ago and now, here we are.  Those tunnels are deep enough to be just about impenetrable by bombs.  West is right about voting on the JCPOA, at this point, what difference does it make?  The Iranians are working diligently with the Russians, Cubans and Chinese in Syria on the war front there.  When they are done in Syria, their attention will go towards the rest of the Middle East and Europe.  This is only the beginning.  Iran and Russia are feverishly buying up all the oil and gas reserves out there.

Iran Nuclear Deal Gives Free Rein On Missiles, Terrorism.  In announcing that Iran violated a United Nations Security Council resolution with its Oct. 10 launch of a ballistic missile that could carry a nuclear warhead, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power promised that the U.S. would prepare a report and swiftly raise the issue with the Security Council.  "The Security Council prohibition on Iran's ballistic missile activities, as well as the arms embargo, remain in place," Power said.  She sounds like President Carter telling the nation in January 1980 that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan "is a callous violation of international law and the United Nations Charter."

US confirms Iran tested nuclear-capable ballistic missile.  The United States has confirmed that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, in "clear violation" of a United Nations Security Council ban on ballistic missile tests, a senior US official said on Friday [10/16/2015].

State Dept.: Kerry 'Simply Misspeaking' by Calling Americans Detained by Iran 'Hostages'.  The State Department today [10/14/2015] said Secretary of State John Kerry was "misspeaking" when he referred to the four Americans held by Iran as "hostages" — multiple times.  Lawmakers opposed to the regime in Tehran and advocates for the release of the four Americans — Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Marine vet Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini and retired FBI agent Bob Levinson — often refer to the four as hostages.  All have been held longer than the 1979 U.S. hostages.

When Washington won't even call them 'hostages,' why expect to ever get them back?  For months and years, Tehran has held four US hostages: Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini and retired FBI agent Bob Levinson.  Iran pretends they're criminals.  An Iranian kangaroo court this week found Rezaian guilty of still-unspecified charges.  Kerry was explaining why he hadn't let this stop him from negotiating that nuclear deal with Tehran:  "The families themselves of these hostages knew exactly what our strategy was and why it was important not to hold a nuclear agreement hostage to hostages."

The Nuclear Deal's True Purpose.  It works out that US President Barack Obama's signature diplomatic achievement, his nuclear deal with Iran, has nothing to do with preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power or even with placing restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities.  Just weeks after Obama led the international community in concluding the nuclear pact with Iran, the Iranian regime filed a complaint with the UN Security Council accusing the US of committing a material breach of the agreement.  The US action that precipitated the complaint was a statement by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest claiming that if Iran violates the deal, "the military option would remain on the table."

Iran Lawmakers Vote to Implement Nuclear Deal.  Iran's parliament voted Tuesday to support implementing a landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers despite hard-line attempts to derail the bill, suggesting the historic accord will be carried out.

Oops: Turns out the Iran deal breaks the law.  It's usually the first warning to someone who's about to enter into a complicated legal agreement:  Be sure to read the fine print.  Looks like President Obama and the team that negotiated the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran didn't do that.  Or, worse still, they did — but hoped no one else would.  Too late for that.  Fox News' James Rosen reports some senior US officials involved in the negotiations have concluded that a key element of the deal conflicts with federal law and can't be implemented.  Unless Congress changes the law, that is.

Obama Admin's Iran Point Man Promotes Anti-Israel Conspiracy Theories.  A State Department official closely involved in the Obama administration's Iran push has been promoting publications from anti-Semitic conspiracy sites and other radical websites that demonize American Jewish groups and Israel, according to sources and documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  Alan Eyre, the State Department's Persian-language spokesman and a member of the negotiating delegation that struck a nuclear deal with Iran earlier this year, has in recent months disseminated articles that linked American-Jewish skeptics of the deal to shadowy financial networks, sought to soften the image of Iranian terrorists with American blood on their hands, and linked deal criticism to a vast "neoconservative worldview."

Obama got his Iran deal and the rest of us got a bloody mess in the Middle East.  Two reports on Syria, one on American efforts to bolster rebels and one on Russian efforts to protect Bashar al-Assad, combine to tell the whole story.  It's not a pretty picture.  President Obama's weak-tea plan is summarized in a Wall Street Journal article that says he authorized a covert CIA program in 2013.  The aim, the Journal reports, was to "gradually build a moderate force strong enough to put military pressure on Mr. Assad."  But instead of victory, Obama only wanted to "force the regime to accept a political solution."

Wanted: A President of Good Character.  The United States is getting slapped around by every thug and bully in the world, from Vladimir Putin, playing the Czar of All Russias, to the Chinese, the Stalinist North Koreans, the proto-Nazis of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Jihadi butchers of ISIS, and most of all, the Persian rug-sellers of Tehran.  What a crew.  Under Obama the nuclear horse has finally escaped from the barn, and will soon join the other four horsemen of the Apocalypse.  Obama hasn't even tried to stop it, after swearing to do so, in public, a couple of hundred times.  At the same time Valerie Jarrett was negotiating surrender behind the scenes.  All that, thanks to the Washington establishment — yes, even the GOP and the DC lifers — the permanent bureaucrats.

Why the Iran Deal Ensures War.  The U.S. has now established an official blueprint on how to get nuclear weapons without being relegated to pariah status.  Iran, unlike Pakistan and North Korea, is not renegading its way to nuclear weapons, but is negotiating its pathway with the approval of the West.  Yet Iran's government is just as unhinged as those of the last two nuclear newcomers, is more centrally positioned in the Middle East, and has far more financial resources, given its singular reserves of natural gas and oil.  Other would-be nuclear nations will make the necessary adjustments, asking for similar sorts of American-backed supposed non-proliferation protocols, as they shadow Iran step by step into nuclear readiness.

Netanyahu: Iran Nuclear Deal Risks Another Genocide Of Jews.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shamed the United Nations for keeping mum amid Iranian calls for the Jewish state's destruction.  Obama's nuclear deal provides the means, he warned.

Syria is Obama's Watergate.  What did he know and when did he know it?  The immortal question about Richard Nixon and Watergate should be posed to Barack Obama about Syria.  What and when did he know about Vladimir Putin's axis-of-evil coalition?  The significance is not limited to Syria.  The question goes to the heart of the Iran nuclear deal, especially the timing of the congressional votes.

We get it, Obama.  [Scroll down]  We get that you don't like us for deep ideological reasons.  We got it last summer when you took the wrong side during our conflict with Hamas in Gaza, and on so many other occasions since you became president.  We get it that you want to see us with indefensible borders surrounded by enemies armed to the teeth by Iran with money that you provided as part of your nuclear deal.  We understand that your sympathies lie with the Muslim world, not with the 'colonialist' West, which you view as the root of evil in the world. [...] Actually, while this is a problem for us, it is a much bigger problem for the people of America, who are nervous about your apparent anti-Americanism and your uncomfortable closeness to Islam, who don't trust Iran and don't see how the deal you made is going to keep the terror-supporting regime from getting nuclear weapons.

'Obama handshake' triggers anger in Iran parliament.  The Iranian foreign minister's reported handshake with US President Barack Obama triggered chants of "Death to America" in Tehran's parliament Wednesday and a warning against "another kind of spying".  The foreign ministry has confirmed a "completely accidental" encounter between Obama and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, without denying there was a handshake as reported by Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency.  But hardline lawmakers went on the offensive against Zarif.

House Republicans Consider Suing Obama.  for Withholding Side Deals on Iran's Nuclear Program

Iran Buys $21 Billion in Aircraft, Satellites from Russia.  Iran has purchased $21 billion worth of Russian satellite technology and aircraft, according to Iranian officials.  An Iranian delegation reportedly visited Russia's MAKS-2015 air show and signed an agreement to purchase the equipment, according to Sputnik, which quoted Iranian officials.  "There is a large share of contracts for the purchase of this type of aircraft," Manouchehr Mantegh, an Iranian technology and aviation official, reportedly disclosed, according to Sputnik.

Obama 'accidentally' shakes hands with Iran's foreign minister.  An Iranian news agency says President Barack Obama and Iran's foreign minister shook hands when they ran into one another on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Militia will arrest senators for treason, vows anti-Islam rally organizer.  The man who caused a stir by organizing an anti-Islam rally in Phoenix in May is taking aim at Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, saying she committed treason by voting for the Iran nuclear deal.  In a letter to Roll Call, Jon Ritzheimer outlined his plans to organize with the Oath Keepers militia and personally arrest his "first target."  "We are planning on arresting Senator Debbie Stabenow, who voted yes to the Iran Nuke Deal.  She will be arrested for treason under Article 3 Section 3 of the Constitution," he says in the letter.  "We have chosen her as our first target due to our strong ties with the Michigan State Militia and their lax gun laws that will allow us to operate in a manner necessary for an operation like this."

Top Iranian Cleric: US is the Enemy of Islam.  In yet another indication of the open hostility still felt in Iran despite the recent nuclear deal with world powers, a leading Muslim cleric in the Islamic regime came out on Thursday [9/24/2015] calling the US "the enemy of Islam."  Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami made the comments in a speech at Tehran University campus for Eid al-Adha prayers, as reported by the semi-official Fars News Agency.

Iran's involvement with 9/11.  The most remarkable aspect of this US surrender to Iran is that the Iranian regime is not some hypothetical threat.  It has been perpetrating acts of war against Western interests for more than three decades — including playing a key role in the 9/11 attacks on America.  That's not just my opinion.  It's the view of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  In a judgment that has received virtually no attention, federal Judge George B. Daniels found in December 2011 that Iran, with the participation of its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was directly and heavily involved in the 9/11 atrocities.

Obama Admin Will Not Reveal to Congress Number of Americans Killed By Iran.  The Obama administration is declining to inform Congress about the number of American citizens and troops killed by Iran and its terror proxies, according to a document provided to Congress and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  The administration was repeatedly asked by Congress to release figures describing how many Americans and Israelis have been killed by Iran's military and terror activities since the country's 1979 revolution.  In a series of on-the-record responses obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon, and provided in written form to Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), Kerry sidestepped the questions on all of the three separate occasions he was asked to provide the figures.

Obama Deal Allows Iran To Pay Others To Build Its Nuclear Program.  Obama administration negotiators forgot something when they gave away the store to Iran.  Tehran remains free to outsource its nuclear program to North Korea.

Obama's House of Cards.  Obama now has avoided the need to veto legislation blocking the release of funds to Iran, thanks to a Senate filibuster.  But it's not a done deal; Congress has not seen all of the secret side-agreements.  Congress is readying new legislation to re-impose sanctions — all in the hope of negotiating a better Deal, with more safeguards against Iranian cheating.  And don't forget Iran's pledge never to build or acquire nuclear weapons; we must hold them to that — even at the risk that Iran will call the Deal off, as reportedly threatened last week in true bazaar-merchant fashion by Ali Larijani, Iran's Parliament speaker.  Well, so be it.  Remember, it's not over "till the fat lady sings."

Obama has documents on Iran's support of Al Qaeda, but he won't release them.  You may not realize that, when U.S. Navy SEALs showed up at Osama bin Laden's hideout for the purpose of putting a bullet in his brain, they also carried off a sizeable number of documents pertaining to Al Qaeda's operations around the world, including information about which nations provide substantial support in the form of both financing and access to territory, training facilities and so on.  I'll give you one guess which country was a prominent supporter.

Liberal Dem: Iran Deal Poses Existential Threat to U.S..  Last week, in announcing his decision to vote against the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Democratic Representative Ted W. Lieu of California issued a 23-page, single-spaced statement, complete with 79 footnotes, which reached the conclusion set forth in the title of this post.  The statement is, in my view, the definitive analysis of the Iran deal — written in an extraordinarily thoughtful manner by a liberal first-term Member of Congress, who was elected president of the 20-member Democratic Freshman Class.  It is the document future historians will cite to show that the likely consequences of the deal were apparent to a bipartisan majority and ignored by a partisan minority:  in Representative Lieu's words, the deal gives Iran "a legal path to a vast nuclear infrastructure and lifts two crucial arms control provisions, the arms embargo and the ballistic missile ban," which "exposes America to a grave, potentially existential threat" because those missiles will be pointed at us.

Obama Admin: Iranian Ballistic Missile Tests Not a Nuke Deal Violation.  Iran is permitted to test-fire ballistic missiles under the parameters of the recently inked nuclear accord, according to private disclosures made by Secretary of State John Kerry to a leading U.S. senator, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.  Nothing in the nuclear deal prevents Iran from testing a "conventional ballistic missile," which could be used to carry a nuclear weapon, according to series of written answers provided by Kerry to Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.).  The Obama administration's failure to rein in Iran's ballistic missile program has emerged as a key criticism among critics of the deal.  They argue that during the 15-year duration of the agreement, Iran will be given the opportunity to perfect its ballistic missile program, which could put it much closer to an operable nuclear weapon.

The Iran deal is a bait and switch.  Barack Obama has never made a secret of his determination to reach a deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program. Very early in his run for the White House, he announced that he was prepared to meet, without preconditions, with the rulers of Iran and other hostile regimes.

How to Create a Banana Republic: Start with a dictator.  Obama's position has been straightforward, at least privately.  He will do whatever he wants and no one will stop him.  He has repeatedly defied Congress and the courts to do so.  While he plays the game of giving speech in which he demands that Congress do X or Y, it's in practice shut out of the process.  Here's how it worked on the Iran Deal.  Obama made it clear to Democrats in Congress that he would implement the deal no matter what.  The Republican leadership by now has gotten the message.  The message is that Congressional voters are irrelevant.  They don't affect policy unless the dictator-in-chief allows them to.

Three Pinocchios for Obama's claim of "strong support" for Iran deal.  When 42 Senate Democrats blocked debate on the Iran deal, they prevented a floor vote that would have resulted in a bill rejecting the pact negotiated by John Kerry and approved by Barack Obama.  Recent polling from Pew shows support for the deal at 21% — the kind of level that indicates the fringe of American politics.  The House passed a bill to reject the nuclear deal by a 269-162 margin.  Yet after the filibuster, Obama bragged about the "strong support" he received for the deal from "lawmakers and citizens alike."

The Real Purpose of the Nuclear Deal: Support Iran and Stick It to Israel.  The purpose of the Iran nuclear deal isn't to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons technology — it's to assist Iran and prevent an Israeli military attack.  The deal promises to help Iran modernize and protect its nuclear program while making it harder for Israel to disrupt the program through military means or sabotage.  This isn't a "bad deal," as many keep saying — it's a dramatic shift in U.S. policy in favor of totalitarian Iran at the expense of democratic Israel.  Leftists love authoritarian regimes that are virulently anti-American.  Far from restraining Iran, the deal cooked up by Barack Obama, John Kerry, and the U.S. negotiating team may be everything the ayatollah could have wished for.

Why Democrats didn't want to vote on the Iran deal.  To hear the Democrats in Congress who supported President Obama's Iran nuclear deal — and then successfully filibustered it in the Senate, refusing even to allow an actual vote — you'd think someone was literally holding a gun to their heads.  Because it's hard to find a single one who argues that Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated anything close to a good deal.

Maker of 'Airplane' Movie Destroys Obama's Iran Deal With Hilarious 'Iran Side Effects'.  David Zucker, the producer of the hilarious "Airplane" and "Naked Gun" series of movies has now spoken up against Obama's dangerous Iran nuke deal and he's done it the way he does best, with an hilarious video and this one skewers Obama's disastrous deal.  [Video clip]

America's descent into lawlessness.  Consider the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.  By past custom and practice, the nonproliferation agreement would be treated as what it is — a treaty.  But ratifying treaties constitutionally requires 67 yes votes from the Senate.  Obama could never obtain that margin.  So he managed to downgrade the treaty into a mere legal agreement.  Then he claimed that the Senate required 67 no votes to override his veto.

Report: Iran finds 'unexpectedly high' uranium reserve after Dems seal nuke deal for Obama.  Iran has reportedly found an unexpectedly high reserve of uranium, following assessment that the country is running low on the nuclear raw material and just days after President Obama essentially secured an international nuclear deal with the rouge nation.  The discovery was reported first by Reuters and based on comments made by Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi to the state news agency IRNA.

Iran Claims It Found 'Unexpectedly' Rich Uranium Mine.  The head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization claims that his country has discovered a surprisingly large amount of uranium in a new mine. [...] Western analysts are expressing concern over the new find.  During the negotiations that led to the recent nuclear deal, many argued that the Islamic Republic would not be able to develop weapons without importing radioactive material.  In particular, an influential paper put out by the Carnegie Endowment and the Federation of American Scientists claimed that domestic uranium is rare and of low quality, forcing Iran "to rely on external sources of natural and processed uranium."

Iran says finds unexpectedly high uranium reserve.  Iran has discovered an unexpectedly high reserve of uranium and will soon begin extracting the radioactive element at a new mine, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said on Saturday [9/12/2015].

Democrats Cash GOP's Check, Ending Iran Sanctions.  Without congressional imprimatur — by either approval of a treaty or an authorizing statute — Obama's deal would be a mere executive agreement.  While harmful for the next 16 months, an executive agreement could be fully renounced when the next president takes office in 2017.  In the meantime, Congress could enact resolutions stressing that the sanctions remain on the books and should be enforced.  On notice that they could face crippling penalties once Obama is gone, individuals, corporations, and countries would be discouraged from commerce with Iran.  Iran might even reject the deal.  By contrast, formal law binds our country.  Laws must be faithfully executed by presidents — at least presidents not named Barack Obama.

Obama spins House vote as support for Iran deal.  President Obama took the position on Friday that the House vote against approving the Iran nuclear agreement is actually a good sign, and shows that people are more likely to support the deal if they take time to read and understand it. [...] Obama's statement was released shortly after the House voted 162-269 against a resolution approving the agreement.  The rejection of the deal was helped along by 25 Democrats who voted with Republicans.

How Obama Swindled Americans on Iran.  Congress is finally having its say on the Iran deal.  It will be an elaborate charade, however, because, having first gone to the U.N., President Obama has largely drained congressional action of relevance.  At the Security Council, he pushed through a resolution ratifying the deal, thus officially committing the United States as a nation to its implementation — in advance of any congressional action.  The resolution abolishes the entire legal framework, built over a decade, underlying the international sanctions against Iran.  A few months from now, they will be gone.

41 Traitors.  41 Democratic Senators chose to back an Iran deal that is a disaster for national security, a gift to terrorists and a path to war.  Here are the five worst things about the deal that the #41Traitors now own. [...] While the text of the treaty is online, the devil is in the details.  Those details are the agreements between Iran and the IAEA.  Iran has demanded that those agreements be kept secret.  The #41Traitors are backing a deal whose contents they don't even know.  We have to pass it to find out how many nuclear bombs Iran ends up with.  Obama and Biden have refused to answer questions about what's in those agreements, [...]

House rejects Obama's Iran deal.  The House on Friday rejected a resolution to approve the Iran nuclear deal, with the vote underscoring how controversial the accord has been with President Obama's own party.  While most Democrats voted to approve the nuclear bargain, 25 voted against it, creating a wedge that Republicans hope to use to their advantage in the 2016 elections.  Every Republican voted against the resolution, with the exception of libertarian Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who voted "present."  The tally was 162-269.

We Can Still Stop the Iran Deal — Here's How.  The specter of a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic of Iran is the single greatest threat facing our nation, and if President Barack Obama's catastrophic nuclear deal with the mullahs goes forward, there will be nothing to stop them from obtaining a nuclear bomb.  Astonishingly, we do not even know how bad the deal is because the Administration has not released all of the information relating to side deals with Iran as they are obligated to do under the terms of Corker-Cardin, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act that Congress passed and the President signed into law.

The Real Purpose of the Nuclear Deal: Support Iran and Stick It to Israel.  The purpose of the Iran nuclear deal isn't to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons technology — it's to assist Iran and prevent an Israeli military attack.  The deal promises to help Iran modernize and protect its nuclear program while making it harder for Israel to disrupt the program through military means or sabotage.  This isn't a "bad deal," as many keep saying — it's a dramatic shift in U.S. policy in favor of totalitarian Iran at the expense of democratic Israel.  Leftists love authoritarian regimes that are virulently anti-American.

Pelosi Celebrates Iran Nuke Deal: 'This Is Historic. This Is Grand.'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) expressed tremendous enthusiasm and optimism at her press briefing today about the nuclear deal that the Obama administration and five other governments has negotiated with the Iranian regime of Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei.  Pelosi called the deal "historic," "grand," and "visionary."  The Congress is currently considering the deal in an unusual procedure that does not handle the international agreement as a treaty but as an agreement between the president and a foreign government.

Khamenei: Iran will not hold more talks with 'Great Satan' United States.  Relations between the United States and Iran will seemingly not improve, as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there will not be further discussions other than on the nuclear negotiation.

Iran Deal: Khamenei Says Israel Destroyed in 25 Years.  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the theocratic dictator of Iran, tweeted Wednesday [9/9/2015] that Israel would not survive for 25 more years.  "Firstly, you will not see 25 years; God willing, there will be nothing as Zionist regime by next 25 years.  Secondly, until then, struggling, heroic and jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists," he tweeted.

Mark Levin: Obama "Funding The Enemy" In Iran, $150 Billion For Terrorism.  "A conga-line of Democrats, one after another, supports this surrender," roared Mark Levin.  "It is clear the Democrats no longer represent the party of Truman and Kennedy."  "It is now the Democrat party of Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky, and Barack Obama.  The Democrat Party will have blood on its hands as a result of this deal for the rest of time.  This deal sows the seeds of war."

Conservatives Detail Pathway Forward to Kill Iran Deal — But John Boehner Stands in Way.  Members are furious that Boehner is considering desecrating the 14-year-anniversary of the Al Qaeda-led terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11 as the day the House would vote to "play fight," as National Review's Andy McCarthy calls it, against the Iran deal rather than really trying to stop it.

What the sordid Iran deal reveals about today's politics.  Polls show a clear majority of adult Americans oppose President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.  More than 200 former top military commanders warn the agreement with its secret side deals threatens Israel's security, a regional nuclear arms race and the United States, while awarding billions for Iran to continue as the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism.  Former Vice President Cheney calls Obama's deal "an intricately-crafted capitulation" that is "madness."

Only 21 percent of Americans approve of Iran nuke deal.  Just 21 percent of Americans approve of the nuclear accord between the U.S. and Iran according to a new Pew Research Center poll; 6 percent of Republicans, 20 percent of independents and 42 percent of Democrats agree.  Overall, half — 49 percent — disapprove of the deal; that includes 78 percent of the GOPers, 47 percent of independents and 29 percent of the Dems.

Spitting on the Constitution to pass the Iran deal.  In the matter of his Iran deal, President Obama and his team have spent two months working relentlessly to secure 41 percent — and now they're claiming an enormous victory even though by any other standards what they've achieved is nothing but a feat of unconstitutional trickery.  They worked throughout the summer to browbeat Senate Democrats so they could get 41 of them to say they would support the Iran nuclear deal.  They're up to 42 now — that's a mere 42 percent of the Senate.  Why is the number 41 so magical?  Why is a failure of this magnitude being greeted as a triumph?

Obama Avoided Syria Action to Help Iran Negotiations.  The way Obama sees it, the United States causes more problems than it solves, and besides there wasn't much we could do anyway by backing a bunch of rag-tag rebels against Assad and his allies.

Cheney, Unlike GOP Leaders, Tells Ugly Truth On Iran.  Former Vice President Cheney earned a special social media onslaught from the White House as he spoke to the American Enterprise Institute blasting the Iran deal on Tuesday [9/8/2015].  Cheney suggested it might the first national suicide attempt in world history, but at least as compelling was his assertion that while the U.S. trusts terrorist Tehran, Americans cannot trust their current president.  "We are asked to rely on the word of a country that has cheated on every nuclear agreement to which they have been a party, that once they have the means in place to become a nuclear power, they won't do it," Cheney noted.

Strategic Lying and Obama.  [Scroll down]  According to Obama, either we sign this not-so-terrific Iranian deal or we go to war.  He has de facto eliminated other possibilities such as continuation of sanctions or making concrete non-negotiable demands.  The most egregious is his claim that American sanctions were some of the toughest and they really did have an impact on Iran, when, in fact, he had actually opposed those very sanctions.

Every time you see a Wounded Warrior commercial I want you to remember this.  [Scroll down]  Obama had no such reservations when it came to Libya.  He destroyed Libya and got Gaddafi killed without any effort at diplomacy.  I continue to note that Obama has a predilection for ousting leaders of the more secular nations in the Middle East (Libya, Egypt) while coddling the leaders of the stricter Islamic theocracy (Iran).  Obama had a chance to influence the leadership in Iran back in 2009 but was disinterested in disrupting the theocracy.  One wonders why.  Obama has given amnesty to the man directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of US troops and couldn't get freed a single one of the four Americans being held by Iran.

Obama's Legacy: Middle East in Chaos, a Nuclear Iran, and Europe Flooded With Muslims.  President Obama's legacy to America:  a Middle East in chaos, radical Islam ascendant, a nuclear Iran with a $150 billion dollar terror fund, Israel demonized as a warmonger, Europe flooded with Muslims.  This Iran Deal is so bad, so dangerous, so traitorous, it is hard to believe.  That is one reason the Democrats can get away with it.  Their loyal voters assume their party leaders and beloved first black President would not do something this traitorous.

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Colin Powell and top Jewish Democrat back Iran deal in triumph for Obama.  The Iran nuclear deal has gained the backing of both a top Democrat and George W Bush's secretary of state, in what is shaping up to be a major victory for Barack Obama.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the first Jewish woman elected to Congress, announced her support for the deal in what she said was her most difficult decision in more than two decades in public office.  Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state between 2001 and 2005, hailed "remarkable changes" agreed to by Iranian leaders while downplaying skepticism over whether the accord could be implemented.

Chuck Todd Admits Iran Deal Vote More 'About Avoiding Defeat' for Obama.  On Wednesday, September 2, all three network newscasts cheered Obama securing a 34th vote for the Iran deal which included Chuck Todd's colleague, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, who proclaimed the vote a "major win for the Obama administration" for a deal that "now appears unstoppable."  In addition, the networks repeatedly dismissed the overwhelming majority of Congress who opposed the Iran deal and refused to provide soundbites of those who planned to vote against the controversial agreement.

An Anti-American White House.  This week President Obama won the 34th vote in support of his nuclear deal with Iran.  The vote, from Senator Barbara Mikulski, guarantees that the deal will survive a rejection by Congress.  The fact that the deal will be made despite such opposition — something a few of us predicted months ago — is, in the words of the AP, a "landmark Obama victory."  It is worth asking how many more of these victories our country can withstand.

Democrats now own the Iran deal, lock, stock, and barrel.  To some extent, Democrats couldn't have escaped political ownership of the Iran deal even if Congress managed to hold the line and override a veto of a rejection of the deal.  Democrats backed Barack Obama's play to treat the deal as an executive agreement rather than a treaty, and then refused to issue an outright repeal of the statutes that would allow Obama to issue an unending series of waivers to sanctions on Iran without forcing a reversal of the treaty process on Republicans.  Don't forget that Corker-Menendez started as an attempt to close that option, but they couldn't get enough Democrats to override a veto for a clean repeal.  That's how we ended up in a position where it now takes two-thirds of both chambers to reject a deal rather than two-thirds of the Senate to ratify it.

UK's Former Defense Secretary: The West 'Surrendered' to Iran in Nuclear Talks.  Liam Fox, a conservative member of Parliament, said the P5+1 "caved" to Iran's demands by conceding to immediate sanctions relief rather than implementing the West's original condition of a gradual, rewards-based sanctions lift.  "We've given everything away at the outset and it's all predicated on hope, a hope that they will change," he said.  The $150 billion Tehran is estimated to receive in unfrozen assets, he said, will allow the regime to rapidly update its aging military and civilian infrastructure, calling it "ridiculous" to argue Iran will use most of the money to pay off debts.

Private Government Report: Iran Spending Billions to Pay Terrorist Salaries.  Iran has been spending billions of dollars to fund the salaries of terrorist fighters across the Middle East, including in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and the Gaza Strip, according to a private U.S. government analysis conducted for a leading senator, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.  Iran's defense budget ranges anywhere from $14 to $30 billion a year, with much of that money going to fund terrorist proxy groups and rebel fighters in a number of countries, according to a Congressional Research Service report conducted following a request by Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.).  The report discloses that funding for these terrorist groups could actually be much higher, as Iran obfuscates public records about its defense spending and financial support for paramilitary groups secretly conducting operations outside the Islamic Republic.

Why Won't Obama Stop Lying About Iran's Military Budget?  What is Iran's military budget?  Read Obama's lips.  It's either $15 billion or $30 billion.  Either Iran's military budget changes every time Obama gives a speech or he's playing with numbers to make it seem small.  If $30 billion still seems big, how about $15 billion?  And if $15 billion is still too big, get ready for the $7.5 billion Iranian defense budget.  How can you be worried about that?  Obama is borrowing a trick from the Manchurian Candidate.  No one is talking about how big Iran's military budget is, but debating how small it is.

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Barack H. Obama won't stop lying, because that's what he doesHe is a liar and the truth is not in him.

Iran General: Military Buildup Won't Stop Until 'Full Annihilation and Destruction' of Israel.  A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Commander (IRGC) stated Wednesday [9/2/2015] that Iran will not stop building up its military until Israel is annihilated.  The United States and Israel "should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine," Iranian Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini said Wednesday [9/2/2015], while leading military drills in Tehran, according to Iran's state-run Fars News.

The Democrats Now Own Iran.  They'll Soon Wish They Didn't.  Leaving aside the terrible damage the deal does to U.S. security and the stability of the Middle East, the most far-reaching effect of the deal is that from now on Democrats own Iran.  From this moment forward, every act of Iranian-sponsored terrorism, every instance of Iranian aggression and adventurism as well as the Islamist regime's inevitable march to a nuclear weapon can be laid at the feet of a Democratic Party.  With a few exceptions, the Democrats fell meekly behind a president determined to prioritize détente with Iran over the alliance with Israel and the need to defend U.S. interests.  By smashing the bipartisan consensus that had existed on Iran up until this year, the Democrats have, in effect, become the hostages of the ayatollahs.  This is a decision that will haunt them in the years to come.

Obama's political win on the Iran deal is a hollow victory.  By enlisting Barbara Mikulski as the 34th Senate vote for his disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, enough to sustain his veto of a resolution of disapproval, President Obama has scored a political victory — but a hollow one.  That's because his agreement, the most important foreign-policy measure in decades, will take effect with the support of only a third of Congress — and a similar minority of the American people.  The president won't win approval of his odious deal; a majority of Congress remains firmly opposed.  He's simply manipulated the process by demonizing his opponents as warmongers.

Iran Commander: We're Getting Prepared to Overthrow Israel.  As the White House secured their last needed vote to block a veto override in the Senate on the nuclear deal, Iran unleashed a double-pronged attack:  vowing to block inspector access to some sites, and vowing to continue preparations to destroy Israel.  Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said today that the International Atomic Energy Agency — which inked confidential deals with Tehran that Congress has not been able to see — would not be able to see all the facilities it wants to.

Iran Army Commander: We'll Keep Arming Until Israel Overthrown.  One of Iran's top military commanders has said the Islamic Republic will continue to bolster its military capabilities until Israel is destroyed and a Palestinian Arab state established in its place.  Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini, a senior commander in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), was speaking to soldiers during a military drill in Tehran Wednesday [9/2/2015].  "They (the US and the Zionists) should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine," Kazzemeini said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.

Senate Democrats Favoring Iran Deal Have Blood On Their Hands.  Retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th Senate Democrat to announce support for the administration's nuclear weapons agreement with the world's foremost terrorist client state, ensuring an Obama veto would be sustained.  Mikulski and her 33 comrades have blood on their hands — and not only the blood of victims of future Islamist nuclear terrorism after Tehran exploits the deal's many holes, gets the bomb and either uses it itself or gives weapons to terrorist groups.  It's also blood from the conventional terrorism Iran will expand with tens of billions of dollars of sanctions relief.  Speaking Wednesday [9/2/2015] at, of all places, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Secretary of State John Kerry made the case for surrendering to a regime that would burn our Constitution the way Iranian incendiary devices have burned and blasted our troops.

Vet Tears Apart Iran Deal: Obama Is 'Selling Out The Country'.  Recalling the Iranian bomb that cut through his armored vehicle in Iraq in 2005, "my scars are the direct result of Iran," says Sgt. Robert Bartlett.  His face was ripped from the temple to the jaw and his gunner's legs were blown off.  He had more than 40 procedures done and he died three times, only to live to speak today.  Bartlett is featured in a powerful, viral ad against the Iran deal sponsored by Vets Against the Deal. Sgt. Bartlett is appearing on many networks about the Iranian deal now.

Obama picks up more support for Iran deal, needs one more senator to prevail.  Two more Democrats announced support Tuesday [9/1/2015] for President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, putting the White House a single senator away from assuring it can prevent Congress from scuttling the agreement and leaving GOP leaders hoping to avoid an even bigger embarrassment of losing to a filibuster.  With about 10 Democrats still to decide, it's a lock that at least one of them will back Mr. Obama, giving him the 34 votes needed to uphold his expected veto of a bill to halt the deal.

Revealed Secret Construction Makes Iran Deal Supporters Look Even More Foolish.  First, the debate over the Iran nuclear deal was roiled by the news that a side deal between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Tehran allowed the Islamist regime to self-inspect the Parchin military site.  Parchin is the place where Iran conducted much of the military research connected with its nuclear project including work on triggers for bombs.  Administration apologists first scoffed at the AP report with the shocking details about the inspections and, once the text of the agreement was published, incredibly claimed it was a fake.

Obama, Bush, Clinton: Secret Agents.  The record is uncontestable; Obama has destroyed his own party for the immediate future.  Even the left-leaning Politico concedes this. [...] The Iran deal is just the latest of the outrageous acts of a president so enamored of making a place in history for himself that he ignores good sense, public opinion, and the future of his party.

Wasserman Schultz blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting: report.  Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz blocked consideration of a resolution at the party's summer meeting that would have praised President Obama and backed the his nuclear deal with Iran, The Washington Post reported Saturday [8/29/2015], citing unnamed sources.

214 Flag Officers Blast Iran Deal in NY Times Ad.  Over 200 retired generals and admirals called on Congress to reject the Iranian nuclear deal in a full-page New York Times ad on Sunday [8/30/2015], calling the agreement a threat to U.S. national security.  The ad, which was placed by the Warrior Legacy Foundation, followed a letter to congressional leaders from retired military officials last week warning of the national security risks of the Iran deal.  After the letter was published last Wednesday [8/26/2015], nearly 20 additional flag officers signed onto it.

The obscene drive to avoid any Senate vote on the Iran deal.  Whether to approve the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran is the most important question to face Congress in years — yet the president wants to stop the Senate from even debating it. [...] The Senate calls itself "the world's greatest deliberative body."  And the Constitution requires Senate consent for the approval of treaties.  Obama's already done an end-run around the treaty rules.  Will Senate Democrats enable even worse — a total mockery of Congress' role?

Cheney: "Iran deal makes war more, not less likely.".  It's safe to say that former Vice President Dick Cheney is not a fan of Obama, especially with regard to foreign policy.  While Obama is pushing congress to approve his Iran Deal, Cheney is ringing alarm bells.

Iran Pact's Secret Side Deals:  A National Security Fraud.  First, we know there are secret side deals that were not mentioned in the Obama administration's rollout of the Iran nuclear agreement.  The administration provided classified (that is, secret) briefings on the side deals to Congress during the week of July 20, in which it claimed that U.S. diplomats have been briefed on the side deal documents but have not seen them.  Obama officials told Congress that the side deals are routine International Atomic Energy Agency arrangements that were being briefed in a classified setting because they are confidential agreements between the IAEA and Iran.  So if the side deals are secret, from whom are they being kept secret?  The U.S. Congress, apparently.

The staggering stupidity of Iranian self-inspections.  Fresh off a golf vacation at Martha's Vineyard, President Obama is back to doling out disparaging dialogue about critics of his Iran nuclear deal.  Even now, after learning that the deal includes trusting Iran to self-inspect, the president calls opponents "crazies."  What's crazy, is putting trust in the hands of Iranian leaders. [...] The latest chapter in this rat-infested deal:  the Obama Administration has agreed to Iranian "self-inspections".  Letting the Iranians "self inspect" their nuclear energy facilities is like letting mass murderers run a gun shop, hoping they'll behave.

Pentagon Not Targeting Islamic State Training Camps.  The Pentagon has not conducted airstrikes against an estimated 60 Islamic State (IS) training camps that are supplying thousands of fighters each month to the terror group, according to defense and intelligence officials.  The camps are spread throughout Islamic State-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria and are off limits in the U.S.-led international bombing campaign because of concerns about collateral damage, said officials familiar with planning and execution of the yearlong bombing campaign.

Obama Trades Real Security for Spin to Secure His Legacy.  The anniversary of the U.S. war against the Islamic State passed with little notice.  It was August 7 of last year that President Obama authorized the first airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq, a campaign he expanded a month later to include targets in Syria.  So far this month, the president has delivered remarks on the Voting Rights Act, his deal with Iran, the budget, clean energy, and Hurricane Katrina.  ISIS?  Not a peep.  Obama's quiet because the war is not going well.

GOP: Why does Obama treat Iran like a law-abiding country?  Of course, Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world.  Its leaders live by the motto "Death to America."  Iran doesn't behave like the peaceful countries that have nuclear programs.  Why does this agreement treat it like one?  Well, President Obama is betting that Iran will change over a few short years into a country that can be trusted with nuclear bomb-making technology.  He is betting against history.

State laughs off 195 retired brass opposing Iran deal.  The Obama administration had hyped a letter from three dozen retired admirals and generals in support of the deal, only to be trumped by a letter sent to Congress on Wednesday [8/26/2015] in which 195 retired admirals and generals rejected the deal.  The administration also put out a letter from rabbis in favor of the deal, but opponents of the deal immediately followed suit with more than twice as many signatures against it.

Obama's opinion is the only one that matters.
Spies: Obama's Brass Pressured Us to Downplay ISIS Threat.  [Scroll down]  Reports that have been deemed too pessimistic about the efficacy of the American-led campaign, or that have questioned whether a U.S.-trained Iraqi military can ultimately defeat ISIS, have been sent back down through the chain of command or haven't been shared with senior policymakers, several analysts alleged.  In other instances, authors of such reports said they understood that their conclusions should fall within a certain spectrum.  As a result, they self-censored their own views, they said, because they felt pressure to not reach conclusions far outside what those above them apparently believed.

Cotton blasts Reid for threatening to block Iran vote.  A leading Republican critic of the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday [8/25/2015] blasted Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid for pushing to prevent a vote on a resolution that could kill the agreement.

Iran Deal Opens a Vitriolic Divide Among American Jews.  The attacks on Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, since he announced his support for the nuclear accord with Iran have been so vicious that the National Jewish Democratic Council and the Anti-Defamation League both felt compelled this week to publicly condemn Jewish voices of hate.  On the other side, three Jewish Democrats in the House who oppose the deal released a joint statement denouncing "ad hominem attacks and threats" against not only supporters like Mr. Nadler but also Jewish opponents, who have been accused of "dual loyalties" and treason.

The long, slow death of the rule of law in America.  Consider the current debate over the nuclear deal with Iran.  By any reasonable reading, the agreement should have been presented to Congress as a treaty, requiring a two-thirds supermajority in the Senate to take effect.  The White House, however, has refused to classify it as such, leaving Congress to haggle its way into an arrangement whereby the president can have his way with the support of just one-third of either house of Congress.  The Obama administration hasn't even attempted to dress this up as a matter of principle, with Secretary of State John Kerry telling the House Foreign Affairs Committee last month that the deal wasn't a treaty simply "because you can't pass a treaty anymore."

Retired generals and admirals urge Congress to reject Iran nuclear deal.  A group of nearly 200 retired generals and admirals will send a letter to Congress Wednesday [8/26/2015] urging lawmakers to reject the Iran nuclear agreement, which they say threatens national security.  The letter is the latest in a blizzard of missives petitioning Congress to either support or oppose the agreement with Iran, which lifts sanctions if Iran pares back its nuclear program.  Letters have been sent by ad hoc groupings of rabbis, nuclear scientists, arms control and nonproliferation experts — and now, retired senior military officers, many of whom have worked in the White House during various administrations dating back to the 1980s.

'Israel should be annihilated,' senior Iran aide says.  Hussein Sheikholeslam, a foreign affairs adviser to parliament speaker Ali Larijani, told Iranian media that contrary to remarks by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, "Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all; Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan."  Hammond was in Iran on Monday [8/24/2015] for the reopening of the UK embassy in Tehran, and said that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had indicated a "more nuanced approach" to Israel's existence.  Hammond said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's "revolutionary sloganizing" should be distinguished from "what Iran actually does in the conduct of its foreign policy."

Obama's end-run around the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.  In an article for Forbes, Harold Furchtgott-Roth argues that President Obama's executive agreement with Iran violates and/or modifies the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1969.  Thus, it cannot lawfully take effect without true congressional approval (as opposed to the process established by the Corker-Cardin legislation).  Furchtgott-Roth's article appeared about a month ago, but has only recently come to my attention.  It is axiomatic, I should think, that an executive agreement cannot supersede a treaty.  As Furchtgott-Roth explains, treaties are the law of the land and have the status of federal statutes.  As such, they cannot be overridden by executive action.

Memo to Obama: It's Not Iran Deal Critics Who Are the 'Crazy' Ones.  Just back from his annual summer vacation at Martha's Vineyard, President Barack Obama has returned to disparaging his political adversaries and anyone who happens to disagree with him on policy.  According to a report in Politico, the president has taken to describing opponents of the hugely controversial Iran deal as "crazies."  The so-called "crazies" now include a majority of members of the House and Senate, a large chunk of the American electorate according to opinion polls, and the government of Israel, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  It is significant that several leading figures in the president's own party have declared their opposition to the Iran deal, including Charles Schumer, the senior senator for New York, and Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Relations Committee from New York.

Military Experts: Iran Already Has Nuclear Weapons.  Amid debate over President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, two retired military officers contend their accumulation of evidence from open and intelligence sources shows Tehran already has a nuclear-weapons capability.  Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dennis B. Haney assert that since 1979, a cabal of nations has aided and abetted Iran in its efforts to develop a robust nuclear program under the guise of generating a nuclear-energy system.  And they believe the White House is fully aware.

Traitor Senators Took Money from Iran Lobby, Back Iran Nukes.  Senator Markey has announced his support for the Iran deal that will let the terrorist regime inspect its own Parchin nuclear weapons research site, conduct uranium enrichment, build advanced centrifuges, buy ballistic missiles, fund terrorism and have a near zero breakout time to a nuclear bomb.  There was no surprise there.  Markey had topped the list of candidates supported by the Iran Lobby. And the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) had maxed out its contributions to his campaign.  After more fake suspense, Al Franken, another IAPAC backed politician who also benefited from Iran Lobby money, came out for the nuke sellout.  Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the Iran Lobby's third Dem senator, didn't bother playing coy like her colleagues.  She came out for the deal a while back even though she only got half the IAPAC cash that Franken and Markey received.

The D.C. Idiocracy: Remember The Really Dumb Kids In School? They're Now In Charge Of Your Life.  Barack Obama cut a deal with Iran to supposedly stop it from getting nukes.  Setting aside the fact that it doesn't do that, Iran is holding four American hostages.  Obama didn't even bother to demand that they be freed before he began releasing billions of dollars to Iran.  He also allowed Iran to inspect its own nuclear sites.  Think about that.  We think Iran is working on nuclear weapons; |so to prove that it's not, we're going to let Iran inspect its own sites and say, "Nope, there's certainly nothing nefarious going on here.  Take our word for it, Great Satan!"  To top it all off, Obama admits the money we're releasing to Iran will be used to fund terrorism.  I know that Obama thinks that whole "war on terrorism" thing is passé, but should we really be funding terrorists who hate us now?  Is there ever a good time for that?

Obama and the Iran Nuclear Veil.  In less than a month, Congress will vote on the Iran nuclear deal.  It's a terrible deal, in all its sanctions-melting, cash-bestowing, arms-and-missile-embargo-lifting, nuclear-enrichment-approving and self-sunsetting capitulation to Iran.  It's even worse for having been rushed by the Obama administration to the United Nations Security Council for approval on July 20th, just six days after it was announced, and one day after the Obama administration officially transmitted a copy to Congress.  And it's worse still for relying on secret side deals between Iran and the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency to handle inspections pertaining to Iran's past work on nuclear weapons — the "possible military dimensions."

"A Stimulus Package for Jihad": Obama's Deal with Iran.  According to military experts, Iran has already slaughtered more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers since 9/11.

Critics say Obama flirts with anti-semitism in defense of Iran deal.  President Obama's efforts to sell his nuclear deal with Iran focuses heavily on overcoming objections by pro-Israeli and Jewish groups, to the point where some are saying the campaign is flirting with anti-Semitic stereotypes.  A pattern in the administration's rhetoric has raised concern that the White House and its allies are singling out Jewish and pro-Israeli interests for criticism, despite a larger universe of lobbying interests on both sides of the deal who may have other reasons for their positions.  This tactic stretches back to before the deal was signed on July 14.

The latest Iran revelation is utterly humiliating.  The inspection regime and dispute resolution system was already riddled with loopholes that Iran will exploit.  But with this there is not even the pretense that there is a viable inspection process.  With self-inspection comes the open door for Iran to cheat with impunity.

Self-Inspect Shock Should Kill Iran Deal, But Democrats Shrug.  We already knew our system of representative government is badly broken — from a president getting away with misrepresenting a health reform that he claimed would let us keep our current health plan and doctor, enacted through late-night trickery despite most Americans opposing it, to a Supreme Court that finds new "rights" hidden in the Constitution and uses them to legislate radical social revolution.  Now we have a new indicator, one that physically threatens Americans:  Congressional Democrats' irresponsible non-reaction to the Iranian nuclear side deal that lets Tehran conduct its own inspections.

Obama's Iran Deal is a complete and utter failure.  The issue before the Congress in September is whether to vote to approve or disapprove the agreement struck by the President and our P5+1 partners with Iran.  This is one of the most serious national security, nuclear nonproliferation, arms control issues of our time.  It is not an issue of supporting or opposing the President.  This issue is much greater and graver than that.

And when you thought the Iran deal couldn't get any worse, we discover Barack Obama is secretly sabotaging sanctions.  It appears President Obama is actively sabotaging any attempt at international sanctions against Iran even if the terror state violates the terms of the nuclear deal.

AP: Sorry Lefties, Our Reporting on the Iran Agreement's Secret Side Deals is Accurate.  In the wake of a major Associated Press-reported revelation published earlier in the week, Obama administration defenders undertook a furious campaign to discredit the core of the AP's story.  They lobbed accusations at the news organization, which pointedly declined to cower or backtrack — publishing the full text of the secret side deal at the heart of their bombshell scoop.  Its reporters openly defied critics to deny or refute the evidence.  To put an even finer point on it, AP reporter George Jahn published a devastating news analysis piece spelling out the implications of Iran's private agreement with the IAEA, to which the US and other Western negotiating nations were not party: [...]

House Dem endorses Iran deal after letter from Obama.  Rep. Jerrold Nadler on Friday became the first Jewish member of the New York delegation to back the Iran deal, though he did so tepidly, and admitted the deal has "flaws."  "After carefully studying the agreement and the arguments and analyses from all sides, I have concluded that, of all the alternatives, approval of the JCPOA, for all its flaws, gives us the best chance of stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon," he said of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  "Accordingly, I will support the agreement and vote against a Resolution of Disapproval."

Senators: Obama administration hiding secret Iran deal letters.  Two leading U.S. senators are calling on the Obama administration to release secret letters to foreign governments assuring them that they will not be legally penalized for doing business with the Iranian government, according to a copy of a letter sent Wednesday [8/19/2015] to the State Department and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) disclosed in the letter to the State Department that U.S. lawmakers have been shown copies of several letters sent by the Obama administration to the Chinese, German, French, and British governments assuring them that companies doing business with Iran will not come under penalty.

U.N. side deal lets Iran lead its own nuclear inspections.  In a development that incited more opposition in Congress to the Obama administration's nuclear deal, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency has given Iran the rare benefit of using its own analysts to inspect a site where it is suspected of working on atomic weapons.  The Associated Press reported Wednesday [8/19/2015] that the condition is part of a secret bilateral agreement between Iran and the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency.  Inspections of Iran's closely guarded Parchin nuclear site will be ceded to the Iranians as part of the overarching deal reached by the U.S. and five other world powers in Vienna in July, the AP reported.

State Dept.: We Totally Trust IAEA with Inspections Where Only Iran Can Inspect.  The State Department said today [8/19/2015] that everybody shouldn't worry about the Iran side agreements, because the International Atomic Energy Agency will do a great job with inspections where they're not allowed.  Press secretary John Kirby was grilled about an Associated Press story focusing on a draft seen of one of the final inspection agreements.  According to "separate arrangement II" — the AP didn't see a "separate arrangement I" — Iran will take its own photos and video of Parchin and other military sites believed to be linked to the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program.

The More We Learn, the Worse the Deal Gets.  In his March 5 Address to Congress, Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that the Iran deal would leave a vast nuclear infrastructure with a break-out time that would be "very short — about a year by U.S. assessment, even shorter by Israel's."  The last four words were a diplomatic way of noting Israel's lack of confidence in the one-year assurances of the Obama administration.  Based on the extensive analysis released this week by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), "Breakout Timelines Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" (JCPOA), Israel's assessment is more accurate.  The ISIS study concludes that the likely breakout time is seven months.

Iran Is Serious About Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse Warfare.  A copy of a draft of one of the side deals between Iran and the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency reveals that Tehran will be allowed to inspect its Parchin nuclear site itself, where it is suspected of testing nuclear detonators.  International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors won't get physical access and will just trust the Iranian self-inspectors.  In the meantime, Iran is obviously very interested in a type of nuclear weapon that Secretary of State John Kerry and the other negotiators for the U.S. and the major powers left unaddressed during their many months of talks — electromagnetic pulse.

Chilling animated propaganda video released by Iranian activists imagines the 'inevitable' destruction of Israel.  A chilling new propaganda video has been released by hardline Iranian activists imagining the 'inevitable' destruction of the Israeli state at the hands of Islamic armies.  The short animated clip shows heavily armed militants wearing the emblems of various militant and terror cells standing side by side as they prepare to march on the Israeli capital Jerusalem.

A Shariah-approved nuclear attack.  Congress must stop President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.  The most important reason — Iran can threaten the existence of the United States by making an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack using a single nuclear weapon.  It may obtain one, relatively easily, by cheating in the use of the nuclear infrastructure permitted them under the agreement.

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When the Iranians unleash their nuke(s) over the east coast, and the electricity and cell phone services go out for several months, please remember that the whole mess was entirely the fault of Barack H. Obama, acting on his own, with only very minimal partisan support from the Senate.

'Death to America' and 'Black Lives Matter'.  A short while ago, President Obama made a deal with Iran — a deal in which they got nearly everything they ever wanted out of us, and we got almost nothing we wanted out of them.  But what was most interesting about the agreement was that after we'd capitulated and relations should have been smoothed (at least, that's what you expect when you make a generous deal with a respectable person), the supreme leader of the Iranian people was caught shouting "death to America" with a substantial portion of his political allies.  This is discomforting for several reasons, the first being that we just gave Iran the green light to work with nuclear materials, and above all they seem to want us dead.

The Iran Deal is Everything Bad About Obama in One Package.  Obama doesn't just enact policies.  He conducts domestic political warfare.  It's not enough for him to get his way, and he already made it clear to a Democratic congressman opposed to the deal that he will unilaterally remove sanctions even if Congress comes out against the deal, Obama has to turn everything into a larger political war that divides Americans.  Divisiveness is Obama's strength.  His political power is based on dividing and conquering Americans.

Did the Iranians threaten IAEA director with personal harm to prevent side-deal disclosures?  Normally, one might write this off as a rumor spread by opponents of the nuclear agreement with Iran, an attempt to remind people of the folly of dealing with a gangster government.  Normally, that is, except the source for this story comes from the state-run media that answers directly to the mullahs of Iran.

Iran Threatens The Chief Inspector Of Its Nuclear Facilities.  How much nerve does it take to go so far as to issue a vague physical threat — during "peace" negotiations — to the head of the agency charged with inspecting nuclear facilities where cheating could be going on?  Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, briefing Iranian lawmakers Monday [8/17/2015], boasted that its government sent a letter threatening Yukiya Amano, the chief of the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency.  Tehran's AEOI disclosed that the warning to Amano said that if the secret side agreements on inspections between Iran and the IAEA are revealed, "we will lose our trust in" the IAEA.

The President's Secret Offer to Iran Before Negotiations.  In 2013, Hassan Rouhani was, for lack of a better word, "elected" president of Iran replacing the noxious Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  Rouhani, a grandfatherly-like figure with an affable smile, appeared to be, at least outwardly, more moderate than his predecessor, but in reality expressed the same rancid, xenophobic views.  He was quoted as saying that "the beautiful cry of 'Death to America' unites our nation," and referred to Israel as a "wound," "a festering tumor" and the "great Zionist Satan," among numerous other reprehensible pejoratives.  Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an address to the United Nations, dryly noted that while Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf's clothing, Rouhani was a wolf in sheep's clothing, but both were wolves nonetheless.  What's more, real power in Iran vests not with the nation's president, but with its Supreme Leader, Ali Hosseini Khamenei, a pernicious man who seems incapable of addressing crowds without inserting at least one "death to America" reference somewhere in the speech.

Why Obama will open a US embassy in Iran.  What's next after the Obama administration's opening to Cuba?  Why, an embassy in Tehran, of course. [...] Having managed to successfully "reset" relations with Havana, the White House will now be on the hunt for additional diplomatic victories.  And there's no better candidate for a similar olive branch than the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Obama has hinted as much.

Iran Deal: Supporters Fail to Show at Town Hall — Again.  A campaign led by supporters of the Iran deal was supposed to make its way Monday into the rural Virginia district held by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), but nobody showed up. [...] Monday's [8/17/2015] no-show provides more proof that the pro-deal Astroturf campaign is struggling to gather momentum with everyday Americans, outside of the hard-left and the Iranian expat community.

Sharpton calls for black churches to lobby on Iran deal.  Rev. Al Sharpton will push America's black churches to lobby in favor of the Iran nuclear deal, a new report says.  Sharpton is launching his push backing President Obama's pact with Tehran this weekend, according to The Huffington Post.  "I am calling on ministers in black churches nationwide to go to their pulpits Sunday and have their parishioners call their senators and congressmen to vote yes on the Iran nuclear plan," he said Friday.

Also posted under The one-sided separation of church and state.

Iran and the Roots of Obama's Rage.  This also explains why Mr. Obama joined the Rev. Jeremy [sic] Wright's congregation, a congregation that broke its ties with mainstream white Christianity and embarked on a mission of black power and liberation theology.  Wright took a dying congregation and rejuvenated it.  His liberation theology and sense of black pride, along with his anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism, spoke to thousands of black Chicagoans who felt alienated and marginalized in white society.  The Rev. Wright's rage was Mr. Obama's rage.  The Rev. Wright's theology was Mr. Obama's theology.  When the Rev. Wright upped the ante of outrageous comments and Mr. Obama had to part company with him, it was "them Jews" that the Rev. Wright blamed for Mr. Obama putting daylight between them.

Navy reducing presence in Persian Gulf.  The nation's most powerful symbol of strength and deterrence on the high seas won't be in the Persian Gulf as much in the near future.  Although the Navy has maintained at least one aircraft carrier in or near the Gulf for the last seven years, it is planning longer periods where there will be no carriers there at all.  The reduced presence is happening as the U.S. prepares to enter into a nuclear deal with Iran.

Worrying That The Ayatollah Might Stop Trusting America.  Secretary of State John Kerry provided a sad peek at the heart of the left's "tough diplomacy."  It's all about convincing Islamist terrorists to trust the America they consider the Great Satan.

House Intelligence Committee Democrats Play Political Games on Iran DealThe Hill ran a story today [8/14/2015], "Spy panel Dems rally to support Iran deal," which gives the impression that all of the House Intelligence Committee's Democratic members signed a letter supporting the nuclear agreement with Iran.  The article did not mention that a third of the committee's Democratic members did not sign the letter or the absurdity of the letter's claims.  I therefore believe a more accurate title for The Hill article would be "One-third of House Intel Committee Democrats Refuse to Sign Letter Supporting Iran Agreement."

Putting Obama Over Country is Treason.  The apocalyptic rhetoric out of the White House is meant to shut down the debate.  Threats of war and accusations of treason are not the language of an administration that is confident in its own arguments.  Democrats and Republicans have been accused of treason, of warmongering and of making common cause with Iranian leaders who chant "Death to America" by this administration and its allies.  These accusations are hysterical, unhinged and contradict themselves.  If you take them literally, Obama and his allies are accusing critics of both wanting war with America's enemies and collaborating with them.  Elected officials who don't want money going to terrorists are traitors.  Anyone who doesn't want to escalate the conflict in the region by enabling Iran's arms buildup is a warmonger.  And those who think that Obama's deal with a regime that chants "Death to America" is flawed are aligned with the enemy.

Iranian military official: 'We laugh' when US threatens to attack.  The West's frequent use of military threats and citing of their ability to attack Iran at will has become a joke among Iranian commanders in the military, according to a high ranking military official in the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported on Wednesday [8/12/2015].  Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Asoudi alluded to the West's hesitancy to use military force and mocked its resolve while speaking to troops in the North.  "We should thank Obama for refreshing us by referring to his 'options on the table', including the military one; we just relax and laugh at such ridiculous words," Asoudi said.

While Still a Senator, Kerry Communicated Obama's Capitulation Policy to the Iranian Regime.  In a column on Tuesday [8/11/2015] and follow-up post on the Corner, I relate that beginning in 2011, President Obama secretly enticed the Iranian regime to the bargaining table by communicating that he was open to abandoning longstanding American opposition to Iran's claimed "right" to enrich uranium.  This news comes to us from a new MEMRI report, which elaborates that Obama relied on then-senator John Kerry to grease the wheels for his entreaty to Iran's leader.

Obama Is A Lying Traitor.  Barack Obama has shown himself to be pro-Iranian.  Many reports which we have listed on this site by reputable sources have proven that we acted as Iran's agents or lawyers during the negotiations.  He is pro-Islamic and that has been clear since the beginning of his presidency.  His support for the Muslim Brotherhood is also well-documented.  Where his support slips is on issues concerning traditional America, Christianity and Judaism.  The Ayatollah has been giving us what he claimed to be the facts about the Iranian deal from the beginning of negotiations.  He has been proven correct and our spokespeople, Secretary of State John Kerry, and President Barack Obama have lied.

How Obama Misled Us about the Concessions He Was Making to Iran.  If what senior Iranian officials are saying is true, the Obama administration's duplicity in explaining its nuclear negotiations with Iran is even more staggering than we realized.  In a new report, MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) reveals that, according to Iranian officials, the Obama administration initiated secret negotiations with Iran not after the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani, but rather in 2011 when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was still Iran's president.

Yank the Emergency Cord Now!  Someone must — Congress can do it — pull the emergency cord on the Obama-Kerry Express to Hell.  Their deal with the Islamic Republic is madness.  You don't give a five-year-old a can of gasoline and a box of matches to play with, and you don't allow a country to produce an atomic bomb whose leaders publicly aspire to incinerating hundreds of thousands of Jews with said bomb and destroying the world's only tiny Jewish state.  And that's just for starters.  In the end, America is threatened with annihilation too.

Iranian Government News Source: Obama will side with us in case of attack by Israel.  Analyst Omri Ceren observes, "Problem is not whether analysis is true.  Problem is emboldened #Iran thinks it's true, and will act accordingly."

Kerry: Rejection of Iran Deal Will Lead to U.S. Dollar Not Being the World's Reserve Currency.  During a discussion hosted by Reuters on Tuesday [8/11/2015], Secretary of State John Kerry said if the United States rejects the Iran nuclear agreement, the U.S. dollar would not be the world's reserve currency.  "That is a recipe, very quickly, my friends, businesspeople here, for the American dollar to cease to be the reserve currency of the world, which is already bubbling out there," Kerry said.  Kerry argued that if Congress rejects the deal, the United States would not be able to maintain an international coalition to impose sanctions on Iran and would have to resort to the sanctioning of allies.

Barack Obama's inability to grasp reality.  Barack Obama is afraid he might be a warmonger at heart.  Who knew?  But making war against an Islamic enemy?  That defies everyone's imagination.  The president keeps changing his arguments for approval of his deal with the mullahs in Iran, and the tone of his denunciations of anybody who argues with him grows ever harsher and disrespectful.  The latest refinement of tone is his assertion that it's his way or the highway, that war with Iran lies at the end of that forbidden highway.  But who would start such a war?  He doesn't say.

Today Iran is harming America directly in multiple ways.  The White House's dangerous suppression of seized al-Qaida-Iran documents, like its listless response to Iran's maritime aggression, its indifference to Iran's massive presence in Latin America, its lackluster response to Iran's terrorist activities in Latin America, and its belittlement of the importance of the regime's stated goal to destroy America — not to mention its complete collapse on all its previous redlines over the course of the negotiations — are all signs of the disastrous toll the nuclear deal has already taken on America's credibility, and indeed on US national security.  To defend a policy that empowers Iran, the administration has no choice but to serve as Iran's agent.  The deal destroys America's credibility in fighting terrorism.

No Trust, No Verification, No Sanctions: Obama's Humiliating Capitulation to the Mullahs.  The sanctions regime President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry vowed to step up has already collapsed.  The mullahs are already scooping up billions in unfrozen assets and new commerce, and they haven't even gotten the big payday yet.  Obama's promises of "anytime, anywhere" inspections have melted away as Tehran denies access and the president accepts their comical offer to provide their own nuclear-site samples for examination.

Is Obama's Smear Campaign to Defend the Iran Deal Backfiring?  The Obama administration's efforts to defend its controversial nuclear deal with Iran have turned ugly.  In a speech at American University last week, the president portrayed domestic opponents of the nuclear agreement as partisan Republicans in common cause with "death to America"-chanting Iranian hardliners.

Obama's desperate Iran deal sales job is a disaster in itself.  We've been here before.  Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said a while ago that an Iran deal would be the health-care bill of President Barack Obama's second term, and he was right.  Like ObamaCare, the Iran deal represents an ideological fixation of the president's; it is unpopular and it will get through Congress — or to be more exact, avoid disapproval by Congress — by sheer partisan force.

Blame America First: The Real Goal of the Kerry-Obama Iran Deal.  What is President Obama's deal with Iran really, essentially about?  I just realized that John Kerry has been trying to tell us all along, and it's only yesterday that he finally said it clearly enough to make it register.  In last week's Senate testimony, he first established the theme, warning that if Congress doesn't approve the deal, "we will have proven we're not trustworthy."  Get that?  We have a Secretary of State who conducted negotiations from the premise that we, not the Iranians, are the ones who have to prove we can be trusted.

Schumer Pledges Vote to Override Obama Veto of Legislation Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal.  New York Senator Chuck Schumer escalated his confrontation with President Obama over the Iran nuclear deal on Friday [8/7/2105] by promising a vote to override an expected Presidential veto of congressional legislation seeking to block the agreement.  "Yes, the Senator would be prepared to vote to override a Presidential veto of the bill," a representative from the leading Democrat's office told The Algemeiner.  Schumer's pledge comes soon after announcing his opposition to the deal late Thursday night in a lengthy and detailed critique of the controversial agreement.

The Most Dangerous Threat America Faces is Barack Obama.  Mark Levin eviscerated Obama tonight saying there will be war thanks to what he and John Kerry are doing with Iran.  He called Obama's speech today 'another Castro-like' speech filled with lies and arrogance and pointed out at the end of his monologue that the most dangerous threat this country faces isn't from China, Russia, or the Islamo-Nazis.  It's Barack Obama.

Report: U.S., Iran to Establish Joint Chamber of Commerce.  Mohsen Jalalpour, the head of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, said in a recent interview with Iranian journalists that the Obama administration has made overtures to the Islamic Republic, asking it to form a partnership.  The United States has "begun efforts to establish a joint chamber of commerce with Iran," Jalalpour told reporters, according to Iran's Tasnim News Agency.  The announcement comes as Iran gears up to receive some $150 billion in sanctions relief under a recently inked nuclear deal that will enable Iran to conduct business on an international scale.

Why History will Curse the Democrats.  Nothing like this has happened in the 66 years of the nuclear age.  The world is entering unknown territory, with the first sworn Armageddon cult equipped with nukes.  Destroy a stable balance of power and the world becomes much more dangerous, not less.  That is exactly what Obama has done, and not a single liberal newspaper has had the guts to say it.

Mr. Obama, your Iran deal will fall apart.  The Framers of our constitution probably would have regarded the nuclear deal with Iran as a "treaty," subject to a two thirds ratification by the Senate.  At the very least they would have required Congress to approve the agreement by a majority vote.  It is unlikely that it would have allowed the President alone to make so important and enduring an international agreement.  If President Obama doesn't treat the Iran agreement with more respect, all his arguments today are beside the point.  The agreement won't have the force of law.

Obama negotiator says she didn't see final Iran 'side deals'.  The only Obama administration official to view confidential "side deals" between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) admitted Wednesday [8/5/2015] she and her team have only seen rough drafts.  "I didn't see the final documents.  I saw the provisional documents, as did my experts," said Wendy Sherman, a lead U.S. negotiator for the deal, at a Senate Banking Committee hearing.

Dershowitz: Obama is an abject failure — by his own standards.  The night the Iran nuclear deal was announced was a sleepless one for Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, utterly distraught by the terms of the agreement.  "I got up and emailed my eBook publisher and said I have an idea.  What if I do an eBook that could be out in time for the congressional debate?  He thought it was a great idea," Dershowitz explained in an exclusive interview with the Salomon Center for American Jewish Thought.  "He gave me two weeks to write it.  He got it in eleven days."  Fears of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon have haunted supporters of Israel and advocates of Middle East peace for over a decade, stoked by frequent public reminders by back-to-back regimes of the Islamic Republic that their goal is the annihilation of the Jewish State.

'This Agreement Doesn't Prevent War — It Brings it Closer.  A top Israeli official has released an official response to US President Barack Obama on Wednesday night [8/5/2015], after he attacked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his opposition to the deal struck between the West and Iran during a jab-laden speech.  "Israel does not doubt the sincerity of President Obama, but disagrees with his position," the official stated to Arutz Sheva on condition of anonymity.  "This agreement does not prevent war, but brings it closer, because it gives international legitimacy to Iran to build the infrastructure to create an arsenal of nuclear bombs, and is financing the terrorist machine and its aggression with hundreds of billions of dollars."

Kerry 'Doesn't Know' if Iran is Serious about Destroying Israel.  US Secretary of State John Kerry has claimed the nuclear deal signed with Iran is "as pro-Israel as it gets," and claims he "doesn't know" if the Iranian leadership is serious about destroying the State of Israel.  The comments were made in an in-depth interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, which was published Wednesday [8/5/2015] following intense lobbying for and against the deal as it heads to a fateful vote in Congress.  Kerry warned Goldberg that if Congress voted down the agreement it would "be the ultimate screwing" of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

Prez says GOP supports Iranian "Death to America" Chants.  Post-racial, post-partisan healing.  It's what I love most about this administration.

Terror Victims' Lawsuit Seeks to Block Obama's Gift of $150 Billion to Iran.  A deal to provide Iran with as much as $150 billion in sanctions relief over its nuclear weapons program should be blocked until the Islamic Republic pays court-awarded damages to American victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism, a lawsuit filed Wednesday [8/5/2015] in New York federal court said.  The plaintiffs, victims of attacks by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, have judgments worth $152 million that they have been unable to collect.  Similar lawsuits in U.S. courts have generated billions of dollars more in damages.  Iran, the lawsuit said, should not see a dime of sanctions relief until those victims are compensated.  By law, the lawsuit said, Iran should not be granted any relief until there is "a certification by the President that Iran is no longer a financier and sponsor of terror.  That terrorism condition has not been satisfied."  Even the White House admits that Iran continues to sponsor international terrorism.

Another Obama Success Story: New Taliban Leadership Cements Ties With ... Al-Qaeda.  With all the attention Obama's disastrous Iran nuclear deal is getting, it is easy to overlook yet another of the president's many foreign policy success stories: the Taliban.  It is under new leadership, and has strengthened its ties with the decidedly un-"decimated" al-Qaeda terror network.  Recall that just as Obama "ended" the war in Iraq by ceding our hard-won gains to Iran and the Islamic State (the former a longtime al-Qaeda ally, the latter the spawn of al-Qaeda in Iraq), the president is similarly "ending" the war in Afghanistan by consigning the country to the resurgent Taliban.  Toward that end, even though the Taliban continued to conduct and support jihadist attacks on American troops, the president appallingly traded five of its commanders in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a deserter.

Obama admits some unfrozen Iran cash will fund terror.  President Barack Obama acknowledged Wednesday [8/5/2015] that Iran might use cash coming its way under sanctions relief to fund "terrorist organizations" but argued this is preferable to allowing it to develop nuclear arms.  "The truth is, that Iran has always found a way to fund these efforts," Obama said, in a speech to defend the Iran nuclear deal.

Kerry Warns on Iran Deal: Don't 'Screw' the Ayatollahs.  Secretary of State John Kerry gave an interview to Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic in which he warned Congress that if it rejected the Iran deal, it would "screw" the Iranian regime, and the Ayatollahs would not come back to the table.  "[T]he United States Congress will prove the ayatollah's suspicion, and there's no way he's ever coming back.  He will not come back to negotiate.  Out of dignity, out of a suspicion that you can't trust America.  America is not going to negotiate in good faith.  It didn't negotiate in good faith now, would be his point," Kerry said.

Democrats Under Pressure to Stay Silent on Iran Deal.  As Congress heads into its long August recess, the White House and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee are lobbying Democrats hard in anticipation of a September vote on the Iran nuclear deal.  But both sides have given those Democrats who are set to oppose them a second option; they are asking them to at least delay announcing their decision until they get back.

Iran Warns of 'Third World War'.  A senior Iranian official on Wednesday warned of an impending "third world war" that will be sparked by terrorists, according to regional reports.  Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the chairman of Iran's powerful Expediency Council, warned in comments that the "outbreak of World War III" is coming in the near future, according to a report by Iran's Fars News Agency.  "The threat of the outbreak of the third world war by the terrorists is serious," Rafsanjani was quoted as saying in a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who was in Tehran this week for a meeting with Iranian officials.

Obama: Iran deal builds on diplomacy that won Cold War.  President Barack Obama assailed critics of his Iran nuclear deal Wednesday [8/5/2015] as "selling a fantasy" to the American people, warning Congress that blocking the accord would damage the nation's credibility and increase the likelihood of more war in the Middle East.

Obama: Rejecting Iran Deal Will Ensure 'Rockets Falling On Tel Aviv'.  In a meeting with American Jewish leaders on Tuesday, President Obama reportedly predicted that if Congress were to reject the nuclear accord that his administration signed with the Iranian regime, the result would entail Tehran's proxy, Hezbollah, firing rockets at Tel Aviv, according to multiple reports citing sources from the meeting with the President.  Greg Rosenbaum, who serves as the chair of the National Jewish Democratic Council — one of the few Jewish groups that supports the Iran deal — said that Obama again forwarded the much-pushed false dichotomy that there are only two ways to stop a nuclear Iran:  through war or through negotiations.

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Wait, Barry!  It will also cause climate change!  You left that part out!

Obama Admits Taking Out Iran Nukes Won't Lead To War.  The Pro-Iran Nuke side has been running its pro-deal campaign by claiming that it was the only alternative to war.  Obama kept blowing the Iraq War dog whistle insisting that the same people who got us into Iraq (like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry?) were trying to start a war with Iran by rejecting the deal that will let the Islamic terrorist state go nuclear and even protect its program.  The overriding message was it's either a deal or a war... and that opponents were warmongers.

Iran Already Sanitizing Nuclear Site, Intel Warns.  The U.S. intelligence community has informed Congress of evidence that Iran was sanitizing its suspected nuclear military site at Parchin, in broad daylight, days after agreeing to a nuclear deal with world powers.  For senior lawmakers in both parties, the evidence calls into question Iran's intention to fully account for the possible military dimensions of its current and past nuclear development.  The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran have a side agreement meant to resolve past suspicions about the Parchin site, and lawmakers' concerns about it has already become a flashpoint because they do not have access to its text.

The Five Fatal Flaws in the Iran Deal.  On Tuesday [8/4/2015], the Senate Foreign Relations Committee heard testimony from Amb. Robert G. Joseph, Ph.D, currently Senior Scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy, formerly Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, and the person who in 2003 led the nuclear negotiations with Libya.  He testified the Iran deal is a "bad agreement" with "five fatal flaws":  (1) it does not effectively detect cheating unless Iran decides to do it openly, and Iran is more likely to cheat at military bases where it has cheated in the past and has ruled out inspections in the future; (2) it leaves a large-scale nuclear infrastructure in place that could be used to break out, or more likely "sneak-out," and then permits a significantly expanded program with a "virtually zero" breakout time; (3) it has "snap-back" provisions that are illusory; (4) the purported 12-month breakout time is ineffective, since, unless Iran breaks out openly, we will not even know when the clock begins, and months will go by while the U.S. debates internally what to do; and (5) Iran is permitted to continue work on long-range ballistic missiles that have no use other than eventual deployment of nuclear weapons.

Majority of House Backs Resolution to Kill Iran Deal.  A majority of House lawmakers now support a resolution to reject the recently signed nuclear agreement with Iran, marking another blow to the White House's aggressive push to convince Congress to back the deal, according to sources on Capitol Hill.  At least 218 Republican lawmakers have signed on to support a resolution expressing "firm disapproval" of the nuclear deal, which would provide Iran with billions of dollars in sanctions relief while enabling it to continue work on ballistic missiles and other nuclear research.

Iran Deal Is Obama's Foreign Policy Obamacare.  President Obama's sordid Iran nuke deal is looking more and more like the foreign policy version of Obamacare. It's duplicitous, secretive, destructive and legacy-driven, and he's going to have to go full community organizer to get it passed.

John Kerry admits: Iran deal isn't in treaty form because it would never be ratified by Congress.  If you're looking for someone who will admit what the left thinks, but usually doesn't say, John Kerry might be your new best friend.  Last week, we saw him testify that his nuclear deal with Iran would most likely lead to the deaths of American citizens.  It was a disgusting, and probably treasonous, moment.  It was also just the beginning of Kerry's revelations.

Iran: U.S. Banned from Knowing Details of Iran Nuclear Inspection Agreement.  Recent disclosures by Iran indicate that the recently inked nuclear accord includes a series of side deals on critical inspections regimes that are neither public nor subject to review by the United States.  Reza Najafi, Iran's ambassador and permanent envoy to the IAEA, stated over the weekend that no country is permitted to know the details of future inspections conducted by the IAEA.  In addition, no U.S. inspectors will be permitted to enter Iran's nuclear sites.

Majority of House Backs Resolution to Kill Iran Deal.  A majority of House lawmakers now support a resolution to reject the recently signed nuclear agreement with Iran, marking another blow to the White House's aggressive push to convince Congress to back the deal, according to sources on Capitol Hill.  At least 218 Republican lawmakers have signed on to support a resolution expressing "firm disapproval" of the nuclear deal, which would provide Iran with billions of dollars in sanctions relief while enabling it to continue work on ballistic missiles and other nuclear research.

Iran Deal: $150 Billion to Fund Obama's War.  In 1947, U.S. President Truman made history by launching the Marshall Plan, sending $13 billion (about $140 billion in today's dollars) to help rebuild post-war Europe, in order to prevent Western Europe from falling to Communist expansion.  Today President Obama is trying to make history through an Iranian nuclear deal that will give an astounding $150 billion of sanctions relief to a regime that was in 2014 considered by the U.S. Department of State, along with Sudan and Syria, one of the world's leading sponsors of terrorism.

Carson: Iran deal 'worst' 'in the history of America'.  Former neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson discussed the Iran nuclear deal, immigration and amnesty, the "black lives matter" movement and Trump's candidacy in an interview on "Meet the Press" Sunday [8/2/2015].  Calling the Iran deal "perhaps the worst deal in the history of America," Carson said he would get rid of it on day one as president because the deal does not have any verification, accountability or enforcement, the markers of a good deal.

How the left gets everything wrong.  [Scroll down]  Example 2: As we are on the verge of handing Iran nukes on a silver platter, Iran reasserts its desire to destroy us.  What does the left do?  They celebrate "the deal" as a "diplomatic masterpiece" and are pleased with Obama's "outreach."  Never mind that Iran wants to pick up where Hitler left off, has murdered thousands of Americans, currently holds four Americans hostage, is the largest state sponsor of terror in the world, and wants to destroy the United States.

Surprise! Iran to Build Two New Nuclear Facilities.  An Iranian nuclear official announced on Thursday [7/30/2015] that the country plans to build two new nuclear power plants in the country's southeast, just two weeks after a nuclear deal was signed between world powers (United States, UK, France, China, Russia) and the Ayatollah's regime in Tehran.  The Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Ahmadian, said that the two plants will be constructed on the coastline of the Indian Ocean, and that the plants will be at full-working capacity within a few years.

Demand the Documents.  To evaluate the Iran deal, we need, to the degree possible, to understand the Iranian regime, its nature and its history, its past and present behavior.  The bad news is that the Obama administration doesn't want us to have all the information available to judge that regime and its behavior.  The good news is that Congress can insist the information be provided.

IAEA Refuses to Brief Senators on Iran Deal, Even in Classified Setting.  Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said at a hearing on the Iran nuclear deal today [7/30/2015] that they requested a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency on its agreements with Tehran.  These deals are not in the possession of the Obama administration and have never been seen by Secretary of State John Kerry, much less provided to Congress.  "I believe one person may have read it at the — at the facility, but doesn't have it, they don't possess it," Kerry told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday.

Perry: $150 Billion in Sanctions Relief for Iran Can Be Used Against Our Soldiers.  Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R.) said the $150 billion in sanctions relief Iran receives as part of its nuclear deal will be used against U.S. soldiers during an interview Thursday [7/30/2015] with Fox Business personality Maria Bartiromo.  "So from my perspective that is just such nonstarter that we ever let ourselves get into a position to let $150 billion head into Iran," he said.  "It can be used against our soldiers for instance.  Iran is the country that attacked our Marines in Beirut, their weapons were used to kill our soldiers in Iraq.  It is a bad deal for a lot of reasons."

The Iran Nuke Documents Obama Doesn't Want You to See.  Seventeen unclassified Iran deal items have been locked in ultra-secure facilities ordinarily used for top secret info.  Why is the Obama administration trying to bury this material?

Iran: Obama Admin Lying About Nuclear Deal for 'Domestic Consumption'.  Senior Iranian officials are accusing the Obama administration of lying about the details of the recent nuclear accord in order to soothe fears among U.S. lawmakers and Americans about the implications of the deal, which will release billions of dollars to the Islamic Republic while temporarily freezing its nuclear program, according to reports from Iran's state-controlled media.  As Secretary of State John Kerry and other senior Obama administration figures launch a full-court press to convince Congress to approve the deal, Iranian leaders are dismissing the rhetoric as "aimed at domestic consumption."  Kerry and other top administration officials have been defending the deal on Capitol Hill in recent days, claiming that it will rein in the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear program and fix its nuclear "breakout" period, the time required for it to obtain the amount of highly enriched uranium necessary for a nuclear weapon, at one year.

Moniz: The Iran side deal is 'confidential,' not 'secret'.  Protocols spelling out how the International Atomic Energy Agency will examine and monitor a country's nuclear program are always confidential, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Friday [7/31/2015], trying to tamp down once and for all the notion that "secret" deals with Iran exist as part of an agreement Tehran reached with six world powers to cease its nuclear weapons program.  "There is no secret side deal," Moniz told reporters on Friday at the White House.  The actual deal sent to Congress for review forces Iran to allow the IAEA to go about its work unfettered, he said.

Joint Chiefs Chair: Obama Offering False Choice Between Deal and War.  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey testified Wednesday [7/29/2015] that the United States has "a range of options" if it does not accept the Iran deal, contrary to President Obama's assertion that the choice is between his deal and war.  Dempsey was pressed on this point by Sen. Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) when he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.  "I understand that you advise the president on these issues," Ernst said.  "Is that what you have told the president — that we either take this deal or we go to war?"  "No, at no time did that come up in our conversation nor did I make that comment," Dempsey said.  "Who is advising the president, then, that we must go to war if this deal is not signed?" Ernst said.  "I can't answer that.  I can tell you that we have a range of options and I always present them," Dempsey said.

Kerry: We Can't Reveal Contents of Secret Side Deals to American People.  Secretary of State John Kerry testified on Capitol Hill today [7/29/2015] the U.S. government will not be revealing the contents of secret side deals with Iran to the American people.  Senator Tom Cotton wanted to know why it can't be made public.  [Video clip]

Cruz Slams Romney, Bush Over Iran: GOP Too 'Scared' To Speak Truth.  GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), appearing on Chad Hasty's radio program in Texas, hammered former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush over their weakness when it comes to standing up to the Islamic Republic of Iran.  "First of all let me say that this Iranian nuclear deal is catastrophic," Cruz said when asked to respond generally to President Barack Obama's deal with Iran and specifically to Romney's criticism of his remarks hammering Obama on the deal.

Kerry: We Can't Reveal Contents of Secret Side Deals to American People.  Secretary of State John Kerry testified on Capitol Hill today the U.S. government will not be revealing the contents of secret side deals with Iran to the American people.  Senator Tom Cotton wanted to know why it can't be made public.  [Video clip]

Leaked Copy Of Obama's Iran Deal Goes Public — Paragraph 36 Will Blow Your Mind.  What makes this clause of paramount importance is that Iran can still receive its $150 billion and gain long term contacts with the West — then decide to use this exit strategy to its benefit, making the restrictions placed on it null and void.

The Democrat Party is on the Edge of the Abyss.  Two of the most powerful members of the Democratic Party, former and current senators from New York, now hold the fate of the putative deal with Iran in their hands.  Because they alone can overturn it, this means that presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and presumptive Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer carry a heavy burden that will deeply affect their personal reputations and, most probably, the trustworthiness of the Democrats in foreign policy for at least a generation.  Their former senatorial colleagues Barack Obama, Joe Biden and John Kerry already own their decision, though their logic still remains unclear to both the most diligent and the most casual observer.

Why the Iran deal's public support is plummeting.  It's been two weeks since the Iran deal was announced, and the American public's discomfort with its terms is deepening.  American Jews don't like it, despite efforts by Obama's court Jews to make it seem as though they're far more supportive of it than Americans in general.  On Tuesday [7/28/2015], CNN released a poll showing opposition to the deal at 52 percent and support at 42 percent.

When the Big Lie becomes the legacy.  The secretary of State and President Obama are not having an easy time trying to sell the sellout to Iran, and Mr. Kerry says he's worried that if the deal goes down "the international community" will blame Israel.  The Israelis are so far not very impressed with either Mr. Kerry's assessment of "the international community," or his outbreak of phony solicitude for Israel.

Case is Clear — Obama Deserves Impeachment over the Iran Deal.  By lying and withholding information about the agreement, he gives aid and comfort to America's enemy.

National Review Calls for Impeachment Over Iran Deal.  Even the normally restrained if not downright tepid National Review has reached the obvious conclusion that Obama must be impeached for facilitating the acquisition of nuclear weapons by America's worst enemy.

Kerry Can't Say If He Will Follow The Law If Congress Rejects Iran Deal.  While testifying before the House of Representatives on the Obama administration's nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry would not commit to following the law should Congress override a threatened presidential veto.

The Consequence of Ignorance.  Despite our proud history and unique American optimism, a weak and malicious Obama Administration has struck a deal with the leading state sponsor of terror.  The deal paves the way for the acquisition of lethal nuclear weapons placed into the evil clutches of the ayatollahs whose death culture embraces the destruction of non-believers and infidels.  Iran is the largest exporter of terror in the world.  They finance and support Islamic terror proxies like Hamas and Hezbollah who successfully kill, maim innocents and threaten the existence of sovereign nations.  Thousands of Americans have been murdered by Islamists and more killing is promised.  All one has to do is listen to the chants of the Iranian people led by their grotesque Supreme Leader screaming "Death to America," "Death to Israel."  How could one be so naive and cowardly to give in rather than incinerate their means to pursue this threat when we have the power to do so?

Democrat on powerful Foreign Affairs Committee goes on record opposing Iran deal, but DNC head can't make up her mind.  I commend [Rep. Juan] Vargas for his guts.  Would that we had a hundred patriotic Democrats like him serving in Congress:  we'd have an entirely different country, I suspect.  And isn't it curious that Jewish representatives (like Wasserman Schultz and Chuck Schumer) — who represent significant Jewish voting blocs — just can't seem to make up their minds on equipping Iran with billions in cash, ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons while refusing to disavow their promises to annihilate the United States and Israel.  While I'm not a Mike Huckabee fan, his faux-controversial remark was spot on.  Obama and his sycophants are marching Israel right to the precipice.

Sen. Ted Cruz Invites Obama 'To Debate the Substance of the Iran Deal'.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a critic of President Obama's Iran nuclear deal, is inviting President Obama to debate him on that topic:  "I'll make an invitation right here tonight," Cruz told Fox News's Sean Hannity on Monday [7/27/2015].  "I will invite President Obama at any time and place of his choosing to debate the substance of the Iran deal.  Let's do it in front of the American people anytime in the next 60 days that Congress has to review this deal.

Dems clash with Kerry over Iran deal.  Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee joined with Republicans in pushing back on the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday as Secretary of State John Kerry faced the panel.  Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said he was "troubled by" and "very disappointed" with parts of the agreement, citing a litany of concerns.  "Truth is, after 15 years, Iran is a nuclear threshold state, which means they can produce weapons-grade, highly-enriched uranium without limitations," he said.  "Our friends in Israel are rightfully concerned."

German business goals played key-role in Iran Nuclear Deal.  Germany had tremendous economic interest in ending sanction on Iran and it is not making any secrets of it.

A stunning and credible theory on the secret Iranian nuclear side deals.  John Kerry is lying when he claims he doesn't know what is in the Iranian side deals.  He would rather pretend ignorance than admit their contents.  No one calls the ruling class on their lies.  With a dysfunctional media — that is now fully intertwined with the government — the American people are left bereft of real news and thoughtful analysis.  We live in an alternate reality.  Nothing is real, except their lies and only their lies.  Lies are now the truth.  As for me, I believe the secret side deals with Iran are quite specific.  Incredibly specific.

Iran Deal Fails 4 of Schumer's 5 Demands.  New York Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), the third-highest ranking member of the Senate Democratic caucus, is emerging as the key figure in the congressional battle over the Iran deal.

Obama's secret Iran deals exposed.  President Obama promised that his nuclear deal with Iran would not be "based on trust" but rather "unprecedented verification." Now it turns out Obama's verification regime is based on trust after all — trust in two secret side agreements negotiated exclusively between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that apparently no one (including the Obama administration) has seen.  Worse, Obama didn't even reveal the existence of these secret side deals to Congress when he transmitted the nuclear accord to Capitol Hill.  The agreements were uncovered, completely by chance, by two members of Congress [...]

Congress "Alarmed" by Secret Side-Deals in Iran Nuclear Pact.  Writing at Bloomberg View, investigative journalists Eli Lake and Josh Rogin reveal new and crucial details of Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran.  As we find out more about the nature of the deal, it is little wonder that members of Congress are growing increasingly "alarmed".

Obama Trusts a Terror State, But Not the American People.  President Obama said this week, with regard to the agreement inked with Iran, "There really are only two alternatives here.  Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation or it's resolved through force, through war.  Those are — those are the options."  There are so many more options available, that even he should be aware of, yet he's reduced to employing the common false dichotomy, or fallacy of bifurcation, in support of it.  But it explains his inanity in signing a deal that all but assures a nuclear Iran in the foreseeable future, and further underscores why Obamacare was foisted upon the nation; to him, there are but two options — his way or no way at all.  Obama added that no better deal was or is possible than the one he has negotiated.  Since the bargaining table was approached from a position of weakness, acquiescence, and appeasement, he's likely correct.

Congress Alarmed by Iran Pact's Secret Understandings.  As the White House campaign to persuade Congress about the wisdom of its Iran nuclear deal moves into its second week, important components of the complex agreement are emerging that will be shrouded from the public and in some cases from the U.S. government itself.  The existence of these secret clauses and interpretations could undermine the public's trust in the Barack Obama administration's presentations about the nuclear pact.  Already Republicans and other critics of the deal have seized on the side agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency as a weakness in the deal closed last week in Vienna.

Obama's Iran Deal Is the Opposite of What He Promised the American People.  There's a confusing debate underway on the merits of the new nuclear agreement with Iran announced today.  The Obama administration and its supporters are praising the accord as a historic achievement for world peace.  The president's critics claim it is a terrible agreement that will bolster the nuclear program of a state sponsor of terror.  Both sides are throwing around nuclear terminology, timelines, and minutiae about the agreement.

Congress Must Hold Obama Accountable for His Deception Over Iran.  [Scroll down]  Despite the administration's chest-beating about these "red lines," the Iranians remained alternatively coy and intransigent:  When not lying about what cards they were willing to show, the mullahs insisted that Americans would not be permitted to snoop around their country and interfere in their military affairs.  Someone had to cave in, and — you could set your watch on it — that someone is Obama (if, that is, you are one of those who believed he was being honest in the first place).  Thus the problem:  how to cover up this decisive surrender within the surrender?  So, in his signature "if you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan" style, the president has come up with a fraudulent scheme:  use the IAEA (the International Atomic Energy Agency) as a smokescreen.

John Kerry: Liar or idiot?  Kerry and Obama gave away the store without getting a single significant concession.  Even if it doesn't cheat, Iran will get a nuke and relief from economic sanctions and an embargo on military supplies.  The deal is what's "very disturbing," as is Kerry's claim that he didn't realize that Iran would remain an enemy.  He's either a liar or an idiot.

Kill the Obama Deal, Before it Kills Us.  Team Obama's sales campaign for the Obamabomb deal is running into growing concerns about myriad concessions it has made to an Iranian regime that explicitly promises to destroy our country and its people.  These include: promises to enhance and protect Iran's nuclear program; agreeing to allow Iran to get renewed access to conventional weapons and ballistic missile technology; and removing some 300 designated Iranian terrorists and their organizations from sanctions lists.  Worst of all, Team Obama is giving our avowed enemies hundreds of billions of dollars to pursue their oft-stated promise to bring Death to America, its citizens and allies.

Iran Vows to Buy Weapons Anytime, Anywhere.  A senior Iranian official who led the negotiations with world powers that led to the recent nuclear deal said that the Islamic Republic will continue to import and export arms freely across the globe without restriction, according to recent comments flagged by the CIA's Open Source Center.  Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister, said that he insisted during the negotiations that Iran be able to purchase and ship military hardware at any time and from any place, according to the comments made on state-controlled television.

Corker to Kerry on Iran Deal: I Believe You Have Been Fleeced.  Thursday at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing about the details of the nuclear agreement with Iran, committee chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) told Secretary of State John Kerry he believed that he had been "fleeced" by Iran.

White House denies Iran 'side deal' it acknowledged yesterday.  The White House is now denying that there was a side deal to the Iran agreement, just a day after National Security Adviser Susan Rice acknowledged that there was an agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency that falls outside the main Iran nuclear agreement.  The issue could be a matter of semantics because the White House is insisting that the accord between the IAEA and Iran is integral to the overall deal.  "This does not represent some sort of side deal," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday [7/23/2015].

Kerry Says 'Nobody Has Ever Talked About Dismantling' Iran's Nuclear Program, But in 2013 Insisted Dismantlement Was The 'Whole Point' of Sanctions Regime.  During Thursday's [7/23/2015] Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry said the goal of the negotiations was never to dismantle Iran's entire nuclear program but rather to prevent them from obtaining nuclear weapons, despite saying in 2013 the "whole point" of sanctions was to get Iran to "dismantle its nuclear program."

Making Stuff Up.  When the secretary of state says, as John Kerry did last week in his Senate testimony, that the Obama White House is "guaranteeing" Iran won't have the bomb, you can be sure that — well, you can be pretty confident that he doesn't mean it.  And that someday soon he'll pretend he never said it.

Khamenei propaganda video says nuclear deal doesn't ensure Israel's security.  A video threatening that the safety of Israel will not be ensured despite the nuclear deal signed between world powers and Tehran last week was released on the official YouTube page of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollal Ali Khamenei this week.  The video begins with a clip of US President Barack Obama ensuring that the US "will continue our unprecedented efforts to strengthen Israel's security."  A montage of Iranian missiles blasting off follows, accompanied by a voice-over from a speech by Khamenei in which he declares, "Israel's security will not be ensured whether there will be a nuclear agreement or not."

Secret Iran Deals Cover Military Site, Other Past Arms Work.  The Iran nuclear agreement includes two secret side deals covering a key Iranian military site and other past arms activities, according to two lawmakers who are demanding that Congress be granted access to the documents.  The secret agreements were reached between Iran and the International Atomic Energy (IAEA) on Tehran's past nuclear arms work and are a central component of the Vienna accord reached by Iran, the United States, and five other states.  A key part of the nuclear agreement requires Iran to disclose all military nuclear arms work before international sanctions are lifted.  The IAEA has until December to report on the past military activities.

Obama's dishonesty on Iran.  Under the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran, that nation's theocratic regime receives relief from economic and arms sanctions in exchange for curtailment of its nuclear program.  But there's a catch — when inspectors seek to verify Iran's compliance, the Iranians can delay the inspection of any site for at least 24 days.  But before the deal was struck, the Obama administration had promised much more — "anytime, anywhere" inspections, on demand.  When asked about this on Sunday [7/19/2015], Secretary of State John Kerry displayed symptoms of amnesia.

Lawmaker: Kerry doesn't know what's in the Iran side deal.  After classified briefings Wednesday with Secretary of State John Kerry and other administration officials, lawmakers say they aren't satisfied with the explanation of side deals on Iran's nuclear program that weren't sent to Congress, and still want to see the original documents.  Rep. Mike Pompeo said Kerry told lawmakers that he has not read the side deals, never possessed a copy of them, and approved the nuclear agreement without knowing their details.

Obama allows Iran and UN to see secret deal, but not Congress.  And why are key documents missing from the Iran nuclear deal that was submitted to Congress and the two leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for review?  What could possibly be worse than what we already know?  Seriously, what are they hiding now from the American people?

Kerry, Moniz Lie (Again) About Iran Deal.  If the Iran deal were any good, the Obama administration would not have to lie about it.  Yet Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz continue to do just that.  The latest example is a joint op-ed in the Washington Post, in which the Laurel and Hardy of American diplomacy attempt to defend the nuclear deal using a series of half-truths and blatant lies that is worth decoding concisely, in full.

Angry Allen West Unleashes Epic Attack On 'Weakling' Obama For Iraq Deal.  "The United States of America is about victors.  The United States of America is about champions.  The United States of America does not surrender to a bunch of black-robed, crazed clerics that want to see us destroyed."  With red-hot, red-meat rhetoric like that, retired Lt. Col. Allen West fired up a huge crowd that assembled in New York City's Times Square on Wednesday [7/24/2015] to protest the Obama-led Iran nuke deal.  Far from presenting himself as the soft-spoken political commentator you often see on Fox News, the former congressman from Florida delivered a highly-charged rant that was highly critical of a president whom West called a "weakling" and a "charlatan."

White House acknowledges 'side' deals between Iran, IAEA.  National security adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday acknowledged the existence of side agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.  Rice said the deals involve Iran accounting for past military uses of its nuclear program, but rejected GOP assertions that this represented "secret" side deals to the Iranian nuclear agreement.

Sen. Tom Cotton: 'Kerry Acted Like Pontius Pilate' In Iran Negotiations.  Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton has said that "John Kerry acted like Pontius Pilate, he washed his hands" on crucial issues in the Iran deal and left it to the IAEA to negotiate secret side deals with Iran on them.  Cotton made his remarks on today's [7/23/2015] Morning Joe.  It might be a mark of the regard, or lack thereof, in which Kerry is held that no one on the panel rose to his defense. [...] A bit later in the show, Dem Sen. Tim Kaine appeared.  Kaine presumably either watched or was briefed on Cotton's statement, but made not a peep to push back on the Pontius Pilate analogy.

Nets Ignore Controversy Swirling Around Secret Side Deals With Iran.  Despite the revelation on Wednesday [7/22/2015] that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) made secret side deals with Iran over nuclear weapons inspections and refused to disclose the details to the U.S. Congress, NBC, ABC, and CBS all ignored the story.  By contrast, Fox News's Special Report led with the breaking news that evening as anchor Bret Baier informed viewers:  "As President Obama continues to both court and mock critics of his legacy-shaping nuclear agreement with Iran, there is word tonight of a separate covert deal between the Islamic Republic and the U.N.'s nuclear team.  Two of them, in fact, that are not going to be shared with members of Congress nor with you."

Obama aides deny GOP accusations of secret U.N. side deals with Iran.  Obama administration officials denied Republican accusations Wednesday [7/22/2015] that the United Nations made secret side deals with Iran over the inspection of Iranian military sites, as lawmakers demanded that the administration disclose the fine print of the nuclear agreement and raised fresh objections to the historic accord.  White House National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said the additional documents signed by the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran "are not public" but that the administration would share the information with lawmakers behind closed doors.  She indicated that the U.S. government doesn't have the documents.

McConnell, Boehner want Obama to hand over Iran 'side' deals.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) want the administration to hand over two "side" deals between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  The two leaders joined Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) in a letter to Obama on Wednesday [7/22/2015] asking for the administration to hand over the agreements "immediately."

Corker, McConnell completely outraged that Obama hid Iran nuclear documents from Congress.  The apogee of Republican Failure Theater — the act of pretending to oppose radical Left policies while secretly supporting them — was the surrender of the Senate's treaty review rights with respect to Barack Obama's secret Iran nuclear agreement.  This complete abdication of Congressional power was orchestrated by the usual suspects — John Boehner and Mitch McConnell — along with their henchman, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).

Susan Rice Admits Secret 'Side Deals' with Iran.  White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice admitted the existence of two secret "side deals" between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to accompany the main Iran nuclear deal agreed last week between Iran and the P5+1 powers (U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China).

Kerry to House: No vote means war against Iran.  Secretary of State John Kerry told a packed meeting of skeptical House lawmakers on Wednesday [7/22/2015] that a vote against the Iran nuclear deal would be a vote to "go to war," according to members leaving the meeting. [...] But despite Kerry's shrill warning about the prospect of armed conflict, some left the meeting saying they weren't convinced.  Among the skeptical Democrats was Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., who said Kerry's approve-or-else pitch was falling flat.

Why Can't Obama Treat Iran as He Treats Republicans?  If President Obama's nuke deal with Iran is so wonderful, why do the major parties in Israel oppose it?  Why was Obama so excited about making a deal that, based on his previous positions, he would have opposed earlier?  This agreement is baffling on multiple grounds, even for Obama.

Obama's huge Iran hostage sellout:  The administration gives a pathetic performance at the UN.  Oops, we forgot the American hostages in Iran. After we handed Iran $150 billion dollars in sanctions relief.  That's the impression the Obama administration is now trying desperately to shake off while selling an Iran nuclear deal that left our fellow citizens behind.

The Many Lies Paving the Way to Obama's Legacy.  The president argues that he negotiated the best deal possible.  After all, what other choice did he have?  But this is a circular argument.  The president's false choice — either we have war or we have this treaty — ignores the alternative of a tighter, more comprehensive deal.

The Chamberlain-Obama Comparison is Apt.  The Iran deal will be remembered either as a masterful display of diplomacy or as a hopelessly naïve delusion.  Wishful thinking is not a sound basis for foreign policy.  When it comes to Iran, the stakes are too high to gamble on good faith.  Israel and Saudi Arabia have good reasons to worry.  And when before have these two nations had anything in common?

Iran: Of Course We'll Continue to Support Terrorists!  The worst feature of President Obama's disastrous deal with Iran is that it provides immediate sanctions relief that will cause $100 billion to $150 to flow into the regime's coffers, and will lead to substantial improvement in Iran's economy, which has been badly hurt by the sanctions that the U.N., the U.S. and others have imposed.  This means that opposition to the ayatollahs' rule will be weakened, and Iran will have more resources to support terrorist groups like Hezbollah and rogue governments like Assad's Syria, and to invest in nuclear weapons development, conventional armaments, and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Our Rulers In The United Nations Now Make America's Treaties.  Few constitutional scholars thought it possible for a president to give away unilaterally American representative government to an international body.  The United Nations' Iran vote just did.

Also posted under Grounds for the impeachment of Barack H. Obama.

Iran: 'We Will Trample Upon America'.  A senior Iranian cleric delivered Friday prayers in Tehran while standing behind a podium that declared, "We Will Trample Upon America," according to photos released by Iran's state-controlled media.  Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, who was handpicked by the Islamic Republic's supreme leader to deliver the prayers, delivered a message of hostility toward the United States in the first official remarks since a final nuclear deal was signed between Iran and world powers in Vienna last week.  A Persian-language message on the podium declared, "We will trample upon America" while the English phrase "We Defeat the United States" can be seen underneath.

After Iran, Climate Change.  President Obama's deal with Iran is not even called an "agreement."  Technically, it's a "joint comprehensive plan of action," a mushy term adopted precisely to avoid the implication that it's a formally binding agreement.  In truth, it's more like the sort of coordinated "plan of action" that desperate relatives negotiate with hostage-takers.  Sometimes it works and the hostages come out alive.  But lawyers are never required when negotiating this sort of arrangement.  Law has nothing to do with it.

Lieberman: Enough Opposition to Nuclear Deal in Congress to Override Obama Veto.  Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I., Conn.), Al Gore's 2000 running mate on the Democratic ticket, said that he believes there is enough opposition in Congress to the Iran nuclear deal to override a veto from President Obama.  "I think they're there," he said Tuesday [7/21/2015] on Fox Business.

Did Obama Just Provoke a Constitutional Crisis?  President Obama's decision to submit the Iranian nuclear deal to the United Nation Security Council before Congress has had their 60 days to review it could be as problematic for Congress as making a judgment on the deal itself.  Congress felt its responsibilities were already being usurped when they learned the Iranian deal would be treated as an agreement rather than a treaty.  In response to widespread protest, the White House had to permit the agreement to be submitted to both houses of Congress for approval.  Yet fearing that a negative vote — certain in the House — would occur, the administration decided to go to the UN immediately.  This makes any congressional veto useless; the provisions of the agreement almost impossible to turn back.

The Editor says...
This isn't a constitutional crisis at all — it's just one more reason to impeach Barack Obama and remove him from office, which should have been done years ago.

1938 and 2015: Only the Names Are Different.  Why? Because once people acknowledge evil's existence, they know they have to confront it.  And most people prefer not to confront evil.  That is what led to World War II.  Many in the West denied the darkness of Nazism.  They looked the other way when that evil could have been stopped and then appeased it as it became stronger.  We are reliving 1938.  British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain went to Munich to negotiate with Adolf Hitler.  He left believing Hitler's promises of peace in exchange for Germany being allowed to annex large parts of Czechoslovakia.  Upon returning to England, Chamberlain announced, "Peace for our time."  The American and European negotiations with Iran have so precisely mirrored 1938 that you have to wonder how anyone could not see it.

Obama's Iran Deal Sounds a Lot Like Clinton's Failed North Korea Deal.  President Obama's defense of his nuclear deal with Iran echoes President Bill Clinton's defense of his disastrous nuclear deal with North Korea, the [Washington] Free Beacon found.  In 1994, the Clinton administration tried to entice North Korea to forgo its nuclear program by giving it oil, nuclear energy technology, and sanctions relief.  The deal collapsed after a decade when North Korea pocketed U.S. concessions and raced for the bomb.  The hermit kingdom tested its first nuclear weapon in 2006 and has subsequently developed enough nuclear material for six bombs.

Obama's Iran Blunder Presages A Catastrophe.  Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his country's exploration of the outside world the "worst political blunder in the history of civilization."  The United States seems at this moment about to break the record for the worst political blunder of all time, with its Obama administration deal that will make a nuclear Iran virtually inevitable.

Appeasement in Our Time.  [Scroll down]  An agreement was made in Vienna Tuesday only because the Obama administration capitulated to every demand made by Iran.  "It's a deal worse than even we imagined possible," wrote Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol.  "It's a deal that gives the Iranian regime $140 billion in return for ... effectively nothing:  no dismantlement of Iran's nuclear program, no anytime/anywhere inspections, no curbs on Iran's ballistic missile program, no maintenance of the arms embargo, no halt to Iran's sponsorship of terror."

Iran Parliament Wants to Revise Nuclear Deal.  While the UN Security Council passed the Iran deal in a unanimous 15-0 vote on Monday [7/20/2015], Iran's parliament, the Islamic Constituent Assembly, or Majlis, holds the power to revise or delay key parts of the nuclear deal with Iran — even as President Barack Obama and world powers seek a UN Security Council resolution before the U.S. Congress can review the deal.

Iran Deal: Obama Lauds U.N., Lectures U.S..  If only President Barack Obama were as hard-nosed and clever in undermining our adversaries as he is in kneecapping the U.S. Congress, the country's strategic position might be transformed.  The Iran deal went to the United Nations Security Council for approval Monday [7/20/2015], months before Congress will vote on it, and won unanimous approval.  The U.N. vote doesn't bind Congress, but it boxes it in and minimizes it — with malice aforethought.

Obama Does End Run Around Congress as UNSC Unanimously OKs Iran Deal.  President Obama did an end-run around Congress on the Iran deal today [7/20/2015] in what Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) noted will become known as "Capitulation Monday" in history.  The United Nations Security Council voted 15-0 this morning to endorse the P5+1 deal with Iran and start rolling back sanctions.  Both Republicans and Democrats had been frantically telling Obama to hold off on the vote.  Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) wrote Obama on Thursday to remind the president what he would be violating if he took the deal to the UNSC right away.

Iran Deal Infographic.  (If you still need to be convinced.)

Obama's Next Move is to Gang up on Israel.  [Scroll down]  Mr. Obama still can't tell us why Muslims are slaughtering innocent people all over the world. Apparently, fourteen years after 9/11 the American people are still not grown-up enough to be told the truth about worldwide jihad.  So — after the Chattanooga massacre, Barack Hussein Obama went on vacation.  By embracing Iran's path to nukes, and by promising to protect the mullahs against any Israeli effort to stop them, Obama has openly switched sides between the modern world of human rights and freedoms and the most primitive kind of fanatical Islam, straight from the 7th century desert.

Iran 'Negotiations' Involved a Lot of Iran Shouting at Hapless U.S. Team.  The New York Times published an embarrassing look at what went on behind the scenes during the long, long months of "nuclear negotiations" with Iran.  Apparently, it involved a good deal of Iran shouting at the hapless U.S. team and declaring its demands non-negotiable, while Team Obama threw in one towel after another.

Reporter Challenges White House Over Claim of '99 Percent' Support for Iran Nuclear Deal.  ABC reporter Jonathan Karl on Friday [7/17/2015] questioned White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about President Obama's claim that 99 percent of the world backs the nuclear deal with Iran reached last week.  After Karl asked Earnest during a press briefing to explain how the White House had arrived at the number, the press secretary claimed that when considering the populations of the countries represented in the nuclear deal, "99 percent of the world" sides with the U.S. about the agreement.

Also posted under What's the rush?.

Another alternative to Obama's Iran deal.  One alternative to President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran that I don't think we've discussed is for Congress to reject it and send him back to bargaining in the hope that he and John Kerry can negotiate a better one.  I haven't discussed this alternative because I consider it futile.  Not because Iran won't agree to a deal less favorable it to than the one on the table.  Obama and Kerry most likely could have negotiated a somewhat better deal if they hadn't been so desperate to enter into an agreement.

Top GOP senator slams Obama for allowing UN vote on Iran deal.  Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) slammed the Obama administration on Monday [7/20/2015] for backing a United Nations's vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, citing "bipartisan skepticism" of the deal in Congress.  "It is inappropriate to commit the United States to meet certain international obligations without even knowing if Congress and the American people approve or disapprove of the Iran agreement," the Tennessee Republican said.  "There is bipartisan skepticism about whether this deal can prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and bipartisan concern over allowing the leading exporter of terrorism access to well over $100 billion in cash."

Obama: UN vote reflects 'broad consensus' for Iran agreement.  President Barack Obama says the U.N. Security Council's vote to approve the Iran nuclear deal shows there is a broad consensus that the agreement is the best way to ensure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon.

Kerry: Trust Me, Iran Can't Use Unfrozen $150 Billion For Terror Operations — The UN Resolution Says So.  I'm not one to be all doom and gloom, but who expects the Iranians to actually honor any of these agreements?  I mean, how is that even a serious subject of conversation.

White House warns Congress: If you block this Iran deal, Iran gets everything for free.  You think you know that Obama sold out America's interests in cutting this deal with Tehran, but you really don't know the half of it.  Serious question:  Is this a bigger affront to Congress's authority than that executive mega-amnesty in November was?  Normally I'd say that nothing could top the latter, but read this and tell me. [...]

Congress Must Ditch the Corker Bill and Treat the Iran Deal as Either a Treaty or Proposed Legislation to be Voted Up of Down.  The Corker Bill and its ballyhooed 60-day review process that undermines the Constitution is a sideshow.  If you scrutinize President Obama's Iran nuclear deal, you find that the president ignores the existence of the Corker process.  So should Congress.  Obama's Iran deal also ignores the existence of Congress itself — at least, of the United States Congress.  As I've previously detailed, the deal does expressly defer to the Iranian Congress, conceding that key Iranian duties are merely provisional until the jihadist regime's parliament, the Majlis, has an opportunity to review them as required by Iran's sharia constitution.  The United States Constitution, however, is a nullity in the eyes and actions of this imperial White House.

Republicans fuming over UN voting on Iran deal before Congress.  Republican lawmakers are fuming that the Obama administration is asking the U.N. Security Council to endorse the newly struck Iran nuclear deal before Congress gets a chance to have its say.  A vote on the agreement before the Security Council already has been set for Monday [7/20/2015], with the resolution itself written and ready for consideration.  Top-ranking lawmakers have fired off a series of letters to the president urging him to delay the vote, calling it an "affront" to the public and Congress to go to the U.N. first.

Obama fires back at "dishonest" Iran deal critics.  After a long week of defending the recently negotiated Iran nuclear agreement to skeptics in Congress and the international community, President Obama continues to take on the laundry list of what he believes are "dishonest" criticisms against the deal.  "This deal will make America and the world safer and more secure," Mr. Obama said Saturday in a video.  "Still, you're going to hear a lot of overheated and often dishonest arguments about it in the weeks ahead."

White House: Congressional vote against Iran nuclear deal would be 'devastating'.  The White House said Friday [7/17/2015] that Congress would devastate the U.S. leadership role in the world if lawmakers vote to reject the Obama administration's historic nuclear deal with Iran.  "For the United States, because of a congressional action, to isolate our country on such an important issue, would be devastating to our standing in the world," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.  "If Congress killed this agreement, it would have a terrible impact."

Iran says nuke deal won't change its US policy.  Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday [7/18/2015] a landmark nuclear deal won't change his country's policy toward the "arrogant" U.S., making his first public speech since the Islamic Republic's historic pact with world powers.

U.S. Chief Negotiator Admits: 'Anytime, Anyplace Access' to Iran's Nuke Facilities Was 'Rhetoric'.  Wendy Sherman, the chief negotiator for the United States in the recently agreed upon nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, has admitted that President Obama's guarantee of "anytime, anyplace access" to Iran's several nuclear facilities was more rhetoric than reality.

Iran Bans U.S. Inspectors from All Nuclear Sites.  U.S. and Iranian officials confirmed Thursday that no American nuclear inspectors will be permitted to enter the country's contested nuclear site under the parameters of a deal reached with world powers this week, according to multiple statements by American and Iranian officials.  Under the tenants of the final nuclear deal reached this week in Vienna, only countries with normal diplomatic relations with Iran will be permitted to participate in inspections teams organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  The revelation of this caveat has attracted concern from some analysts who maintain that only American experts can be trusted to verify that Iran is not cheating on the deal and operating clandestine nuclear facilities.

The Deal Wasn't About Iran's Nukes.  The administration has always viewed Israel as an intractable troublemaker and the main catalyst for the region's woes.  An Israeli strike on Iran, especially if supported by the United States, would have been yet another display of destabilizing Israeli aggression that put Middle East peace further out of reach.  Barack Obama, therefore, repeatedly warned Israel against attacking Iran. [...] The Iran deal states that the U.S. will train Iranians to counter any sabotage attempts on its nuclear facilities and systems.  This is aimed at frustrating Israeli action.

Snapping Back Sanctions Won't Prevent A Nuclear-Armed Iran.  The president claims that if Tehran cheats, "sanctions that have helped to cripple the Iranian economy will snap back into place."  But he won't want them to, because then the deal would be dead.

Pelosi: US Hostages In Iran Shouldn't Be Released In Nuclear Deal.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in her Thursday press conference the four remaining American prisoners in Iran should not have been part of the nuclear deal with the Iranians.  Pelosi argued that everyone needs to "appreciate the fact" that a "much brighter light is being shone" on the prisoners now that a deal is done, but that they should not have come up in the Iranian nuclear deal itself.

Obama's U.N. plan backfires on Congress.  President Obama's attempt to outmaneuver Congress and win quick United Nations approval for the Iran nuclear agreement is backfiring on him in Congress, and could further erode support among key players.  Key senators were already outraged that the administration was taking the lead in negotiating a deal and sidelining Congress' traditional role of being directly involved in haggling the finer points of arms control agreements.  They were resigned to let the administration handle the negotiations in return for the promise that they would have ample opportunity to review the deal and vote on it.  But Kerry this week moved to exert the maximum global leverage on Congress by circulating a legally binding draft of the deal to the United Nations Security Council.

We Aren't the World.  "Without this deal," said President Obama on Tuesday, "there is no scenario where the world joins us in sanctioning Iran until it completely dismantles its nuclear program."  That was nothing new.  Throughout the negotiations with Iran, "the world" has been one of the president's favorite defenses against criticism.  "Nothing we know about the Iranian government suggests that it would simply capitulate under that kind of pressure," he continued.  "And the world would not support an effort to permanently sanction Iran into submission."

President Obama's hissy fit.  There is not a lot to love in President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, despite the attempted assurances in his what's-not-to-like press conference on Wednesday.  In addition to the near-unanimous doubts about his "air-tight verification" promises, which he insists make a nuclear arms race in the Middle East less likely, a short list of what's wrong with the deal must include the names of four Americans:  Jason Rezaian, Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and Robert Levinson.  They're American hostages in Iran, and they just lost their best chance for freedom. Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry apparently "forgot" to press for their release.

Iran Is About to Open for Business.  Mobile phones in Tehran started beeping and buzzing well before Iran's nuclear agreement with the West was finalized.  They carried an important sentiment that couldn't wait for the niggling details to be ironed out in the talks between Iran, on one side, and China, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S. on the other.  "Congratulations, the agreement is almost signed!  Come dine with us for less," read the text from a local pizzeria.  Discounts and specials celebrating the coming end of the sanctions pinged around the capital.

Obama: Witting or Witless?  A question has hung in the air since Barack Obama first moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and began his "fundamental transformation" of this country:  Did he intend harm, or was he merely so blinded by ideology that he could not see the damage his policies were creating?  The Iran deal provides an answer.

Manufacturing Consent: Democrats Pretend to be "Skeptical" of the Iran Deal.  [Scroll down]  Again, several years ago, I actually believed in America, and participatory democracy, and all that.  Now I don't.  So now I find myself agreeing with Chomsky, albeit from a rightward direction.  I don't agree with him about who controls the country, or to what political ends; but I do with agree with him that it is controlled.  Now this brings me to the Manufactured Consent we're about to have on this Iran deal.

Wolf Blitzer Makes A Fool Of Susan Rice On Iran Funding Terrorists.  The Obama administration went on an all-out media blitz on Wednesday to defend the president's nuclear deal with the Ayatollah.  A number of Obama's advisers as well as the president, himself, stumbled in fighting back major criticism.  But none shot themselves in the foot in the manner National Security Adviser Susan Rice did when she attempted to rebut Wolf Blitzer's assertions on Iran funding terrorists while on CNN with The Situation Room host.  Blitzer repeated the widespread concern that when Iran's sanctions are lifted, the bad actor will have more resources to fund terrorists that destabilize the Middle East.  Rice admitted that additional funding would almost certainly go to Iran's military and extremists organizations that promote violence.

Clueless Reporters Question President Pinocchio: A Pathetic Press Conference.  Today [7/15/2015] President Obama met the White House press corps at length to defend his Iran nuclear deal.  One could deconstruct his evasions line by line, but that would largely duplicate the content of many posts we have done over the past weeks and months.  Instead, I want to focus on a few key issues.  But first, this observation:  if any of the reporters present had read the agreement, which is only 159 pages long, it was not apparent.  Maybe reporters are not accustomed to reading legal documents; maybe they are too lazy to try; maybe they have read and understood the agreement and are just partisan hacks, covering for their president.  But I have a full-time job, and nevertheless have read the agreement several times.  Why can't reporters do the same?  That would seem to be a prerequisite to participating intelligently in a press conference on the subject.

The Iran Deal: Normalizing a Mortal Threat.  Declaring an Iranian bomb "would be a game-changer," presidential candidate Barack Obama reiterated pledges to prevent it.  "The deal we'll accept is:  they end their nuclear program.  It's very straightforward."  He also promised to "take no options off the table ... including all elements of American power:  A political effort aimed at isolating Iran; a diplomatic effort to ... ensure the Iranian program is monitored; an economic effort that imposes crippling sanctions; and, yes, a military effort."  The truth is, every president since Carter has failed to deploy these powers to oppose Iranian hostility, allowing committed revolutionaries and skilled diplomats to out-flank and out-negotiate the mightiest nation on Earth.

Cruz Threatens to Cut Off Authorization for State Dept. Funding After Nuke Deal.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is moving to block future State Department funding and nominees unless President Barack Obama guarantees that Congress will have the authority to fully review a recently inked nuclear accord with Iran before the deal is approved by the United Nations, according to a copy of a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  Cruz, a vocal opponent of the administration's diplomacy with Iran, maintains that the White House is seeking to circumvent congressional review of the deal by going straight to the U.N.  Such a move could lift key sanctions on Iran before Congress has had the chance to fully review and vote on the deal.

The leaking rancid details of the surrender to Iran.  It's possible, of course, that the president and his secretary of State forgot, with all the important things they must remember, that the United States is among the nations that have no diplomatic relations with Iran.  The presidency is a demanding job, as we all know, and who can expect the president to remember every little thing?  But there's more, and maybe worse.  The United States will assist Iran in combating nuclear sabotage and threats to its nuclear program.  This sounds like satire, something from an Evelyn Waugh novel, but it's true.

Obama's Iran Deal Should Die in Chattanooga.  It's unlikely the hideous terror attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was specifically ordered by ISIS, as was indicated by a tweet, but in the famous words of a woman who seeks to be our first female president:  "What difference at this point does it make?"  Inspired by or directed by is a distinction without a difference to the dead Marines and their families.

A Few Questions About Barack's Iran Deal.  Iran has, it is inarguable, prosecuted a ceaseless war of opportunity against the United States since the overthrow of the Shah.  The Iranians opened those hostilities with the taking of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, followed that hostile act with the taking of American hostages in Beirut by its proxies during the 1980s, engaged in naval warfare with us in the Persian Gulf in the early 1990s to their great detriment, bombed American servicemen stationed in Saudi Arabia and Beirut, fought a continuous proxy war against our ally Israel through Hezbollah and Hamas for most of the past three decades, and killed Americans with roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan.  This in addition to wholesale support for international terrorism from a wide array of sources; in fact, no other country on earth has promoted jihadist terror against America and the West on Iran's scale since 1979.

The Dawn of Iranian Empire.  This agreement is a massive capitulation to Iran.  Having started negotiations with the goal of ending Iran's nuclear program, the U.S. and its European negotiating partners are winding up legitimating Iran's status as a nuclear power in waiting.

Steyn: Comparing Obama to Neville Chamberlain is Unfair to Chamberlain.  ["]When Churchill became prime minister he kept Chamberlain on and had him chair the War Cabinet in his absence.  And Churchill wept over Chamberlain's funeral casket, and claimed he was an honorable man who just happened to be wrong.  I don't think you can say that about Obama.  I think what Obama did is significantly worse than what Neville Chamberlain did.  I don't think, in effect, Obama was negotiating on behalf of the United States.  I think what happened at these talks is that he and the Iranians were, in a sense, negotiating together to anoint Iran as the regional power in the Middle East and to facilitate Iran's reentry, the biggest planetary sponsor of terrorism, to facilitate its reentry into the global community.  That's what Obama was there doing."

Forget Obama... Republicans made the Iran nukes deal possible.  Mark Levin has been shouting until he is blue in the face that this truly awful nuclear deal with Iran has been made possible only with the help of Senate Republicans, who passed a bill (99-1, with Tom Cotton of Arkansas the only sane dissenter) making it nearly impossible to stop Obama's agreement with the ayatollahs. [...] It's an old game:  give sound bites against deficit spending, Obamacare, illegal aliens, and then vote exactly the way Obama wants them to.  Don't be fooled by all this simulated outrage.

Obama Scolds CBS's Major Garrett For Question About US Hostages In Iran.  During a Wednesday [7/15/2015] press conference to promote the Iranian nuclear deal he had announced a day earlier, President Barack Obama fielded a question from CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett regarding the four Americans held captive in Iran and why he didn't seek their release during these negotiations.

Obama asks Iran deal skeptics: What's your alternative?  President Obama on Wednesday [7/15/2015] challenged critics of the agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program to present a viable alternative.  "This is the most vigorous inspection and verification regime by far that has ever been negotiated," the president declared in a press conference.

Obama Faces Widespread Public Distrust on Iran Deal.  President Obama will try to drum up support for the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal Wednesday afternoon at a news conference.  But with widespread public disdain and distrust of Iran, Obama may have trouble convincing Americans of the wisdom of dealing with a long-time arch enemy in the Middle East.

Three Americans the Iranians are Holding Captive That Obama Just Abandoned With His Odious Nuke Deal.  Obama decided to abandon three Americans that the Iranians are holding captive to get his nuke deal.  Obama could have made their release part of the package, but he didn't bother.  In fact, he and John Kerry never even mentioned these Americans held by Iran the whole time "negotiations" were ongoing (and by "negotiations" we mean Obama bending over backwards for the Mullahs).

Ted Cruz: We still have a chance to stop a 'mistake of historic proportion'.  Today, the international community led by the United States has agreed to not only legitimize and perpetuate the Iranian nuclear program, but also to further arm and enrich the brutal theocratic regime that has oppressed the Iranian people for more than thirty years — a regime that is wrongfully holding United States citizens captive, that is sponsoring radical Islamic terrorism across the globe, and that regularly promotes the destruction of both Israel and America throughout its streets.

Iran deal faces fight in U.S. Congress but will likely survive.  Republicans have majorities in both the House of Representatives and Senate, but they would need the support of dozens of President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats to sustain a "resolution of disapproval" that could cripple a deal.

Iran Agreement: Déjà vu All Over Again.  We awoke Tuesday morning [7/14/2015] to learn that history had indeed repeated itself.  The lessons of Neville Chamberlain's failed diplomatic effort were not studied nor learned by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.  The claims of "peace in our time" are empty if dependent upon the goodwill of despots, dictators, theocrats, and autocrats — of which the Iranian regime can be classified.

U.S. Will Teach Iran to Thwart Nuke Threats.  Under the terms of a deal that provides Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief, Iran and global powers will cooperate to help teach Iran how to manage its nuclear infrastructure, which will largely remain in tact under the deal.  Senior Iranian officials, including the country's president, celebrated the deal as a victory for the country.  Iran's state controlled media quoted President Hassan Rouhani as saying that the deal will "remove all sanctions while maintaining [Tehran's] nuclear program and nuclear progress."

Obama's Foreign Policy 'Achievements': Wins For Putin, Castro And, Now, The Ayatollahs.  This deal reflects a profound shift away from the way America deals with dictatorial regimes — in this case, Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism on the planet.  This deal rewards Iran to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars that will allow them to continue conduct business as usual, giving nothing up in return.

Levin: Iran Deal 'Planted The Seeds' 'For World War III'.  ## He continued, "there's no effective inspection regime here.  There's no effective sanctions.  The Russians and the Chinese are not going to allow them in any event.  Obama has sealed the fate of the next generation. ... I really believe that one day this is going to lead to a horrific war."  And that the deal has "sealed the fate of the people of Iran" and "may well have" sealed Israel's fate.

The Democrats' Strategy: Insist the Deal Doesn't Restrict Inspections.  We now know how the Obama administration and its friends will sell the deal with Iran: lie. [...] There have been a lot of depressing lies from this administration and its friends — "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan," "I didn't call the Islamic State a 'JV' team"; "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman," — but the fact that the administration and its allies will lie to the public about an issue as important as Iran's nuclear program is thoroughly dispiriting.

Iran Nuclear Deal Is The Worst Accord America Has Ever Made.  The Iranian deceptiveness we can count on is already matched by our president's own deceitful announcement.  As expected, President Obama has already begun to bully Congress.  "I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal," he promised in his announcement of the pact he claims will stop Iran from obtaining nuclear arms.  "I welcome a robust debate in Congress on this issue, and I welcome scrutiny of the details of this agreement" — that is, as long as afterward you agree to this badder-than-bad deal.

Iran can still get the bomb.  The proposed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the United States, Iran and other negotiating partners, contains a number of flaws, any one of which should be fatal to the deal. [...] President Barack Obama said that the means to verify the agreement are strong, but that is largely based on hoping Iran will cooperate.

The More We Find Out About the Iran Deal, The Worse It Gets.  This was a deal made on U.S. weakness, thanks to Obama and Hillary Clinton, with some help from John Kerry.  This gives Iran most of everything they want, kicks the can down the road on a nuclear armed Iran, and will ultimately make the Middle East less stable.  Good job, O!  And, let's face it, as more details come out, it will get worse.  There is literally nothing of benefit to the United States.

We Already Know What Will Happen.  The Democrat Party is in open celebration.  Barack Obama deserves a second Nobel Prize.  It is all about protecting the precious for them.  And it will remain that way until Iran signals that it has a bomb.  War will begin.  The right and Israel will be proven correct.  But by then it will be too late.  President Obama brings the world one step closer to war, but the media that has defended the precious for so long will keep doing so.  They are invested in the legacy of the man they made.

Obama caves to Iran on every issue.  The president of the United States has agreed to provide a state sponsor of terrorism with nuclear weapons, to open to flow of conventional weapons, and give them about $100 billion in the process.

Kristol: Iran Deal Worse Than We Imagined Possible.  William Kristol, political analyst and founder of the Weekly Standard, issued a dire warning to Congress over the president's nuclear deal with the Iranian regime.  Calling the deal "worse than we even imagined possible," Kristol urged Congress to "rise to the occasion" and override the president's threatened veto.  Saying the deal gives Iran $140 billion in return for "effectively nothing," Kristol describes the moment as "the bottom, the nadir" of American foreign policy that Congress must now do the hard work of pulling us out of by rejecting the president's "very bad deal."

Time to Call Obama and Kerry What They Are: Traitors.  Obama and Kerry had both voted against designating Iran's IRGC terrorist ringleaders who were organizing the murder of American soldiers as a terrorist organization while in the Senate.  Today they have turned our planes into the Air Force of the IRGC's Shiite Islamist militias in Iraq.  Throughout the process they chanted, "No deal is better than a bad deal."  But their deal isn't just bad.  It's treason.  Obama isn't Chamberlain.  He doesn't mean well.  Kerry isn't making honest mistakes.  They negotiated ineptly with Iran because they are throwing the game.  They meant for America to lose all along. [...] Obama made this deal to cripple American power in the Middle East.

Also posted under Grounds for impeachment.

Iran deal: Obama leaves Pastor Saeed, other Americans behind.  The worst case scenario has happened.  The Obama administration has signed a deal with Iran — a deal that failed to secure the freedom of American Pastor Saeed Abedini and other Americans who remain imprisoned in Iran.  It is unconscionable that the United States would ink a deal and leave Americans behind.  But that's exactly what has occurred.

Obama's Nuke Deal Makes Israel The Enemy And Iran Our Ally.  The "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" is a bad deal because it's the first time the United States has offered extensive concessions to a nation that openly seeks to destabilize our interests.  It's the first time we will be offering an oppressive theocracy (one that still holds American hostages) hundreds of billions of dollars to menace our (former) allies via its proxies throughout the Middle East.  For the first time in history a president has legitimatized an openly anti-American state with expansionist aims to help him expand political legacy at home.

Hillary: I 'Twisted A Lot of Arms' to Get Iran Deal.  Hillary Clinton issued a lengthy statement tonight not only giving props to the Iran nuclear deal but also basically taking credit for it.

Trump: Why didn't Obama demand that Iran release its four U.S. prisoners as part of the deal?  When the guy's right, he's right, especially the bit about Obama dealing from desperation.  When your only options are bombing Iran, doing nothing, and making a terrible deal that can be spun as successful, and you've already ruled out the first two, you're going to give up whatever you need to in order to make the third option viable.

Nets Hail 'Historic' Deal With Iran, 'Major Victory' for Obama.  During live breaking news coverage of President Obama announcing a nuclear arms agreement with Iran Tuesday morning [7/14/2015], all three broadcast networks labeled the deal "historic" and cheered the development as a "major victory" for the commander in chief, who made the deal a "top diplomatic priority."  On NBC's Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed:  "As we come on the air the President is about to deliver a statement on this historic nuclear deal reached with Iran overnight....  It could reshape the relationship between Iran and the rest of the world."

Bob Corker's Iran Nuclear Deal and the triumph of Failure Theater.  This morning the United States stands upon the cusp of abject surrender to Iran.  Not only are we about to sign an agreement which locks in Iran's ability to build nuclear weapons, we are doing so without requiring them to renounce terrorism and we will pay them something approaching $100 billion for the privilege.

Can Congress stop the Iran deal?  Now that the P5+1 and Iran have inked a deal that will unleash Tehran from decades of international sanctions, the agreement has to go before the legislatures in Iran and the US.  The former is a mere formality; if Supreme Leader Ali Khameini likes the deal — and there's zero reason to believe that Iranian negotiators would have acted without his express permission — then the Iranian parliament will rubber-stamp it.  That leaves Congress as the last remaining stage on which this deal must play before full implementation.

Obama's Deal: $150 Billion to Iran to Destroy Israel with Conventional Arms.  One of the most alarming and catastrophic elements being overlooked in yesterday's give-away deal to the mullahs is that Iran will soon receive $150 billion dollars.  With that money they can immediately go after Israel with tens of billions in horrific conventional weapons, missiles, bombers... way before any nuclear bomb is fully functional.  Israel will be overwhelmed as never before, and America will be more vulnerable to Iranian plots financed, bizarrely, by Mr. Obama's giveaways.  The mullahs can now echo Lenin:  "The West will supply us the rope to hang them.["]

A Very Good Deal — for Iran.  We have a deal.  It's a deal worse than even we imagined possible.  It's a deal that gives the Iranian regime $140b in return for ... effectively nothing:  no dismantlement of Iran's nuclear program, no anytime/anywhere inspections, no curbs on Iran's ballistic missile program, no maintenance of the arms embargo, no halt to Iran's sponsorship of terror.

Iranian Courts Issue $50 Billion in Fines Against the U.S..  Iranian courts have reached a series of verdicts against the United States totaling $50 billion in fines.  Iran's Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei announced the tally of lawsuits brought against the United States at a press conference Monday [7/13/2015].

Netanyahu slams Iran deal as a "historic" mistake.  Israel's prime minister condemned Tuesday's [7/14/2015] international nuclear agreement with Iran as a "stunning historic mistake" and said his country is not bound by the deal, strongly hinting that military action remains an option.

Obama Signs Iran Deal, Says Bye-Bye to Western Civ.  Now we know what hope and change really meant.  Somewhere Frank Marshall Davis must be smiling.  Barack Obama toasted what he always wanted, the decline of the West, as our president finally rolled over and made a big nuclear deal with Iran, giving the ayatollah virtually everything he could have dreamed of, let alone needed — including control over nuclear inspections, making them meaningless — and getting nothing in return.

Iran: Nuclear Deal in Line With Khamenei's Demands.  Iranian sources familiar with the details of a final agreement scheduled to be announced on Monday [7/13/2015] said sanctions and an arms embargo against Iran will be lifted and restrictions on its nuclear activity will only be "temporary" in a deal that falls "within the redlines" laid out by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to Iran's state-controlled media.  As world powers work to secure a final deal, Iranian sources are indicating that the United States has caved on most major issues, including the timing of sanctions relief, the length of the deal, and arms sales to Tehran.

Iran Nuke Deal All But Done.  Cue the fat lady in the burqa — the Iran nuclear deal is done.  Two diplomats told the Associated Press that negotiators will announce on Monday [7/13/2015] that an agreement has been reached for Iran to curtail its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Awaiting historic sellout of Israel by Obama-Kerry.  President Barack Obama has, at least since 2012, claimed that he has Israel's back regarding his engagement with Iran.  But as the Iran nuke negotiations move closer to an agreement, with reports it could happen by tomorrow [7/13/2015], it is clear that Obama's words are empty rhetoric.

Who Benefits From Endless Iran Negotiations?  In the hands of a president that was tough enough to mean what he said when he threatened to walk away from nuclear talks with Iran if it didn't get what it wanted, a negotiating deadline would be an effective tool to obtain the West's objectives.  But over the course of the last two years, the Obama administration has realized that when a deadline loomed they were the only players in the diplomatic standoff that started to sweat.  The Iranians quickly learned that faced with the prospect of President Obama's cherished dream of a new détente with their regime, the West preferred concessions to walkouts and accordingly stiffened their stands on outstanding issues.  That's why the U.S. has treated every such recent deadline as a flexible rather than a rigid concept, a decision that was repeated when first the June 30 date for an end to the talks and then the July 7th date that was regarded as the true end point passed without either an agreement or the U.S. team packing their bags and leaving Vienna.

Iran Made Illegal Purchases of Nuclear Weapons Technology Last Month.  The question is not whether Iran can be trusted to uphold the nuclear deal now being negotiated in Vienna (it can't), but whether the Obama administration and its P5+1 partners can be trusted to punish Iran when it violates the agreement?  Experience shows that unless Iran violates the deal egregiously, the temptation will be to ignore it.  For instance, Iran got away with selling more oil than it should have under the interim agreement.

Obama the triple-loser.  Obama is delusional. [...] When terrorism is at a peak, he announces that he has contained it and that he decimated al Qaeda.  In a moment of insane revisionism, he says that because of him "the United States is the most respected country on Earth."  Other really powerful leaders thumb their noses at him and laugh. [...] He is pushing for a counterproductive nuclear deal with Iran in order to announce that he is a peacemaker.  The opportunities for Iran's double-crossing us are rife, and if this deal goes through, he will be celebrating himself while the destruction of the world is at hand.  He likes the glamour of a nuclear agreement, but he doesn't understand or care about the results.

The Rockefeller Fund Spent Millions to Make the Iran Deal Happen.  Behind every great act of appeasement is a whole lot of dirty money and political influence.  And some of the usual sources make their appearance here.

As Nuke Talks Grind On, Iran's "Moderates" Call for Israel's Destruction.  Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president of Iran and an ally of current President Hassan Rouhani, called for the destruction of Israel and described the country as "alien" and "temporary," according to a report Monday in Iran's official IRNA news agency. Rafsanjani, who heads the powerful Expediency Council, which advises Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made the comments in an interview with a Hezbollah-affiliated news outlet.

Iran Revolutionary Guards to Get Huge Cash Infusion From Obama's Nuke Deal.  The sanctions relief that is slated to accompany the emerging nuclear deal with Iran will likely enrich and further entrench Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Reuters reported on Monday [7/6/2015].

12 Times The Obama Administration Caved to Iran on Nuclear Deal.  An analysis from the Foreign Policy Initiative's Tzvi Khan published June 29 laid out the myriad ways the United States has fallen short, misled, or simply kowtowed on sanctions, uranium enrichment, Iran's breakout capacity, whether Iran could be a good actor, and more.  President Obama claimed in his 2015 State of the Union address to have "halted" Iran's nuclear program and "reduced" its stockpile, sweeping and inaccurate claims for which he earned three Pinocchios from the Washington Post fact-checker.  On April 2, when Obama touted the framework agreement and "historic understanding" between Iran and world powers, he claimed "Iran has also agreed to the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history."

White House Officials Plot Ways to Pressure Lawmakers Into Supporting Iran Deal.  White House officials on Monday [7/6/2015] held a private conference call with liberal organizations to discuss ways of pressuring Democrats and other lawmakers on Capitol Hill into supporting a nuclear deal with Iran that is expected to be finalized in the coming days, according to an audio recording of that call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  The call, in which there were more than 100 participants, was organized by the liberal pro-Iran group Ploughshares Fund, which has spent millions of dollars to slant Iran-related coverage and protect the Obama administration's diplomatic efforts.

White House Instructs Allies To Lean On 'Jewish Community' to Force Iran Deal.  The White House is targeting Jewish groups in its latest push to blunt congressional criticism of an Iran deal that observers expect to be sealed in the coming days, according to a recording of a strategy conference call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and experts familiar with the call.  The White House's liaison to the Jewish community on Monday [7/6/2015] advised dozens of progressive groups to push a poll commissioned and distributed by the liberal fringe group J Street, which has been defending a deal with Iran.

What Obama Has Taught Us.  Iran so far has repaid Obama's indulgence by blowing up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier in military drills, de facto running affairs in three other Middle Eastern states — Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen — and brazenly renouncing almost all the basic elements of prior nonproliferation understandings, from on-site inspections to cessation of enrichment to kickback sanctions in the event of noncompliance.  Iran embraces change, and looks forward to a nuclear future.

The U.S. response to Iran's cheating is a worrying omen.  If it is reached in the coming days, a nuclear deal with Iran will be, at best, an unsatisfying and risky compromise.  Iran's emergence as a threshold nuclear power, with the ability to produce a weapon quickly, will not be prevented; it will be postponed, by 10 to 15 years.  In exchange, Tehran will reap hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief it can use to revive its economy and fund the wars it is waging around the Middle East.

The Obama Administration Has Become Iran's Attorney.  Reuters is reporting about the Obama administration taking the Iranian side regarding a long list of violations to the interim Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) agreed to at the beginning of April as well as the United Nations Security Council resolutions by seeking to procure illicit nuclear infrastructure and refusing to cooperate with the IAEA.  Despite evidence to the contrary, the Obama administration is denying they ever happened, or labeling them as inconsequential.

Obama Administration Gets Caught Sweeping Iranian Violations Under The Rug.  With great fanfare on Tuesday 6/30/2015], the State Department reported that Iran has complied with a key condition of the interim agreement; significantly reducing its stockpile of enriched uranium.  It was an accurate statement as long as one ignores Iran's violations.  And now a leading non-proliferation think tank is bashing the Administration for trying to sweep the violations under the rug.

The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history.  The devil is not in the details.  It's in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama's fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous corruption of American power and influence.  In pursuit of his desire to make the Islamic Republic into an accepted, normalized "successful regional power," Obama decided to take over the nuclear negotiations.

Iran Threatens to Go Nuclear If Talks Fail.  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hinted this week that Iran would decide to fully pursue its nuclear program in a way "harsher than what they [the United States can] imagine" if Western powers fail to uphold any nuclear agreement expected to be finalized in the coming days.  Rouhani's comments come as negotiators in Vienna struggle to solve disagreements over a range of issues concerning the future of Tehran's nuclear program.  The ongoing disputes prevented the sides from finalizing the agreement before a self-imposed June 30 deadline.  Talks are now expected to continue through July 9.

Iran Repatriates 13 Tons of Gold Under Sanctions Relief.  Iranian officials said Monday [6/29/2015] that the Islamic Republic's Central Bank has successfully repatriated 13 tons of gold as part of a package of sanctions relief provided to Iran by U.S. and Western powers.  The gold was transferred to Iran by the government of South Africa, which had been holding onto the assets due to harsh sanctions meant to pressure Tehran to rein in its rogue nuclear program.  The gold appears to have been released as part of a sanctions relief package that will have awarded Iran nearly $12 billion in unfrozen cash assets by the time negotiations wrap up next week.

State Dept. Ejects, Threatens Journalist Covering Iran Nuke Talks.  The State Department today refused to allow a reporter for the Washington Free Beacon to attend a press briefing given by lead negotiator Wendy Sherman and threatened to call security to have him removed.

On Iran, this is a moment for President Obama to be strong.  In the next few days, we may see a signed deal that reflects the framework announced by the Obama administration and Iranian negotiators back in April.  It is an emerging agreement that almost no one, including former advisers to President Obama, believes would be a strong deal that sufficiently advances U.S. interests and bolsters our national security.

The President's Failed Leadership on Iran.  The truth is these talks were doomed from the start by the administration's pattern of retreat.  As the Iranians hang tough, insisting on their core demands, the president has steadily abandoned commitments he made to the American people and our allies.  In the most recent example, Secretary of State John Kerry backed off from the longstanding demand of the United States and its partners that Iran come clean about the possible military dimensions of its program before any deal is signed.

Congress Knows Everything the Administration Knows.  What can be so important that all of the above is overlooked by the Administration for a piece of paper outlining the terms of a deal that — if history is our guide — doesn't accurately reflect Iran's capabilities and on which Iran is prepared to cheat?  A hope and a prayer?  A legacy for Mr. Obama?  A Nobel Peace Prize for Mr. Kerry — consolation for losing the presidential race?  Too much risk of too many lives for too little return.  If a deal is signed — by June 30th or July 7th (the new possible date) — looking the way it looks now, Congress must find its unified voice and put a stop to it, voting a resolution of disapproval with more than 60 votes.

Nuclear Deal Would Leave Iran With 5,000 Centrifuges.  Iran will be permitted to operate more than 5,000 nuclear centrifuges under any final deal secured in the coming days, according to Western sources who fear that the Islamic Republic could use such technology to continue building a nuclear weapon.  Sources commenting on the resumed talks indicated on Tuesday [6/30/2015] that Iran and Western powers have reached a deal that would enable Iran to continue operating more than 5,000 nuclear centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium to a level needed for a weapon.

Report: Powers Give in — No Inspection of Iran's Nuke Facilities.  The P5+1 countries led by the United States under Barack Obama have caved in to Iranian demands and will not insist on inspections of nuclear installations as part of a deal on Iran;s nuclear weapons program, Channel 1 reported Sunday [6/28/2015].

Obama on Iran: 'I will walk away' from bad deal.  President Obama on Tuesday [6/30/2015] warned Iran that he is prepared to walk away from nuclear talks if Tehran does not submit to rigorous inspections of its nuclear sites.  "I will walk away from the negotiations if, in fact, it is a bad deal," Obama said.

Obama sent Iran message ahead of nuclear deadline: report.  US President Barack Obama recently sent a private message to Iran's leadership via Iraq's prime minister, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday [6/29/2015] on the eve of a deadline for a nuclear deal.  Hamshahri, Iran's highest-circulation daily, citing a lawmaker, said "one of the leaders of a neighbouring country" took the message from Obama to officials in Tehran.

White House denies private letters to Iran.  The Obama administration is denying reports the president reached out to Iran's leadership ahead of the deadline for a nuclear deal with Tehran.  "Reports that the president recently sent a letter to Iran's leadership are not accurate," a senior administration official said Monday [6/29/2015].

US intel chief calls Iran the leading terror sponsor, as nuke talks enter final phase.  The nation's top intelligence official labeled Iran the leading state sponsor of terrorism and called the regime — and its proxy Hezbollah — the single most important factors keeping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in power, according to a letter obtained by Fox News.  The warning comes as Obama administration officials enter the final phase of nuclear negotiation with Tehran.  But despite the diplomatic track, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper assailed the country's role in destabilizing the region in the letter to Republican senators.

The Iran Deal, Then and Now.  One week before the June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a series of demands about the final terms. Among them:  He called for an immediate end to all United Nations Security Council and U.S. economic sanctions on Iran; he said Iranian military sites would not be subject to international inspections; he declared that Iran would not abide a long-term freeze on nuclear research; and he ruled out interviews with individuals associated with Iran's nuclear program as part of any enforcement plan.

Obama cries 'uncle' on Iran.  If President Obama is trying to vindicate critics of his Iran policy, he could hardly do a better job than he is doing this week.  The Obama administration's desperation and eagerness to make a deal have been quite obvious for some time.  And no one has been more acutely aware of this than Iran's theocratic government.  The most recent manifestation of this desperation has been the State Department's protracted effort to delay release of a report on Iran's human rights record.  That report is supposed to be released Thursday — four months after the deadline, an unprecedentedly late stage of the calendar year.  And even now, it is only happening because Republicans in Congress threatened to cut the State Department's budget.

If you don't want a nuclear-armed Iran, stop appeasing it.  In 2013, when the Iranian regime came crawling back to the negotiating table to barter a deal over its illicit nuclear program, a well-placed sanctions regime had brought it to its knees.  This was the best opportunity to force Tehran to dismantle its nuclear program and settle Iran's nuclear issue once and for all.  But instead, Obama offered the Iranian regime nuclear concessions and gave it carte blanche over its other nefarious activities — a big mistake.

Bribing Iran With Technology Is A Strategy For Disaster.  If you knew a gambling addict at risk of losing his family's life savings was in Las Vegas at the blackjack tables, would you make a deal with him that limited him to slot machines that take only quarters?  That's similar to the approach that the Obama administration is taking a week before yet another deadline in the Iran nuclear talks.  Tehran is being offered advanced light-water nuclear reactors that the administration hopes would replace the heavy-water Arak plant, which when completed will be able to produce plutonium to fuel multiple atomic explosives each year.

Iran Demands More Nuke Concessions.  Iran is insisting the United States and world powers deliver more concessions at the negotiating table, including consenting to demands that any final nuclear agreement last less than 10 years.  The call for greater concessions was made in a speech Tuesday [6/23/2015] by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who accused the United States of "seeking to destroy Iran's nuclear industry" and of being "on the opposite side of everyone in Iran."

US, West ready to offer nuclear equipment to Iran if it limits possible atomic weapons programs.  The United States and its allies are willing to offer Iran state-of-the-art nuclear equipment if Tehran agrees to pare down its atomic weapons program as part of a final nuclear agreement, a draft document has revealed.  The confidential paper, obtained by the Associated Press, has dozens of bracketed text where disagreements remain.  Technical cooperation is the least controversial issue at the talks, and the number of brackets suggest the sides have a ways to go, not only on that topic but also more contentious disputes, with less than a week until the June 30 deadline for a deal.

Dems, Republicans & Experts Question Terms of Iran Deal.  Politicians and experts from across the political spectrum are calling into question the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran.  The two primary issues — verifiability and the possibility of military dimensions (PMD) of the Iranian nuclear program — threaten to derail the agreement.  A report, "Verifying a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran," written by the former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Olli Heinonen, states that for the agreement to be effective in real terms, verifiability must be a function of "unfettered," "anywhere, anytime" access and not subject to any bureaucratic procedures which would give Iran time to alter the results of any inspections.

Chanting 'Death to America,' Iran MPs vote to bar military inspectors.  With some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted Sunday [6/21/2015] to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.

Kerry's Absolute Idiocy.  [Scroll down]  I don't think the administration has ever tried to spin up reporters on the claim that the US "has absolute knowledge" of Iran's military nuclear work.  Certainly it's never been a top message.  But administration officials have no choice:  the Associated Press confirmed last week that the P5+1 has collapsed on the demand that Iran come clean about its past atomic work, which would gut the verification regime that the White House has made the key criterion of any deal.  Without knowing what the Iranians did in the past there's no way confirming they've stopped doing those things, which means there's no way that Kerry's other line about confirming that prohibited "activities have stopped" could ever be true.

State Dept Struggles to Explain Massive Nuke Concessions To Iran.  State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke claimed Friday [6/12/2015] that the "goal posts haven't moved" in Iran negotiations as he struggled to explain the administration's latest concessions.  The United States is in negotiations with Iran in regards to their nuclear program.  During Friday's press briefing, Rathke struggled to define what concessions or conditions were required for the Iranians to meet for a nuclear deal to be achieved.

At what point does a President's actions become treason?  I don't know how else to say it.  Barack Obama seeks a nuclear Iran that has hegemony over the Middle East.

Huge AP Scoop Catches Obama With His Pants Around His Ankles (Not Reggie Love-related).  Barack Obama was just caught red-handed lying through his teeth about the Iran deal and attempting to fool Congress and the American people about "sanctions."  I contend this takes us well beyond the point of questioning Obama's judgment and brings us to the point of questioning his motives.  I fear if enough Americans continue to ignore what Obama is doing in broad daylight, we will become victims of the greatest scam since the Trojan Horse rolled into Troy — with similarly disastrous results only on a worldwide scale.

UN: U.S. Failed to Report Iran's Violations of Sanctions.  A UN panel says that the White House and other Western governments have neglected to report Iranian violations of the sanctions regime.  "The current situation with reporting could reflect a general reduction of procurement activities by the Iranian side or a political decision by some member states to refrain from reporting to avoid a possible negative impact on ongoing negotiations" between Iran and the P5+1, the UN panel said in its June 1 report, and made public today.

Lawmakers Take Aim at Iran's Missiles, Omitted From Nuclear Talks.  Three weeks before the deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran, lawmakers will hold a hearing Wednesday [6/10/2015] on an issue that was left off the agenda at the nuclear talks — ballistic missiles.  The House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa has invited intelligence and security experts to testify on "Iran's enduring ballistic missile threat."

The lamest of negotiators.  Given the facts of the negotiations, it's impossible to see how any deal with Iran could possibly benefit American national security or that of any of our allies, especially including Israel, whose very existence Iran has promised often to end.

Forfeiting America's Military Leverage.  While there are numerous diplomatic strategies to accomplish that, one of history's more effective means of pursuing foreign policy goals was for a superior power to conspicuously display naval forces in the waters of the weaker power, posing a military threat until satisfactory terms with the weaker nation could be reached.  Such "gunboat diplomacy" could be remarkably persuasive.  But if there is such a thing as the opposite of gunboat diplomacy, we are witnessing it in the nuclear negotiations with Iran.  There will be repercussions.  The United States and other leading nations taking part in the negotiations have military capabilities that dwarf those of Iran, at best a second-rate power.  Yet, in spite of the huge military advantages — not to mention the moral gulf between the U.S and Iran, or the huge stakes of allowing Iran to go nuclear — negotiations have proceeded as if between equals.

Harf: 'All of the Nuclear Experts' Told Me Iran Will Reduce Stockpile Levels to Right Amount.  State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf continued pushing back Wednesday [6/3/2015] against a New York Times report on Iran's increased nuclear fuel stockpile and its potential violations of a deal with the U.S., saying "all of the nuclear experts" had assured her Iran would be in compliance with the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) by the June 30 deadline.  One reporter asked if Iran keeps increasing that stockpile, would that not make it much more difficult to reduce it to the agreed-upon level by the end of the month?

Is Obama a villain? Or only delusional?  President Obama is trying to make nice with Jewish American voters again — those who haven't caught on to his multiple betrayals in the Middle East.  Israelis — those who are in touch with reality — feel betrayed.  The Saudis feel betrayed.  Egypt feels betrayed.  Libya was betrayed worst of all, and believe it or not, before Obama became president even Syria was considered to be friendly to the United States.  More than 200,000 dead Syrian Muslims, Christians and Kurds later, Obama may still smile and smile, but the Arab world and the saner half of Israel keep wondering if he is a villain.  The only regime that loves us over there keeps chanting, "Death to America! Death to Israel!"  Obama tells us they don't actually mean it.  He tells the world to "trust me" on Iranian nukes.

Iran's Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations.  With only one month left before a deadline to complete a nuclear deal with Iran, international inspectors have reported that Tehran's stockpile of nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, partially undercutting the Obama administration's contention that the Iranian program had been "frozen" during that period.

If Iran's Program is Frozen, Why Is Their Nuclear Stockpile Growing?  The Obama administration is puzzled.  They're convinced that Iran is committed to a process of negotiations over its nuclear program that will forestall its efforts to build a bomb and begin a new period of détente between the Islamist regime and the West.  Moreover, they've been preaching endlessly that the interim agreement signed in November 2013 "froze" the Iranian program in place. How then to explain the fact that, as the International Atomic Energy Agency has reported, the size of their stockpile of nuclear fuel has increased by more than 20 percent over the last 18 months while they were talking with the West and supposedly freezing their nuclear work in place?

Obama Assures Iran It Has Nothing to Fear.  At this point, there is virtually no one in Israel or the United States who thinks it is remotely possible that the Obama administration would ever, under virtually any circumstances, use force against Iran.  Though President Obama and his foreign policy team have always claimed that "all options," including force, are always on the table in the event that Iran refuses to back down and seeks to produce a nuclear weapon, that is a threat that few took seriously.

Obama just tossed away his last card on Iran's nukes.  As the June 30 deadline for the Iran nuclear deal approaches, President Obama is putting all his cards on the table — by announcing he is keeping no cards in his hand.  In an astonishing interview with Israel's Channel 2, the president declared that "the best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon is a verifiable, tough agreement.  "A military solution will not fix it, even if the United States participates.  It would temporarily slow down an Iranian nuclear program, but it would not eliminate it."

The New Iranian Hostage Crisis.  When the family of Amir Hekmati, an Iranian-American Marine, learned he was taken prisoner in 2011, the State Department told them to keep quiet.  Family members were told Amir would be in greater danger if they went to the media than if they remained discreet.  That silence now looks like a mistake. [...] One might think that advocates for the four American captives wouldn't mind if they were released as part of a nuclear deal.  But at least for Hekmati, this is not the case.  According to his sister, he has said he does not want to be a pawn in the negotiations.

'We Need This Nightmare to End': Families of Iran Hostages Bring Their Stories to Congress.  Four relatives representing all of the American hostages in Iran made an unprecedented appearance before a congressional committee today [6/2/2015], telling lawmakers that they fear leverage slipping away as the Obama administration barrels toward its June 30 nuclear deadline with Tehran.  Jason Rezaian, who has reported from Tehran since 2008, was seized on July 22, 2014, in a raid on his home.

Obama: 'Military solution' will not stop Iran.  A deal between world powers and Iran is the only way to prevent Tehran from getting nuclear weapons, President Obama told an Israeli television station.  In the interview on Channel 2, which is slated to air Tuesday night [6/2/2015] in Israel, Obama reiterated his support for a nuclear deal with Iran over a military option.  A preview of the interview ran on Monday.  "I can, I think, demonstrate, not based on any hope but on facts and evidence and analysis, that the best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon is a verifiable, tough agreement," he said.

Ruthless Trials Show Iran Can't Be Trusted.  American journalist Roxana Saberi was convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in 2009.  Iran released her after 100 days; she says she still doesn't know why authorities detained her.  In 2011, Iranian authorities arrested Amir Hekmati, a dual citizen who served in the U.S. Marines, when he went to Iran to meet his relatives for the first time.  Tried for espionage, Hekmati originally was sentenced to death; the punishment later was reduced to 10 years on lesser charges.  In 2013, a Revolutionary Court sentenced Saeed Abedini, a naturalized American from Idaho, to eight years for establishing underground churches in homes.

Obama's strategy for the Middle East has backfired.  The fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State and recent gains by the group in Syria are the latest signs that President Obama's strategy to defeat this brutal terrorist group is failing.  But the problem is far bigger than that.  The president's entire approach to the Middle East has backfired.  The Middle East is more dangerous and unstable than when Obama came into office — a time when Iraq and Syria were more stable, the Iranian nuclear program was considerably less advanced and the Islamic State did not yet exist.  Much of this instability is a result of Obama's disengagement from the region, best symbolized by the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011.

Iran's Third Path to a Bomb.  The emerging agreement with Iran that President Obama sees as his legacy will give Iran three paths to a bomb:  it can break out, wait out, or sneak out of the agreement.  Iran will pocket its huge signing bonus; take reversible steps toward "compliance"; then either break out (perhaps after a dispute about implementation, or while the U.S. is involved in some other crisis), or wait out (after which, President Obama concedes, Iran will face no further barrier to a bomb), or sneak out (using secret sites and undetectable methods).

Obama Says Iran Won't Be More Dangerous with an Extra $150 Billion Dollars.  The Goldberg interview with Obama reads like a conversation with an idiot.  Actually make that two idiots, both of whom are also compulsive liars.

Why aren't we taking out those flag waving ISIS trucks?  We know where President Obama's priorities are.  He sees global warming or climate change as the threat of our times.  Indeed, we have to care for our Earth but President Obama needs to read his daily security briefing more seriously.  By now, ISIS has taken Ramadi and sits 90 miles (i.e., Dallas to Waco) from our U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.  Do any of the "yes we can" screamers surrounding President Obama remember the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81?  A Baghdad hostage crisis would make Tehran look like a PG movie.

Iranian Special Forces Commander: 'Obama Has Not Done a D*** Thing' to Fight ISIS.  Iranian elite paramilitary force leader Major General Qassem Soleimani accused the United States of having "no will" to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and blasted President Barack Obama as not having "done a d*** thing" to quell the terrorist insurgency.  The remarks follow news that Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah is planning to increase its presence in Iraq to combat ISIS.

Iran's Ayatollah: Nuke Inspectors Will Not Have Access to Military Sites, Scientists.  As the Iran nuclear talks were due to resume in Vienna on Wednesday [5/20/2015], Iran's spiritual leader and its main nuclear negotiator both doubled down on rejecting a core element of any deal — the right of international inspectors to access military sites.  Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told military commanders Wednesday he will not allow international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers.  He said Iran will resist "coercion and excessive demands," the Associated Press reported.

Obama's Middle East Policy Is In a State of Collapse.  The "sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq" that Barack Obama and Joe Biden hailed as one of Obama's "great achievements" in 2014 has regressed into chaos as a result of Obama's premature withdrawal of American troops.  But it isn't just Iraq.  Syria is the closest thing to Hell on Earth.  Iran is working away on nuclear weapons and delivery systems.  Yemen has fallen to Iran's proxies.  Saudi Arabia is looking for nuclear weapons to counter Iran's.  ISIS occupies an area the size of Great Britain.  Libya, its dictator having been gratuitously overthrown by feckless Western governments that had no plan for what would follow, is a failed state and terrorist playground.

Obama: that chlorine gas Syria is using, well I'm fine with it.  Back in 2013, Syria was accused of using chemical agents against the opposition.  True to form, the Syrian army didn't make much of a distinction between combatants and civilians.  This quickly became one of Barack Obama's "red lines."  I use quote marks here because no one really knows what [...] Obama is talking about when he talks about "red lines."  I think it is some kind of a communist code phrase for "do whatever it is you want to do," because Iranian nuclear weapons were also a "red line" and now he's agreed that they can develop them.

Isolationism With Drones Is Leading to American Failure.  The Times of London reported this Sunday [5/17/2015] that, according to "senior American officials," Saudi Arabia has decided to purchase nuclear weapons "off-the-shelf" from Pakistan.  Whether or not this specific report turns out to be accurate, it is clearly the case that the Gulf Arabs feel betrayed by the Obama administration's facilitation of an Iranian nuclear program, not to mention our slow-motion withdrawal from the role of securing commerce in the Persian Gulf, and our abandonment of an ally in Yemen.  It stands to reason that the Gulf Arabs will want nukes of their own, and they have not been shy about broadcasting that fact.  So the result of Obama's extension of an olive branch to the mullahs, his pursuit of realignment and peace in the Middle East, is a regional nuclear arms race.

Iranian Ayatollah: We 'Will Never Allow' Inspections of Nuke Sites.  Iran will never allow Western powers or the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect Tehran's military sites as part of a final agreement with the P5+1 world powers, Iran's Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani said Friday [5/15/2015] in an address to Tehran University students.

Obama's credibility Gulf.  As President Obama this week urged Gulf state leaders to back his dangerous Iranian nuclear deal, the scene underscored Arab allies' escalating anxiety about an empowered Tehran — and America's increasingly desperate attempts to allay fears.  Those absent from the Camp David summit said as much as those present.  A rare snub by King Salman of Saudi Arabia and three other Gulf state leaders made clear that key allies aren't interested in being used as photo-op backdrops for the deal.

Fig leaves falling.  We have already learned that President Obama intends to reward Iran with a huge "signing bonus" at the outset of the arrangement.  He will agree to the removal of all United Nations sanction on Iran at the same time.  He will also waive our own statutory sanctions on Iran.  Just about the last fig leaf remaining on this element of the deal is the (utterly meaningless) assertion:  "If at any time Iran fails to fulfill its commitments, these sanctions will snap back into place."  Now Bloomberg News reports that this fig leaf is falling too.

Obama's Iran Deal Lie Collapses: Russia Says No 'Snap-Back' Sanctions.  President Barack Obama has defended the impending nuclear deal with Iran by promising Americans that there will be automatic "snap-back" provisions to restore sanctions automatically if Iran cheats on its obligations:  "If Iran violates the deal, sanctions can be snapped back into place," he said in April.  On Wednesday [5/13/2015], Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told Bloomberg News that there would be no such provisions:  "There can be no automaticity, none whatsoever," he said.

Fournier: Obama Could be One of the Worst Presidents Ever.  The relatively unbiased, and certainly not right wing, Ron Fournier of National Journal said Monday evening [5/11/2015] that President Obama could go down as "one of the worst presidents in our nation's history" if Iran develops nuclear weapons under the deal he's negotating with them and it inspires Arab Middle Eastern states to start constructing their own nukes.  Well, I have bad news for the liberal historians who write history.  The deal allows Iran to construct a nuclear weapon, and the Gulf monarchies aren't just going to [passively observe].

The Mideast Maelstrom on Obama's Watch.  Rarely in the history of American foreign policy has a U.S. president been so fundamentally wrong about a vital region in the world, with lethal consequences.  President Barack Obama's legacy will be an unstable, roiling Middle East and North Africa.  His policies are enabling a more aggressive Iranian regime to spread its Shiite brand of Islamic jihad throughout the region and gain a path to becoming a nuclear armed state.  His withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq in 2011, coupled with his abetting of the false hopes of the Arab Spring, have given rise to a strengthened Islamic State with ambitions for a transnational caliphate.

The Fool on the Hill.  America, the country Madeleine Albright once called the "indispensable nation", is suddenly nakedly and humiliatingly dispensable.  Two of the most important Gulf rulers have decided not to attend the summit on Iran president Obama scheduled in Washington.  It's a vital meeting on which the president has staked the future of his so-called historic initiatives. [...] It's diplomatic cream pie in the face.  The signals being sent from the region are scathing and dismissive.

Top Iran Commander: 'We Welcome War With The United States'.  A top commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) told a state-run media outlet on Wednesday [5/6/2015] that Iran is prepared to go to war with the United States and will even "welcome war" to show off Tehran's power.

Great Work, Obama: Saudi Arabia Looking to Add Nuclear Weapons to Counter Iran.  Obama's policies would be worthy of a Monty Python skit were they not vectoring all of us toward an apocalyptic endgame.  A nuclear arms race in the Middle East?  How's that Mitt Romney vote looking now, dimwits?

A Bad Iran Deal Must Be Stopped Now.  Skeptics about the looming nuclear accord with Iran may be taking comfort from the promises of Republican presidential candidates to tear up the treaty as soon as they reach the Oval Office.  They shouldn't be.  Even assuming a Republican wins the White House next year (hardly a certainty), pulling out of the agreement won't necessarily fix its defects.  In fact it could make the situation even worse.

Ted Cruz: The Blood of Millions Will Be on Obama's head if this Insane Iran Deal Goes Forward.  Sen. Ted Cruz is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration's bizarre deal to loosen sanctions on Iran and allow it to continue to develop nuclear weapons.  A complicit GOP establishment — including "craven moron" Bob Corker and the mendacious malignancy known as Mitch McConnell are Obama's co-conspirators — and have essentially ceded the Senate's Constitutionally authorized power to ratify any treaty signed by the Executive.  Ted Cruz — reviled by the hacks in both parties — is one of the few statesmen left in Congress willing to fight this insane abdication of sanity on the part of Obama and the GOP fogies.  Tonight [5/6/2015] Cruz took to the Senate floor to rip Obama's deal and the GOP Establishment's support for it.

The Obama Deceit Doctrine.  Americans (at least those paying any attention) know that Barack Obama routinely lies to fulfill the one promise he has not broken:  to "fundamentally transform America."  But what he has done to empower Iran and pave its way to develop nuclear weapons trumps even that boastful claim:  Obama wants to, and probably will, fundamentally transform the world.  When he campaigned in 2008 Barack Obama dismissed concerns over Iran:  it is just a "tiny" country that doesn't pose a threat to us the way the Soviet Union did during the Cold War.  This was absurd.  Singapore is tiny; Andorra is tiny; the Vatican is tiny; Iran is not tiny.

Report: Iranian Navy Chases After U.S. Warships.  An Iranian naval fleet chased a U.S. warship and military planes through the waters off the southern coast of Yemen late Monday [5/4/2015] in yet another provocative encounter between the two nations, according to Iranian state media reports.  A U.S. warship and several planes reportedly "changed their direction" on Monday after encountering an Iranian naval fleet during a patrol in the Gulf of Aden near Yemen, Iranian state media revealed.

Obama weighs offering Saudi Arabia weapons provided only to Israel.  The Obama administration is quietly pushing Sunni Arab allies in the Persian Gulf to create an advanced missile defense system, and is preparing to ramp up sophisticated weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in an effort to ease regional fears over a potential nuclear deal with Iran.  With Secretary of State John F. Kerry set to visit Saudi Arabia Wednesday [5/6/2015] and Thursday, officials privately say the administration is weighing whether to offer Riyadh — already a major buyer of American and European weaponry — GBU-28 bunker buster bombs Washington has so far only been willing to provide to Israel.

Obama cowers as Iran hijacks a U.S.-flagged ship.  The U.S. should not allow Iran to seize any ships but President Obama's Pentagon has found some lawyers who advised them they don't have to defend a seized ship sailing under the Marshall Islands flag, despite the fact that the Marshall Islands is a U.S. protectorate.  What a message.  If an ally's ship is seized, the U.S. will look for a lawyer to say they don't have to defend them.

Obama Has Sown the Seeds of War: The Middle East Arms Race Explodes.  As Obama's deal with Iran gets closer, the panicky Gulf States are asking for assurances, weapons and security pacts from Obama before they take matters in their own hands.  Can you spot the problems with anything Obama might promise them?  It's hard to take anything the man says seriously.  Would you stake the life of your country on his word?

Like the Iranians, the Saudis Think Obama Is Weak.  If we decipher the causes of the U.S.-Saudi breakdown, two specific events stand out.  First, the American withdrawal from Iraq in December 2011. That decision led to Iran's seizure of Iraqi political dialogue and to Iraq's sectarian fragmentation, delivering it into the hands of ISIS. Second, President Obama's repeated WMD "red line" impotence in Syria.  Repeated, because Assad has repeatedly murdered Syrian civilians with chlorine gas since his Ghouta massacre of August 2013.  These two events encouraged the Saudis to believe that President Obama is unreliable and uninterested in their concerns.

Obama Has Given Up On Guaranteeing Free Traverse of the Seas.  The United States has enforced the free transit across the seas for centuries.  Iran is now taking piratical prizes; and Obama, you will not be surprised to hear, is okay with that.  The seizing of the Maersk Tigris wasn't just an act of piracy; it was a declaration of a new order on the seas, and Obama has, as usual, bowed to a foreign potentate.

The Real Fatwa.  [Scroll down]  The biggest sign that things are going swimmingly comes from Washington, where the Obama willingness to favor, or at least tolerate, most any Iranian advance or demand has long since transcended shame and transmogrified into parody.  When Pentagon lawyers coughed up the outrageous view that our defense pact with the Marshall Islands doesn't require us to do a thing for their captured ship and hostage sailors (except maybe pay off the mullahs, I suppose), it removed all doubt that we were the pulling guard for Iran's end-run around law and order when and where they wish.

Clever new Rubio amendment to Corker's Iran bill: The final deal must match this month's WH "fact sheet".  You remember the "fact sheet," don't you?  That's the document the White House released on April 2nd, the day it reached a "framework" deal with Iran, describing the terms that Iran had allegedly agreed to.  Snap nuclear inspections of all suspicious sites, a greatly reduced number of centrifuges, delayed sanctions relief until Iran satisfied its denuclearization obligations — it wasn't half bad, and certainly better than what an Obama skeptic might have expected.  The only problem:  Apparently no one told Iran that this is the deal they had agreed to.

Biden: 'Path has already been paved' to Iranian bomb.  Iran would have enough enriched uranium within three months to be able to make up to eight nuclear weapons if negotiations with the international community blow up, Vice President Joe Biden said late Thursday [4/30/3015], noting that "the path has already been paved" for that outcome.  Biden's remarks at a dinner for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy played off concerns by critics, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that the Obama administration is negotiating an agreement that paves the path for Iran to get a nuclear weapon.

Iran nuclear deal: Obama's desperation is showing. And it's dangerous.  Rather than stand firm against Iran's regional expansionism and its constantly shifting nuclear redlines, the president has gone to great lengths to avoid alienating Tehran and repeatedly revised his own definition of success.  The result is that Iranian demands and red lines are dictating the contours of the emerging deal, instead of the interests of the U.S. and our Middle East allies forging the way ahead.

None Dare Call Them Treason: Obama's Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal & the Corker Bill.  The Islamic Republic of Iran, the world's number one state sponsor of terrorism, has been "fighting" the United States for almost 40 years.  And for the same period of time American policy toward Iran has been to prevent the Islamic Republic from acquiring nuclear weapons.  To advance that policy the United States Congress has imposed economic sanctions on Iran and past Presidents have made it clear that the United States was prepared to enforce that policy with all means necessary — implying at least the potential for military action if necessary to stop the Iranian nuclear weapons program.  The nuclear weapons deal President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have "negotiated" with Iran discards that wise policy and, in conjunction with legislation written and sponsored by Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, turns American constitutional processes for ratifying a treaty with other nations on their head.

Iran Announces Obama will be Lifting Nuke Sanctions in July.  Our president has emboldened the Iranians so much that they feel comfortable telling Americans sanctions will be lifted in July while at the same time informing U.S. Senator Tom Cotton he will basically have nothing to say about it.  President Obama is allowing Iran to become a superpower in the region.  He has abandoned our allies and has embraced Iran for a terrible deal.  While Mr. Obama won't sit down or try to work with the Republican Congress, he will sit down with Iran and give them more power than he gives Congress.  Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted Sen. Tom Cotton in a speech today [4/29/2015].  He said there will be a relief of sanctions in July, "whether Sen. Cotton likes it or not.

Report: Kerry Told Iran He Wishes 'U.S. Had a Leader like Iran's Supreme Leader'.  Secretary of State John Kerry told his Iranian counterpart that he wished the United States had a leader more like Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, according to comments made by a senior Iranian cleric and repeated in the country's state-run media.  Ayatollah Alam al-Hoda claimed during Friday prayer services in Iran that in negotiations over Tehran's contested nuclear program, Kerry told the country's foreign minister that he "wished the U.S. had a leader like Iran's supreme leader," according to a Persian-language report on the remarks published by the Asriran news site.

Pentagon lawyers discover we don't have to defend our allies if threatened by Iran.  Since the conclusion of the final round of nuclear negotiations, Iran has been engaging in conspicuous displays of aggression.  The U.S. Navy revealed on Tuesday [4/28/2015] that four Iranian Revolutionary Guards ships intercepted a Maersk cargo vessel in the Strait of Hormuz that was flying a U.S. flag.  The episode happened last week and ended without incident, but it was only revealed to the press after Iranian naval vessels performed a similar act of belligerence on Tuesday.

U.S. Navy Dispatches Vessels After Obama's Iranian Negotiating Partners Seize Allied Cargo Ship.  A ship traveling in international waters, owned by a company with significant ties to the U.S. government and flagged to the U.S.-protected Marshall Islands, was diverted under fire by Iranian naval forces to the port of Bandar Abbas.

Obama Lied About Iranian Nukes.  President Obama lied to the American people about the true nature of Iran's nuclear program, according to declassified material.  Add this to a litany of lies told by our president.

Obama Lied: He Has Known All Along That Iran is Only 4 Months From Making Atomic Bombs.  Obama and his corrupt regime attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for saying that Iran was only months away from being able to build its own nuclear weapons.  On the contrary, Obama insisted that Iran was a year or more away from that feat.  But now news has emerged that Obama lied.  He knew all along that Iran was only months away from the bomb.

Obama's credibility gap: The President has forfeited the people's trust in his nuclear negotiations with Iran.  In selling his nuclear deal with the Iranians, President Obama says that his "historic understanding" would "cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon."  He asks the American people to trust his word and judgment.  That trust must be denied, because Obama hasn't been straight with the American people about Iran's nuclear capabilities.

Did Susan Rice Disclose Classified Info on Iran?  Bloomberg's Eli Lake reports Tuesday [4/21/2015] that the Obama administration kept secret until the beginning of April Iran's two to three month breakout time for a nuclear weapon, saying "the administration only declassified this estimate at the beginning of the month, just in time for the White House to make the case for its Iran deal to Congress and the public."  Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, speaking to reporters on Monday [4/20/2015], said that the administration has held this assessment for "quite some time."

Read the fine print on Iran.  The Obama administration has capitulated on so many aspects of the Iran deal that the press has learned not to take its statements at face value. [...] The administration is desperate for a deal.  Once it agreed to let Iran keep its facilities and thousands of centrifuges — and gave every indication it would not use force (What — you want war?!) — Iran could patiently wait to whittle down the administration's must-haves to pale imitations of their original form.  It is for this reason that the nub of the deal set out in the framework is unacceptable, and that Congress should insist the president start over.

Obama's Three Premises.  Obama's worldview is not consistent with the foundational heart of America's founding.  He sees nothing wrong whatsoever in his actions.  Thus, his opprobrium against America continues because we, as a nation, are wrong.  Our values are distorted; our strengths are our weaknesses; our foundations are ill-begotten and need to be dismantled.  His contempt for the nation is the correct reaction for Obama.  And thus, we find Obama will agree to a "phased-in relief to sanctions" for Iran with absolutely nothing in return but empty gestures.

State Department Won't Rule Out $50 Billion 'Signing Bonus' For Iran.  The State Department on Monday [4/20/2015] would not rule out giving Iran up to $50 billion as a so-called "signing bonus" for agreeing to a nuclear deal later this year, according to comments made to journalists following reports that the Obama administration had formulated a plan to release tens of billions of frozen Iranian funds.  Experts have said this multi-billion dollar "signing bonus" option, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, could be the largest cash infusion to a terror-backing regime in recent memory.  A cash release of $30 to $50 billion upon reaching a final nuclear agreement would come in addition to the more than $11 billion in unfrozen assets that Iran will already have received under an interim nuclear accord reached in 2013.

Congress Should Try to Kill the Iran Deal Now.  We thought we had a bad deal with Iran; then it looked like we didn't really have a deal at all.  Now it appears President Obama is doing everything he can to make whatever we have worse.

Obama Kept Iran's Short Breakout Time a Secret.  The Barack Obama administration has estimated for years that Iran was at most three months away from enriching enough nuclear fuel for an atomic bomb.  But the administration only declassified this estimate at the beginning of the month, just in time for the White House to make the case for its Iran deal to Congress and the public.

Watchdog Group: White House Gaslighting Journalists Over Iran.  The Obama administration has been gaslighting reporters over concessions to Iran that could release between $30 to $50 billion dollars in frozen Iranian assets as soon as a nuclear deal is signed, Washington DC-based watchdog the Israel Project accused on Monday [4/201/2015].  The group cited President Obama's move on Friday to placate Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei's latest demand for immediate sanctions relief upon signing a deal.  While the Obama administration insisted it had not shown flexibility and offered no new concessions, it was simultaneously preparing to phase out sanctions in such a way that would offer the Iranians immediate and significant economic relief, the Israel Project said.

The Corker Bill Is Worse Than Nothing.  The Iran deal is of significant enough national security consequence that it should be treated as a treaty, subject to the Constitution's condition precedent of supermajority approval (two-thirds) before it can be ratified.  To be sure, a practice has snowballed over the last century under which international understandings are treated as executive agreements not subject to the Constitution's treaty process.  This has happened largely because the number of international arrangements has increased, and most of them (though not all of them) are uncontroversial.  Nevertheless, this practice has not repealed the Constitution's treaty clause.

Obama's "breakout time" shell game.  Eli Lake shows that the Obama administration has been playing a shell game with the public when it comes to estimating Iran's nuclear "breakout time."  Behind closed doors, the White House has long estimated that Iran is three months (at the most) from developing enough fissile material for a nuke.  Until recently, however, Obama did not disclose this estimate.  Instead, he stated publicly that it would take Iran at least a year to develop nuclear weapons.

Obama's Iran Disaster.  I'm guessing that President Obama, despite his roots in Kenya and Indonesia, has never negotiated for a carpet or anything else in a Middle Eastern bazaar.  If his negotiations with Iran are any indication, he is the kind of innocent abroad who pays $100,000 for a carpet that's worth $100.  Already his talks with Iran have been characterized by American concession after American concession.

The Iran nuclear deal is unwritten, but it's the best we can do, Obama assures.  Remember the hundreds of thousands of new jobs certain to erupt by 2010 thanks to $1 trillion in extra Obama administration spending?  Remember how President Obama vowed swift justice to the murderers of four helpless Americans in Benghazi?  Remember how you can keep your doctor and health insurance under ObamaCare?  Remember how Obama promised to halt Iran's development of nuclear weapons because they would launch a nuclear arms race in the world's most volatile region and allow Iran to attempt its avowed erasure of Israel?  Well, folks, your favorite incumbent president is morphing again right before your disbelieving eyes.

When did America forget that it's America?  The Obama administration apparently believes that only after a nuclear agreement is signed can the free world expect Iran to stop its attempts at regional domination, improve its human rights record and, in general, behave like the civilized state it hopes the world will recognize it to be.

Iran's nukes are the greatest threat to peace in our time.  Iran is the world's biggest state sponsor of terror.  Iran's Aytatollahs are now trying to build their own nuclear weapons.  Iranian leaders have repeatedly threatened to annihilate Jewish families across the state of Israel.  Four years ago I authored a bipartisan Iran sanctions Legislation that passed the Senate by a vote of 100-0.  These sanctions forced Iran back to the negotiating table.  They were so effective they dropped the value of Iran's currency by 3/4.  This was probably the entire reason why the Iranians even showed up at the negotiations.

Obama on Russian Missile Sale to Iran: No Big Deal, They're Just 'Defensive'.  President Obama said today [4/17/2015] he's "surprised" that Russian President Vladimir Putin actually waited until now to sell missiles to the Iranians.

Obama's partners in peace rebuilding Hamas war machine in Gaza: tunnels, missiles and more.  No wonder Israeli liberals and conservatives alike have aligned to oppose Barack Obama's diabolical plan to give Iran the bomb.  They see what's going on in Gaza — where the Palestinian people are segregated from their fellow Arabs in Egypt by an apartheid wall that no one ever seems to mention — as Iran rebuilds its terror proxy Hamas in order to wage another war with Israel.

Levin: 'US Senate Just Capitulated to Obama,' and Rewrote the Constitution's Treaty Provision.  Nationally syndicated radio show host Mark Levin called out Senator Corker and the Republican-led Senate yesterday [4/14/2015] saying, "the United States Senate just capitulated to Obama," and "just rewrote the treaty provision of the Constitution."

Was History Made Today?  In case you haven't heard, the Senate today finally threw up a roadblock in front of Obama and his mad dash to give Iran the H-Bomb. [...] As far as I can recall this is the first time since his inauguration that one of Obama's pet policy objectives has been turned back at the door.  May this set a precedent for the final years of this disastrous presidency.

Netanyahu Not the Cause of Obama's Dislike of Israel.  [Scroll down]  Just last month, Barack Obama published classified information showing the world photographs of Israel's hidden nuclear site, and its inner workings.  It was his gift to Iran, Hamas, and ISIS. [...] Obama's inner identity is tied to Islam.  We all identify with the ethos of our formative years.  His father and stepfather were Islamic, as is his family back in Kenya and Indonesia.  His brothers are active Islamists.  He was raised on the Koran in Islamic countries, and attended Islamic madrassa and grew up with its attitudes, sights and sounds, aspirations and narrative, likes and dislikes.

Obama is the most dangerous president in history.  He lied when promising the world that the U.S. would never allow Iran's war fanatics to have nuclear weapons.  While Obama was demagogically repeating, "Never! Never!," his alter ego Val Jarrett carried on secret talks with the mullahs, resulting in today's total surrender.  Today we have a fuzzy "framework" (that Iran denies even agreeing to), which gives the world thirteen years before the mullahs can set off Armageddon.  After thirteen years, all bets are off, assuming the enemy doesn't violate its "promises" tomorrow, which it has a long history of doing.  This is not sane.

How the White House lost control on Iran.  It's not often that a White House gets clobbered on a major foreign policy initiative, unanimously, in Congress.  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's 19-0 vote on the Corker-Cardin measure after virulent administration opposition up until this morning was the end result of a series of events that have rendered a thumbs-down verdict on the president's credibility in preventing a nuclear capable Iran.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously backs bill demanding congressional vote on Iran deal.  This is some nice maneuvering by Bob Corker around a president who's gotten used to blowing off Congress and having his party back him up on it.

Russian Missile Sales to Iran Cross White House 'Red Line'.  Russia's announcement on Monday [4/13/2015] that it will proceed with the sale of advanced missile systems to Iran crosses a so-called "red line" established by the Obama administration in 2010, according to comments by senior administration officials.  Following years of dissent from the United States, Russia announced on Monday [4/13/2015] that it would proceed with the sale of the advanced S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, which has been vying to purchase the hardware for years.  The announcement sparked criticism from the Obama administration, which has been pressuring Iran since at least 2010 to withhold the sale.

Don't Believe What Obama Says Iran Says.  For the past week President Barack Obama has been busy talking up an "historic understanding" with Iran.  Since April 2, when negotiators ended marathon talks and an overnight session in Lausanne with the announcement of a framework agreement on the future of Iran's nuclear program, the administration has been in overdrive trying to sell the arrangement to Congress (and wary Gulf countries) as a "good deal."  But what is the administration selling?  What is the deal?

Netanyahu told cabinet: Our biggest fear is that Iran will honor nuclear deal.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a recent meeting of the security cabinet that if a comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the six world powers is indeed signed by the June 30 deadline, the greatest concern is that Tehran will fully implement it without violations, two senior Israeli officials said.

Obama Deal With Iran Leaves a U.S. Marine Behind.  A Marine veteran has been held captive in Iran since August 2011, when he was taken prisoner while visiting family and charged with spying.  Does President Obama hear his plea for unconditional freedom?

How you know there's a huge problem with the Iran nuclear agreement.  You know there's a problem with the Iran nuclear agreement when The White House releases a fact sheet to the press outlining the agreement, and Iran issues a statement claiming the fact sheet is false... within 15 minutes.

Putin's Missile Could Make U.S. Attacks on Iran Nearly Impossible.  This nuke deal with Iran had better work.  Because the Kremlin is lifting a ban on selling a powerful air defense system to Iran that would render an air strike on Tehran's nuclear weapons facilities nearly impossible.

Obama's Iran 'Framework' Is a Chimera.  There is not, nor has there ever been, an Iran deal.  The "framework" the president announced last week was just a stunt.  As yet another negotiations deadline loomed with the president plainly unwilling to walk away despite Iranian intransigence, Congress appeared poised to end the farce by voting to stiffen sanctions.  The "framework" is a feint designed to dissuade Congress and sustain the farce.

Trouble for J Street? Liberal Jews Turn on Obama Over Iran Deal.  The top political and intellectual leaders of the Israeli left are coming out against President Obama's capitulation to Iran.  This development will impact the political dynamics in Israel, the American Jewish community, and the US-Israel relationship.  And it will leave J Street on the fringe, once again.  Israel's Labor Party opposition, known during the recent election campaign as the Zionist Union, issued an official press release on April 2 criticizing Obama's Iran deal.

Obama says partisanship wrangling over Iran nuclear deal 'needs to stop'.  President Obama said Saturday [4/11/2015] that partisan wrangling over the nuclear agreement with Iran has gone beyond pale and said the harsh criticism of the deal "needs to stop."  Obama said that Arizona Sen. John McCain had suggested Secretary of State John Kerry's explanations of the framework agreement in Iran were "somehow less trustworthy" than those of Iran's supreme leader.  "That's an indication of the degree to which partisanship has crossed all boundaries," an exercised Obama said in a news conference at the end of the two-day Summit of the Americas.

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Mr. Obama's partisanship has no known boundaries.  No doubt Mr. Obama would prefer that all criticism of him would stop.  He has this in common with dictators everywhere.

Read Obama's Lying Lips.  On November 4, 2008 Barack Obama was elected President in what many considered a landslide victory, winning the popular vote by 8 million votes.  One of his campaign slogans was "change we can believe in."  Let's take a look at what he said after being elected.  Here are some examples of his statements regarding Iran.  On July 1, 2010 he said, "the United States and the international community are determined to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons."  In the 2012 State of the Union address he again made his views clear by stating emphatically, "America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal."

What If Nobody In Washington Knows How To Stop Iran Nukes?  Even if the framework the Obama administration has announced is the least bad option, it is still suboptimal.  What if the actual deal is worse than what's described in the State Department's so-called fact sheet?

Framework 'deal' more like nuclear Rorschach test.  Something unusual happened last week:  President Obama told the truth.  But don't worry, the State Department quickly told a lie to cover it up.  The short version is this:  The president said that in the 13th year after the nuclear "deal" with Iran, the Islamic republic will be able to build a nuclear bomb virtually on demand.

Thinking the unthinkable about Obama's Middle East Policy.  Just to recap, we have the Saudis already bombing [...] the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.  The Egyptians are bombing ISIS jihadists in Libya who slaughtered Coptic Christians.  There are credible reports of Iranian troops massing near the Israeli lines in the Golan Heights.  Thousands of suicidal Hamas fanatics, modern day troglodytes, are once again digging tunnels in Gaza and being re-armed by Iran.  And Iran's bootlicking spawn Hezb'allah, among the foremost virulent Jew haters on the planet, eagerly waits for orders to launch an estimated 40,000 well-entrenched surface-to-surface missiles into the Israeli population centers.  Plus, Hamas desires Abbas's untimely demise, and ISIS is out-tweeting Iran for bragging rights as the radical Islamic state most likely to restore a 9th century theocracy.

Why The Obama Admin Will Pretend Ayatollah Khamenei's Comments Were Never Made.  Not long after Israelis chose to keep Benjamin Netanyahu in office, White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough told J Street, the left wing anti-Israel Jewish organization, "We cannot simply pretend these comments were never made."  The comments in question were Bibi's declaration that there would never be a Palestinian state under his watch.  However, when it comes to Iran, the Obama Administration is modern day version of The Great Pretender.

White House admits lying to Congress and America on Iran deal.  Since announcing the nuclear weapons deal with Iran, we've documented numerous instances where Obama blatantly and callously lied about the substance of the deal in communications to Congress and the American people.  In the past three days other developments have taken place that demonstrate the extent to which Obama has lied about what the deal says.

Obama's Mindless Spin on Iran.  If one were to deny Barack Obama the use of straw-man attacks, misrepresentation of facts, accusations that opponents are operating in bad faith, and other non-sequiturs, one would hear mostly silence coming from the White House.  This administration is chronically incapable of having a serious argument with its opponents.

The Iran Deal And Its Consequences.  Iran's centrifuges have multiplied from about 100 at the beginning of the negotiation to almost 20,000 today.  The threat of war now constrains the West more than Iran.  While Iran treated the mere fact of its willingness to negotiate as a concession, the West has felt compelled to break every deadlock with a new proposal.  In the process, the Iranian program has reached a point officially described as being within two to three months of building a nuclear weapon.

Iran Repudiates Obama Deal, Will Use Military-Grade Centrifuges to Enrich Uranium.  Iran's foreign minister and lead nuclear negotiator, Mohammad Javad Zarif, told legislators that Iran would start feeding uranium into advanced centrifuges as soon as the nuclear deal with the P5+1 nations goes into effect, The Times of Israel reported today [4/8/2015].  Enriching uranium in advanced centrifuges would violate the parameters agreed to last week, according to American and French fact sheets showing their understandings of the deal.

Iran nuke deal is no deal at all.  The first thing one needs to know about the nuclear deal with Iran is that it is not, in fact, a deal.  The various parties to the talks did come away with an agreement, but it was an agreement to haggle more about what a deal might look like.  We don't have a good word for such things, so people use "deal" as a placeholder.

Obama's absurd Iran deal.  There goes the credibility of America's intelligence chiefs in judging President Obama's tentative framework of a nuclear deal with Iran.  "I certainly am pleasantly surprised that the Iranians have agreed to so much here," CIA Director John Brennan said Wednesday evening [4/8/2015].  Based on the terms touted by Obama as Iranian concessions, Brennan added:  "The individuals who say that this deal provides a pathway for Iran to a bomb are being wholly disingenuous."

Iran's Humiliation Of Obama Continues: Sanctions Must End Instantly When Deal Signed.  Eventually, Iran will go too far, the more sensible Europeans who negotiated against Obama and Iran in Lausanne will pull out, and the whole thing will be formally scuttled, probably before Congress has a chance to shoot it down with a bipartisan vote.  But meanwhile, the world's leading sponsors of terrorism are enjoying themselves tremendously at Obama's expense.

Iran pulls the rug from under Obama.  President Obama wanted a deal with Iran so badly that he thought he actually had one.  However, today President Rouhani of Iran spelled it out for him.  The deal he had isn't the one he thought he had.

Carly Fiorina: Iran Talks Have Failed Negotiating 101.  Carly Fiorina, former chairman and CEO of Hewlett Packard, said President Obama is "rewarding bad behavior" with the Iran nuclear deal, adding that the president should have stopped talking to Iran after the first 6-month deadline for an agreement passed.  "The reason I say that is because we have been sending signals to Iran and to everyone else in the world that bad behavior will be rewarded.  Why do I say that?  Think about Iran's behavior over decades," Fiorina said during a discussion at Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Ex-secretaries of state Kissinger, Shultz pan Obama's Iran nuclear deal.  The former top diplomats said that the framework agreement with Iran effectively concedes any option of using military force to compel Iranian compliance.

Obama's Right.  Now I consider the agreement Obama has negotiated a dishonorable and dangerous product of appeasement, and so it pains me to side with him against political figures I admire and generally support.  Nevertheless, I have to confess that I think he is right in arguing that the only alternative to a deal is war.  By this I do not mean that war is the only alternative to Obama's deal alone.  What I mean is that war is the only alternative to any deal the Iranians would be willing to sign — if, that is, the purpose is really to prevent them from getting the bomb.

Iran Framework Deal: Greatest Political Hoax Ever?  I have fallen into the trap almost everyone has, in referring to an Iran "nuke deal" and "Framework deal."  Based on what the White House has revealed, the "deal" is a very bad deal, as we have explored here repeatedly:  It purports to give Iran its dual goals of maintaining and improving its nuclear infrastructure while removing sanctions and ensuring the economic viability of the oppressive Mullah regime.  But it's even worse.  Based upon statements made after the initial announcements, it's clear that there is no deal, just enough vague verbiage to allow each side to portray the "deal" however it wants.  There is no meeting of minds, not binding contract, nothing.

Obama's Partners in Peace: The complete obliteration of Israel in another Holocaust is "nonnegotiable".  Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of Iran's Basij militia, said in an interview that "erasing Israel off the map" is "nonnegotiable," The Times of Israel reported today [3/31/2015].

When Iran tests its first nuclear weapon, Obama should be forced to return his Nobel Peace Prize.  Only fools express any trust in Obama these days or the Iranians who have made him look the fool when no one in their neighborhood or the world trusts a thing they say or do.  After more than six years of listening to President Obama's unremitting lies, when he says of the latest "accord" with Iran, "It's a good deal" and standing in the Rose Garden declares that the U.S. and Iran have reached "an historic understanding" the only history being made his own ignominy and idiocy.

Obama: Recognition of Israel won't be part of Iran deal.  It's not exactly a secret that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the terms of the framework for the deal with Iran on their nuclear program, but he offered a suggestion to improve it this week:  demand that Iran recognize the state of Israel and its right to exist.  If the Iranians want to create a peaceful nuclear energy program and refrain from using the economic windfall to sponsor regional terrorism and insurrection, what better way to show it than to open normal diplomatic relations with Jerusalem?

Beauty Queen Barack and the Tehran Mullahs: Partners in peace.  [Scroll down]  Mr. Obama has pinned all his hopes and his legacy on achieving world peace with the Mullahs of Iran.  Yes, these are the same Mullahs who shout "Death to America!"  Who call us the "Great Satan." [...] Even as they sponsor rogue terrorists.  Openly fund radical Islamists hellbent on suicidal annihilation of modern civilization.  They call us the "Great Satan" as they openly and brazenly provide arms to Hamas jihadists who lob missiles at civilians trying to live peaceably in Israel.  They call us "Great Satan" as they vow to obliterate Israel from the map of the Middle East.  Truly, the only hint of modernity these robed savages seem to embrace is the atomic bomb.  Or as President Obama calls it, peaceful, civilian energy production.  Yes, in the land of unlimited oil in every direction, Iran is just innocently looking for cheap fuel that is vastly expensive to manufacture and use.

Obama Faces New Opposition from Congress over Iran Deal.  The president assumed that he would be able to bypass Congress altogether or render them ineffectual in obtaining a final nuclear deal with Iran.  He did not seem to take into account that Republicans won a majority of both houses in 2014.  Nor did he grasp the fact that many in Congress, both Democrat and Republican, resented being bypassed and ignored for seven years and having their constitutional responsibilities usurped.  Congressional pushback came in the form of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Act of 2015, put forth with bipartisan support by the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn).

Mark Levin explains what Congress should do with Obama's Iran nuke deal.  Mark Levin said he had a brilliant idea this weekend on what Congress should do with Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.  Based on the Constitution, Levin explains that the Senate should treat the deal like a treaty and vote on it.  And if it doesn't pass, it's done.  [Audio clip]

Obama Admits His Plan Will End With Iran Getting The Bomb.  President Obama admitted in an NPR interview Tuesday morning [4/7/2015] that Iran will end up with the bomb in the end.  "What is a more relevant fear would be that in Year 13, 14, 15, they have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point, the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero," Obama said.

The Brutality of Obama and the Left.  If [Wesley] Pruden is correct, the president, along with the rest of the left, wants an enemy to develop nuclear weapons in order to diminish the U.S.  Iran is developing ICBMs, too.  The implications are stunning. Any deal Obama strikes with Iran will only be about forestalling nuclear weapons attainment.  The consequences of Obama humbling his own nation: a nuclear armed Iran sparks a Middle Eastern nuclear arms race.  (Sunni Saudi Arabia won't tolerate Shia Iran menacing it.)  Iran, with delivery capability, can strike targets in the U.S. Thirty-six years of hatred toward America, and calling for America's death, by Iran can't be shrugged off.

Tough Sell: Obama Ramps Up Lobbying Campaign On Iran Deal.  Defending an emerging nuclear deal, President Barack Obama said Iran would be kept a year away from obtaining a nuclear weapon for more than a decade, but conceded Tuesday [4/7/2015] that the buffer period could shrink to almost nothing after 13 or more years.

Echoes of Clinton in Obama's awful Iran deal.  In announcing his nuclear framework, the president declared:  "This agreement is good for the United States, good for our allies, and good for the safety of the entire world."  He said the deal requires them to "freeze [their] existing nuclear program and to accept international inspection of all existing facilities."  He said the agreement "does not rely on trust.  Compliance will be certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency."  The president who spoke those words was not Barack Obama.  It was Bill Clinton, on Oct 18, 1994, announcing that his administration had reached agreement on a nuclear framework with North Korea.  Twelve years later, North Korea exploded a nuclear bomb.

Obama's Iran Deal is Utterly Insane.  This deal would pose a grave danger to the region and to the world and would threaten the very survival of the State of Israel.  The deal would not shut down a single nuclear facility in Iran, would not destroy a single centrifuge in Iran and will not stop R&D on Iran's advanced centrifuges.  On the contrary.  The deal would legitimize Iran's illegal nuclear program.  It would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure.  A vast nuclear infrastructure remains in place.

Iranian President: All Sanctions, Boycotts, Embargos Will Be Gone Forever on Day One.  According to Fars News Agency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani dismissed the US officials' claims that Tehran and the world powers have agreed on the suspension of the sanctions against Iran, reiterating that boycotts and embargos will be lifted forever under a final deal.  "During the negotiations, we have always planned for the termination of the economic, financial and banking sanctions and we have never negotiated on their suspension, otherwise, no understanding would be made," Rouhani said on Sunday [4/5/2015].  Secretary of State John Kerry said they will be phased out.

NPR: The Deal Struck with Iran Was Not the Deal Announced by President.  NPR aired a fascinating segment Saturday morning [4/4/2015].  "Iranian and American officials are busy selling the deal back home, but it does seem as if they're talking about two different agreements."

Iran framework: Not good, not a deal.  On the most general level, the Obama administration, which once called for ending Iran's nuclear weapons program, is now copacetic with a radical Islamist state, a state sponsor of terror devoted to the destruction of Israel, retaining a nuclear weapons infrastructure capable of making multiple bombs.  To believe that we will cut off all pathways to Iran's development of a nuclear weapon with a deal such as this is to ignore the nature of the regime, its current and past history in obstructing inspections, the veto power we have given to the United Nations Security Council to resolve disputes about violations and a multiplicity of concessions already suggested in the framework.

Obama Undermines His Own Case for the Iran Deal.  [Scroll down]  Here's the catch: Two days earlier, at the announcement of the framework agreement, Obama praised the efficacy of renewing sanctions in case Iran cheats.  "If Iran violates the deal," he said.  "Sanctions can be snapped back into place."  All of this presents a major problem for Obama and his team as they try to sell their deal to a skeptical Congress.  If Obama doesn't think the sanctions that have cut off Iran's banks from the international finance system and blocked the Tehran government from legally selling its oil will halt the regime's nuclear program, why does he think snapping them back would deter Iran from cheating?

After nuclear framework, will Obama be able to confront Iran?  Perhaps Obama's greatest liability as his administration looks to push the Iran talks across the finish line is the concern that this arrangement would embolden Iran and that the lifting of sanctions might allow the Iranian regime to devote even more resources to anti-American interests.  Obama is willing to gamble that a nuclear deal he sees as central to his legacy will not send the Middle East spiraling further into chaos.

Munich, Anyone? Obama's Iran Agreement in Translation.  When Barack Obama told us on dozens of occasions that we could keep our previous health plan and doctor under the Affordable Care Act, he was doing it for one of two reasons.  Either he was ignorant of his own legislation (unlikely) or he was deliberately lying to get it passed.  He knew best what was good for us and if he had to prevaricate, so be it.  The so-called framework agreement on Iranian nuclear activities is almost exactly the same.

Sen. Bob Corker Pushes Congressional Review Of Iran Deal On Fox News.  Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), appeared on Fox News Sunday [4//2015] saying discrepancies on the political framework agreement between the U.S and Iran reveal the necessity for congressional review of any final deal.  The Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to vote April 14 on Corker's "Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015."

Our Once-In-A-Lifetime President.  Obama has learned not to repeat the grandiose claims of his first-term Cairo speech about what a difference he himself being president can make.  Indeed, he's learned to cloak his deep narcissism in a matter-of-fact pseudo-realism of the kind he displays in the Friedman interview.  But the "once-in-a-lifetime" claim is the giveaway.  The claim doesn't make any sense unless he thinks that once he, Barack Obama, is no longer president, the opportunity will be gone.  Only he, Barack Obama, can pull this off.  Not Hillary Clinton or Marco Rubio a few years from now, after the biting sanctions of 2012 have been allowed time to put more pressure on the Iranian regime.  No.  It has to happen now if it's to happen at all.  Because only Barack Obama, Barack Obama truly believes, can make this historic and transformative deal happen.

More about Obama's narcissism.

Obama is no Neville Chamberlain.  Like Andreas Lubitz, the president knows what he's doing.  He does not believe that the Iranians, the world's third greatest oil exporters, are interested in generating nuclear energy.  He does not believe that the mullahs will fail to cheat on any agreement, or fail to use the revenue flowing in with the lifting of sanctions to fund global terrorism.  He does not believe that there will be much will to reimpose sanctions on the part of countries profiting from trade with Iran.  What the president is depressed about as he takes the country lower and lower is America's arrogance and America's role as a neo-colonialist exploiter.  The prospective agreement with Iran is not appeasement.  It's suicide.

Israel must explode a nuclear device.  When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.  The same principle applies to nuclear weapons.  When only North Korea and the sadistic theocracy of Iran have nukes, sane nations must show their willingness to use overwhelming power.  Charles de Gaulle built an independent French nuclear deterrent because he would not trust the United States to protect France.  In the long term he was right.  Obama has broken faith with all our allies, and Putin is pressing his advantage.  He has the nukes, and the Ukraine was talked into giving up its nuclear weapons.  Obama has made the word inestimably more dangerous and brutal, because he is dangerous and brutal himself.

Washington Post hammers Obama's Iran deal as a catastrophic mistake.  Noting that President Barack Obama's stated goals for an acceptable nuclear deal with Iran in 2012 would see Tehran "'[...] end their nuclear program' and 'abide by the U.N. resolutions that have been in place,'" an unsigned staff editorial published today [4/4/2015] in The Washington Post laments that the president has retreated "a long way" from these positions.

The Tricks Obama Is Trying to Play with the Iran Announcement.  If you look at what happened today between the U.S. and Iran through the lens of domestic American politics, Barack Obama has made a very clever play here — because what might be called "the agreement of the framework of the possibility of a potential deal" gives him new leverage in his ongoing battle with the Senate to limit its ability to play a role in the most critical foreign-policy matter of the decade.  The "framework" codifies the Obama administration's cave-ins but casts them as thrilling reductions in Iran's capacities rather than what they are — a pie-in-the-sky effort to use inspections as the means by which the West can "manage" the speed with which Iran becomes a nuclear power.

Iran has a Pet BaRock.  The creator of the iconic Pet Rock passed away just the other day, but following Obama's "negotiations" with Iran, it is now clear that the president may in fact be the 2015 equivalent.

We Have a Deal with Iran, and It Looks Like They Got Almost All They Wanted.  There isn't really a deal, there are just "parameters," and much of the explicit wording of them won't even be made public.  The details of the deal are supposed to be decided by the end of June, and it's not clear that they will become public then, either.  The actual interim agreement under which Iran, the U.S., international agencies, and others have been operating under for a year and a half now has never been made public.  The details, such as they are, are seriously worrisome.

"Diplomacy has brought war upon us".  The world powers assembled at Lausanne, Switzerland, with the representatives of the Islamic Republic may or may not reach a framework deal regarding Iran's nuclear program.  But succeed or fail, the disaster that their negotiations have unleashed is already unfolding.  The damage they have caused is irreversible.

Missing From the Iran Deal Announcement: Ballistic Missiles.  The framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program announced in Switzerland on Thursday [4/2/2015] has no direct reference to reining in Tehran's ballistic missile activities, despite international concerns that the Iranians in past years carried out work relating to developing a nuclear payload for a missile.

The Iran nuke deal: Another Obama bungle.  Boy do I have a deal for you.  Give me enough money to build a fancy new house, and I promise I won't try to blow up yours.  You can even check my basement to make sure I'm not stockpiling dynamite.  Oh, and I promise I won't try to buy any explosives from those shady characters I hang out with or hide what I already have in a storage unit somewhere else.  Sound like a good bargain?  Well, in simple terms, it pretty much describes the framework the Obama administration has signed on to in order to persuade Iran to give up its quest to build nuclear weapons.

A deal with Iran built on lies.  Everything about the so-called deal with Iran, including the reputations of the men who negotiated it, is a lie.  It's likely to be a deadly lie for millions of people who will die on account of it.  The world should mark well everyone responsible for it.  The first lie is that an agreement for more talk is already "a deal."  So far the only agreement is to further pursue "a deal."  President Obama couldn't wait to take a victory lap.  But not even Mr. Obama, desperate to make something he can call "a deal," says there's an actual deal.  Look closely at the slippery "clinton clauses," as they were once called, in his announcement Thursday:  "I am convinced that if this framework leads to a final comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies and our world safer."  That was Lie No. 2.  There's nothing in the "framework" that leads to a conclusion like that.

The Iran Deal's Fatal Flaw.  We don't yet know all the details of the nuclear agreement that Iran, the United States and five other world powers announced Thursday [4/2/2015] they are aiming to complete by June 30.  What we do know is that any acceptable final deal will depend on a strong weapons inspection element.  In his remarks in the Rose Garden, President Obama declared Tehran had agreed to precisely that.  "If Iran cheats, the world will know," he said.  Yet weapons inspectors can be no tougher than the body that empowers them — in this instance the UN Security Council.  And herein lies the agreement's fundamental weakness — and perhaps its fatal flaw.

The Shape of Things to Come.  President Obama's vow to seek support in Congress for his proposed deal with Iran reminds us of the Norway Debate.  This is the argument that erupted in the Mother of Parliaments in May 1940, after the Nazis invaded Norway.  When the debate began, the architect of the Munich appeasement, Neville Chamberlain, was still prime minister.  By the time it was over, Chamberlain was out and Churchill had been handed up as the war premier.

Agents of the Enemy.  If any further evidence was needed to show that the nuclear talks with Iran were a tragic farce, choreographed and orchestrated by Iran, the startling revelations from a former top aide to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ought to do the trick.  "The US negotiating team are mainly [in Lausanne] to speak on Iran's behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal," he told an opposition television network in London.

A Naïve Deal with Iran Tops Obama's Bungled Mideast Policy.  Obama has doggedly pursued negotiations aimed at restricting Iran's access to a nuclear weapon even though the mullahs in Tehran have done nothing to prove their peaceful intentions.  They have continued and even expanded their proxy wars throughout the Middle East, while also refusing to answer questions about their presumed development of advanced weapons.  In the talks, they have conceded almost nothing.  Notwithstanding Iran's intransigence, the United States, which is orchestrating the talks, has apparently backtracked on demands that Iran shut down most of its centrifuges, ship its stockpile of enriched uranium out of the country, close or permanently disable its once-secret underground facility at Fordo and answer questions raised by the IAEA about its research on possible delivery systems.

Surprise: Israel catches Obama in major Iran nuke flip-flop.  Like your doctor, keep your doctor.  He 'evolved' on gay marriage.  He's against wiretapping American citizens.  He's drawing a "red line" with Syria on its use of chemical weapons.  Yada yada yada.  So, I ask you drones, leftists and other miscreants:  why would you believe anything this man says, ever?

President Obama Must Not Complete a Disastrous Deal With Iran.  Barack Obama has been compared to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who concluded the ill-fated Munich Pact with Hitler in 1938.  But Chamberlain acted out of a sincere belief that he was avoiding a greater evil.  Chamberlain was not thinking of his place in history.  He was thinking only of the Britain that he loved, a Britain that was all but disarmed, exhausted, and vulnerable. [...] In sharp contrast, Mr. Obama is acting out of personal aggrandizement.  He believes he is replicating President Richard Nixon's historic opening of China.  For Mr. Obama, the Iranian nuclear arms deal is about his place in history.

What else is Iran hiding?  We don't know all that has transpired in the talks on Iran's nuclear program being conducted in Switzerland, but we do know that the White House has shied away from a potentially paralyzing issue:  the "possible military dimensions" — the PMDs — of the regime's program.  As Olli Heinonen, a former No. 2 at the International Atomic Energy Agency, has warned, outsiders really can have no idea where and how fast the mullahs could build a nuclear weapon unless they know what Iranian engineers have done in the past.

Washington Post Rips Obama-Iran Nuke Deal: Would Reward Terror State's Past Violations.  The question of whether to trust Iran's claims that its nuclear program is purely for peaceful purposes can be answered by a single issue:  "Iran's failure to deliver on multiple pledges to answer questions about its suspected research on nuclear warheads," a staff editorial in The Washington Post asserted on Saturday [3/28/2015].

Teeing It Up To Serve Iranian Interests?  Despite our good faith negotiating with Iran (i.e. faithfully promising to serve Iranian interests while running interference for them with the other European delegates) the Ayatollah's team pulled a fast one at the last minute.  Now they want to keep all of the enriched uranium they have been manufacturing for the past 5 years instead of giving it to Russia for safe keeping (Ha ha!  That's a good one too:  "give it to Russia for 'safe keeping'.")

Americans Support Nuclear Deal With Iran?  For the Obama administration, this is all about politics (unless Obama really is the Manchurian President, and he wants to empower Islamic extremists).

The hidden truth about Iran's nuclear program.  Last month, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) exposed a secret Iranian facility used to conduct research and enrichment with advanced centrifuge machines for the nuclear weapons program.  The revelation of this secret site, named Lavizan-3 in northeast Tehran, was met with panic and hysteria by the Mullahs in Iran, and was taken seriously by Members of Congress.  But what have the nuclear negotiators done?

Etiquette Versus Annihilation.  Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice.  It doesn't matter what the terms of the agreement are, if Iran can cheat.

Obama, son of anarchy in the scrambled Middle East.  As the Arab Spring has been followed by a long, hot summer of Middle Eastern warfare, President Obama's vision of stable, reasonably democratic states is increasingly preposterous.  His boast that "the tide of war is receding" under his watch is laughable.  And his desperation to strike a nuclear deal with the Israel- and Western-hating mullahs of Iran increasingly seems a desperate push to claim any accomplishment in the region by ignoring the facts on the ground.

Obama Creates Chaos and Calls it 'Peace'.  President Obama has surrendered to Iran's fanatical thirst for nukes, and now all of Iran's Muslim enemies are going to war, because they understand the mullahs a lot better than Obama does.  A huge regional war is breaking out between the two biggest enemies in Islam, the Sunnis and Shi'ites.  This war has its roots in Ayatollah Khomeini, Jimmy Carter's favorite Islamofascist "spiritual leader," who was allowed to take over the 70 million people of Iran by the terminally delusional Carter regime.  But our guy Obama has made everything worse, by siding with the two most extreme and murderous forces in the region, the mullahs of Iran on the Shi'ite side, and the Muslim Brotherhood on the Sunni side.

Iranian Defector: Barack Obama wants Iran to get nukes.  Two more data points that offer additional evidence that Barack Obama is doing his level best to see Iran acquire nuclear weapons.

Obama is charging toward an Iran deal, no matter what.  After years of talks with Iran, world powers see a light at the end of the tunnel.  Israel, however, sees only darkness.  The idea of Iranian nuclear weapon is surreal and frightening.  But by Tuesday [3/31/2015], it may be a fact on the ground.  This is truly crazy.

Richard Engel: Military officials say allies 'simply don't trust' U.S. under Obama.  NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel said Friday that military officials believe U.S. allies in the Middle East no longer trust the Obama administration with sensitive intelligence information. Mr. Engel was asked to explain the complexity U.S. foreign policy as it pertains to Iran and its effect on diplomacy in the region.  The Obama administration is fighting Iran-backed actors in the Middle East while backing others — sometimes within the same country — all while trying to negotiate a deal on its nuclear program before the end of the month.

Obama Admin Threatens U.S. Allies for Disagreeing with Iran Nuke Deal.  Efforts by the Obama administration to stem criticism of its diplomacy with Iran have included threats to nations involved in the talks, including U.S. allies, according to Western sources familiar with White House efforts to quell fears it will permit Iran to retain aspects of its nuclear weapons program.  A series of conversations between top American and French officials, including between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande, have seen Americans engage in behavior described as bullying by sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

Report: President Obama Threatens France For Not Supporting Iranian Nuclear Deal.  Several media sources have stated over the past two weeks that France is not happy with the rushed acquiescence inherent within a dangerous nuclear deal with Iran.  Last week, citing her own first-hand (eye-witness) information — CBS's State Dept. Correspondent, Margaret Brennan, who is traveling with the negotiation team, stated the French contingent was highly concerned about how Secretary Kerry seemed to be rushing for a deal regardless of consequence.

Israeli official brands emerging Iran deal as 'incomprehensibly' bad.  As Iran hailed "massive progress" toward a deal on its nuclear program, an Israeli official described the terms of the looming agreement as "incomprehensibly" bad and rejected the Obama administration's contention that it would keep the regime a year away from accumulating enough fissile material for a bomb

America's New Role: As Iran's Air Force.  Perhaps it's time to rename the USAF (U.S. Air Force) as the IAF (Iranian Air Force).  That, at least, is the only conclusion I can draw from news reports that the U.S. is now conducting bombing as well as surveillance flights in support of the Iranian-directed forces that are besieging Tikrit.  The operation, launched almost entirely by Shiite militias under the supervision of Gen. Qassem Suleimani, head of the Iranian Quds Force, began on March 2.  The Iraqis were quite proud of the assistance they received from Iran, which included Iranian tanks and rockets arriving in Iraq.

Report: Obama/Kerry Agree To Allow Iran Continued Operation of Underground Fortified Nuclear Enrichment Bunkers.  The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press.

Obama Sells Out Israel to Iran.  The timing of the disclosure puts to rest any notion that President Obama acted out of spite for Bibi Netanyahu's election win last week — but this is still a sellout of Israel, and the reason for it is plain.

Obama-Iran Nuke Deal Keeps Getting Crazier.  My short take: virtually the Western world opposes Obama's horrific Iran deal that will allow the terror state to continue to enrich uranium and eventually deliver nuclear warheads through ICBMs or its terror proxy, Hezbollah.  As a result of their opposition to the deal, Obama has targeted Israel (by repeatedly revealing Top Secret information that harms the security posture of the Jewish state) and any allies that dare speak up against the deal (e.g., France).  Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Iran are now engaging in a proxy war in Yemen (which Obama claimed was a success story just six months ago) as ISIS continues its expansionary efforts.

Obama's Naïve Iran 'Deal' Cloaked in Islamic Deception?  When PLO leader, Yasser Arafat, negotiated a "peace" treaty with Israel, he was criticized by other Muslims for conceding too much. Arafat responded with, what would be to the West, a cryptic response.  "I see this agreement as being no more than the agreement signed between our Prophet Muhammad and the Quraish in Mecca."  This reference is to a peace treaty between Muhammad and his Quraish opponents in Mecca in 628, in which Muhammad broke the treaty after 2 years, claiming a Quraish infraction.  In justifying his actions, Muhammad said, "If I take an oath and later find something else better, I do what is better and breach my oath."

US may let Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret bunker.  The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press.

Bam's disastrous deals.  The Army has now charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, swapped last spring from captivity in Afghanistan for five top Taliban commanders, as a deserter who endangered his fellow soldiers' safety.  Five of the worst of the worst, for a deserter.  And that was President Obama's idea of a trade worth celebrating in a Rose Garden ceremony.  So how can the nation possibly trust this president to make a deal over Iran's drive to build nuclear weapons?

White House on Ayatollah's 'Death to America': 'Intended for Domestic Political Audience'.  On Monday [3/23/2015], the White House dismissed Ayatollah Khamenei's "Death to America" rhetoric, telling CNN that it was "intended for a domestic political audience."  That comment came on the heels of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explaining that such rhetoric provided even more reason for negotiating a deal with the Iranian regime.

Obama Tacitly Endorses Iranian EMP Attack on U.S..  Last month in a speech to his air force commanders, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, boasted of Tehran's achievement in enriching uranium to the 20% level.  A BBC transcript of his speech showed that twice the assembled air force commanders chanted, "Death to America."  Is there something about this that President Obama does not understand?

Cotton: Obama Treating Iran like Legitimate Democracy as Ayatollah Chants 'Death to America'.  Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) took to the Senate floor Monday to question President Barack Obama's decision to trust and negotiate with Iran's Ayatollah.  Citing Iran's track record of funding terrorism, inciting hatred towards Israel and America, and its likelihood not to keep their word, Cotton used one of his first floor speeches to disparage the president's attempts to cut a nuclear deal.  Cotton took aim at President Obama's message to Iranians, in which he encouraged Iranians to push their leadership to accept a nuclear deal.  Cotton said the president's strategy was naive.

367 House lawmakers warn Obama on Iran.  A veto-proof, bipartisan majority of House lawmakers have signed an open letter to President Barack Obama warning him that any nuclear deal with Iran will effectively require congressional approval for implementation.  A group of bipartisan senators have penned a bill mandating that any deal be reviewed and approved by Congress, but the House letter notes that lawmakers have another way to halt an agreement — by refusing to roll back sanctions.

Majority of U.S. House signs letter to Obama warning of opposition to Iran deal.  For liberals, opposition to Republicans is as much about defending President Barack Obama's honor as it is in opposing the GOP's policies.  The left's antipathy toward the GOP is shared by many in the political press, which spent the better part of the last two months defending the president's patriotism, his devotion to the Christian faith, and examining the basis for charging 47 Republican senators with violating the Logan Act.  The president's good name, not his policies, moves the left to rise to his defense.  It was this impulse that inspired the Democratic base and their allies in the media to embrace the logic behind the asinine "47 traitors" campaign.

Obama Resurrects his 'Fairytale Fatwa'.  This week isn't the first time that President Barack Obama would have us believe the Fairytale Fatwa that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons.  "Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons, and President Rouhani has said that Iran would never develop a nuclear weapon," Obama said [CNS News, 3/21/2015].

Obama: 'Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Has Issued Fatwa Against Development of Nuclear Weapons'.  President Barack Obama said this week that the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, has isued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons.  "Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons, and President Rouhani has said that Iran would never develop a nuclear weapon," Obama said.  Other administration officials — including Secretary of State John Kerry and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes — have previously referred to the ayatollah's reported fatwa in the context of the ongoing nuclear negotations with Iran.

The President Pretends We Are on the Same Side as the Iranian Regime.  Obama has us living in an alternative universe.  It's absolutely absurd to pretend they are our allies.

Our Supreme Leader is a Supreme Fool.  Whatever the sophisticated thinking behind it, Obama's strategy looks like appeasement.  It certainly has a lot in common with it.  Indeed, we seem to have entered the tertiary stage of appeasement, in which wishful thinking and self-deception are the dominant characteristics.  To take one example, I give you President Obama's annual statement on Nowruz, the Persian new year.

Obama Addresses His People — in Iran!  So here's the president of the United States speaking to the people of Iran.  He is in the process of arranging and negotiating a nuclear deal with the mullahs of Iran, which will give them a nuclear weapon in ten years, if we are to believe what we're being told about the deal.

Obama Claims Republicans are Just Like Iranian Terrorists As He Celebrates Another Muslim Holiday.  During the video statement where he slobberingly told the Iranian Mullahs that he was celebrating another Muslim holiday in the White House, Obama went on to lie that the Ayatollah issued a fatwa against nuclear arms and then said that Republicans are just like the Iranian hardliners and terrorists who won't let our two countries work together. [...] As Obama celebrated the Muslim holiday of Nowruz (to be clear this one is a non-religious holiday) in the White House — just one of the many Muslim holidays Obama has observed as president — he sent a video statement to Iran.

Obama courts Iran in charm offensive.  The Obama administration is turning on the charm, as it aims to secure the framework of a nuclear deal with Iran before a negotiating deadline later this month.  In the last week, both President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have taken time to recognize Nowruz, the Persian New Year, as has Secretary of State John Kerry, who on Friday morning [3/20/2015] sent condolences to the Iranian president over his mother's death.  Obama used his annual Nowruz message, which was released Thursday evening, to implore the Iranian people to "speak up for the future we seek."

AP Reporter to State Dept: Why 'Over the Top' Condolences for Iran, State Terror Sponsor?  Associated Press reporter Matt Lee questioned the State Department on Friday [3/20/2015] about why the U.S. seems to be giving "over the top" condolences to Iran for the death of its president's mother, and asked specifically whether it has anything to do with gaining leverage with ongoing nuclear talks.  "I'm just wondering, aren't you guys laying it on a bit thick here?" Lee asked.  "Is there something that you're expecting in terms of Iranian concessions in the negotiations with this display?"

Intelligence community softens Iran threat rhetoric amid Obama nuclear talks.  The intelligence community's public statements on Iran this year in some cases are milder about the threat posed by Tehran than in previous years.  The "worldwide threat assessment" has been released as the Obama administration negotiates a nuclear deal with Tehran and relies on Iran's battlefield leadership to reverse gains by the Islamic State terrorist army in Iraq.

Obama urges Iranians to accept 'historic' nuke deal.  President Obama addressed the Iranian people directly in a video message Thursday night [3/19/2015], saying the U.S. and Iran have "an historic opportunity" to resolve Tehran's nuclear issue peacefully.  "We have the best opportunity in decades to pursue a different future between our countries," Mr. Obama said in a greeting for the Persian holiday of Nowruz.  "The days and weeks ahead will be critical.  There are people, in both our countries and beyond, who oppose a diplomatic resolution.  My message to you — the people of Iran — is that, together, we have to speak up for the future we seek."

On Iran, Obama Is Ignoring Public Opinion at His Own Peril.  Throughout the contentious debate between the White House and Congress over the Iran nuclear negotiations, one important piece of the equation has been largely overlooked:  American public opinion. [...] The administration is so focused on process and protocol in attacking the opposition because it's a useful distraction from how unpopular the administration's eagerness to strike any deal with Iran has become.

Obama tells Iran of 'historic' opportunity.  US President Barack Obama has told the Iranian people that a deal to transform the relationship between the two countries could be within reach.  "We have the best opportunity in decades to pursue a different future between our countries," he said in a video message for Persian New Year.  Six world powers are negotiating a deal aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear activity, with a March deadline near.

Obama's Iranian partners in peace endorse nuclear EMP attacks on U.S..  Yesterday, Iran's leaders were quoted as saying:  "...a society steeped in the spirit of homicide bombings is unstoppable."  Today [3/19/2015], we discovered that Iran plans to engage in a nuclear EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack on the U.S., which would effectively destroy the electric grid and kill tens of millions.

Now that 'treason' charges are in the air.  According to the noisy left, Senate Republicans are "traitors" for explaining the Constitutional requirement for the Senate to "advise and consent" on treaties, so that the world and the mullahs will know the truth.  Obama's sole signature cannot commit the United States to surrender to Iranian nuke demands.  The US Constitution insists on the Senate's "advice and consent" to pass treaties with other nations.  That constitutional language is clear and unambiguous.  Only by pretending that Obama's pending nuclear surrender is an "executive agreement" rather than a treaty can slick media liars evade the clear language of the US Constitution.

Obama administration won't commit to making Iran deal public.  Some details of a nuclear deal with Iran may not be made public, a senior Obama administration official said Thursday [3/19/2015].  "With regard to whether the agreement will be made public, certainly the core elements will," Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. [...] The administration's concessions in the talks are being closely watched by Republicans, who fear Obama will strike a bad deal that will preserve Iran's ability to build a nuclear bomb.

State Department warns Congress on Iran: Sanctions 'must not happen'.  Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken tried to reassure skeptical lawmakers on Thursday [3/19/2015] that any nuclear deal the Obama administration signs with Iran would prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.  Blinken, accompanied by Adam Szubin, acting Treasury Department undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, came to Capitol Hill as his boss, Secretary of State John Kerry, was in a fourth day of talks with Iranian officials aimed at closing the remaining gaps in the two countries' positions.  "The negotiations have been substantive and intense," Blinken told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  "We've made some progress on the core issues.  Significant gaps remain on some of the other issues."

House writes its own Iran letter, but to Obama.  A bipartisan letter on Iran signed by 360 members of Congress will be sent to President Obama on Thursday [3/19/2015], one of its House signers said.  The letter, like one 47 Senate Republicans sent to Tehran's leaders, reminds the administration that permanent sanctions relief on Iran as part of a deal to rollback its nuclear program would require new legislation from Congress.  It comes as international negotiators approach a March 24 deadline to reach a framework agreement.

Top Democrat: Obama clinging to 'preposterous argument' on Iran.  Bipartisan resistance to the Obama administration's push for a nuclear deal with Iran surged on Capitol Hill on Thursday, even as details emerged about a potential agreement that would allow Tehran to retain up to 6,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges while getting immediate relief from international economic sanctions.  Administration witnesses got an earful from representatives of both parties over the administration's handling of nuclear negotiations involving the U.S., Iran and other world powers that could be reaching a climax in Geneva this week.  Many lawmakers say the White House is flagrantly icing Congress out of the deal.

The Cotton Letter's Inconvenient Truth.  It has been an Iranian tradition since 1979 to end Friday prayers with chants of "Death to America!"  In a purely rational world, that would be all one needed to know that Iran is not a reliable negotiating partner.  Alas, we do not live in such a world.  But there's more evidence.  Iran, according to our State Department, has been the chief exporter of terrorism for the last three decades.  It has worked closely with al-Qaeda, facilitating its attacks on America and our allies.  Most of the September 11 hijackers traveled through Iran with the help of the Iranian government.  U.S. judges have ruled that Iran was an accomplice in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa and the September 11 attacks.  During the Iraq War, Iran was responsible for numerous American deaths.  And it's not like any of this is ancient history.

Expert Fears White House Deliberately 'Whitewashing' Iran, Hezbollah Terror Threat.  A recent US Intelligence report which appears to downplay the terrorist activities from Iran and its proxy groups has raised questions about what could have motivated the change from previous similar reports.  Cliff May, President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington DC think tank, called the Director of National Intelligence's 2015 Worldwide Threat Assessment "disturbing."  May said he is worried that the Administration is attempting to minimize the terror threat of Iran and Hezbollah in an effort to lift sanctions against Iran, and further nuclear negotiations.  As first reported in The Times of Israel, the 2015 report to the Senate Armed Services Committee by James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, appears to largely omit the terrorism threat posed by Iran and Hezbollah when compared to previous reports.

Obama administration reports Iran and Hezbollah are no longer terror threats!  What a relief!  The 36-year long era of state-sponsored terror by the Iranian regime has finally drawn to a close.

Obama using the U.N. to enter a "binding" Iran nuclear agreement without Congress.  The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday [3/14/2015] that Secretary of State John Kerry is still upset about the open letter Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote last week that was signed by 46 other Republican senators arguing that it was Congress' role to review treaties. [...] It strikes me as odd that Kerry is doubling down on his non-binding argument.  An executive agreement is not binding, unlike a treaty, and therefore not subject to Congressional review.  It's also odd that he claims, "as far as we are concerned."  Shouldn't the Constitution be the standard by which the Republican claims are judged?

Bolton calls Iran deal 'unprecedented' surrender.  Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton said Saturday [3/14/2015] that President Obama is negotiating "an unprecedented act of surrender" with Iran in discussions over its nuclear weapons program.  "This deal is fundamentally flawed," Bolton said at the South Carolina National Security Action Summit in West Columbia.  "There really is no deal I'd trust Iran with.  It is a regime determined to have nuclear weapons and this deal will give it to them."

The Faustian Pact Between Obama And Iran.  As the Democrats scream "Traitor!" and are off on another black is white, up is down tirade after the letter signed by 47 US Senators, all Republicans, was sent to Iran pointing out the minor detail that any agreement made between Obama and Iran without approval by the Senate is unconstitutional, Obama readies a deal nevertheless that he claims he will explain to America after it has been reached.  How very dictatorial.  How very suicidal for America and Israel.

Ted Cruz Blasts Obama: You Can't Appease Radical Islamists Like Iran.  Speaking in South Carolina yesterday [3/14/2015], Senator Ted Cruz (who made what amounts to an unofficial announcement on Glenn Beck's show on Friday that he'll run for president) made clear that he, unlike the current administration, does understand that radical Islam poses a significant threat to the United States... and the rest of the world.

US intel report scrapped Iran from list of terror threats.  An annual report delivered recently to the US Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats, after years in which they featured in similar reports.  The unclassified version of the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities, dated February 26, 2015, noted Iran's efforts to combat Sunni extremists, including those of the ultra-radical Islamic State group, who were perceived to constitute the preeminent terrorist threat to American interests worldwide.

Iran Removed From Terror Threat Report As Obama Negotiates Nuclear Deal.  President Barack Obama's appointees have airbrushed Iran out of the terror section of the 2015 annual report on national security threats, just as he tries to negotiate a nuclear weapons deal with Iran's theocratic leaders.  The 2015 "Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community" excludes Iran and its network of jihadi groups who are motivated by Islam's Shia sect, from the report's terror section.  Instead, the assessment focuses entirely jihadis motivated by the Sunni sect of Islam, including those in al-Qaida and ISIS, sometimes known as the Islamic State.

Kerry Claims 'Great Respect' for 'Religious Importance' of Khamenei's Fatwa.  While addressing the press during a visit to Egypt, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the ongoing negotiations with Iran over that country's nuclear programs.  As he and President Obama have several times in the past, Kerry cited a report that Iran's "Supreme Leader" issued a "fatwa" against the development of nuclear weapons by Iran, a fatwa that remains unpublished according to a recent article by U.S. News.  Nevertheless, Kerry said that the United States has "great respect — great respect — for the religious importance of a fatwa."

Michelle Obama Celebrates Iran's Festival of Spring at the White House.  The Obamas sure are big fans of all things Iran, aren't they?  I'm sure this White House celebration of Nowruz has absolutely nothing to do with President Obama's non-binding nuke deal with Iran.  There are so many religious spring holidays that could have been celebrated at the White House.  Easter, Passover, the Spring Equinox, etc.  Yet the First Lady is celebrating Nowruz.  How many Americans have ever even heard of Nowruz?  I'm guessing not many.

2008 Candidate Senator Obama Sent U.S. Secret Emissary To Iran Telling Them Not To Negotiate With George Bush.  From a radio interview in October of 2014 Mark Levin discusses with Michael Leeden the details of a secret message sent by candidate Senator Barack Obama to Iran in 2008 via a former Ambassador, William G Miller.  In essence the content of the communique was Senator Obama telling the Iranian government not to negotiate with the outgoing George Bush administration because Obama was more friendly toward the position of Iran and he would work to structure a more favorable outcome to the Iranian people.

Obama's Treason Is the New Patriotism.  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile Joe Biden, Obama's number two, accused Republicans of undermining Obama.  This would be the same Biden who threatened to impeach President Bush if he bombed Iran's nuclear program and who blasted Bush and the idea of an Axis of Evil at a fundraiser in the home of a pro-Iran figure.  Biden undermined President Bush's efforts to rein in Iran's terrorism by voting against listing the Revolutionary Guard, which was supplying weapons to help the Taliban kill American soldiers, as a terrorist group (a position he shared with Kerry, Hagel and Obama) and berating Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for not negotiating with Iran and Assad. [...] The administration that Biden is part of has instead been releasing $490 million a month to Iran.

It's Not Just Iran You Can't Trust.  Though many presidents have claimed (and often been granted) primacy in foreign affairs, this is tradition, not law.  The president must submit treaties to the Senate for "advice and consent."  He has the power to make ambassadorial appointments (again, with the Senate's OK), and he is commander in chief.  He is nowhere designated the sole arbiter of foreign policy.

A One-Man Deal.  President Obama is headed for disaster in the nuclear deal with Iran.  The nearly completed agreement, as best we know, would allow Iran to keep its nuclear infrastructure intact and its centrifuges churning out enriched uranium.  The mullahs would be free to build an arsenal of nuclear weapons in as few as 10 years from now. [...] Meanwhile, their ballistic missile program, sponsorship of terrorism, and growing control over Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen would be unaffected.  All this is frighteningly far from the original goal of the negotiations:  to require Iran to dismantle its nuclear facilities entirely.

Is Obama Sidestepping Congress and Going to UN on Iran Deal?  The letter to Iran signed by 47 Republican senators has provoked a lot of commentary — and some welcome clarification on the White House's negotiations with Iran.  The letter argued that any deal President Obama makes with Iran isn't binding past his second term.  "[W]e will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei," wrote the senators.  "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."

Michelle Celebrates an Iranian Holiday at the White House.  Wednesday [3/11/2015], Mrs. Obama celebrated at the White House something called Nowruz, the Iranian festival of spring that marks the beginning of the Persian new year.  There are somewhere between half a million and a million Iranian Americans in the United States, about the same as the number of Lithuanian Americans.  Where's the White House Lithuanian American holiday celebration?  No, this is not about Nowruz.  This is a clear attempt to appease the Iran government, and it is exactly what is wrong with President Obama's approach to Iran and the rest of the world.  It explains why Iran has been able to extract a deal that will allow the centrifuges to keep spinning and, ultimately, a bomb to be built.

Now the House writes Iran letter to Obama on Iran.  A bipartisan majority of House lawmakers have written a letter to President Obama backing up the letter 47 GOP senators controversially addressed to Iran on Monday with dire warnings about the impending nuke deal.  Some 250 members had signed the House letter by Friday afternoon [3/13/2015], a clear majority of the chamber.

Obama Blasts Republicans For Letter to Iran: 'I'm Embarrassed For Them'.  In the most direct statement to date about the Republican open letter to Iran, President Obama said that he's "embarrassed for them."  "For them to address a letter to the ayatollah — the supreme leader of Iran, who they claim is our mortal enemy — and their basic argument to them is:  don't deal with our president, because you can't trust him to follow through on an agreement... That's close to unprecedented," he said in an interview with VICE News.

What Really Upsets Barack Obama About the Letter to Iran from 47 Senators.  The letter infuriated Barack Obama because it told the Mullahs that any deal must include Congress and the president is not the sole decision maker.  It infuriates Obama personally and ideologically to have his power limited.  Forty-seven members of the Republican senate united to make a point and the other seven are uniting to throw them under the bus along with the media.

Laura Ingraham Brings Up Impeachment... Over Iran.  Laura Ingraham brings up the idea of Congress impeaching President Obama, though she doesn't actually say impeachment.  Instead, it's the "I Word." [...] Of course, the case can be better made that President Obama should be impeached for his unconstitutional actions on immigration, which is a far more direct danger to our national security.  But this is another good sign that the issue is at least being discussed.

Energy Secretary To Meet With Iranians For The Third Time.  Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, a trained nuclear physicist, is headed to Geneva, Switzerland for at least the third time in recent months to participate in the Iranian nuclear negotiations.

Persian New Year celebration held at White House.  U.S. First lady Michelle Obama hosted a Nowruz celebration to mark the Persian New Year — traditionally celebrated in Iran and Afghanistan — amid a firestorm over a Republican-signed letter to the Iranian government.  The Silk Road Dance Company performed Wednesday [3/11/2015] in the East Room of the White House in celebration of the more than 3,000-year-old holiday.

Obama More Guilty of 'Treason' than Senate Republicans.  Obama's explicit policy is to elevate a sworn enemy of the United States to a "regional power," in what he has called a "new equilibrium" that would balance the Shia regime against Sunni powers and Israel.  To that end, he has undermined existing UN Security Council resolutions negotiated by previous administrations that ban any nuclear enrichment at all by Iran.  He has also turned a blind eye to Iranian terrorism — including attacks planned in the heart of Washington, D.C. on his watch.  Iran remains committed to destroying the United States, as well as Israel.  It has the blood of hundreds, if not thousands, of American soldiers on its hands.

Senator Obama's 2008 Message to Iran Undermines Condemnation of GOP Letter.  President Obama set his Vice Presidential attack dog on the forty-seven GOP senators who dared send their March 9th letter to Iran's leadership warning them any deal signed with Team Obama may be short-lived when a new president comes to office.  But Biden, like his boss, fails to do his homework before making outlandish statements or else chooses conveniently to overlook the facts.

Life Under the American Umbrella.  [US Under Secretary of State Wendy] Sherman negotiated the US's nuclear pact with North Korea in the 1990s.  The North Koreans used the deal as a smokescreen behind which they developed nuclear weapons while receiving financial assistance from the US which paid off the regime for signing the deal.  Once Pyongyang was ready to come out as a nuclear power, it threw out the nuclear inspectors, opened the sealed nuclear sites, vacated its signature on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and began testing nuclear bombs.  Sherman is now the US's chief negotiator in the P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran.

'Letter of 47' Not the First Time Senators Have Intervened in Foreign Policy.  "In 36 years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance" in which senators intervened in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy," Vice President Joe Biden declared, outraged by the "open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran," signed by 47 Republican senators.  But in fact, a number of U.S. senators, including then-Senator and now Secretary of State John Kerry, have contacted unfriendly governments, in opposition to the policies of the White House at the time.

Republican Senators' Iran Letter Might Stop Bad Deal.  Maybe the GOP isn't that foolish after all.  In what may be a trump card that it's been keeping up its sleeve for months, the Senate GOP leadership — and all but a handful of the party's senators — has penned "An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran."  The letter's tone is that of a helpful guide to the U.S. Constitution for a foreigner.

Ted Kennedy Secretly Asked The Soviets To Intervene In The 1984 Elections.  Earlier this week, 47 Republican senators published an open letter informing the leaders of Iran that any nuclear deal with the United States that failed to be approved by the Senate would likely expire in 2017, once President Barack Obama's term ended. [...] The letter enraged progressives, who immediately began accusing the senators of treason for having the audacity to publish basic constitutional facts about how treaties work.

Five times Democrats undermined Republican presidents with foreign governments.  On Monday, 47 Republican senators led by Tom Cotton, R-Ark., released an "open letter" to Iran's leaders noting that any deal the regime signs with President Obama without the approval of Congress could be revoked by a future president or changed by Congress.  The White House went into a tizzy trying to portray the move as somehow "unprecedented" — a view that has found a friendly audience with the media.

Senate Was Warned About Obama's End Run on Iran.  Congress is struggling to thwart President Obama's attempt to strike a nuclear deal with Iran on his own, in violation of the Constitution.  Lawmakers are taking unprecedented measures — the invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Corker-Menendez bill and even a letter to Tehran to stop it.  None of this would be necessary if the U.S. Senate had done its job instead of rubber-stamping John Kerry's nomination as secretary of state.

Obama Jabs at GOP's 'Unusual Coalition' with Iran over Letter.  President Obama responded earlier today to the 47 Republican senators who sent an open letter to the leaders of Iran warning them about the nuclear deal Obama is trying to negotiate.  The open letter explained how American government works to the Iranian leaders and asserted Congress' role in voting on any deal reached.  Democrats, of course, aren't happy.  Obama said, "It's somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hard-liners in Iran.  It's an unusual coalition."

Adding up the costs of a nuclear deal with Iran.  The price President Obama is willing to pay for a nuclear weapons deal with Iran is rising steadily.  In fact, it has been rising since Mr. Obama's 2008 campaign in which he promised negotiations with Tehran with no preconditions.  When he entered office, the president extended an open hand to Tehran only to have it slapped away repeatedly.  In 2009 and 2010, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fairly shouted Iran's preconditions for talks, such as reduced sanctions against Iran's economy.  But the P5 plus 1 group — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France plus Germany, which had been trying to negotiate with Iran since 2006 — persisted, prodded along by Mr. Obama.

Obama: I'll Make Case to American People After Iran Deal Is Made.  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."

The National Security Disaster That Is The Obama Administration.  According to an article in the WSJ, the 2012 raid on the bin Laden compound in Pakistan netted the single greatest collection of intelligence materials since 9/11.  At the time — and since — the Obama message was that al Qaeda was all but destroyed and that it was time to wind down the war on terror.  As Obama said, when two years ago he asked Congress to repeal the Authorization For Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed in the wake of 9/11, this war on terror "must end."  However, the wealth of materials captured in the bin Laden raid told a different story.  They told of a vastly expanding threat from al Qaeda, the Taliban and the ISIS, as well as complicity by Iran.  Those facts contradicted the Obama administration's narrative, so not only were they kept from the public eye, but in what can only be seen as treasonous insanity, they were walled off from analysis by our intelligence community for at least a year, and have had only limited availability since.  Yes, read that last line twice and let it sink in.
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12 Questions Iran Refuses to Answer About its Nuclear Weapons Program.  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has questions about twelve aspects of Iran's past nuclear weapons research that the Islamic Republic has failed to satisfactorily answer, according to an analysis that appeared in The New York Times on Sunday [3/8/2015]. [...] American officials are vague when pressed on how fully Iran will have to answer questions it has avoided for years from United Nations inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency, based in Vienna.

The Nuke Horse is out of the Barn.  The United States now has an Obama-Jarrett foreign policy, predicated on the unproven guess that Iran's daily threats are mere bluff.  Obama is so mentally rigid that he simply will not consider any other possibility.  But others, including the Saudis, the thousand-year enemies of Shi'ite Iran, are preparing for the possibility that Obama is wrong.  The United States must come back to strategic sanity as soon as possible.

Obama's Ongoing Assault on the Constitution.  Throughout his tenure in office, Obama has been exercising powers outside the scope of his constitutionally prescribed executive authority. [...] Most recently, and quite disturbingly, Obama has signaled his intention to consummate a nuclear arms deal with Iran without so much as conferring with the Senate — much less getting its approval, as required by the Constitution's treaty clause in Article 2, Section 2.

King Barry.  Obama is a lawless leader, choosing to rule by memorandum, regulation and executive order — he is not a president; he is a king.  Any treaty negotiated by a president and his minions must be approved by a two-thirds vote in the Senate.  An accord bears no such restraints.  The former is a legally binding agreement, whereas the latter is not.  Barack Obama knows that any agreement negotiated with Iran, allowing them to continue enriching nuclear fuel for a weapon, will not pass in the Senate.  An agreement with sunset provisions, allowing Iran after a certain period of time, the option of producing weapons-grade enriched uranium to build as many bombs it desires also doesn't stand a chance in Congress.

Netanyahu Rebuts Obama: 'I Presented a Practical Alternative' to Administration's Iran Deal.  Countering President Obama's assertion that he offered no alternative to Washington's plan for an Iran nuke deal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after landing in Israel that there was indeed an alternative offered.

A Simple Question About Iran.  We keep hearing from Democratic critics of Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech that if we don't reach an agreement with Iran, then the path will be clear for Iran to have a bomb soon.  Explicit is the idea that even a bad agreement is better than no agreement.  Hold on a minute.  Isn't there something missing here?  I thought "all options were on the table."  Obama has said this repeatedly.  Now he and his political allies seem to admit it isn't true.

Saudi Columnist: Netanyahu Is Right To Insist On Addressing Congress About Iran Deal.  Since Obama is the godfather of the prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world, and since he is the ally of political Islam, [which is] the caring mother of [all] the terrorist organizations, and since he is working to sign an agreement with Iran that will come at the expense of the U.S.'s longtime allies in the Gulf, I am very glad of Netanyahu's firm stance and [his decision] to speak against the nuclear agreement at the American Congress despite the Obama administration's anger and fury.  I believe that Netanyahu's conduct will serve our interests, the people of the Gulf, much more than the foolish behavior of one of the worst American presidents.

Have We Forgotten We're A Superpower?  One of the most puzzling aspects of America's relationship with Iran is the reality that — by rhetoric and conduct — the United States acts as if it fears Iran, while Iran behaves as if it has nothing to fear from the U.S. Iran commits repeated acts of war against the U.S., unlawfully holds our citizens and violates their human rights, wages proxy wars against us, and vows to destroy our close ally — a vow made out of genocidal hate.  And yet we constantly respond to these provocations — if we respond at all — with fear and timidity, as if Iran is the greater power.

U.S. Centcom Chief: 'Iran Represents the Most Significant Threat'.  Gen. Lloyd Austin, the top commander of U.S. military efforts against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), told a congressional panel that Iran poses the "most" serious threat to the region he oversees.  "Iran represents the most significant threat to the Central Region... Iran continues to pursue policies that threaten U.S. strategic interests and goals throughout the Middle East," declared Gen. Austin in written testimony prepared for a March 3 hearing held by the House Armed Services Committee.

Experts: U.S. Concessions Give Iran a Clear Path to Nuclear Bomb.  The Obama administration is pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran that leaves the Islamic Republic a year away from obtaining a nuclear bomb and which, according to experts, gives the United States insufficient leverage to dismantle Tehran's nuclear infrastructure.  As negotiations with Iran hit a critical juncture, U.S. officials and policy experts from across the spectrum are warning that the Obama administration is poised to agree to a deal that all but guarantees Tehran the ability to build a nuclear bomb.

Admiral Lyons on Obama's Strategy: 'It's Anti-American ... Pro-Islamic, It's Pro-Iranian, and Pro-Muslim Brotherhood!.  Admiral James "Ace" Lyons, Jr. (Ret.), the former commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said that President Barack Obama does have a strategy for dealing with Islamic radicals in the Middle East and it is an "anti-American" and "pro-Islamic" strategy," as well as "pro-Iranian" and "pro-Muslim Brotherhood" strategy.

Benjamin Netanyahu believes in American Exceptionalism, too bad Obama doesn't.  Mr. Obama pointedly skipped Mr. Netanyahu's speech but was quick to dismiss it as "nothing new."  He may be as arrogant as he is ignorant, but at least he is modest.  Negotiating with such feral beasts as Iran's theocratic dictators is certainly dangerous.  It is also a fool's errand.  And who better to tap for a fool's errand than Secretary of State John Kerry himself!  The fool's fool, the very jester in the court of jesters!  John Kerry's unbridled whorishness for a deal with Iran has become so desperate that even The New York Times felt compelled to print a front page story this week about the "unseemly intimacy" between Kerry and Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif.  The story chronicled the long hours alone together, the private emails and even their river walks together.

Shades of Churchill's 'Iron Curtain Speech'.  [Scroll down]  It once again makes you wonder about President Obama's instincts or the people that he listens to.  What if President Obama had embraced the visit?  What if he did a joint press conference with the prime minister and assured this deal was good for all, especially Israel?  What if President Obama had taken advantage of this opportunity to make his case for the nuclear deal?  Instead, President Obama looks small and petty.  He looks like a man who was avoiding the debate or hiding the truth of the deal with Iran.

Iran Poses an Existential Threat to Western Civilization.  While the focus since 9/11 has been on al Qaeda and its spin-off ISIS, the greatest danger to the Western world is Iran — a country that, with a wink and a nod from the U.S., is on the precipice of becoming a nuclear hegemon.  Iran is the world's largest sponsor of international terrorism, killing Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan and threatening pro-American regimes across the region.  Its warships are expanding their movement in regional waters and cruising to Venezuela.

Obama smears Netanyahu, coddles Iran.  The Obama White House is in full war mode against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of our best ally in the Middle East, for accepting House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to speak before Congress, while it mollycoddles that region's most dangerous nation, Iran.  No one crosses Obama without facing his wrath.  No one dares.  He is the president.

Why Obama's Iran deal is a path to war.  The Obama administration and its supporters insist that, although the agreement on Iran's nuclear program now taking shape may not be perfect, the only alternative is war with Iran.  A failure of the nuclear talks, they also contend, would sacrifice important temporary agreements that now restrict Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.  Both arguments are false.  Worse, the nuclear deal that the administration is pursuing may make war with Iran more likely.  The world would be safer if the nuclear talks with Iran were stopped now.

This Man Is Dangerous.  [O]ne nation stands out as the most bloodthirsty and violent and dangerous of all.  Iran.  From the day the Ayatollah took over, a disaster of kidnapped American diplomats, endless sponsorship of terror against Americans including the catastrophic bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut more than 30 years ago.  Iran is the bankroller of the terrorist Hezbollah.  They have been listed at the top of the world's state sponsors of terrorism for decades now.  And, just as the perfect touch, they are working feverishly to get a nuclear bomb (lots of nuclear bombs) and the rockets to deliver them to Israel, to Europe, to New York.  Iran has already promised to have "a Holocaust in an afternoon" if they get The Bomb.  They are apparently [very] close to getting it.  But guess who Obama has now decided is his best friend and partner in the world?  Yes.  You got it.  Iran.  He's keeping Israel from bombing them.  He's trying to prevent the primary branch of government, the U.S. Congress, from hearing the Prime Minister of Israel speak on how best to keep Iran from getting a bomb.

Kerry: Give Obama 'the benefit of the doubt' in Iran nuclear talks.  The Obama administration deserves "the benefit of the doubt" over a pending nuclear deal with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday, maintaining that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's objections to it shouldn't be "turned into some great political football."

Appeasement in Our Time.  Is Barack Obama another Neville Chamberlain?  I've been reluctant to make the comparison, but as talks with Iran have unfolded, it's become impossible not to think of the 1938 Munich conference, where Britain and France agreed that strategically and economically vital Czech territory be ceded to Germany, leading soon after to German conquest of Czechoslovakia and World War II.  America's looming deal with Iran rivals Munich in its unnecessary and catastrophic recklessness.  It is an inexplicable unforced error that will have disastrous consequences unless Congress, or Israel, does something to stop it.

Will Obama's Iran Deal Be the Worst Deal Ever Made?  To begin with, the agreement is said to have a sunset clause of 10-15 years.  Whatever the number turns out to be, that tells us that Iran is free to do anything it wants in the nuclear weapons field after a set amount of time, assuming that it hadn't disobeyed the strictures of the agreement before then — a monumental assumption given past history.[...] The idea — if it can be called that — behind this sunset clause is a kind of bet that Iran will turn into a normal country during the time frame, abjuring the fanatical religious doctrines (global war bringing about the twelfth Imam/Mahdi, etc.) inherent in Khomeinist Shiism that would make allowing Iran the bomb equivalent to giving a loaded gun to a two year old, only with global implications.

Iran hangs Obama in effigy even as it negotiates nuclear deal with US.  Just weeks before Secretary of State John Kerry held new nuclear talks with Iran's foreign minister in Geneva, Iranians were hanging Kerry's boss in effigy at a huge Tehran-sponsored rally marking the Islamic Revolution's 36th anniversary, an event that critics say underscores the absurdity of the ongoing diplomatic effort.  The U.S. and Iran are trying to reach a final nuclear agreement by a March 31 deadline against a backdrop of ongoing anti-American hatred in the Islamic republic.

Obama's Partners in Peace Destroy Mock U.S. Aircraft Carrier in Persian Gulf.  The motives of Obama and his Iranian-born chief adviser Valerie Jarrett are truly unknown.  But their actions make clear this much:  they are intent on seeing Iran become a nuclear power.  As for their rationale, I leave that as an exercise for the reader.

Obama's Iran Obsession.  The Obama administration values a future relationship with Iran more than it values the historic relationship it has with Israel.  Unless there's a reversal in the reported deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, all the superficial talk about this extraordinary friendship between Israel and the United States isn't going to mean much.  And the histrionics surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech in front of a joint session of Congress only confirm that there are plenty of people who are happy about it.

Obama's Nuclear Iran Deal Portends "Spectacular Attack" on the U.S..  There is an article you might want to read on Maggie's Notebook about defense intelligence being told NOT to update Barack Obama on the bin Laden documents.  During a terrorism trial this week, 8 new documents were presented with information that shows a top al Qaeda operative, Younis al-Mauritani asked bin Laden's permission to relocate to Iran in June 2010.  From there, he would plot terror attacks around the world.  The documents not only showed a mutually beneficial relationship between Iran and al Qaeda, they give evidence of Iran's presence in Afghanistan.  Reports that Iran is cooperating with al-Qaeda on a "spectacular attack" on the West have been circulating since 2011.

Selling the ObamaCare of Foreign Policy.  Secretary of State John F. Kerry met with significant skepticism at yesterday's House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, not only from Republicans, but Democrats as well.  Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) told Kerry "we're hearing troubling reports on the scale and duration of the program that Iran may be allowed as part of a deal."  He noted "very disturbing" reports that the administration "would ease limits on Iran's production during the later years of an accord ... [as] an attempt to bridge the difference between the two sides over how long an agreement should last."  Kerry did not deny those reports.

White House Lowers Bar for Iran Nuke Deal.  For anyone hoping a nuclear deal with Iran might stop the Tehran government from destabilizing the Middle East or free its political prisoners, the Obama administration has some bad news:  It's just an arms control agreement.  As details of a proposed pact leaked out of the Geneva talks Monday [2/23/2015], administration officials told us they will ask the world to judge any final nuclear agreement on the technical aspects only, not on whether the deal will spur Iranian reform.

Thanks to Obama, Iran will be getting the Bomb.  Earlier this month, the Washington Free Beacon reported on comments in Iranian media that the United States was desperate to get a deal done on the country's nuclear ambitions."  "Americans are begging us for a deal on the negotiation table," are the exact words used by Mohammad Reza Naghdi of Iran's Basij, a paramilitary group under the authority of the country's Revolutionary Guard.  Iran's English language  propaganda  news service has followed this up by quoting former American diplomat and adviser to the Senate Republicans James George Jatras who is saying basically the exact same thing.

Synopsis:  Obama hates America so much, he is trying to get us nuked!
15 Photos From Iran's Revolution Day 2015 Demonstrations You'll Never See In Legacy Media.  Curiously, a massive wave of vicious anti-American sentiment in Iran has been utterly ignored by vintage media, even as the Obama administration does its level best to position the regime as a nuclear power. [...] Experts indicate that the deal being worked out by the Obama administration fails to address Iran's nuclear weaponization program whatsoever.  Which should work out well in the future, what with its development of ballistic missiles, its support of terror groups worldwide, and its virulent hatred of America.

Nuclear deal could allow Tehran to make bomb.  Secretary of State John Kerry met in Geneva Monday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif amid reports that a deal was taking shape that might allow Tehran to build nuclear weapons in its final years.  Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, meanwhile, met separately with Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's nuclear program, on technical details before joining the broader talks.

U.S. enemies are better off now than they were six years ago.  Iran and Vladimir Putin are both better off, and Islamist extremists are better off beyond their wildest dreams of six years ago, but that about does it.  Israel is not better off — its relations with us are worse than the weather; Ukraine is not better off — it is being slowly dismembered; Syria, Libya and Yemen are not better off — they had dictators then, but were not yet a war zone — Denmark, France and Australia are not better off — their cities were not yet the targets of Islamist extremists; and Iraq — the subject of so much intense misrememberance — is perhaps the least better-off of them all.

Obama Lies.  Whereas many presidential lies protect us; Obama lies are protecting our enemies: ISIS marches on; Iran gets closer to the bomb as Obama rejects calls for more sanctions.  Obama lies are insidious because they wriggle their slimy way through his delicate psyche, untethering him from the vast world beyond self or golf course.  When reality dare intrude into his bubble of self-deceit it elicits cognitive dissonance, prompting his auto defense mechanisms to blast the interlopers as phony, or blame it on hyperbolic social media.  Meanwhile, ISIS marches on, Iran gets closer to the big one, and the real interloper is our supposed Commander-in-Chief.

Our Dangerous Historical Moment.  America has convinced its European partners to drop tough sanctions against Iran.  In the manner of the Allies in 1938 at Munich, they prefer instead to charm Iran, in hopes it will stop making a nuclear bomb.  The Islamic State has used almost a year of unchallenged aggression to remake the map of the Middle East.  President Obama had variously dismissed it as a jayvee team or merely akin to the problems that big-city mayors face.  Europeans pay out millions to ransom their citizens from radical Islamic hostage-beheaders.  Americans handed over terrorist kingpins to get back a likely Army deserter.

Doomed Diplomacy: There's no way Iran will ever help fight al Qaeda.  Not long after his inauguration in January 2009, President Barack Obama penned a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran. As a presidential candidate, Obama had promised to conduct "tough, direct diplomacy" with the Iranians.  And Obama figured, correctly, that all diplomatic entreaties would end up on Khamenei's desk.  So, the newly elected president decided to write Iran's ultimate decision-maker directly.  And he has written several letters since.  According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the correspondence, Obama sent his latest letter to Khamenei in October of last year.

Wartime admiral: Obama is 'anti-American, pro-Islamic'.  Retired Adm. James "Ace" Lyons, also a former deputy chief of naval operations, said that the administration's approach to the multiple confrontations with Muslim-based enemies follows a string of White House failures to strike Islamic terrorists stretching back to the Carter era's failure to strike at Iran's leadership after the 1979 hostage taking.  "We've had many opportunities to changed the course of history.  It hasn't mattered whether it's a Democratic or Republican administration, we've failed every one of them," says Lyons, who headed PacFleet from 1985 to 1987.

Obama's Secret Iran Talks Deserve Scrutiny.  Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported that the exchange of secret letters between President Obama and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has resumed.  The letters are believed to concern Obama's offer of cooperation with Iran against ISIS terrorists if Tehran will agree to a deal on its nuclear program.  These letters have clearly been a crucial element in the six-year administration effort to forge a new détente with the Islamist regime.  But they must also be placed in the context of the ongoing dispute between the U.S. and Israel about the nuclear talks.

Is Obama a Manchurian Candidate?  Obamacare and the sabotaging of the immigration system were bad enough, but they are absolutely trivial compared to what is going on now.  We have the next thing to a jihadist in the White House.  From the inability to name Islamic terrorists as Islamic, to the failure to name Jews as the objects of homicidal anti-Semitism at a kosher market, to the complete omission of the word Christian when 21 Christians have their heads cut off (simultaneously!) for being Christian, we have in the Oval Office not only the worst president in the history of our country, we have the worst person to be president.  And now he is opening the door to a huge number of Syrian refugees, who knows how many of whom may be members of ISIS, al Qaeda or some group we haven't even heard of yet. [...] And if this weren't enough, Obama is colluding with the Iranian ayatollahs as if he were an [sic] Shiite imam, not only to help them get nuclear weapons, but to form a permanent alliance with the United States against the Sunni world.

Even President Bush Got Involved trying to Stop Obama's Pro-Iran Tilt.  It's becoming increasingly obvious that Obama has sold out American foreign policy to Iran.  What happened in Yemen hasn't changed that.  And former American allies are getting increasingly desperate to be heard. [...] Obama isn't just selling out Israel to Iran.  He's also selling out the Sunnis in Iraq to Iran.

Obama's so selfie absorbed.  [Scroll down]  Recent events show a disturbing picture of the emerging world order he favors.  It starts with bringing Iran in from the cold, a plan Obama has been working on since taking office in 2009.  His concessions to the mad mullahs' nuclear program are alarming, but that is only a piece of his strategy.  As national defense veteran Michael Doran writes in Mosaic magazine, Iran is key to Obama's "thinking about the role of the United States in the world, and especially in the Middle East."  He argues persuasively that the president wants a grand bargain that would, in Obama's own words, "integrate Iran into the international community" and "make it a very successful regional power."

Who Benefits from Our Inaction Abroad?  [Scroll down]  The best insight into the president's motives is supplied by a very troubling piece in Mosaic magazine by the Hudson Institute's Michael Doran.  The president has been consistent, Doran shows, from his first days in office.  "Obama based his policy of outreach to Tehran on two key assumptions of the grand-bargain myth:  that Tehran and Washington were natural allies, and that Washington itself was the primary cause of the enmity between the two."  The president has been secretive and dishonest about negotiations with Iran — and aides have hinted of his intention to block the Senate's ratification power by not calling a nuclear agreement a treaty.  All of Obama's seemingly inexplicable decisions, Doran argues, from Syria to Iraq to the spurning of the Green Revolution in 2009, are of a piece.  Obama believes that once a nuclear agreement is reached, Iran will become a stabilizing power in the region and the world.

President Obama: Iran Won't Develop Nuclear Weapons Because It's "Contrary" To Islam.  [Scroll down]  This follows four years of Obama saying one thing, and yet delivering an outcome totally divergent to what is claimed.  Here is a timeline of the Obama administration's Iran policy, as the world's most dangerous nation and leading state sponsor of terrorism moves inexorably towards acquiring the world's most dangerous weapon.

Obama: According to Iran's Supreme Leader, "It Would Be Contrary To Their Faith To Obtain A Nuclear Weapon".  At a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel President Obama addressed the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.  According to the Supreme Leader of Iran, said Obama, "it would be contrary to their faith to obtain a nuclear weapon."

Obama, Susan Rice Repeat Claim to Have 'Halted' Iran's Nuclear Progress.  More than two weeks after saying during his State of the Union address that an interim agreement with Iran had "halted the progress of its nuclear program" — a claim since disputed — President Obama repeated the assertion in his National Security Strategy report, released on Friday [2/6/2015].  "We are currently testing whether it is possible to achieve a comprehensive resolution to assure the international community that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful, while the Joint Plan of Action has halted the progress of Iran's program," Obama wrote in the introductory letter to the NSS.

Obama on Iran Negotiations: 'What's the Rush?'.  At a news conference today [2/9/2015] with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama was asked whether nuclear negotiations with Iran were headed for another extension.  His response, in part:  "What's the rush?"  "I think there was always the assumption that although the interim agreement lasted a certain period of time that we would probably need more time to move forward," Obama said.

Will Democrats Formally Announce an Alliance With Hamas and Boycott the Israeli Prime Minister's Speech to Congress?  This sort of thing must pose quite the head-scratching conundrum for many in the American Jewish community.  If they support their far left ideology, they also must support the Nazi-backed, Islamofascist movement and all it entails.
1. Obama is entertaining Muslim Brotherhood leaders in the White House and at the State Department
2. Obama is doing his level best to ensure Iran continues its work on nuclear weapons
3. Obama is doing his level best to ostracize Israel and ridicule its self-preservation instinct
4. Obama continues to legitimize the tactics of Hamas
5. Obama refuses to call the Islamic state "Islamic"
And Democrats, instead of speaking out, are in lockstep with him.

We Still Don't Know Why Obama Wants Deal with Iran.  [Scroll down]  The secret talks began in 2008, before Obama was even elected, and the back channel, as I was the first to reveal, was retired U.S. Ambassador William Miller, who confirmed the story to me and others.  In other words, Obama entered the White House with the intention of forging an alliance with our most dangerous enemy in the Middle East.  That fact has to be the baseline of any serious analysis of our government's policies.  Which takes us straightaway to the great unanswered question:  Why does the president want this alliance?

The Obama Era Has Been Very, Very Good for Iran.  When trying to make sense of Barack Obama's foreign policy, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that a great deal of it has been meant to reward, placate, or at least avoid angering Iran.  With the world in flames after six years of Obama, there are two things he wants to fish out of the smoldering wreckage and hold up as "legacy" triumphs: a nuclear deal with Iran and a Palestinian stat

Obama has agreed to 80 percent of Iran's demands in nuclear talks, Israeli officials tell Ch. 10.  According to unnamed officials, Washington "has given the Iranians 80 percent of what they want" out of the negotiations, Channel 10 is reporting.  Jerusalem officials appear alarmed at the prospect that the United States will soon strike a deal with the Iranian regime that will leave it with a "breakout point" of months before it can gallop toward the bomb.

The Lying Sleeps Tonight.  [Scroll down]  Iran is convincing the administration to retreat everywhere by explaining each time that it is really a victory for Obama.  In consequence, America's enemies are finding it childishly simple to manipulate the experts in Washington.

Obama Squirms to Dodge the Truth.  Iran is on the verge of nuclear weapons and Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs).  Obama is pretending it aint' so, so he can sign his totally phony "peace agreement" with the mullahs.  But Israel's Netanyahu won't sign on to a treaty that will give the genocidal cult of Iran all the power in the world.  That is why Obama hates Netanyahu, and wants to destroy him.  Obama is therefore making exactly the same move made by the appeasers of Hitler and Stalin in Europe.  He is gambling on a losing game of appeasement, but nobody, certainly not the Arabs, believes a word.

Jihad by Civilian.  Jihad has rapidly taken a new and ominous shape.  In the past, bombs were exploded — either human homicide bombs or car/truck bombs.  Rockets were launched.  Unbelievably, planes were once flown into major Western targets.  Now, President Obama empowers the radical Islamic world further by refusing to join the words "terrorism" and "Islam" and by insisting that Islam is a religion of "peace."  Obama continues to empower Iran to become a nuclear power and, most fatefully, empowers the recruitment efforts of The Islamic State.  He does so each time he refuses to say that the Free World or the Judeo-Christian West is at war with Islamic barbarianism or with radical political Islam.

Obama lives in ignorance of Islamic threat.  President Obama has a happy and untroubled life on Fantasy Island, where he lives in splendid isolation from the world where the rest of us live. [...] When an Islamic radical shoots up an Army base, dispensing wholesale death in the name of Allah, the president sees only "workplace violence."  Trouble in Syria?  He'll draw a red line around that.  Nuclear weapons in Iran?  He's on that, too.

The Editor says...
Mr. Obama is either thoroughly incompetent, or he is a Muslim.  Take your pick.

Democrat Senator Slams Obama's Pro-Iranian Propaganda.  "I have to be honest with you, the more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.  And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization when they are the ones with original sin," [Sen. Robert] Menendez said during a Congressional hearing.

U.S. to Award Iran $11.9 Billion Through End of Nuke Talks.  The Obama administration on Wednesday paid $490 million in cash assets to Iran and will have released a total of $11.9 billion to the Islamic Republic by the time nuclear talks are scheduled to end in June, according to figures provided by the State Department.  Today's $490 million release, the third such payment of this amount since Dec. 10, was agreed to by the Obama administration under the parameters of another extension in negotiations over Tehran's contested nuclear program that was inked in November.

Top Dem: Obama Admin Sounds Like Getting Talking Points 'Straight Out Of Tehran'.  Menendez directed his comments to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken.  "They get to cheat in a series of ways and we get to worry about their perceptions" about sanctions, Menendez said going on to read a quote from Blinkin indicating that is an administration concern.  In his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, Obama said he would veto any new sanctions on Iran.

State Dept: Iran Allowed to Build New Nuclear Reactors.  Iran is permitted to build new nuclear reactors under the existing conditions of an interim deal with the United States meant to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions, a State Department official told the Washington Free Beacon less than a day after Iran announced the construction of two new nuclear plants.  The construction of these new nuclear plants is not prohibited under existing United Nations restrictions or under the terms of the current interim nuclear agreement inked in 2013 with the United States, according to the State Department official.

White House won't rule out nuclear deal with Iran while the Islamic regime holds American citizens captive without criminal charges.  President Obama's chief spokesman refused on Thursday to rule out the possibility that the U.S. will strike a nuclear deal with Iran while the Islamic Republic holds several Americans captive — including a Washington Post journalist being tried by the mullahs' Revolutionary Court without public notice of the charges.  The case is the mirror opposite of Cuba, where the White House announced steps toward normalizing diplomatic relations on the condition that President Raul Castro release American Alan Gross and a Cuban citizen who had been a U.S. intelligence asset.

As Obama Dithers, Iran Builds Nuclear Plant, Missiles in Syria.  As the western powers prepare for the latest round of never-ending talks with Iran over the fate of its nuclear program, the Tehran regime is reportedly overseeing the construction of a nuclear plant in Syria, as well as the building of new missile sites.  Both moves underscore the contempt that Iran has for UN Security Council resolutions and for the nuclear talks themselves, and suggest that President Barack Obama's quest for a deal at any price has only encouraged Iran to behave more aggressively.

Obama on Iran Embassy: 'Never Say Never'.  President Barack Obama hinted that he might be prepared to establish a new U.S. embassy in Tehran "if we can get a deal on making sure that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon," and the deal led to warmer relations with the Iranian regime.  Obama's remarks were published Monday [12/29/2014] in an interview with National Public Radio host Steve Inskeep.

Obama won't rule out embassy in Tehran.  President Barack Obama said Monday that Iran might join Cuba as a second rogue state to enjoy normalized diplomatic relations with the United States under his administration.

The Week in Pictures: Emperor's New Clothes Edition.  This week we learned that Hagel is not Hegel:  he does not represent the end of Obama's historical mission to return the U.S. to its isolation of the 1920s and 1930s.  (But nice of Obama to give Iran seven more months to build a Bomb.  It must be frustrating to Obama that it is taking so long.)

Obama's Parallel Universe.  You've got to hand it to Obama.  He is no slouch when it comes to redefining reality.  He can look at an elephant and proclaim it a donkey without a bat of the eye.  Or in the case of Iran, look at spinning centrifuges and see no threat.  Over the weekend he told George Stephanapolous that the nuclear deal with Iran, which his negotiators extended for another eight months on Monday without a single concession from Iran, has "definitely stopped Iran's nuclear program from advancing."

How the Obama Administration Has Already Caved to Iran.  The deadline for the Joint Plan of Action ended it seems without a final agreement between the P5+1 and Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.  It's not yet clear what happens next. [...] According to Omri Ceren at the Israel Project, a pro-Israel public affairs organization that focuses on the Middle East, there are several issues on the table, many of which the Obama administration has already caved on.

Iran: Obama's Biggest Failure Fails Again.  Among the many lies and failures of Barack Obama, ultimately the most dangerous, the most lethal for humanity, is his meretricious and pathetic pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran.  In negotiation, Obama and his minions have been treating the mullahs as if they were the leaders of Denmark, even to the point of sending fawning multiple mailings to Ayatollah Khamenei, as absurd an approach as it is asinine.

Iran Appeasers in Bed With Obama: The Truman Project Unmasked.  What do Eric Bolling of Fox News and President Obama's strategy on Iran have in common?  Answer:  the Truman National Security Project.  A few weeks back in this space ("The Hit Job on Fox News") it was revealed that an arrogant, huffy letter from veterans demanding an apology from Bolling was in fact a setup.  Left unrevealed by the letter's sponsor — the Truman National Security Project — many of the signers in question were in fact Democratic Party or liberal special interest activists.  This is not, but of course, how the Truman Project presents itself.  The impression given by its website is that it is just another independent-no-alliances-out-there think tank.

Iran: This deal keeps getting worse all the time.  When dealing with the Soviets and their nuclear aggression, President Ronald Reagan famously cited an old Russian proverb:  "Trust, but verify."  In his current dealings with Iran and its nuclear ambitions, President Obama seems to be forgetting about that second part.  He is asking Americans to trust a negotiating adversary who keeps trying to remind the world that it remains the same bad actor it was during the 1979 hostage crisis.

Obama: No Coordination With Iranians Over ISIS, But We Told Them 'Don't Mess With Us, We're Not Here to Mess With You'.  President Obama said Sunday [11/9/2014] the U.S. was not coordinating with Iran in the fight against "our common enemy" in Iraq — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) — but added that the Iranians had been informed, "don't mess with us, we're not here to mess with you."  Obama also denied having offered Iran a deal linking a nuclear agreement with cooperation against ISIS.  He declined to comment on media reports saying he had sent Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei a letter suggesting such linkage.

The dumbest move yet on Iran?  The news media broke (or were given) the story that President Obama penned a letter to Iran's Supreme Leader: [...] Writing one letter , let alone four, is among the dumbest moves in a foreign policy with far too many blunders in it already.  Even worse, Obama seemed to be suggesting just the sort of alliance critics have suspected was his objective all along and which will certainly terrify Israel and our Sunni allies.

Romney: Obama 'Diminishing Himself and America' with Letter to Iran.  2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called President Obama's secret letter to Iran's supreme leader "an enormous error" that legitimizes the Iranian regime and weakens America's hand.  Romney said Obama's weak foreign policy is one of the reasons why nations like Russia and China are not worried about America's reaction to their "bold actions."

Ayatollah Khamenei Doesn't Want To Be Pen Pals With Obama.  The President of the United States has had a tough week.  First he watched the voters thoroughly repudiate him.  Now the news is out that he's been begging and pleading for help from the Supreme Leader of Iran, who has no time for him either.

Obama's secret letter to Iran.  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei received a secret letter from an unlikely person last month:  President Obama.  In the midst of airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Obama reportedly sent Iran's Supreme Leader a letter in the middle of October, expressing the importance of cooperation in fighting the militants, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Keywords:  collaboration, cahoots, Muslim sympathizer.
Letters to the Ayatollah: Obama's 'Keys to Paradise'.  I admit I didn't much care for Barack Obama before the revelation that he had secretly written Khamenei to induce the Iranian supreme leader to sign a nuclear deal in return for U.S. help battling ISIS.  Now I despise our president.  He is contemptible.  Ayatollah Khamenei is a man who has been leading the massive chants of "Death to Israel" (and the Jews) literally every day since 1979.  Only a true anti-Semite could attempt to make a secret deal with such a person.

Senior WH Official Plans to Usurp Congressional Authority for Iran Deal.  Ben Rhodes, President Obama's deputy National Security adviser, revealed in recently released audio tapes that the White House intends to usurp the authority of Congress to strike a long-term nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Rhodes' remarks were given to a group of White House officials last January, who were joined by members of left-wing interest groups, according to information obtained by The Washington Free Beacon.

Barack Obama Flies E-L-A-L.  When it comes to Muslim terrorists or other problems in the Middle East, President Obama is a very slow learner, and each "teachable moment" becomes an eternity as Obama argues with or ignores the facts:
  •   For two years, Obama largely waved off the problem of Islamic terrorists in Syria and Iraq knocking off major cities like dominoes, and he began to focus on the problem after broadcasts of beheadings of Americans by the terrorists;
  •   Three years ago, President Obama blithely dismissed the view of US generals who said the US had to keep some forces in Iraq to prevent a vacuum that would be filled by terrorists and by Iranian influence.  Even though the generals were proven right, Obama refuses to admit it;
  •   A Muslim terrorist murdered 13 people at the Fort Hood army base in 2009, as he yelled "Allah is Great," but Obama still calls the attack "workplace violence;" [...]

Why Obama Refuses to support anti-Islamist, Secular Moslems.  For reasons unknown, the Obama Administration had no qualms in removing and even bombing the secular Arab dictators, citing the human rights of their citizens, but when it comes to the human rights of the citizens living under the bloodiest Islamist dictators in Iran, this administration has gone out of its way to ignore the victims and empower the aggressors.  President Obama did not support the secular uprising in Iran but chose to stand by the Islamist clerics and their international terrorist Revolutionary Guards who are creating havoc across the Middle East, Africa, South America, and even here in the United States.  Hizb'allah is the brainchild of Khomeini.  Hamas is another gang of Islamists that Khamenei supports, leaving the people of Iran hungry.  The Revolutionary Guards are operating in Africa, in every city in Europe, and in South America making deals with the drug cartels.  If we are really determined to eradicate Islamism, we should stop making deals with them and start supporting the people against the Islamist regimes.

Netanyahu: Militant Islam Aims to 'Dominate World;' State Dept.: 'No' It Doesn't.  In a hard-hitting speech at the United Nations, the Israeli leader said that entities such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL), Hamas, the Iranian regime, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram share that eventual goal.  Jen Psaki was asked at the State Department daily briefing later whether the administration agreed with Netanyahu's argument that those various groups "are all part of the same kind of militant Muslim — Islamic attempt to rule the world."  "We would not agree with that characterization, no," she replied.

Obama Defends Islam, Smacks Israel, American Racism at UN.  Taking on issues ranging from Iran to Russia, from Ukraine to Syria, from global warming to Ebola, Obama pledged to utilize American might in service to the United Nations, speaking grandly of the beauty and power of the world's least effective and most morally bankrupt international institution.

US Reportedly Providing Indirect Military Aid to Hezbollah.  Mohammed Afif, the new head of public relations for the Lebanese-based Iranian-backed terror organization Hezbollah, gave a rare New York Times interview as Lebanese experts reveal his group is indirectly receiving American intelligence aid in its fight against Islamic State (ISIS).  Following ISIS's temporary conquest of Arsal last month on the Lebanese side of the Syrian border, the US sent new weapons to the Lebanese army, which coordinates with Hezbollah.  Likewise, US intelligence has found its way to Hezbollah according to Lebanese experts.

Latest Big Lie: 'We Have No Strategy'.  They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive.  That's because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering.  The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa.  It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration.

National Security Policy Adrift.  How did we get to the rudderless position we are in today?  Clearly, a series of policy mistakes have been made.  It should be remembered that it was President Carter's misguided policies that gave rise to Islamic resurgence by undercutting our key ally, the Shah of Iran by fostering the return of the Islamic zealot Ayatollah Khomeini with his 7th century mentality. [...] Today, we have the Obama Administration's embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), which has clearly facilitated the advance of the Islamic global agenda.  President Obama's 4 June 2009 Cairo speech was the catalyst for the Arab Spring movement which evolved under the political direction of the Muslim Brotherhood.  We all know how that has turned out.

Obama's 'All Options' Include Surrender.  President Barack Obama tried to fend off criticism of his Iraq policy, as that country fell into the clutches of a terrorist army this week, by insisting that he was considering "all the options" for a response.  "I don't rule out anything," he said.  Of course he doesn't.  The essence of postmodernism — of which this president is the political fulfillment — are a profound moral relativism, a habitual flexibility, a hermeneutical hanging-out.  Yet what does it mean to consider "all the options"?  The president uses that phrase to suggest that he has not ruled out military force.  He said much the same thing about Iran's nuclear program, for example, and Syria's chemical weapons.  But "all the options" could mean, in the literal sense, that Obama is also considering the opposite:  i.e. surrender.  And that, in effect, is what Obama's foreign policy has been for the last six years.

American Nazi gives Hitler Salute from Rose Garden.  We can now see Obama's version of the Knockout Game against our allies, always favoring our deadliest self-proclaimed enemies.  Here's the game:  First, Obama says nice things about defending our allies, like endlessly repeating the conscious lie that "Iran will never possess weapons of mass destruction."  Then he stabs our allies in the back, and does a victory lap, applauded by the bloody-handed mullahs, the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Nusra in Syria, the whole gangland world of theological criminals.  Repeat that pattern of "flattery and betrayal" over and over again, and you have BHO's foreign policy from the beginning.

U.S. Releases Another $1 Billion to Iran.  The United States has released $1 billion in cash assets to Iran in April alone under the interim nuclear deal aimed at ratcheting back Iran's nuclear program, according to the White House.  The Obama administration unfroze Iranian assets totaling $550 million on April 10 and another $450 million on April 15.  The United States has now released $2.55 billion to Iran since February, when the scheduled cash infusions first began.

Iran to Receive Another $550 Million Cash Infusion.  Iran is scheduled to receive another $550 million in unfrozen assets from the Obama administration on Friday [3/7/2014], just days after Tehran unveiled a slew of new weapons and advanced ballistic missiles.  Iranian banking authorities on Wednesday confirmed that another $550 million is now on its way to Tehran under the interim nuclear accord inked last year with the United States and other Western nations.

Obama may trust Iran but America should not.  President Obama's proposal in Geneva to the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council allowing Iran to enrich some uranium violates previous U.N. resolutions demanding the Islamic Republic stop "all" uranium enrichment activity.  To avoid a violation of current U.N. resolutions, the permanent members must ask the entire Security Council to vote to weaken and supersede their previous demands.

President Costanza and the Nuclear Deal with Iran.  The president has seemingly determined that the Iranian theocratic regime is trustworthy, and perhaps a potential ally for us in the Middle East, even though Iran:  1) is technically at war with the U.S.; 2) has a long history of lying in its diplomacy; 3) continues to be the leading state sponsor of international terrorism; 4) cruelly suppresses the human rights of its people; 5) backs the vicious Assad regime in Syria; 6) routinely threatens the extermination of our close ally Israel; and 7) often acts to undermine the stability of other Middle East nations, such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Bahrain.

Senate Democrats Back Off Iran Sanctions to Save Obama.  Unnamed sources told AFP that Democrats who were signed up for more sanctions against Iran have now "privately recoiled from a damaging vote against their own president."  According to AFP, "several Democrat Senators who previously backed a bi-partisan sanctions bill stepped back after Obama threatened a veto during his State of the Union address on Tuesday."  With the Democrats changing position, the bill is quickly losing momentum, and the once-imminent vote on new sanctions is imminent no more.

Obama Has Made it Impossible for Israel to Strike Iran.  It's done.  Iran will get a bomb.  They want a bomb and they will not be denied unless somebody stops them.  Obama does not want to stop them.  He does not want a friendly regime in Iran.  He wants Iran as a counterforce to America and Israel.  Obama is not a Muslim, but he is a radical.  He sees the U.S. and Israel as imperialistic and oppressive.  He doesn't like the U.S. military.  He'd cut it to nothing if he could get away with it.

The Editor asks...
What makes the writer think Obama's not a Muslim?  There is abundant evidence that Obama is in fact a Muslim.

Barack Obama — our appeaser in chief.  Obama and his team have worked to argue for Tehran against the American Congress for several months, insisting that the representatives of the American people should accept the promises of an Iranian government which has spent the last 20 years lying about its weapons programs.  Not to speak of Iranian support for terrorism, murder of Americans, and domestic abuses.

Obama Is Eagerly Mainstreaming the Iranian Regime.  A State Department spokesman announced Monday that the United States and the European Union will begin offering sanctions relief to Iran because the country "has begun to take concrete and verifiable steps to halt its nuclear program."  Here's just three items over the past week that suggest that Iran's behavior perhaps isn't quite worthy of State's praise: [...]

Holder's terror surrender.  If indeed he follows through on promises made to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and reported in yesterday's New York Times, Holder should quite simply be impeached.  Now no one supports racial profiling in the conduct of ordinary policing.  Nor do we support the harassment of our Muslim neighbors and friends.  But to ignore the role of radical Islamists as a genuine security threat to this nation is nothing short of insane.

Iran says Obama administration LIED about details of nuke deal.  Iranian officials claimed on Tuesday that the Obama administration concocted a fact sheet on a landmark nuclear agreement that doesn't match what they endorsed over the weekend. [...] At issue are several differences between the White House's summary of the accord and the plain text of the agreement between Iran, the U.S. and five other industrialized nations — specifically the administration's claim that Iran has agreed to stop enriching uranium for the next six months.

Iran: White House Lying About Details of Nuke Deal.  Iranian officials say that the White House is misleading the public about the details of an interim nuclear agreement reached over the weekend in Geneva. [...] The White House released a multi-page fact sheet containing details of the draft agreement shortly after the deal was announced.  However, Iranian foreign ministry official on Tuesday [11/26/2013] rejected the White House's version of the deal as "invalid" and accused Washington of releasing a factually inaccurate primer that misleads the American public.

The Editor says...
Wow, there's a surprise.  The White House is lying about the Middle East.  Again.

Obama's full grovel to Iran.  There's good news and bad news in Barack Obama's sucker deal with Iran.  The Iranians get all the good news, and the West gets all the bad news. [...] The president and his administration, having done the full grovel in Geneva, is now into full defensive mode.  Stung by the cries of disbelief in Washington from a growing number of his partisan allies in Congress, the president insists that his handiwork "halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program."

Now the Twelfth Imam Can Come.  Among the many who decried the Obama Administration's catastrophic capitulation to the nuclear ambitions of the Islamic Republic of Iran, none spelled out its potential consequences as trenchantly as Israel's Economy Minister Naftali Bennett:  "We awoke this morning to a new reality," he said Sunday.  "A reality in which a bad deal was signed with Iran.  A very bad deal.  If a nuclear suitcase blows up five years from now in New York or Madrid, it will be because of the deal that was signed this morning."

Obama Chose Dishonor.  President Obama had to choose between dishonor and war and he chose dishonor.  Now we will have war.  He has dishonored U.S. allies in the Middle East, including Israel and the Persian Gulf states, by abandoning their security concerns regarding a nuclear Iran by believing that appeasing Iran is the only way to avoid war.

Obama White House betrays an American pastor.  The Obama administration has left an American pastor behind.  In its quest for a "deal" with the hostile, jihadist Iranian regime, the Obama administration has thrown an American Christian, Saeed Abedini, under the bus — the latest American victim in the administration's continual, naïve (at best) quest to bargain with Islamic radicals.

The Secret Talks Between Obama and the Mullahs.  I have long pointed out that Barack Obama's administration, and particularly president Obama himself, has been more than likely clandestinely communicating and working with the Islamic Republic of Iran much longer than just before the current nuclear talks, and even long before President Hassan Rouhani came to the United States to attend the UN General Assembly.  Several national and international outlets have just released more details and reports on this issue.

Obamacare Victims and Israel.  As was the case with ObamaCare, the White House knows that most Americans won't support its policy of doing nothing to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.  So the White House never says that this is its policy.  Obama and his advisers insist that preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power is a central goal of the administration.  But their actions move US policy in the opposite direction.

Dangerous Times: The Crisis-Monger.  The Obama presidency pre-emptively surrenders to the enemy whenever it gets a chance.  It has appointed Muslim Brotherhood loyalists to high positions in this administration.  It has swept under the rug jihadist assaults on our military and our civilian population.  It has failed to stop the aggressive jihadist regime in Iran in its assault — not just on Israel, but on America itself.

Barack H. Obama wishes God's blessing on the leader of a terrorist state.
Obama to Rohani: May God be with you.  "Have a nice day" — this is how Iranian President Hassan Rohani concluded his phone conversation with US President Barack Obama, the first direct contact between leaders of the two nations in over three decades.  A message on Rohani's Twitter page, which has since been deleted, stated that Obama answered in Farsi by saying "khodahafez" to indicate goodbye, whose literal meaning is "may God be with you."

Obama speaks by phone to Iran's Rouhani, sees chance for progress.  [Scroll down]  Rouhani said on a Twitter feed believed to be genuine that in his phone conversation he told Obama "Have a Nice Day!" and Obama responded with "Thank you.  Khodahafez (goodbye)."

The Editor says...
Nice try, Reuters.  Khodahafez means more than just goodbye.

Details of Conversation With Obama Deleted From Twitter Account in Rouhani's Name.  Another of the deleted updates, captured by The Lede, described the two presidents wishing each other farewell in their own languages.  Mr. Rouhani offering the American blessing, "Have a nice day!" and Mr. Obama responding with the Persian word for goodbye, "Khodahafez" — literally, "May God protect you."

Global Jihad Is Here.  In fact, historians may date the start of the Global Jihad to October 1979 — to the Islamic Revolution in Iran, after Jimmy Carter betrayed our loyal ally the shah of Iran to the most cruel and oppressive reactionary ideology in the world.  That was the first major explosion of Muslim imperialism in modern times.  Iran is now moving toward nukes and missile production, with the quiet consent of Barack Hussein Obama.

Franklin Graham: Why is Obama Silent as Iran Tortures American Pastor?  One of the nation's most prominent evangelical leaders wants to know why President Obama has remained silent as Iran tortures an American pastor held captive in one of the Islamic republic's most notorious prisons.  Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, told Fox News the imprisonment and torture of Pastor Saeed Abedini is a blatant example of "religious intolerance."

The IRS, the NSA, and Obama's Dirty Tricks.  [Scroll down]  The NSA collection of data also has a political motivation.  Since the NSA is clearly violating the Fourth Amendment and the Patriot Act, the information they are gathering cannot be used in court.  It would be very difficult for the government to prosecute a terrorist — and Obama wants terrorists prosecuted in criminal court — if the information they obtained violated their rights.  Proof of this is the fact that Obama wanted the Boston bomber to be given a lawyer and Miranda rights.  So the investigation of the Boston bombing case — an investigation likely to yield important information about the terrorist network in the U.S. — was stopped by none other than the president, who claimed the NSA wiretapping is necessary only for national security.

Obama is Abrading the Social Fabric.  [Scroll down]  In any event, with the FBI having ignored specific warnings from the Russians about the Boston bombers and the administration announcing it will provide military support for the Syrian rebels just as they in turn announce their affiliation with Al Qaeda, the need for this elaborate record-gathering becomes ever less clear.  From the outside it seems as if in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iran, and Egypt we are doing everything in our power to strengthen our enemies.  What's the point then creating this expensive apparatus to permit listening to their communications as if we still regarded them as enemies?

The Humiliation of John Kerry.  The secretary of state was back in Washington on Thursday, begging the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to take it easy on the poor Iranians.  Enough with the sanctions, he said.  Secretary Kerry has joined decades of his predecessors, buying into the latest version of the 30-year old illusion that we can make a deal with the Tehran regime if only we deal properly and humbly with them.

Whose side is Obama on?  Team Obama decided precipitously to charge the surviving alleged bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in civilian court.  This action resulted in his being read Miranda rights and obtaining a lawyer, prompting him to refuse to answer more questions from investigators.  Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy observed, "Obama was determined to end the public debate over whether the jihadist is a wartime enemy combatant or a mere criminal defendant."

Gohmert: Muslim Brotherhood Is Guiding Obama In Boston Bombings Investigation.  Appearing on World Net Daily's radio show, Gohmert speculated that Attorney General Eric Holder read bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights to "shut him up" and undermine the investigation into the brothers' possible ties to radical Islam.  "It's very clear to everybody but this administration that radical Islam is at war against us," he said, before noting that Obama has displayed a "real pattern" of "incompetence" in responding to the threat from extremists during his tenure.

Obama's woman in Tehran.  A close friend of Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett is assisting the US government communicate behind the scenes with the representatives of Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei.  Jarret, who was born in the Iranian city of Shiraz, is a senior advisor to US President Barack Obama.

Israeli Paper: Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett Holding Secret Talks With Iran.  In the final presidential debate, President Obama dismissed reports about an agreement to hold one-on-one talks with Iranian officials after the election, but now, two weeks later, fresh claims have emerged on the eve of Tuesday's election, this time tying senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to alleged secret talks with representatives of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Obama Tried to Establish Ties with the Mullahs.  For all those bewildered about why Barack Obama made no attempt to reach out to the democracy demonstrators dying in the streets of Tehran (shades of Benghazigate), it seems our president had his eyes set on a bigger prize — diplomatic relations with Iran's Islamofascist Mullahs.

Obama and Ahmadinejad singing from the same choir book.  Both Obama and Ahmadinejad make political careers out of marketing an image of America the Bully, an America that must pay.  The biggest news ignored by the mainstream media is that the UN, the Muslim Brotherhood and the socialists are now working in concert to deliver One World Government on a largely suspecting [sic] global population.  The only difference between the American president and the Iranian one is that the one who hails from the Mid-East is front and centre about what he wants.

The Terrorists Among Us, Protected by Media & Governmental Forces.  What is going on now went on in Iran and Gaza.  The people had the freedom to vote for enslavement to theocracy and Shariah law.  Their freedom usually ends there.  It took Patrick Poole of PJ Media to expose one Ohio terrorist — Dr. Sultan Sallah — who was living among us, spreading terrorist ideals while he was at the same time being protected by the U.S. government and the media.

Terrorist attack survivors outraged by White House guest.  Survivors of a 1996 terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen are offendedthat an Iraqi official with ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was welcomed to the White House this week.  "Outrage at the visit to the White House really doesn't describe what I feel," said William M. Schooley, who survived the June 25, 1996, bombing of the Khobar Towers.

What's Islam Got to Do with It?  Is there anything Islamic about Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps?  On what basis does Ayman al-Zawahiri, now al-Qaeda's leader, formerly the head of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, claim to be a jihadi — an Islamic warrior?  Do groups that justify terrorism on the basis of Islam have a doctrinal leg to stand on?  Let's not start by answering these questions.  Let's start by agreeing that such questions need to be asked — not suppressed.  Yet right now suppression seems to be the goal of senior officials in the Obama administration.

The Risk of Revolution Grows.  The massive growth of Islamic extremists around the world is being fueled by a deluded foreign policy initiative from the Obama administration.  Muslims are reacting aggressively, seizing control of every major nation in the pan-Arabian region:  Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Syria, Turkey.  Nation by nation, we are facing an increasingly hostile Islamist world.  Sharia law is being pressed everywhere, even in America.  It will rapidly get worse.  Israel is about to become a victim of the first nuclear world war.  It will not be the last.  America may soon be a target as well.

The Obamayyad of Barry Hussein.  Obama isn't just any old Democrat.  Obama is historic, like Gorbachev or Vladimir Lenin.  He is a liberal demigod, an object of worship.  That's why a week ago Jewish liberals in New York paid $30,800 per person to eat rubber chicken with O. ... But when those rockets go up from the Imam Ali missile base in Iran, tipped with miniaturized nuke warheads, the person responsible will be Our Brave Hero, Barack Hussein Soetoro Barry Obama.

Obama's Muslim Daddies.  The Israeli intelligence website DebkaFile has reported that Obama is now seriously considering an attack on the Iranian nuclear facilities.  His change of heart is not, according to Debka, prompted by the Israeli Netanyahu — whose nation is most directly threatened by Iranian nukes — but by an ultimatum from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who told Obama that his nation could not tolerate Iranian WMD, and would develop its own if Iran was allowed to acquire them.  In other words, Netanyahu's threat of a Middle Eastern conflict that could devastate Israel and escalate to all-out nuclear war carried less weight with Obama than the far less severe consequences threatened by the Saudis.

The Elephant in the Room:  Islamism and appeasement.  In a speech in Cairo about a year ago, President Obama sought a "new beginning" for the United States and the world's Muslims.  In pursuit of this initiative, Obama gave his first interview as president to Al-Arabiya television, apologized for America's past behavior, bowed before Saudi royalty, sided with the Palestinians against our ally Israel, did next to nothing to forestall Iran's development of nuclear arms, and released a National Defense Strategy last week that ignores the connection between Islamism and terrorism.

Obama's Post-American World.  A nuclear-ready Iran is preparing for world war.  Here, there, everywhere.  And we have ... impotent Obama.  When the U.N. elected the oppressive Islamic regime of Iran to its Commission on Women's Rights, the U.S. did nothing and said nothing — and our silence was affirmation.  Ignoring Iran's legal mistreatment of women and terrible human rights record is now concurrent with U.S. policy?  This is no accident.  Last year, Obama had the U.S. co-sponsor with Egypt a U.N. resolution calling upon member states to criminalize "incitement to religious hatred," which is UN-speak for restricting free speech about Islamic terrorism.  So the U.S. went on record favoring measures that would violate the 1st Amendment.

Obama the appeaser.  Iran is on the march.  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has once again defied the West — and President Obama — in his quest to acquire nuclear weapons.  The Persian fascist strongman is now months away from arming his Shi'ite revolutionary regime with the means to destroy Israel and blackmail the West.

Why Are We Still Bowing?  Not long after President Barack Obama gave his conciliatory speeches to the Islamic world, he chose not to meddle in the sham election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  In fact, he offered not a word of support for the men and women who took to the streets against that totalitarian regime. ... These days, as Christian farmers are being slaughtered by Muslim machetes in Nigeria, outrage from the White House is difficult to find — though it made sure to instruct our Libyan ambassador to apologize to "Colonel" Moammar Gadhafi after he offered some mildly critical comments about the dictator's call for jihad against Switzerland (true story).

 The Missile Defense Agency logo  (The one in the middle.)

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New Obama Missile Defense Logo Includes A Crescent.  The Obama administration's determined effort to reduce America's missile defense capabilities initially seemed to be just standard Leftist fare — of a piece with the Democratic base's visceral hostility to the idea of protecting us against ballistic missile threats.  A just-unveiled symbolic action suggests, however, that something even more nefarious is afoot.

Obama Missile Defense Agency logo apes Iranian space agency logo.  The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, which is part of the U.S. Department of Defense, went from using the first logo below to using a logo looking strangely similar to the Obama 2008 campaign along with the original agency logo.

Missile Defense Agency, Obama Campaign Logos Cause Internet Stir.  Is this Logo-gate?  The Internet is abuzz with comparisons of the "strikingly similar" logos of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the ubiquitous Obama 2008 campaign.

Obama's Moral-Leadership Balloon Crashes.  Hundreds of thousands of Iranians endured tear gas, bullets, arrests, and torture in an attempt to topple one of the most vicious and dangerous regimes in the world.  Yet day after day, President Obama, moral beacon to the world, dismissed and even denigrated them.  He was not going to allow a bunch of democrats to interfere with his meticulously planned overture of friendship toward the mullahs.

Obama's Odd Islamic Outreach.  In his "first message to the Muslim world" Tuesday [1/27/2009], President Obama on Al-Arabiya TV invited the Is lamic Republic in Iran to "unclench its fist" and accept his offer of "un conditional talks."  A few hours later, after Obama had appeared on the Saudi-owned satellite-TV channel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a crowd of militants that no talks are possible unless the United States met a set of conditions.

Obama has begun discreet talks with Iran, Syria.  US President Barack Obama has already used experts within the last few months to hold high-level but discreet talks with both Iran and Syria, organizers of the meetings told AFP.

The Editor says...
What's this?  He has been negotiating "within the last few months", but he was only sworn in two weeks ago.

All Carrots, No Sticks.  Despite claims to the contrary, the use of force by the United States to prevent the mullahs in Teheran from possessing nuclear weapons is now effectively off the table.  During the presidential campaign, President Obama assured the American people that an Iranian atomic weapon would be "unacceptable," but unless Israel takes action, the President has entrapped himself in negotiations that will not move these hardened jihadist revolutionaries but will only provide them enough time to enrich the uranium they need for their first atomic weapon.

Mullahs can't be charmed.  The new era of engagement thus appears so far to be providing the Iranians with valuable leeway for the pursuit of their nuclear ambitions, and the Syrians with similar space to avoid being brought to account for their own, apparently now discontinued program.  In addition, the new era is giving the spokesmen of both dictatorships plenty of opportunity for engaging in the scolding and proclamations of moral superiority of which they are fond.  It is unlikely that this is what the new US President had in mind.

The Myth of America's 'Tough' Iran Policy.  As futile as the idea of talking to the Ayatollahs seems to sober Americans and our allies today, we must first set the record straight on those policies of the past that Obama is determined to change:  America has never had a "tough" policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Appeasers.  A group of today's appeasers sent a letter to President-elect Obama just before the Inauguration (so that it was apparently drafted during the Gaza fighting), calling on him to negotiate with Hamas.  Others, such as the British Government, are undertaking negotiations with Hezbollah.  Vice President Joe Biden wants talks with the Taliban.  The pro-Israel Washington Institute wants to tone down the language we use, recommending we stop using phrases like "war on terror," "global insurgency," even "the Muslim world."  The president himself wants talks with Iran, as do numerous columnists, such as the New York Times's Roger Cohen.  Secretary of State Clinton has dispatched diplomats to Damascus to talk to Bashar Assad.

Obama and Khamenei.  During the U.S. presidential election, President Obama boasted that he would embark on personal diplomacy to solve our foreign policy problems with terrorist countries such as Syria and the Islamic Republic. ... President Obama, it takes two to tango, as the old saying goes.  The uncompromising oil-intoxicated fanatics of Iran and their proxies don't want to dance with you.  They want the entire floor — the Middle East — and the rest of the world down the road.

Billboards of Hate.  As Barack Hussein Obama draws closer to Iran, Syria and its proxy, Hezb'allah, moves to negotiate with Hamas and intensifies pressure on Israel, accusations about the influence of the "Israeli lobby," but not the Saudi lobby, abound.  Increasingly, America's problems are blamed by Obama appointees on U.S. support for Israel and U.S. foreign policy appears to be becoming less favorable to the Jewish state.

Barack Obama Is Giving Iran The Time It Needs To Build A Nuclear Bomb.  Has President Obama inadvertently given Iran the green light to develop an atom bomb?  I only ask because it appears to be the logical conclusion to be drawn from his announcement this week that he is giving Iran until the end of the year to decide whether or not to co-operate with the West over its controversial nuclear programme.

Is Obama Another Jimmy Carter?  During the U.S. Presidential primaries last year, I had expressed my misgivings that Barack Obama might turn out to be another Jimmy Carter, whose confused thinking and soft image paved the way for the success of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.  The subsequent Iranian defiance of the U.S. and Carter's inability to deal effectively with the crisis in which Iranian students raided the U.S. Embassy in Teheran...

Israel to Obama:  "No You Can't!"  North Korea is launching missiles, Iran is building nukes, Saudi Arabia is sponsoring hate that translates into worldwide terrorism, Sudan is still massacring and raping, China is busy ethnic cleansing Tibet into a Chinese province... but the Obama Administration is furious, yes "furious" at only one country, Israel.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2015 by Andrew K. Dart

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