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  • Dirty politics from Camp Obama

    09/25/2008 10:27:04 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 20 replies · 370+ views
    Spectator Blogs ^ | September 25, 2008 | Melanie Phillips
    Earlier this week, I wrote about the dirty tricks campaign against journalist Amir Taheri following his revelation that, in a private meeting in Iraq last July with Iraqi leaders, Barack Obama tried to persuade them to delay the agreement being hammered out with the US government on a draw-down of the American military presence. According to this account, which quoted Iraq’s foreign minister Hoshya Zebari (pictured), Obama had thus privately sought to undermine an American government foreign policy initiative – an explosive revelation. Taheri subsequently dismissed as tendentious Camp Obama’s response which he said deliberately confused two separate agreements under...
  • Why the West Can't Do Business With Iran (Important read)

    01/18/2013 3:53:50 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Standpoint Mag. ^ | January/February 2013 | AMIR TAHERI
    -excerpt- As far as the Islamic Republic is concerned, anti-Americanism may be even more important than professing Islam. This is why Tehran has forged close ties with the handful of regimes across the globe that, each for a reason of its own, shares that visceral hatred of the US. -exceprt- In the dispute over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, Iran supported Christian Armenia against Shia Muslim Azerbaijan. The reason was Armenia's close ties with Russia, while Azerbaijan had become an ally of the US and established full diplomatic ties with Israel. What mattered for the Khomeinist regime was not Islam but...
  • Iran’s nuke ‘victory’ (Zero OKs Iranian Enrichment)

    04/16/2012 9:36:37 AM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/16/2012 | Amir Taheri
    ‘An important reversal of America’s position!” is how Tehran’s government-mouthpiece daily Kayhan described the outcome of the latest talks between Iran and the 5+1 group of nations on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The 5+1 team (the permanent members of the United Nations’ Security Council plus Germany) was led by European Union foreign-affairs spokeswoman Catherine Ashton. High Council of National Security Secretary Saeed Jalili led the Iranian team. The talks, held in Istanbul on Saturday, supposedly tried to persuade Tehran to comply with UN Security Council resolutions it has ignored for years — the key demand of which is that...
  • Iran: The fight at the top heats up

    06/19/2011 6:08:01 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    al Arabiya ^ | June 3, 2011 | Amir Taheri
    To jump or not to jump? For Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that has become the question. Not long ago, Mr. Ahmadinejad was regarded as the most powerful of the five presidents the Islamic Republic in its three decades of existence. With the opposition "green" movement almost silenced, his administration faced no serious challenge within the Khomeinist movement establishment. Ahmadinejad also marked some success selling his doctrine of "Iranian Islam" as a substitute for the hotchpotch concocted by Ayatollah Khomeini. Translated into 30 languages, his authorised biography, "Ahmadinejad: The Miracle of the Century", was supposed to have sold a million copies....
  • Iran's Green Movement Lives (Amir Taheri)

    02/19/2011 6:37:58 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | Amir Taheri
    -Excerpt- The Iranian opposition consists of a wide variety of parties and groups with different ideologies and goals. Messrs. Khatami, Mousavi and Karroubi miss few opportunities to declare that they are not seeking regime change but change within the regime. They claim that Mr. Ahmadinejad has abandoned "the true teachings" of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic in 1979. The trio are often labelled "reformists" although they have not indicated a single reform they plan to introduce. Their main threat is that, unless they are allowed to form political parties, they will boycott the coming Majlis elections...
  • Suicide bombing comes home to Iran

    12/18/2010 3:25:56 PM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | Dec. 17, 2010 | Amir Taheri
    Until a few years ago, the global map of Islamist suicide terrorism included a single tiny patch of territory: Israel. Since then, the map has expanded to include first Iraq, where suicide attacks have claimed thousands of lives, and then Afghanistan, where the Taliban use it as a war tactic. Then Pakistan, where suicide attacks have become part of daily life. Wednesday's suicide attack in Chabahar, the principal Iranian port on the Gulf of Oman, has shown that Iran, too, is now part of that sinister map. The double attack, which claimed at least 39 lives, wasn't the first of...
  • Second Term Blues in Tehran

    06/28/2010 6:41:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | June 25, 2010 | Amir Taheri
    Things are not going very well for Agha Mahmoud. A year after his landslide re-election as President of the Islamic Republic, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is facing what political commentators have long labelled 'the second term blues.' This particular affliction concerns virtually all those who serve a second term as president. Having won the re-election with the promise of 'the best is yet to come' they quickly realise that this is simply not the case. Consider a few items with regards to President Ahmadinejad. He had promised a reconciliation tour that was to take him to 20 of Iran's 30 provinces in...
  • Propaganda war latest: Tehran 3 Israel 0

    06/09/2010 4:59:54 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 42+ views
    Times Online - UK ^ | June 7, 2010 | Amir Taheri
    Iran’s tactic of portraying its enemy as facing inevitable destruction is proving successful As Iran’s leadership prepares to dispatch a Red Crescent flotilla to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, its propaganda organs are spreading one message throughout the Muslim world: the Jewish state, branded by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as “the Zionist stain of shame”, is heading for its inevitable destruction. An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said of these aid ships that “if this symbolic campaign continues, it will result in the surrender of the Zionist regime, which will certainly be one of its biggest defeats”. Over the past three years,...
  • Iran's Emerging Military Dictatorship

    02/24/2010 5:16:24 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 337+ views
    WSJ ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2010
    At first glance, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei might seem a happy man. The pro-democracy movement had promised that last Thursday, the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, would be a turning point for the cause of freedom. But Mr. Khamenei's regime contained the mounting opposition. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) controlled Tehran with the help of tens of thousands of club-wielding street fighters shipped in from all over the country. Opposition marchers, confined to the northern part of the city, were locked into hit-and-run battles with the regime's professional goons. An opposition attempt at storming the Evin...
  • Symbolic gestures won’t deter this regime

    12/16/2009 4:52:32 AM PST · by nuconvert · 296+ views
    Times online UK ^ | Amir Taheri
    Iran has pursued its nuclear project with a strategy inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s story The Purloined Letter. In that short story, the police fail to find a stolen letter because they think it must be elaborately hidden. Instead, the thief outwits them by placing it right under their noses. To those who have followed the evolution of Iran’s military doctrine since the 1980s, the leak to The Times of confidential intelligence documents indicating that Iran is working on a key final component of a nuclear bomb comes as no surprise. The regime in Tehran has not hidden its nuclear...
  • Iran's Democratic Moment

    12/11/2009 5:34:15 PM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 514+ views
    WSJ ^ | Amir Taheri
    A month ago, Gen. Muhammad-Ali Aziz Jaafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, vowed to stop further antiregime demonstrations in Iran and break what he termed "this chain of conspiracies." But this week the "chain" appeared to be as strong as ever: Students across the nation defied the general and his political masters by organizing numerous demonstrations on and off campus. The various opposition groups that constitute the pro-democracy movement have already called for another series of demonstrations on Dec. 27, a holy day on the Muslim Shiite calendar. Meanwhile, the official calendar of the Islamic Republic includes 22 days...
  • Obama's First Year and Buyer's Remorse

    11/26/2009 9:48:22 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 48 replies · 2,831+ views
    alsharq alawsat ^ | 27/11/2009 | Amir Taheri
    Obama's First Year and Buyer's Remorse 27/11/2009 By Amir Taheri Remember the designer accessory you bought with so much passion? And, what about the gadget that set you dreaming about boundless possibilities? Well, if you do remember such things you would also recall the sense of regret that set in soon after you acquired the coveted objects. In marketing parlance, that sense of regret is known as "buyer's remorse", the feeling that what we have acquired with enthusiasm is not so hot after all. In a recent tour of the United States to promote my new book, I gained the...
  • Myths of our Afghanistan debate

    10/15/2009 7:37:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 461+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 15, 2009 | AMIR TAHERI
    Eight years ago this week, the Taliban emptied the coffers of the Central Bank and ran away from Kabul. Yet a number of myths still haunt the debate on Afghanistan -- and the Obama administration's policy. Myth No. 1: No foreign power ever managed to subjugate Afghanistan, "The graveyard of empires." Historic truth is different. What's now known as Afghanistan was part of successive empires until 1702, when a Persian adventurer, Ahmad Dorrani, set it up as his fiefdom. With the European powers' rise, it became a buffer state separating the domains of Russia, Britain and Persia. The Afghans did...
  • Bam's Gifts to A'jad

    10/05/2009 7:55:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 634+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 3, 2009
    BY all accounts, Thursday's talks between Iran and the 5+1 group of major powers represent a diplomatic coup for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he faces continued political unrest at home. Before the talks, Ahmadinejad's opponents -- among them former Prime Minister Mir-Hussein Mussavi, the man who believes he won last June's presidential election -- claimed that Tehran's stance on the nuclear issue was driving the country toward "sanctions and war." Ahmadinejad had countered the claim by promising to lock the 5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) into "long and well-planned talks" with an agenda...
  • Obama's plan? what plan? Despite his claims, the president has no Afghan strategy

    09/27/2009 4:27:42 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 577+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 27, 2009 | AMIR TAHERI
    Throughout last year’s presidential campaign, Barack Obama lambasted the Bush administration for fighting “the wrong war” in Iraq and ignoring the right one in Afghanistan. Iraq was a “war of choice,” Obama claimed, while Afghanistan was a “war of necessity.” Repeatedly, he claimed that, if elected president, he’d unveil a new “stronger, smarter and comprehensive strategy.” In March, in one of those solemn-looking occasions in which he excels, Obama said that the new strategy, which he did not elaborate, was already in place. He speeded up the troop buildup ordered by the Bush administration, and a few weeks later named...
  • Obama's plan? what plan?

    09/27/2009 4:22:54 AM PDT · by jersey117 · 23 replies · 838+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 27, 2009 | AMIR TAHERI
    Throughout last year’s presidential campaign, Barack Obama lambasted the Bush administration for fighting “the wrong war” in Iraq and ignoring the right one in Afghanistan. Iraq was a “war of choice,” Obama claimed, while Afghanistan was a “war of necessity.” Repeatedly, he claimed that, if elected president, he’d unveil a new “stronger, smarter and comprehensive strategy.”
  • A victory for A'jad

    09/16/2009 12:54:56 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 274+ views
    N Y Post ^ | Sept. 16, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    HAS Iranian President Mah moud Ahmadinejad won his first diplomatic victory since his disputed re-election in June? Last Thursday, Tehran presented what it calls "an updated package" as the basis for fresh talks with the G+1 (the UN Security Council's five permanent members, plus Germany). On Friday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley called the package "unacceptable" but added that America would seek "an early meeting" and give the Islamic Republic until year's end to make up its mind. On Monday, Iran announced that fresh talks would start on Oct. 1. The official Islamic Republic News Agency reported that European Union...
  • Amir Taheri: End of Discussion - In Iran, there is a growing consensus that it is time to...

    07/27/2009 11:46:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 910+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 27, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    July 27, 2009, 0:00 a.m. End of DiscussionIn Iran, there is a growing consensus that it is time to move beyond Khomeinism. By Amir Taheri No one knows how the current Iranian insurrection, triggered by last month’s disputed presidential election, will end. However, one thing is already clear: The doctrine of walayat faqih (“government of the theologian”), the cornerstone of the Khomeinist system, is dead. The late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini invented the doctrine to justify the claim that he drew his legitimacy from Allah and was accountable solely to Him. In practice, walayat faqih was supposed to work the...
  • Ali and the Quartet (Amir Taheri)

    07/24/2009 6:34:51 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 221+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | July 24, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    When Iranians want to highlight someone's isolation, they use the proverb: "Ali is left with his pond!" The proverb was on many minds last Monday during a live telecast of ceremonies in which Ali Khamenei, the "Supreme Guide" urged "the elite" to close ranks behind President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The cameras did their best to show that, in this instance at least, Ali was not alone at his pond. The "Supreme Guide" was surrounded by men in uniforms, sporting ferocious beards. There were a dozen or so African dignitaries in colorful tribal attires. (What they were doing there we never fond...
  • The fight for Iran's future is far from over

    06/30/2009 2:53:15 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 333+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | June 30, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    As the post-election crisis in Iran enters its third week, one thing is clear: the oxymoron that was the Islamic Republic is already dead. If the radical faction led by Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, wins the power struggle, Iran will drop its “republican” pretensions to become an Islamic emirate or an imamate. But if the opposition wins, the theocratic aspect of the regime will end, allowing Iran to become a normal republic in which power belongs to the people. For 30 years, Iran has suffered from a split personality: trying to remain faithful to the late Ayatollah Khomeini’s ersatz...
  • HOW HARD TO PUSH? IRAN PROTEST LEADERS DEBATE

    06/25/2009 2:54:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 330+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 25, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    AS Iranians mark another day of mourning for demonstrators killed by the Is lamist forces last week, protest-movement leaders are engaged in behind-the-scenes debates over strategy. Pointing to the diminishing size of the protest crowds in Tehran, some Khomeinist-regime apologists have already concluded that the protest movement is fizzling out. In fact, the movement has won a major victory by ending the myth that the regime controls "the street" through "the popular masses." The last 12 days have shown that the opposition can produce larger, more determined crowds. The only way the regime can regain control of "the street" is...
  • REVOLUTION REDUX? THE 1979 REBELLION VS. TODAY

    06/23/2009 2:46:27 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 544+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 23, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    IS Iran replaying its revolution of 30 years ago? At first glance, there are many similarities between this revolt and the 1979 one. First, the streets of Tehran and other major cities have become the power struggle's principal arena. In 1979, a big part of Iranian society had lost all faith in institutional politics. The parliament was discredited, because it was composed of the members of a single party, Rastakhiz (Renaissance), set up by the shah. The Council of Ministers, headed by the prime minister, was dismissed as irrelevant if only because all power rested with the monarch. Because there...
  • DEEPENING DIVISIONS ( CRACKDOWN IN IRAN MAY START TODAY )

    06/20/2009 5:57:36 AM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 761+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | June 20, 2009 | AMIR TAHERI
    BILLED as "unity prayers," yesterday's congregation at Tehran University's campus instead highlighted the deep divisions that are tearing apart the Khomeinist ruling elite. The gathering was supposed to reassert the authority of "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenei and defuse the crisis triggered by the "re-election" of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And Khamenei did deploy his oratorical talents in a desperate appeal for calm -- yet his total support for Ahmadinejad indicated the regime's determination to rely on force rather than oratory to regain control. Khamenei went further, asserting that Ahmadinejad's views on "both domestic and foreign policies" are closer to his than...
  • Tehran's Re-election Fixers Script a "Landslide" for Hate

    06/14/2009 3:10:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 700+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 14, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    THAT Iran's president, Mahmoud Ah madinejad, would win re-election was never in doubt. But the scale of the victory arranged for him has surprised even some of his friends. Whoever scripted the results made sure that Ahmadinejad won more votes than anyone in the 103-year history of elections in Iran. With almost 63 percent of the votes, Ahmadinejad is credited with twice as many votes as his closest rival, former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi. The turnout was also the highest ever -- put at 85 percent. The president won in every social category and age group and in every...
  • Isolating Islamists - Lebanon Votes for Freedom

    06/09/2009 6:10:50 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 3 replies · 397+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 9, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    Less than three days after President Obama tried to woo Islamist forces with a major speech in Cairo, secular democratic forces in the Middle East won a dramatic victory in a crucial election in Lebanon. Two rival blocs faced off -- one pro-Iranian, one pro-Western.
  • MEEK PREZ ROLLS OVER & LETS FANATICS SET MUSLIM AGENDA

    06/05/2009 3:48:18 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies · 819+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 5, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    PRESIDENT Obama's "ad dress to the Muslim world" was a masterwork of equivocation and political naiveté. Let's start with a sentence buried within his text -- possibly in hopes that few might notice. With it, Obama effectively accepts Iran's nuclear ambitions. "No single nation should pick and choose which nations should hold nuclear weapons," he said. He wasn't prepared to go further than warning that an Iranian bomb could mark the start of a Middle East nuclear arms race. Unlike his previous statements, the Cairo speech didn't include the threat of any action -- not even further sanctions -- against...
  • Barack Obama is blind to his blunders over Islam

    06/01/2009 2:05:53 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 63 replies · 2,487+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | June 2, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    The new President's approach discourages change in Middle Eastern countries that need it most For the past week or so, the Middle East has been abuzz with speculation about Barack Obama's “historic address to the Muslim world” to be delivered in Cairo on Thursday. During his presidential campaign, Obama had promised to make such a move within his first 100 days at the White House. In the event, the first 100 days came and went without Obama delivering on his promise. Nevertheless, he granted his first interview as President to Saudi television and, later, made a speech at the Turkish...
  • Iran Loves a Vacuum-->Obama is Giving Them One

    05/04/2009 5:04:40 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 327+ views
    WSJ/The Lid ^ | 5/4/09 | The Lid
    There is that old saying that nature abhors a vacuum. That goes doubly so when it come to political influence. Since he became president, Barack Obama has set American Foreign policy back on its heels. He as announced a withdrawal from Iraq, a hopeless search for non-existent moderate Taliban, and his engagement with both Iran and Syria that is all carrot an no stick. Along with all that is his "down grade" of the world wide war against Islamist Terrorism. It just seems as if the United States is doing a retreat from the region. Where there is a retreat,...
  • INSIDE IRAN'S NEW CONSPIRACY THEORY

    04/18/2009 7:07:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 42 replies · 1,013+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 17, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    IRAN is facing an "international conspiracy" to over throw the Khomeinist re gime with a "velvet revolution," the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) claimed yesterday. The latest mascot of the plotters is supposed to be Roxana Saberi, a former Miss North Dakota now charged with espionage in Tehran. A US citizen with an Iranian father and a Japanese mother, the 31-year-old Roxana has worked in Iran on and off for years as a freelance reporter. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for Saberi's immediate release and safe return to the US. IRNA claims that the plot was first...
  • Obama’s Message to Muslims Called ‘Pathetic’

    02/01/2009 7:33:29 PM PST · by jessduntno · 29 replies · 1,544+ views
    newsmax ^ | Today
    Obama’s Message to Muslims Called ‘Pathetic’ In his interview with a Saudi-owned TV channel on Tuesday, President Barack Obama referred to “an illusionary past” in the Muslim world that was in fact plagued by turmoil, a leading Middle Eastern expert declared. Amir Taheri, in a New York Post column headlined “Pathetic Message,” said Obama “looked to the past rather than the future” when he told an Al-Arabiya interviewer he wanted a return to “the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago.” But 30 years ago, Taheri noted, American...
  • AMIR TAHERI: In Search of the Afghan Maliki - The U.S. should focus on its own interests

    01/08/2009 12:26:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 612+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 15, 2008 | AMIR TAHERI
    Early in 2007, as the American presidential campaign started to gather momentum, critics of Pres. George W. Bush’s War on Terror invented a scheme that allowed them to oppose the administration’s strategy while dodging charges of appeasement. Under that scheme, Iraq was presented as “the bad war” or, according to Sen. Barack Obama, “the wrong war, at the wrong time, and in the wrong place.” In contrast, Afghanistan was presented as “the good war,” the “just war,” or even “the necessary war.” The argument was that the war in Iraq was wrong because it had not been explicitly approved by...
  • DUBIOUS 'DIALOGUE' (BAM'S NAIVE MUSLIM OUTREACH)

    12/15/2008 1:59:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 725+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 15, 2008 | AMIR TAHERI
    Barack Obama has been toying with the idea of dialogue with the Islamic world for two years now - but he has yet to approach the idea of actually saying anything meaningful. At one point, his advisers talked of convening a White House summit with Muslim leaders. When that scheme was exposed as fanciful, they recommended that he attend the Islamic Summit Conference, convened once every three years. But that, too, has turned out to be problematic - so now they talking of plans for "a major address in an Islamic capital." But what does Obama wish to say in...
  • Mumbai attacks: the terrorists' tactics

    11/28/2008 10:43:32 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 25 replies · 1,286+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 28 Nov 2008 | Amir Taheri
    The Army of Muhammad is back. This was the message buzzing in radical Islamist circles yesterday as the world tried to absorb the shock of the terrorist attacks in Bombay, India's economic capital. While it is not yet clear which group was behind the attacks, it looks as if the perpetrators were trying to imitate the tactic of ghazwa, used by the Prophet against Meccan caravans in his decade-long campaign to seize control of the city. The tactic consists of surprise no-holds-barred attacks simultaneously launched against a caravan or settlement with the aim of demoralising the enemy and hastening his...
  • Obama and Ahmadinejad

    10/26/2008 6:40:58 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 1,454+ views
    forbes ^ | Oct.26, '08 | Amir Taheri
    Is Barack Obama the "promised warrior" coming to help the Hidden Imam of Shiite Muslims conquer the world? The question has made the rounds in Iran since last month, when a pro-government Web site published a Hadith (or tradition) from a Shiite text of the 17th century. The tradition comes from Bahar al-Anvar (meaning Oceans of Light) by Mullah Majlisi, a magnum opus in 132 volumes and the basis of modern Shiite Islam. According to the tradition, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib (the prophet's cousin and son-in-law) prophesied that at the End of Times and just before the return of the...
  • ASKING TO BE TESTEDOBAMA'S AMBIGUITY INVITES ATTACKS

    10/26/2008 9:31:08 AM PDT · by fiodora · 17 replies · 1,046+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 24, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    FOR once, Joe Biden wasn't making a gaffe when he warned that, if elected president, Barack Obama would quickly be put to the test by America's many enemies. Biden didn't say why this is bound to happen, but the answer is clear: Obama would be put to the test because he is untested. More important, perhaps, as a candidate, Obama has worked hard to remain untestable by offering ambiguous, contradictory and confusing views on key issues of US policy: Obama's interest in international affairs looks to be quite recent. As a community organizer and then a Chicago politician until 2005,...
  • The Hot Holiday Destination: Iraq?--So much for "the war is lost."

    09/22/2008 5:16:16 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies · 209+ views
    New York Post | Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 22, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    The way Barack Obama talks of Iraq, you'd think the whole county is a sea of fire and blood, created by the United States. So he might be surprised to learn that tour operators in Europe and the Middle East are touting this "sea of fire and blood" as a new holiday destination. One program just put on the market by Terre Entiere, a leading French tour operator, offers a "Christmas Pilgrimage" in December to Iraq's biblical sites, some of which date back more than 2,000 years. Another program starts in January. Called "Forgotten History," it includes visits to some...
  • Obama 101

    09/19/2008 5:19:39 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 29 replies · 198+ views
    NRO ^ | September 19, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    On Monday, in an opinion piece published in the New York Post, I suggested that Senator Barack Obama had urged Iraqi leaders to postpone making an agreement with the United States until there was a new administration in Washington. I said this because Obama himself had said it. By trying to second-guess the present administration in its negotiations with Iraq, Obama ignored a golden rule of American politics. I first learned about that rule from Senator Edward Kennedy more than 30 years ago. During a visit to Tehran, Kennedy received a few Iranian reporters for a poolside chat. The big...
  • THE HOT HOLIDAY DESTINATION: IRAQ?

    09/20/2008 9:00:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 249+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 20, 2008 | AMIR TAHERI
    THE way Barack Obama talks of Iraq, you'd think the whole county is a sea of fire and blood, created by the United States. So he might be surprised to learn that tour operators in Europe and the Middle East are touting this "sea of fire and blood" as a new holiday destination. One program just put on the market by Terre Entiere, a leading French tour operator, offers a "Christmas Pilgrimage" in December to Iraq's biblical sites, some of which date back more than 2,000 years. Another program starts in January. Called "Forgotten History," it includes visits to some...
  • Undermining McCain Campaign Attack, Republicans Back Obama‘s Version of Meeting

    09/20/2008 2:29:14 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 64 replies · 378+ views
    ABC news ^ | 8/19/2008 | Jake Tapper and Kirit Radia
    Earlier this week, the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., seized upon a column in the New York Post that described Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as having urged Iraqi leaders in a private meeting to delay coming to an agreement with the Bush administration on the status of U.S. troops. "Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a drawdown of the American military presence," Post columnist Amir Taheri wrote, quoting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who told the Post that Obama, during his meeting with Iraqi leaders in July, "asked why we were...
  • CBS News picks up on Obama/Troop Withdrawl Delay story

    09/19/2008 7:02:08 PM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 22 replies · 256+ views
    NRO via CBS ^ | 9-19-08 | Andrew McCarthy
    What happens when Democrats get their wires crossed? What happens when drivel like “Change you can believe in” collides with such malarkey as “our commitment to the Rule of Law”? Fraud happens. The etymology, by the way, traces to the Latin word fraus - which the Obama campaign might bear in mind if it’s planning to whip up any more of those mock presidential seals. Or, for that matter, mock presidential addresses. Sen. Barack Obama has just bestowed another of these upon us: a two-minute political ad on a Wall Street upheaval so sudden the campaign didn’t have time to...
  • Fox & Friends to have Amir Taheri on this hour to talk about Obama's troop withdrawl delay request!

    09/18/2008 3:10:31 AM PDT · by vwatto · 37 replies · 289+ views
    Fox News | 9/18/2008 | Me
    Story growing legs? I'm surprised it's being folowed up on.
  • Obama Talked to Iraqi Leaders About Delaying US Troop Agreements

    09/17/2008 1:50:42 PM PDT · by mondoreb · 9 replies · 329+ views
    DBKP ^ | September 16, 2008 | rizzuto
    Why isn't Obama denying Amir Taheri's charges? He admited to it in June to MSNBC! [NOTE: The New York Post's Amir Taheri, in "OBAMA TRIED TO STALL GIS' IRAQ WITHDRAWAL", "discussed how Barack Obama, during his July trip, had asked Iraqi leaders not to finalize an agreement vital to the future of US forces in Iraq - and how the effect of such a delay would be to postpone the departure of the US from Iraq beyond the time Obama himself calls for."] We've discovered an MSNBC article which directly contradicts Obama's defense of his negotiations with the Iraq government....
  • OBAMA OBJECTS BUT THE EVIDENCE SAYS I'M RIGHT....(NY Post Amir Taheri-OBAMA is lying !!!)

    09/17/2008 4:10:11 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 62 replies · 452+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 17, 2008 | AMIR TAHERI
    IN Monday's Post, I discussed how Barack Obama, during his July trip, had asked Iraqi leaders not to finalize an agreement vital to the future of US forces in Iraq - and how the effect of such a delay would be to postpone the departure of the US from Iraq beyond the time Obama himself calls for. The Obama campaign has objected. While its statement says my article was "filled with distortions," the rebuttal actually centers on a technical point: the differences between two Iraqi-US accords under negotiation - the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA, to set rules governing US...
  • Obama Camp Confirms Treasonous Actions on Iraq Trip

    09/16/2008 4:59:56 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 47 replies · 354+ views
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 16 September 2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yesterday Amir Taheri in the New York Post quoted the Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari as saying that Obama made the demand when he visited Baghdad in July that (paraphrasing) "You guys shouldn't start talking about troop withdrawal now, you should wait 'til the next president's elected." The quote here from the Iraqi foreign minister, "He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement on US troop withdrawal until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington. However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates...
  • Obama Confirms Effort To Delay Troop Pullout In Iraq (Obama Acted Illegally?

    09/16/2008 3:02:08 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies · 208+ views
    American Power Blog ^ | 9/16/2008 | Donald Douglas
    Barack Obama's statement denying secret negotiations with the Iraqi government on the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq in fact confirms Amir Taheri's allegations that the Illinois Senator made an end run around U.S. officials on the disposition of American forces. Obama's own statements reveal he indeed appealed to the Iraqi government for a delay in the withdrawal plans. In the New York Post, conservative Iranian-born columnist Amir Taheri quoted Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari as saying the Democrat made the demand when he visited Baghdad in July, while publicly demanding an early withdrawal. ... Obama's national security spokeswoman Wendy Morigi said...
  • Obama camp confirms troop pullout delay plan

    09/16/2008 2:33:35 PM PDT · by hope · 22 replies · 595+ views
    WND ^ | 9/16/08
    The Obama campaign issued an angry denial to a report yesterday that the Democratic presidential candidate privately urged Iraqi leaders to delay U.S. troop withdrawals, but the statement essentially confirmed the story. Responding to a column by Iranian-born analyst Amir Taheri in the New York Post, Obama spokeswoman Wendy Morigi insisted Obama "has never urged a delay in negotiations, nor has he urged a delay in immediately beginning a responsible drawdown of our combat brigades." But in the same statement, Morigi said Obama had told the Iraqis they should not rush through a "Strategic Framework Agreement" governing the future of...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Obama Allegedly Undermined U.S. Foreign Policy in Iraq

    09/15/2008 12:35:45 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 41 replies · 387+ views
    The Husaria: For Our Freedom and Yours ^ | 9/15/08 | Winged Hussar 1683
    Stick a fork in Obama: he's doneThe following is in today's New York Post,. The bottom line is that Barack Obama allegedly attempted to undermine official U.S. policy in Iraq, an action that could have endangered thousands of lives as well as regional peace and security, for his own political benefit. We encourage our readers to circulate this story as widely as possible, because it alone should mean the end of Obama's candidacy. OBAMA TRIED TO STALL GIS' IRAQ WITHDRAWAL by Amir Taheri WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has...
  • Please Barack Say You Didn't Try to Stall Troop Withdrawal until after the Elections

    09/15/2008 2:27:43 PM PDT · by Plutarch · 30 replies · 170+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | September 15, 2008 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    The New York Post is no friend of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Any knock of Obama by its editorial writers and op-ed columnists should be taken with the whole bag of salt. That´s likely the case with this stunning allegation that´s making its way around the internet courtesy of Post Columnist Amir Taheri. He alleges that in a private talk with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari during his visit to Iraq in July, Obama allegedly tried to talk Zebari and other Iraqi leaders into stalling the phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. The alleged reason for the...
  • Obama Tried to Stall Iraq Withdrawal

    09/15/2008 8:21:05 AM PDT · by red irish · 25 replies · 240+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 15 | Amir Tahen
    http://www.againstobama.com/2008/09/obama-tried-
  • OBAMA TRIED TO STALL GIS' IRAQ WITHDRAWAL [election is over?]

    09/15/2008 2:03:51 AM PDT · by Enchante · 686 replies · 3,605+ views
    New York Post ^ | 09/15/08 | AMIR TAHERI
    WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence. According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July. "He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview. Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in...