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  • Congress Probes FBI Over Top Obama National Security Advisor’s Security Clearance

    01/05/2017 6:03:55 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies ^ | 1/5/17 | Adam Kredo
    A top White House national security adviser and key proponent of the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran is the focus of a congressional inquiry following disclosures the FBI may have denied him top-level security clearances, according to communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser who led the administration’s efforts to mislead Congress about the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, is under scrutiny in the wake of disclosures he was declined interim clearance status by the FBI in 2008, when the administration was moving into the White House. Since that...
  • Benghazi emails suggest White House aide involved in prepping Rice for ‘video’ explanation

    04/29/2014 10:31:55 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 100 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/29/2014 | Catherine Herridge
    Newly released emails on the Benghazi terror attack suggest a senior White House aide played a central role in preparing former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice for her controversial Sunday show appearances -- where she wrongly blamed protests over an Internet video. More than 100 pages of documents were released to the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Among them was a Sept. 14, 2012, email from Ben Rhodes, an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. The Rhodes email, with the subject line: "RE: PREP Call with...
  • How Clinton Donor Got on Sensitive Intelligence Board

    06/10/2016 6:09:55 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 64 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 10, 2016 | Matthew Mosk Brian Ross CHO PARK
    Newly released State Department emails help reveal how a major Clinton Foundation donor was placed on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board even though he had no obvious experience in the field, a decision that appeared to baffle the department’s professional staff. The emails further reveal how, after inquiries from ABC News, the Clinton staff sought to “protect the name” of the Secretary, “stall” the ABC News reporter and ultimately accept the resignation of the donor just two days later. Copies of dozens of internal emails were provided to ABC News by the conservative political group Citizens United, which obtained...
  • Iran: The Conspiracy that Wasn't (Amir Taheri)

    07/20/2007 5:56:29 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 419+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 20, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    Iran: The Conspiracy that Wasn't July 20, 2007 The New York Post Amir Taheri . . . THOUGH IT DOES SEEM A FINE IDEA Esfandiari: Hardly a "foreign plotter." EVER since its creation in 1979, the Islamic Republic in Iran has been obsessed with conspiracy theories, especially "foreign plots" to topple it. This paranoia was demonstrated again Wednesday with the televised confessions of two U.S. citizens of Iranian origin arrested in Tehran and accused of working for the "Great Satan." To most Iranians who watched the sordid show, the two "enemies of Islam" seemed unlikely heroes of an international conspiracy....
  • Baker wants Israel excluded from regional conference

    12/06/2006 12:43:40 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 222 replies · 3,412+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | December 5, 2006
    The White House has been examining a proposal by James Baker to launch a Middle East peace effort without Israel. The peace effort would begin with a U.S.-organized conference, dubbed Madrid-2, and contain such U.S. adversaries as Iran and Syria. Officials said Madrid-2 would be promoted as a forum to discuss Iraq's future, but actually focus on Arab demands for Israel to withdraw from territories captured in the 1967 war. They said Israel would not be invited to the conference. “As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity for the United States to strike a deal without...
  • Jeb Bush Condemned Over Speech at Anti-Israel Conference [Mark Levin]

    03/24/2015 10:22:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2015
    Jeb adviser James Baker to keynote J Street conference Leading talk show host and best-selling author Mark Levin assailed Jeb Bush last night over the revelation that one of his top foreign policy advisers, James Baker, will keynote an anti-Israel conference this weekend. The annual conference of the activist group J Street features an array of anti-Israel speakers, including proponents of the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divest (BDS) movement, which seeks Israel’s destruction, and advocates for the terrorist group Hamas. Jeb Bush’s selection of Baker as a foreign policy adviser has sparked concern among conservatives and in the Jewish and pro-Israel...
  • (Jeb)Bush 'Disagrees' With 'Sentiments' Expressed by Adviser at Anti-Israel Conference

    03/24/2015 10:04:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 24, 2015 | MICHAEL WARREN
    A spokeswoman for former Florida governor Jeb Bush says the possible Republican presidential candidate "disagrees" with one of his foreign policy advisers who spoke at a left-wing anti-Israel group this week. James Baker, the former secretary of state and GOP foreign policy veteran, addressed the annual conference for J Street this week. An unpaid adviser to Bush, Baker criticized Benjamin Netanyahu for the Israeli prime minister's "diplomatic missteps and political gamesmanship" and expressed his support for a nuclear deal with Iran. As Politico reported, he also said he disagreed that President Barack Obama has hurt the United States's relationship with...
  • Former Iraqi general said to be coordinating attacks

    10/29/2003 6:25:49 PM PST · by TexKat · 11 replies · 95+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A former Iraqi general, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, is reported to be coordinating attacks in Iraq by foreign fighters and Iraqi regime loyalists, a US defense official said. "There are reports that the al-Douri is coordinating the attacks," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The reports in military channels fingering al-Douri as the coordinator of the attacks probably came from the recent capture in Mosul of a former secretary of al-Douri and two senior members of Ansar al-Islam who were close to the general, the official said. Number six on the US list of 55...
  • Saddam bribed China with oil deals, CIA finds

    10/12/2004 2:22:45 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 276+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, October 12, 2004 | By Bill Gertz
    China illegally supplied Saddam Hussein's regime with missile technology and other weaponry and was a major beneficiary of the U.N. oil-for-food program, according to a CIA report. The report by the Iraq Survey Group also stated that China, along with France and Russia, was bribed by Saddam with oil sales and weapons deals into working to end U.N. sanctions. One sale took place in 2001 and involved an intelligence officer in Beijing, Abd al-Wahab, who bought 10 to 20 gyroscopes and 20 accelerometers from a Chinese firm that was not identified by name. The equipment was to be used in...
  • Panetta said Bush living "in another world"?

    01/08/2012 3:35:44 PM PST · by Frankusa · 8 replies
    ... In November of 2011, the Washington Post reported that the Iranian government had mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon after receiving assistance from foreign scientists. The Post went on to say: An intelligence update will be circulated among International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] members... It is expected to focus on Iran's alleged efforts towards putting radioactive material in a warhead and developing missiles... Julian Borger of the Guardian-UK reported in November of 2009: The UN's nuclear watchdog has asked Iran to explain evidence suggesting that Iranian scientists have experimented with an advanced nuclear warhead design......
  • Egypt Found to Have Developed Chemical Weapons For Iraq

    03/15/2005 7:27:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 685+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Mar 15, '05 | staff
    As Israel considers allowing Egypt to control the critical Philadelphi corridor along Israel’s border, startling revelations about Egyptian chemical weapons proliferation are coming to light. Egypt secretly helped former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his chemical weapons program, according to a CIA report. The report, authored by the CIA’s Iraq Survey Group, says that Egypt sent specialists to Iraq in the 1980s to help him manufacture poison gas. Iraq later used the gas against Iranian citizens as well as Iraqi Kurds. The report says that the Iraqi government paid Egypt $12 million, "in return for assistance with production and storage...
  • Iran's Khatami calls for calm heads in nuclear row

    01/26/2007 4:05:03 AM PST · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 227+ views
    al-Reuters ^ | Jan. 25, 2007 | Stella Dawson
    DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Thursday called for calm heads to reduce building tensions between the United States and his country over its nuclear program. "I hope that they would be good enough in managing the situation. We deeply need patience and understanding and not to get too emotional," Khatami said at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Tehran and Washington have collided head-on over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision last February to resume the country's uranium enrichment program, reversing a more than two-year pause under Khatami's government. Iran says it needs nuclear power...
  • Bush special envoy in Iraqi debt controversy: report

    10/12/2004 5:35:28 PM PDT · by TexKat · 1 replies · 665+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/12/04
    LONDON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush's special envoy for Iraqi debt, James Baker, is simultaneously working for a commercial concern that is trying to recover money from Iraq, a British newspaper said. The Guardian said that Baker, a former US secretary of state, has a reported 180-million-dollar (150-million-euro) stake in the merchant bank and defence contractor the Carlyle Group. This consortium, it said, is secretly proposing to collect 27 billion dollars on behalf of Kuwait, one of Iraq's biggest creditors, by using high-level political influence. According to the Guardian, the Carlyle Group claims that Baker will not benefit...
  • Bush's Trumanesque moment

    06/28/2008 5:00:09 AM PDT · by Clive · 40 replies · 202+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | Salim Mansur
    The weekly Economist for June 12 placed Iraq on its cover once again. The timing of the cover story was significant. Nine days earlier the Democrats had settled on their presidential nominee -- Barack Hussein Obama -- for the November election. The Iraq story had been downgraded by the mainstream media when the Democratic primary contest intensified and when the good news from Iraq, according to the Economist, was "far better than it was only a few months ago." The good news from Iraq is indeed far better than merely good. The military surge President George W. Bush ordered in...
  • KAY,ISG head: "Saddam's regime was the most sophisticated manufacturer of anthrax in the world"

    04/13/2008 3:46:48 AM PDT · by drzz · 2 replies · 124+ views
    "Relying, apparently, on concrete findings, former top U.S. weapons inspector Dr. David Kay said that "the Iraqis had developed new techniques for drying anthrax - techniques that were superior to anything the United States or the old Soviet Union had. That would make the former regime of Saddam Hussein the most sophisticated manufacturer of anthrax in the world." (Washington Post, 16 septembre 2005)
  • ISG (Iraq Study Group - remember them?) moves from consensus to conflict

    04/23/2008 7:36:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 200+ views ^ | 4/22/08 | DANIEL LIBIT
    ISG moves from consensus to conflictBy DANIEL LIBIT 4/22/08 4:32 AM EST In December 2006, in an effort to build a national consensus on a “new way forward in Iraq,” the Iraq Study Group painted itself as a portrait of bipartisan chumminess, with all political hackery checked at the door. Sixteen months later, seven of the 10 ISG members are backing presidential candidates with radically different views about how to proceed in Iraq. Republicans James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger and Ed Meese are supporting Sen. John McCain, who argues that the United States should be sending more troops to Iraq. Democrats...
  • Obama is in bed with the Iraq Study Group

    04/05/2008 6:40:54 PM PDT · by tedbel · 8 replies · 92+ views
    Israpundit ^ | Apri9l 5/08 | Ted Belman
    A number of people have written to me to tell me Brzezinski, either is not on Obama's foreign team or is just one member of it. Ever since Brzezinski introduced Obama last summer, Brzezinski has remained in the background for fear of alienating Obama's Jewish support. It makes little difference because all the others on the team are generally in agreement with his policies. Now Lee Hamilton has officially joined the team. And as you know Hamilton and Brzezinski are joined at the hip. They both were on the Iraq Study Group and they both signed a letter among others,...
  • 5 Ex-Secretaries of State: Close Guantanamo Bay camp, open talks with Iran

    03/28/2008 2:49:08 AM PDT · by Flavius · 54 replies · 1,221+ views
    ap ^ | March 27, 2008 | Associated Press
    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Five former U.S. secretaries of state are urging the next presidential administration to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and open a dialogue with Iran. Each says closing the facility in Cuba would bolster America's image abroad. Regarding Iran, they say it's important to maintain contact with adversaries and allies alike.
  • Obama Willing to Talk with Iran - An endorsement for Obama

    02/02/2008 8:28:34 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies · 254+ views
    FARS News Agency ^ | Saturday, February 02, 2008 | FNA
    Obama Willing to Talk with Iran TEHRAN (FNA)- US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he would favor holding direct talks with Iran and Syria in a bid to stabilize the Middle East if elected president. In an interview with France's Paris Match on Thursday, Obama said, "I want to have direct talks with countries like Iran and Syria because I don't believe we can stabilize the region unless not just our friends but also our enemies are involved in these discussions." He was also quoted as saying he would also hold a summit with leaders of Muslim states...
  • John McCain's Non-Triumphant Conference Call

    01/09/2008 11:32:33 AM PST · by jdm · 27 replies · 56+ views
    Captains Quarters ^ | Jan. 09, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    We're about to enter another of the regular blogger conference calls held by John McCain. This will, of course, be the first since his surprisingly strong victory over Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican field. He starts off by noting that he is "obviously very pleased" with the results. McCain credits his straight talk on the stump in New Hampshire. He has nothing much to offer for the Democratic Party result, maybe one of the few who haven't opined on it. McCain tells a story about hardening his resolve in a summer trip to Iraq with Lindsey Graham....