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  • Israeli ambassador: Iran deal still ‘a danger to the world’ (LISTEN)

    09/02/2015 2:55:18 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    NJ1015 ^ | September 2, 2015 1:55 PM | Louis C. Hochman
    It’s looking like a lock. Wednesday, Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced she’d support the controversial nuclear deal between world powers and Iran — giving President Barack Obama’s administration enough votes to keep Congress from overriding it. As Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, spoke with Eric Scott of Townsquare Media’s New Jersey 101.5 Wednesday, he acknowledged that political reality — even if he didn’t much like it (listen to the full interview above). The deal, Dermer told Scott, is “a danger to the region and a danger to the world. This decision today and this announcement...
  • Iran Army Commander: We’ll Keep Arming Until Israel Overthrown

    09/02/2015 2:22:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | 9/2/2015, 7:59 PM | Ari Soffer
    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. “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. …
  • McConnell: Obama's 'Partisan Contest' Raises Even More Doubts on Iran Deal

    09/02/2015 2:14:50 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 2, 2015 | Todd Beamon
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday blasted the Obama administration for reducing the debate on the Iran nuclear deal to "a partisan contest" that "raises even more serious questions about its durability and merits." "While the president may be able to sustain a veto with the tepid, restricted and partisan support of one third of one House of Congress over Americans' bipartisan opposition, it will require a bipartisan Congress to strengthen our defenses in the Persian Gulf and to stand up to the inevitable Iranian violations of the agreement that will need to be addressed after he has left office,"...
  • PBS’s Gwen Ifill Stands By ‘Take that Bibi’ Tweet (liberal media is gloating over Israel's "defeat")

    09/02/2015 1:58:52 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 2, 2015 3:48 pm | Adam Kredo
    Gwen Ifill, the host of PBS’s Newhour program, defended herself from criticism after taking heat for sending a tweet that many users interpreted as a shot against Israeli Prime Minister Benjain Netanyahu. Ifill retweeted a message from the State Department’s official pro-Iran deal Twitter account claiming that the recently inked accord would significantly reduce Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon. “Take that, Bibi,” Ifill wrote in a message sent with the State Department’s tweet. Multiple users on Twitter quickly pushed back against Ifill’s message, claiming she was unfairly targeting the Israeli prime minister and revealing a pro-Iran bias. When...
  • Kerry Promises Israel, Saudis Money In Wake of Iran Nuclear Deal

    09/02/2015 1:12:54 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 9/2/15 | Adam Kredo
    Kerry admits that, despite the deal, Iran will continue to back terrorist groups across the globe and promises to boost military support and funding to Israel and Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The letter comes in response to concerns among lawmakers, Israel, and other Gulf region allies that the nuclear accord will boost the Islamic Republic’s support for terrorism, while leaving traditional U.S. allies on the defense. “Important questions have been raised concerning the need to increase security assistance to our allies and partners in the...
  • Senate Dems Plot Filibuster to Dodge Iran Nuclear Deal Vote

    09/01/2015 5:39:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Frontpagemagazine.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Joseph Klein
    Those putting party over country try to conceal their votes from the public. Democratic senators supporting President Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran are cowards. They know that a majority of Americans oppose the deal. Thus, they are running for cover to avoid going on the record and voting against a resolution disapproving the deal. A filibuster to block a vote on the merits altogether is the Democratic Senate caucus’s preferred way out. The White House is reportedly pushing the filibuster strategy even though Obama is virtually certain to have enough votes to sustain a veto of a resolution of...
  • Senators Who Took Money from Iran [1 Timothy 6]

    09/02/2015 11:30:06 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 9/1/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    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...
  • Obama wins critical backing on Iran deal, virtually ensuring passage in Congress

    09/02/2015 7:39:02 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/02/2015 | Fox News
    The Obama administration now appears to have enough support in Congress to stave off Republican efforts to reject his controversial Iran nuclear deal, after a retiring Maryland Democratic senator came out Wednesday morning in favor of the pact. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., announced her support for the deal ahead of a speech on the agreement by Secretary of State John Kerry. She becomes the 34th senator to support the deal, giving President Obama enough backing to sustain a veto of a Republican bill opposing it, should that bill pass in a vote later this month.
  • Senators Chris Coons and Bob Casey back Iran deal; Obama one vote from major diplomatic victory

    09/01/2015 12:37:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/01/2015 | By Paul Kane
    Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) have decided to support the Iran nuclear deal, putting President Obama on the brink of a major diplomatic breakthrough that will allow him to fully implement the controversial deal over the objections of the Republican-led Congress. Coons's decision, disclosed in an exclusive interview with The Washington Post, delivered a powerful blow to opponents of the plan because the Delaware Democrat had previously voiced some of the deepest skepticism about the controversial deal. It came as Casey announced support for the deal and left Obama needing just one more vote in the Senate...
  • Endgame: Iran Deal Opponents Concede They Lack Votes to Overcome Veto

    08/31/2015 3:31:39 PM PDT · by detective · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | Aug 31, 2015 | Guy Benson
    This was the whole strategy behind President Obama's decision to declare the Iran accord an "executive agreement" rather than a treaty. Treaties require two-thirds support from the Senate for adoption; executive agreements, Obama has argued, don't require any vote at all. Ultimately, even Congressional Democrats were unwilling to accede to a power grab quite that brazen, especially on a deal with major geopolitical implications and that is intended to bind future presidents and Congresses. Thus, a bipartisan bill was passed that asserted the right of Congress to vote to approve or disapprove the final agreement. But with Obama's veto pen...
  • Endgame: Mikulski becomes 34th Senate Democrat to back Iran deal, ensuring GOP can’t stop it

    09/02/2015 8:57:13 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 64 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 2, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Thus ends a breathtaking performance of Republican failure theater. Once upon a time, knowing that your party controlled both chambers of Congress would have given you great comfort that a terrible treaty negotiated with a terrorist power could never become law in the United States. I think this makes it official: I’m on the Trump bandwagon. Hail Caesar. What’d the GOP get out of all this? What did their huge advantage in the House and their eight-seat majority in the Senate ultimately amount to in terms of concessions? It’s one thing to lose a momentous fight on foreign policy, ceding...
  • Obama Has Enough Democrats to Ensure Victory on Iran Deal

    09/02/2015 7:45:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 9/2/2015 | Frank Lucas
    Retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) is the 34th senator to support Iran nuclear deal, guaranteeing that President Barack Obama will be able to sustain a veto of an attempt to kill the agreement, the Associated Press reported. “No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime,” the longtime senator, who is not running for re-election in 2016, said in a statement. “I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal. However, Congress must...
  • Democratic Senator Mikulski says will support Iran nuclear agreement, giving Obama votes needed [tr]

    09/02/2015 7:21:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 2, 2015 | Staff
    BREAKING: Democratic Senator Mikulski says will support Iran nuclear agreement, giving Obama votes needed to protect deal in Congress.
  • BREAKING: Sen. Barbara Mikulski 34th senator to support Iran nuke deal

    09/02/2015 7:46:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 63 replies
    WBAL TV11 ^ | 9-2-15
    Move ensures landmark Obama victory WASHINGTON —Maryland Democrat Sen. Barbara Mikulski is 34th senator to support Iran nuke deal, ensuring landmark Obama victory. Mikulski on Wednesday issued the following statement in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action international agreement to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons: "In accordance with the law, Congress has been reviewing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the past 45 days. I have spent countless hours reading, being briefed and pouring over the intelligence. I have diligently worked to make an informed decision, one that weighs risk and considers a future 10, 15,...
  • Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS

    09/01/2015 6:33:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 26 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | August 31, 2015 | Shane Harris
    To take down the so-called Islamic State in Syria, the influential former head of the CIA wants to co-opt jihadists from America’s arch foe. Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus. The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast....
  • David Petraeus' bright idea: give terrorists weapons to beat terrorists

    09/02/2015 5:26:53 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sept 2, 2015 | Trevor Trimm
    The latest brilliant plan to curtail Isis in the Middle East? Give more weapons to current members of al-Qaida. The Daily Beast reported that former CIA director David Petraeus, still somehow entrenched in the DC Beltway power circles despite leaking highly classified secrets, is now advocating arming members of the al-Nusra Front in Syria, an offshoot of al-Qaida and a designated terrorist organization. Could there be a more dangerous and crazy idea?
  • Iran Deal: The ‘Israel Lobby’ is Dead– and Obama Killed It

    09/02/2015 11:30:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/2/15 | Joel B. Pollak
    On Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) 2% became the 34th Democrat in the U.S. Senate to support the Iran deal, handing President Barack Obama a veto-proof majority. In so doing, Mikulski drove the final nail into the coffin of the pro-Israel lobby, centered around the once-vaunted American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which had vowed in July to fight the deal “with the entirety of our institutional resources.” AIPAC’s loss proves that the so-called “Israel lobby” was never as strong as antisemitic conspiracy theorists said it was. But AIPAC was weakened even further, and deliberately, by the Obama administration, which...
  • Syria builds park in honor of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung

    09/02/2015 6:31:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 1, 2015 | Elizabeth Shim
    Syria builds park in honor of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung A Syrian official at the opening ceremony praised Kim as a "historic ruler and leader, famous for his struggle to liberate and build his country." By Elizabeth Shim | Sept. 1, 2015 at 2:04 PM DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Syria's government paid tribute to North Korea founder Kim Il Sung during a ceremony for a new park in Damascus named in his honor. As battles raged between the Islamic State and rebels in southern Damascus, Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad and North Korean envoys attended...
  • Russia Puts Boots on the Ground in Syria against ISIS

    09/02/2015 9:49:31 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 41 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 09.01.159:24 PM ET | Michael Weiss
    Stealth Fighters09.01.159:24 PM ET Michael Weiss Russia Puts Boots on the Ground in Syria ....Several sources consulted for this story said the Pentagon is being unusually cagey about Russia’s reinvigorated role in Syria. A former U.S. military officer told The Daily Beast, “I’m being told things like, ‘We really can’t talk about this.’ That indicates to me that there’s some truth to these allegations.” Some of them are verifiable. On Aug. 22, the Bosphorus Naval News website showed the Alligator-class Russian ship Nikolai Filchenkov, part of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, two days earlier passing through Istanbul’s famed waterway en route...
  • RUSSIA AND CHINA ARE USING HACKED DATA TO IDENTIFY AND NEUTRALIZE U.S. AGENTS

    09/01/2015 8:38:36 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 31,2015 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    This is one of the great scandals of the Obama administration–really, of the post-war era. But our Democratic Party media, fearful of what may be coming in next year’s presidential election, have consistently downplayed it. The Los Angeles Times reports: “Foreign spies use hacked data to identify U.S. intelligence agents.” Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases — including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms — to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials said. At least one clandestine network of U.S. engineers and scientists who...
  • Russian jets take to Syrian skies to combat IS; Russia begins military intervention against IS

    09/01/2015 7:40:14 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 75 replies
    i24news.tv ^ | August 31st 2015 10:08pm | i24news
    i24news Published August 31st 2015 10:08pm Russian jets take to Syrian skies to combat IS Russia begins military intervention against IS in Syria; IS closes in on Damascus Russian fighter pilots, jets and helicopters will begin arriving in Syria in the coming days to join in the offensive against the Islamic State (IS) and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state Israeli news site Ynet News reported Monday. According to Western diplomats, Russian expeditionary forces have already arrived in Syria to set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase near Damascus, and will operate as a Russian forward operating base. Thousands of...
  • Unique Grom-2 Missile-Bomb Weapon Created in Russia

    08/30/2015 11:00:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The bomb was constructed on the basis of the Kh-38ME modular aircraft guided missile, according to the manufacturer. ZHUKOVSKY (Sputnik) — A unique Grom-2, possessing the destructive utility of both a missile and a bomb, has been developed in Russia, general director of the Tactical Missile Systems Corporation said Wednesday. “Grom-2 is in fact a glide bomb, as there is another warhead weighing 130 kilograms [286 pounds] instead of an engine with a total weight of 250 kilograms," Boris Obnosov told journalists. According to Obnosov, the Grom-2 was constructed on the basis of the Kh-38ME modular aircraft guided missile. Russia's...
  • Abbas and Fatah Encourage 'Religious War' over Temple Mount [Psalm 83]

    09/02/2015 11:02:47 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 9/2/2015 | Ari Soffer
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing to openly encourage a religious war to gain exclusive Muslim control over Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. The Temple Mount also houses the Al Aqsa Mosque and Islamic complex, which are built atop the ruins of two Jewish temples. Islamist groups, along with the PA and its supporters, have sought to deny any Jewish connection to the site, claiming it is a Muslim or "Palestinian" holy site. Muslim extremists have also waged a violent campaign aimed at preventing growing number of Jewish visitors from accessing the site, while systematically destroying...
  • PBS News Anchor Gwen Ifill Mocks Israeli PM Netanyahu After Democrats Support Obama Iran Nuke Deal

    09/02/2015 10:23:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/2/15 | Jim Hoft
    Gwen Ifill, a star news anchor on the taxpayer funded Public Broadcasting System’s Washington Week and PBS Newshour, took to Twitter on Wednesday to mock Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. PBS News Anchor Gwen Ifill Mocks Israeli PM Netanyahu After Democrats Support Obama Iran Nuke Deal Kristinn Taylor Sep 2nd, 2015 12:10 pm 2 Comments Gwen Ifill, a star news anchor on the taxpayer funded Public Broadcasting System’s Washington Week and PBS Newshour, took to Twitter on Wednesday to mock Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ifill retweeted an Obama administration propaganda tweet from the administration’s @TheIranDeal Twitter account that itself...
  • Cheney: Obama Will Regret ‘Train Wreck’ Nuclear Deal

    09/02/2015 9:43:00 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 44 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 2, 2015 5:00 am | Alana Goodman
    Deal ‘will never be forgotten in the Middle East’ Dick Cheney called the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran a “train wreck” that will never be forgotten and characterized it as a betrayal of U.S. allies in the Middle East during an interview with the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday. “I cannot explain [President Obama’s] motives other than he thinks this is going to be a great legacy for his presidency,” said Cheney. “I think it’s going to be a train wreck, and he’s not going to want to claim it down the road. He’ll have to find a way...
  • Obama Gets Final Vote Needed to Protect Iran Deal

    09/02/2015 8:54:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) has given President Obama the final vote necessary to secure victory for his controversial nuclear agreement with Iran. From the AP: Senate Democrats have rallied the 34 votes they need to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress, handing President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday morning, declaring the agreement is the best way to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. The Obama administration may have had a touch of nervousness in the past few weeks, as a couple of notable Senate Democrats brutally rejected...
  • Obama secures Iran nuclear deal with Barbara Mikulski vote

    09/02/2015 7:54:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/02/2015 | Ted Barrett
    In a major victory for President Barack Obama, Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced support for the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, providing the White House the votes it needs to prevent Republicans from scuttling the agreement. The announcement means that at least 34 senators -- the number required by the Constitution to sustain a veto -- will back Obama in vetoing a Republican resolution to disapprove of the deal. While majorities of both the GOP-controlled House and Senate are expected to vote against the agreement, supporters of the multinational accord that aims to curb Iran's nuclear weapons program are...
  • Rally to Stop the Iran Nuclear Deal (September 9th at US Capitol)

    09/02/2015 7:34:07 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 21 replies
    Eventbrite ^ | 9/9/15
    Cruz for President Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM (EDT) Washington, DC Join us on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, for a rally to stop a catastrophic nuclear deal with Iran. Featuring: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Donald Trump Glenn Beck Mark Levin Jenny Beth Martin
  • Capture of Joseph’s Tomb terrorists exposes truth about Palestinian Authority

    09/02/2015 4:58:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    JNS.org ^ | 9-1-15 | Stephen M. Flatow
    You won’t read about it in the New York Times or the Washington Post. But this week’s arrest of four Palestinian terrorists who were plotting to attack a Jewish holy site tells you everything you need to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today. The reason you won’t hear about it in the American news media is because the terrorists were caught before they struck. Apparently intentions don’t count. No casualties, no news coverage—and even when there are casualties, there isn’t always news coverage. Did your daily newspaper report about the 2-year-old Israeli child who was recently hit by Arab rocks?...
  • Obama picks up more support for Iran deal, needs one more senator to prevail

    09/02/2015 12:27:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-2-15 | Stephen Dinan
    Two more Democrats announced support Tuesday 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.
  • Report: 12 UNRWA-linked Facebook Accounts Incite Antisemitism & Violence

    09/01/2015 8:29:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    UN Watch ^ | 9/1/15 | UN Watch
    GENEVA, September 1, 2015 - UN Watch released a new report today documenting 12 different Facebook accounts operated by UNRWA officials (see images below) that openly incite to antisemitism and terrorism, and urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNRWA chief Pierre Krähenbühl to terminate the responsible officials, condemn the offending posts, and establish a commission of inquiry, comprised of representatives of top donor states (see chart at right), to investigate the culture of impunity for perpetrators of racism and incitement that pervades UNRWA. “The pattern and practice of UNRWA school principals, teachers and staff members posting antisemitic and terror-inciting images...
  • UN: Gaza could be ‘uninhabitable’ by 2020 if trends continue

    09/01/2015 7:56:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2015 7:38 PM EDT | Cara Anna
    A new United Nations report says Gaza could be “uninhabitable” in less than five years if current economic trends continue. The report released Tuesday by the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development points to the eight years of economic blockade of Gaza as well as the three wars between Israel and the Palestinians there over the past six years. Last year’s war displaced half a million people and left parts of Gaza destroyed. The war “has effectively eliminated what was left of the middle class, sending almost all of the population into destitution and dependence on international humanitarian aid,” the...
  • Merkel ‘Disappointed’ by Iran’s Attitude Towards Israel

    09/01/2015 6:58:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 9/1/2015, 6:45 AM | Ben Ariel
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that her country would welcome Iran’s participation in negotiations aimed at ending the civil war in Syria, but also criticized the Islamic Republic for its comments against Israel. […] Previously, most Western powers were reluctant to see Iran have any role in diplomacy over the Syrian crisis, as Tehran is the strongest supporter of President Bashar Al-Assad and has provided him with financial and military support. At the same time, Merkel added that Iran’s opposition to Israel needed to change. “It is not acceptable how Iran continues to talk about Israel,” she said,...
  • A Break in the Khobar Towers Case (NY Slimes is "suspicious" of timing of arrest)

    08/31/2015 5:19:58 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | AUG. 28, 2015
    The 1996 terrorist attack on Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 United States airmen was among the defining events of America’s recent experience in the Middle East. But there has been no judicial accountability. With the reported arrest of the man accused of masterminding the crime, a resolution of the case may be closer. The truck bombing at the eight-story dormitory near the Dharan Air Base was the deadliest such attack on American forces since the 1983 bombing of the Marines’ barracks in Beirut that killed 241 American service members. In 2006, a federal court concluded that elements...
  • Obama Navy chief fires back at GOP

    08/31/2015 6:25:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/31/15 | Philip Ewing
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wants to torpedo all the talk about a shrinking U.S. battle fleet. Republican presidential candidates are pushing a “narrative,” Mabus said, that President Barack Obama has weakened the military and, in particular, the Navy, at a time of growing demands on American power around the world. But in an interview with POLITICO, Mabus fired a salvo at critics he said don’t know what they’re talking about. “I have this funny thing about facts,” he laughed in his office on the Pentagon’s E-Ring, surrounded by paintings of classic warships. “I like to get facts into the equation.”...
  • LIVE STREAM: Watch Stop Iran Rally LIVE on Tuesday Outside Senator Gillibrand’s Office (5:30 - 7:30)

    09/01/2015 12:11:41 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Stop Iran Rally ^ | 09, 01, 2015
    Tune in live on Tuesday via the below LiveStream feed, direct from Senator Gillibrand’s office, at 780 Third Avenue. The rally is from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Tuesday evening.
  • Iran's Chief Judge: Attempts to Free Captive Americans 'Useless' (slaps down John Kerry)

    09/01/2015 7:56:42 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/1/2015, 2:46 PM
    Iran's judiciary chief has urged the United States not to interfere in cases of detained Americans, days after US Secretary of State John Kerry said a jailed Marine should be freed. Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani's remarks followed the fourth anniversary of Amir Hekmati's imprisonment in Tehran on what Kerry called "false espionage charges." Hekmati was visiting relatives in the Islamic republic when he was arrested. Larijani, quoted in Iranian media on Tuesday, said Iran examined legal cases "including those accused of spying for America, with absolute composure and dignity, based on duty and procedure." "The judiciary does not need American officials...
  • Democrat Congressman Echoes Munich: Iran Deal Will Bring ‘Peace In Our Time’

    09/01/2015 7:25:58 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7:56 PM 08/31/2015 | Jamie Weinstein
    Someone needs to buy Patrick Murphy a history book. The Democratic congressman from Florida, who is running for Senate in 2016, came out in support of the Iran deal Monday, unironically declaring the agreement between the world powers and Iran would bring “peace in our time.” “I believe deeply in the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel,” Murphy said in a statement. “This debate has proven to me that America and Israel are fortunate to have so many passionate, diverse voices who all want the same things: a nuclear-free Iran, a secure Israel, and peace in our time....
  • Iran Is Already Waging War Against Israel

    09/01/2015 5:44:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | August 31, 2015 | Benyamin Korn
    On August 16, the Israel Defense Forces revealed that Iran has been directing terrorist attacks from Syria against Israelis in the Golan Heights region. Nobody paid attention. Four days later, Iranian-sponsored rockets from Syria struck Israel’s Upper Galilee. Is anybody listening now? ADVERTISEMENT For weeks, supporters of Israel have been warning that the emerging Iran agreement would give Tehran funds that it could use to wage war against Israel through its proxies. But now it turns out that Iran is already waging that war. The question is, who is paying attention? On August 16, a “senior IDF Northern Command officer”...
  • Democrat Rep.: Obama ‘Didn’t Deserve’ Nobel in ’09, But ‘Deserves’ It Now for Iran Deal (Lowenthal)

    09/01/2015 12:48:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 31, 2015 | 11:52 AM EDT | Craig Millward
    Speaking to fellow supporters of the Iran nuclear deal outside his Long Beach, Calif. office last week, Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) said President Obama “didn’t deserve” the Nobel Peace Prize when he was first elected, but he “deserves it” now for the Iran nuclear deal. “This is a very complex world we live in. I’m just so grateful that we’re moving towards diplomacy and peaceful resolution of conflict, and the ability to have the most effective non-proliferation nuclear treaty with inspections,” Lowenthal told 200 activists on what they billed as a “No War With Iran Day of Action.” …
  • Israel Navy: Technical Failure Likely Sank Sub in 1968 With 69 Sailors Aboard

    08/31/2015 11:12:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | Sep 01, 2015 | Gili Cohen
    An Israeli submarine that sank 47 years ago probably went down due to a technical failure, according to a report released by the navy yesterday. The report was released at a gathering of the families of the 69 sailors killed when the Dakar went down. Exactly what happened in the critical moments before the submarine sank remains unknown. But yesterday the navy released all the reports drafted after the incident, which had hitherto been classified, as well as a document summarizing all the efforts to search for the sub and any other information the defense establishment has about it. According...
  • Meet the Hasidic-slogan-tagging Jew fighting in Syria

    08/31/2015 6:16:43 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 3 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Liron Nagler-Cohen
    In a special interview to Ynet, Batn El Ghoul, also known as Timothy Paul Jacobs Wordsworth, tells the story of how a British man ended up tagging the walls of former ISIS positions in Syria with Breslov Hasidic chants. ...
  • Israel charges 2 Druze in assault on wounded Syrian rebels

    08/31/2015 6:09:51 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 2 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | August 10, 2015 | By Daniella Cheslow
    An Israeli court charged two Druze from the Golan Heights with murder Monday in the mob killing of a Syrian rebel who was being taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment. The grisly attack in June highlighted the anger and suspicion among Israel’s Druze that Israeli hospitals may be treating Islamists ...
  • Israel confirms jail for Druze ex-MP over Syria trip

    08/31/2015 6:04:12 PM PDT · by BlackVeil
    AlArabia ^ | 31 August 2015 | anon
    Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday confirmed a one-year jail sentence handed down to a Druze former MP for visiting Syria, an “enemy country”. ... He went in 2007 to Syria, with which Israel is technically still at war, as part of a delegation of 300 Druze religious leaders. ...
  • Obama: Attacking Jews Over Iran Deal Like Saying He's 'Not Black Enough'

    08/31/2015 2:10:33 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    TPM News ^ | August 31, 2015
    President Barack Obama said people who attack Jews who support the Iran nuclear deal are like African-Americans who differ with him on policy and then conclude he's "not black enough." [Snip] Obama didn't mention any specific critics or targets by name.
  • Madeleine Albright: Iran deal is a win-win

    08/31/2015 2:06:38 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 11:50 AM ET, Mon August 31, 2015 | Madeleine K. Albright
    The United States and Iran have been locked in an adversarial relationship since the 1979 hostage crisis. Having worked for President Jimmy Carter, I viewed the country through the prism of that experience when I served in the Clinton administration. Nevertheless, as secretary of state I felt it important to explore the possibility of developing a less chilly relationship with Iran. During my time in office, we offered to engage in dialogue, but the Iranians were not ready. In the end, although we improved the relationship on the margins, we failed to make much of a dent in the thick...
  • Natural Gas Bonanza for Israel, Possible Oil Field as Well

    06/13/2010 8:44:11 PM PDT · by bkopto · 24 replies · 1,011+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 6/3/2010 | Maayana Miskin
    A survey of the natural gas field off the shore of Haifa is to be released Thursday evening in the United States. According to the Globes financial journal, the field has been discovered to be even larger than previously thought. The field's estimated size has grown several times as more surveys are conducted. In mid-2009, Yitzchak Teshuva, controlling shareholder who invested in developing the field, originally said the gas reserves could allow Israel to be self-sufficient in energy for two decades, but now it seems that this was a conservative estimate. Teshuva said Thursday, "The results indicate that in addition...
  • Middle Eastern Oil: An Historical Perspective and Outlook

    05/26/2003 8:15:58 PM PDT · by nunya bidness · 31 replies · 9,893+ views
    Mercurial Times ^ | 5/25/02 | Sean Finnegan
    It's always been about oil when it comes to the Middle East. From the borders drawn by the British and French after the Great War to the current flare-up in Iraq, the simple fact is that not one drop of western blood would have ever been shed were it not for Persian Gulf crude. However, this does not mean that the United States is unjust in acting or alone in dealing with the petulant behavior of the oil producing countries in the region; it just means that we are the latest country to go back in force to bring stability...
  • Russian jets in Syrian skies

    08/31/2015 12:36:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 75 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 08/31/15 | Alex Fishman
    Russia has begun its military intervention in Syria, deploying an aerial contingent to a permanent Syrian base, in order to launch attacks against ISIS and Islamist rebels; US stays silent. Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state. According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. The base is said to be in area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for...
  • A tally of how Jewish lawmakers are voting on the Iran deal (13 now support, 7 oppose, 8 undecided)

    08/31/2015 1:26:33 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    JTA ^ | LAST UPDATED: Aug. 31, 2015 | Ron Kampeas
    There are 28 Jewish members of Congress: 26 Democrats, one independent who caucuses with the Democrats and one Republican. Nine of them are senators and 19 are representatives. Thirteen back the Iran deal, seven oppose it and eight are undecided. Backing the deal Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, House Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif., Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., Opposing the deal...