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  • Obama's Greatest Achievement [the Iran nuclear deal disaster]

    09/02/2016 3:51:25 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 6 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | September 2, 2016 | Caroline Glick
    Understanding the breadth of the enormous damage the Iran nuclear deal has caused.The time for complaining about President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran has passed. The time has come to overcome the enormous damage his signature foreign policy accomplishment has caused. To understand why this is the case, it is important to understand the breadth and depth of Obama’s failure. On August 4, during the course of a press conference, Obama gave his interim assessment of his nuclear agreement with Iran. “It worked,” he insisted. A year after the deal was signed, Obama argued, events have proven that he...
  • Obama Admin Gives Green Light for Iran to Build Two New Nuclear Plants

    08/12/2016 7:37:58 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 12, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Iran is permitted to pursue the construction of two newly announced nuclear plants under the parameters of last summer’s nuclear agreement, Obama administration officials informed the Washington Free Beacon, setting the stage for Tehran to move forward with construction following orders from President Hassan Rouhani. Ali Salehi, Iran’s top nuclear official, announced on Thursday that Iran has invested $10 billion into the construction of two new nuclear plants after receiving orders from Rouhani, according to reports in Iran’s state-controlled media. A State Department official said to the Free Beacon following the announcement that Iran is allowed to move forward with...
  • Despite Obama's Claims, No Supporters for Iran Deal In Israel

    08/11/2016 5:00:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    BreakingIsraelNews ^ | August 7, 2016 | Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz
    On Thursday, US President Barack Obama proclaimed that Israel was now a supporter of his nuclear deal with Iran, but on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu corrected him, saying that Israel is more worried about the deal than ever. President Obama held a press briefing at the Pentagon on Thursday, coping with a revelation that the US flew pallets loaded with $400 million in cash to Iran in an unmarked cargo plane. The payment came simultaneously with the release of four Americans held in Iranian prisons. Iran claimed the payment was ransom for the prisoners, while the White House...
  • Obama’s Legacy: Media Negligence Empowered Ben Rhodes to Prey on National ‘Stupidity’

    05/25/2016 2:07:16 PM PDT · by russbart · 7 replies
    With the clock winding down on Barack Obama’s presidency, historians are gearing up to write his legacy. They, unlike journalists reporting on daily issues, will engage in more detailed research to assess Obama’s tenure. Thus, the historian’s assessment should prove much more accurate—and telling.
  • Tom Cotton Rips Obama's Foreign Policy Team of 'Van Drivers and Campaign Flacks ..."

    05/18/2016 7:44:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 31 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 17, 2016
    Tom Cotton Rips Obama's Foreign Policy Team of 'Van Drivers and Campaign Flacks and Failed Novelists' 'As if any of them had ever seen anything more dangerous than a shoving match ...' Arkansas senator Tom Cotton hammered the president's foreign policy staff Tuesday morning, explaining why he's become "public enemy number one at the White House" over his opposition to the Iran deal. "I guess I became public enemy number one at the White House because I'm telling the truth about the Iran deal. Look, what you just played, and some of the coverage of Ben Rhodes is what happens...
  • Soros-Backed Group that Helped Sell Iran Nuclear Deal Funds Media, DC Think Tanks

    05/20/2016 9:06:22 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 13 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 20 May 2016 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – A group that advocates a nuclear-free world and was identified earlier this month by the White House as central in helping to market the Iran nuclear deal to the news media has funded National Public Radio since 2005, an Associated Press investigation has revealed. Think tanks funded by the Ploughshares Fund include the Arms Control Association, Brookings Institution, and the Atlantic Council, the AP reported. Unmentioned by the AP is that the Ploughshares Fund is financed by billionaire GEORGE SOROS' OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE. The involvement of Ploughshares in selling the Iran agreement to the public was revealed...
  • How they sold us the Iran deal-first lesson from how the Iran deal was sold to follow the money

    05/24/2016 5:44:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    The first lesson from how the Iran deal was sold to the public is that it is important to follow the money. Eight hundred eleven op-eds. Three hundred fifty- two letters to the editor. Two hundred twenty-seven editorials. That’s the number of “pro-diplomacy” articles that Ploughshares Fund takes credit for helping support as part of its “proactive” media campaign to support the Iran deal last year. They “were published during critical moments of the Iran campaign,” the website of the fund boasts in its 2015 annual report. The revelations about the work that this one fund did to support the...
  • J-Street was paid by Obama administration to promote Iran deal

    05/21/2016 2:51:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/5/16 | Ari Soffer
    J-Street received more than half a million dollars to advocate for the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran, it has been revealed. The liberal Jewish group, which bills itself as "pro-Israel and pro-peace" but which critics say takes solely anti-Israel stances, was paid the money by the White House's main surrogate organization for selling the deal. The Ploughshares Fund was named in an explosive New York Times profile of Obama aid Ben Rhodes, in which the President's chief spin doctor listed the central groups responsible for creating an "echo chamber" in order to promote the deal, even when the...
  • J-Street was paid by Obama administration to promote Iran deal

    05/21/2016 2:30:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 5/21/2016, 9:13 PM | Ari Soffer
    J-Street received more than half a million dollars to advocate for the Obama administration’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran, it has been revealed. The liberal Jewish group, which bills itself as “pro-Israel and pro-peace” but which critics say takes solely anti-Israel stances, was paid the money by the White House’s main surrogate organization for selling the deal. The Ploughshares Fund was named in an explosive New York Times profile of Obama aid Ben Rhodes, in which the President’s chief spin doctor listed the central groups responsible for creating an “echo chamber” in order to promote the deal, even when the...
  • Clarice Feldman: An Epiphany on the Road to Tehran

    05/08/2016 11:10:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 8, 2016 | Clarice Feldman
    The internet was abuzz following a story by David Samuels on the jerk who admitted he manipulated the truth to get the president’s absurd deal with Iran accepted (accepted, that is, by the Democrats in Congress who blocked a Republican resolution to reject it). In case you missed it I’ll provide a quick summary of the salient parts, but that shouldn’t be the end of the story: the press having allowed itself to be flimflammed into being mere White House megaphones needs to redeem itself, should it care to win back even the tiniest shred of credibility. It probably won’t,...
  • Flashback: When the White House accused AP of 'trutherism' on Iran

    05/08/2016 6:49:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 5/8/16 | Carl in Jerusalem
    In light of Ben Rhodes' revelation over the weekend that he led a White House effort to lie about the Iranian nuclear deal, it is useful to look back at last summer, when the White House attacked the Associated Press and its diplomatic reporter, @APDiplowriter (Matt Lee) for asking too many questions about the deal, particularly about the side agreement that allows the Iranians to 'self-inspect' their weapons production facility at Parchin. What this story is really about is the politicization of expertise, and how far things can go when one group of experts (arms controllers) decides to fight...
  • Obama's Foreign Policy Guru Boasts of How the Administration Lied to Sell the Iran Deal

    05/05/2016 1:54:21 PM PDT · by bushwon · 53 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 5, 2016 | Lee Smith
    It’s hardly any wonder that Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes has a "mind meld" with his boss, the president. According to a David Samuels New York Times Magazine article to be published Sunday and already posted to the website, Rhodes, like Barack Obama, is contemptuous of "the American foreign-policy establishment." What Obama calls the "Washington playbook" dictating the sorts of responses available to American policymakers, Rhodes calls the "Blob." Blob includes "editors and reporters at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker," etc. It also encompasses, according to Rhodes, Obama's former secretary of state Hillary Clinton,...
  • Ben Rhodes admits administration lied to sell Iran deal

    05/06/2016 11:07:36 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 6, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Ben Rhodes is perhaps the weirdest foreign policy adviser in the history of the White House. His path to his current position as deputy national security adviser for strategic communications was, as this New York Times profile informs us, "perhaps not strictly believable, even as fiction." Forget his title. Ben Rhodes is "the single most influential voice shaping American foreign policy aside from Potus himself," according to the Times. What makes that so bizarre is that Rhodes has no background in foreign policy at all. He was a failed short story writer who wandered into the orbit of Obama aides...
  • Meet the Flimflam Man Behind Obama's Foreign Policy 'Narrative'

    05/06/2016 1:02:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 6, 2016 | Claudia Rosett
    When it comes to foreign policy, President Obama has spent more than seven years now living the dream. And I mean dream, as in fantasy -- a trip to an alternate universe. Never mind the dangerous and in some cases deadly realities that increasingly beset the rest of the planet. For the White House, it's been one glorious fiction after another. Russia was a "reset." Libya was a success. So was the pivot to Asia. The tide of war is receding. There was a red line in Syria (until there wasn't). The Iran nuclear program is now "exclusively peaceful." America's...
  • A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the (bleep) who is the president’s foreign policy guru

    05/06/2016 4:23:45 PM PDT · by onyx · 26 replies
    FP (The Foreign policy Group) ^ | May 6, 2016 | THOMAS E. RICKS
    <p>The profile of one Ben Rhodes running in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is not unsympathetic, which makes it all the more devastating.</p> <p>But, as that quote indicates, he comes off like an overweening little schmuck. This quotation seems to capture his worldview: “He referred to the American foreign policy establishment as the Blob."</p>
  • Obama Aide: Iran Deal Built on Lie

    05/06/2016 3:21:50 PM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 06 May 2016 11:16 AM | Cathy Burke
    The Obama administration misled Americans about supposed "moderates" that officials were dealing with in the Iranian theocracy to forge a nuclear proliferation deal — all to make the deal more palatable to the American public, according to The New York Times. {snip}... "We created an echo chamber," he tells the Times in a piece to appear in the Sunday magazine of the newspaper. "They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say," he adds about so-called experts praising the deal in the press. According to the Times, when Rhodes was asked about his misleading version of...
  • White House BRAGS about how it tricked reporters into cheerleading for Obama's Iran nuclear deal..

    05/06/2016 3:28:14 PM PDT · by maggief · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2016 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes orchestrated an 'echo chamber' of media support for Obama's Iran deal He spoke candidly about his tactics to a New York Times Magazine writer Tactics included planting talking points with compliant reporters Also helped arms-control experts land in influential positions where they could parrot the White House's line on the deal's virtues Even then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta now says he's not sure the president's aims were what the White House said they were at the time White House routinely 'ventriloquizes' reporters, the Times story explains The Obama White House set up...
  • White House’s lies on Iran deal is humiliating for Chuck Schumer

    05/07/2016 6:50:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 6, 2016
    We hope Sens. Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand are giving that devastating new profile of resident Obama’s foreign-policy guru a careful read. Because they’ll learn how they were all played for fools on the Iran nuclear deal by that aide, Ben Rhodes — and the resident. That applies especially to Schumer, who will be the Senate Democratic leader come January. Booker and Gillibrand hewed to the party line in backing the deal. Schumer gave it a thumb’s-down — but then refused to lobby his colleagues to take his side. Sen. Bob Menendez, on the other hand, is looking...
  • Susan Rice: Netanyahu did everything but use 'the n-word' to describe Obama

    10/08/2015 1:42:15 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 107 replies
    Sun Times Network ^ | 10/08/2015, 11:35am | Nader Ihmoud
    Politico Magazine published an excerpt from Ambassador Dennis Ross’ latest book “Doomed to Succeed: The US–Israeli relationship from Truman to Obama,” which highlighted how President Barack Obama succeeded with the Iran Deal at the expense of the two allies’ relationship. According to Ross, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told the national director of the Anti-Defamation League Abe Foxman that in reacting to the deal, which Israel knew little about, Netanyahu did everything “but use ‘the n-word’ in describing the president.” In his book, Ross argues that “It didn’t have to play out that way.” Per Politico: From the outset of...
  • Iran: White House Lying About Details of Nuke Deal

    11/26/2013 3:04:51 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 11/26/13 | Adam Kredo
    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. Iran and Western nations including the United States came to an agreement on the framework for an interim deal late Saturday night in Geneva. The deal has yet to be implemented 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 rejected the White House’s version of the deal as “invalid” and accused Washington of releasing a factually...
  • PRUDEN: Obama’s full grovel to Iran

    11/25/2013 7:22:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2013 | Wesley Pruden
    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 only good news for the good guys is that the deal, like Obamacare, is President Obama’s baby. Sometimes, the baby daddy has to pay up. 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...
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert: The Intentional Betrayal of Israel

    11/25/2013 1:47:56 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 25, 2013
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Rep. Louie Gohmert: The Intentional Betrayal of IsraelPosted By Frontpagemag.com On November 25, 2013 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Editor’s note: Below is the video and transcript of Congressman Louie Gohmert’s speech at the Freedom Center’s 2013 Restoration Weekend. The event was held November 14th-17th at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Florida.  Congressman Louie Gohmert from DHFC on Vimeo.Louie Gohmert: Oh, it’s so good to be here.  Thank you, Michael.  Thanks for all those insights.And actually, I’ve got some good ideas.  And our friend, Arthur Laffer, one of the smartest...
  • Wife of imprisoned pastor says family devastated after Iran deal fails to secure his release

    11/25/2013 11:27:27 AM PST · by cblue55 · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 25, 2013 | Mike Majchrowitz
    The wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini says she and her family are devastated after learning that the Obama administration did not try to secure the release of her husband as part of the newly signed deal on Iran's nuclear program.
  • Iran Deal Could Lead To Scuttling Of The Great U.S. Oil Boom

    11/25/2013 11:44:37 AM PST · by Laurent.w · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/25/2013 | Christopher Helman
    In the short term, the Iran deal will ease the political risk premium baked into oil prices. In the long-term a gush of Iranian oil could soften oil prices enough to kill the economics of America’s tight oil boom. Given sufficient investment in drilling and infrastructure, there are ample oil reserves in Iraq and Iran to add another 5 million bpd to global oil supplies within 10 years. The Eagle Ford and Permian Basin and Bakken need sustained high oil prices to make the economics of expensive drilling and steep decline rates pay off. If crude oil benchmarks were to...
  • Reports: U.S. Unfreezes $8 Billion in Iranian Assets

    11/25/2013 9:25:36 AM PST · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 11/25/13 | Adam Kredo
    The United States released $8 billion in frozen assets to Iran on Sunday in a move meant to ensure Tehran’s compliance with a nuclear pact signed over the weekend, according to top Iranian officials. Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht confirmed on Monday morning that the U.S. government had unfrozen $8 billion in assets that had been previously blocked by the Obama administration.
  • Netanyahu: Iran Given Written Approval to Violate Resolutions

    11/25/2013 9:49:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 11/25/2013, 1:12 AM | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening reiterated that the deal reached between the West and Iran over its nuclear program was dangerous and a mistake. “As we learn more and more details about the agreement that was achieved last night in Geneva, it becomes increasingly clear how bad and dangerous this agreement is to the world, the region and Israel,” Netanyahu said in a speech at the EMET Prize award ceremony in Jerusalem. “Iran is receiving billions of dollars in eased sanctions without having to pay any real price. Iran is receiving written approval to violate UN Security Council...
  • Move over Obamacare. Now there’s Obamabomb

    11/25/2013 5:58:28 AM PST · by LSUfan · 15 replies
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 25 Nov 13 | Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
    The president who promised us that his health care legislation would allow us to keep our insurance plans and doctors now insists that his agreement with Iran will not allow it to keep a nuclear weapons program. What the two pledges have in common is that they are both lies. No matter how many times such statements are repeated and seconded by President Obama’s partisans and the press, they amount to serial, intentional and potentially fatal fraud. Now, some Americans may still trust President Obama, or at least be inclined to give his deal a chance. But that means buying...
  • Iran Hails Deal with World Powers as Recognition of Nuclear 'Rights'

    11/25/2013 8:35:12 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 24, 2013
    In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news briefing at the Presidency compound in Tehran, Nov. 24, 2013. Iran's leaders have welcomed a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers, calling it a recognition of Iranian nuclear rights and the beginning of an end to international sanctions. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised address Sunday that the interim deal reached in Geneva earlier in the day recognizes what Iran says is its "right" to enrich uranium. Iran says its enrichment work is for peaceful...
  • Gen. Hayden: Iran Deal 'Worst of All Possible Outcomes'

    11/25/2013 8:26:12 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    NewsMax.com ^ | Monday November 25, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden on Sunday criticized the Obama administration's deal with Iran saying it will only delay, not derail the country's nuclear program. Hayden told CNN's "State of the Union" that Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry "hit the pause button, rather than delete button." "Practically the worst of all possible outcomes, because now what you have here is a nuclear capable state," Hayden said. Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll "I think frankly that is Iran's bottom line, so what we're negotiating on is...
  • What Does Nuclear Deal Mean for Iran's Role in Syria?

    11/24/2013 10:24:47 PM PST · by Praxeologue · 10 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 25, 2013 | Scott Stearns
    LONDON — Could the nuclear deal with Iran help ease the way toward peace talks on ending Syria's civil war? Immediately after the accord with Iran was finalized, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague set to work to prepare a political transition to stop the fighting in Syria. Iran is the principal backer of Syrian military strikes against government opponents and has made clear its intention to carry that influence to planned peace talks in Geneva. Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says there is no excluding Tehran. "Without any doubt, the Islamic Republic...
  • US rolls over on Iran nuke program

    11/24/2013 10:54:04 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 13 replies
    http://allenbwest.com ^ | Nov 24 , 2013 | Allen West
    Nothing good happens late at night, and America just had a modern-day Neville Chamberlain moment.
  • The Iran Deal Puts Pro-Israel Democrats in a Bind

    11/25/2013 4:08:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/25/13 | Josh Kraushaar
    These Dems have to balance their loyalty to the president—and his desire to halt the Islamic Republic's nuclear program—with their discomfort over a deal. It's been a tough year for Israel's most loyal supporters in the U.S. It began with a messy confirmation process for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a nominee whom pro-Israeli groups viewed with concern. Over the summer, President Obama leaned on those groups, most notably the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, to lobby for his proposal authorizing military intervention in Syria, only to abandon the push at the last minute. And, most recently, pro-Israel organizations have been...
  • Dershowitz: Iran Deal 'Cataclysmic Error of Gigantic Proportions'

    11/25/2013 6:29:55 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 24, 2013 | Greg Richter
    Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said Sunday that the Obama administration was naive and had possibly made a "cataclysmic error of gigantic proportions" in its deal to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for an opening up of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. "I think it could turn out to be a cataclysmic error of gigantic proportions," Dershowitz said of the deal, which he described as "naive." "It could also turn out to be successful, to be the beginning of a negotiated resolution," Dershowitz told Newsmax on Sunday. "But I think the likelihood of it being the former is considerably...
  • Iran nuclear deal: Saudi Arabia warns it will strike out on its own

    11/25/2013 6:34:43 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | November 25, 2013 | Damien McElroy
    Saudi Arabia claims they were kept in the dark by Western allies over Iran nuclear deal and says it will strike out on its own. A senior advisor to the Saudi royal family has accused its Western allies of deceiving the oil rich kingdom in striking the nuclear accord with Iran and said Riyadh would follow an independent foreign policy. Nawaf Obaid told a think tank meeting in London that Saudi Arabia was determined to pursue its own foreign and policy goals. Having in the past been reactive to events, the leading Sunni Muslim nation was determined to be pro-active...
  • Richard Spencer: Allies may see Iran deal as sign of superpower in retreat

    11/25/2013 6:42:57 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | November 24, 2013 | Richard Spencer
    An Iran secure in relations with US could have a positive impact on a number of regional issues, but the Sunni world could fall out of Washington's orbit. Washington feels triumphant but has a superpower ever struck a deal like this, in defiance of its most closely affected allies? The United States is still, despite recent debacles, the global hegemon. Ignoring the pleas of allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia is just one of those things a superpower can do if a president wants to put a diplomatic achievement in the White House column marked "legacy". But for Sunni Arab...
  • Ted Cruz criticizes Iran nuclear agreement

    11/24/2013 8:35:50 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    www.politico.com ^ | 11/24/13 8:18 PM EST | KATIE GLUECK
    Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday blasted the nuclear deal with Iran, saying it doesn’t sufficiently rein in Tehran’s nuclear program. “According to the interim agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program that was reached this weekend in Geneva, not one centrifuge will be destroyed,” the Texas Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate said in a statement. “Not one pound of enriched uranium will leave Iran. Not one American unjustly detained in Iran’s notorious prisons will be released. But Iran will start to receive, in a matter of days, $7 billion in relief from international economics sanctions.” “The administration has gotten it backwards...
  • With Iran Accord, Obama Opens Mideast Door

    11/24/2013 6:59:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 24, 2013 | By Mark Landler
    For President Obama, whose popularity and second-term agenda have been ravaged by the chaotic rollout of the health care law, the preliminary nuclear deal reached with Iran on Sunday is more than a welcome change of subject. It is also a seminal moment — one that thrusts foreign policy to the forefront in a White House preoccupied by domestic woes, and one that presents Mr. Obama with the chance to chart a new American course in the Middle East for the first time in more than three decades. Much will depend, of course, on whether the United States and the...
  • J Street Sees Iran Agreement as Positive First Step

    11/24/2013 5:50:12 PM PST · by Qbert · 15 replies
    J Street.org ^ | NOVEMBER 23RD, 2013 | J Street
    J Street welcomes the agreement reached today in Geneva by the P5+1 and Iran as a significant first step in efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The agreement will effectively freeze and begin to roll back the Iranian program in exchange for limited economic relief for six months. During this period, the P5+1 will continue to negotiate a permanent agreement, pressing the Rouhani regime to accept an enforceable comprehensive deal to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, while maintaining the essential sanctions architecture. The accord has several very important provisions that will effectively freeze Iran's program and...
  • Israel vows 'whatever is necessary' to stop Iran

    11/24/2013 5:26:48 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 42 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 24, 2013 | WND
    Israel will do “whatever is necessary” to stop Iran from going nuclear, declared Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon in a radio interview Sunday. Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio, Danon warned all options are on the table after Iran and six world powers reached what is being described as an historic deal. “We were not part of the negotiations,” he said. “We have not signed this agreement. And we will do whatever is necessary to protect Israel.” Danon said, “We cannot allow ourselves to make a mistake. If it is a bad agreement and...
  • Disagreements break out within hours of Iran accord

    11/24/2013 4:44:09 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 33 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | November 24, 2013 | Geoff Dyer
    Shortly after the historic nuclear agreement was reached with Iran in the early hours of Sunday morning, John Kerry, US secretary of state, took to Twitter to announce a “first step that makes the world safer”. In one of those gestures that would have been unthinkable a few weeks ago, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani promptly retweeted his comment. Yet within hours, both men had also revealed substantial disagreements over the nuclear negotiations in Geneva which served to expose the very large gaps that still lie between this initial deal and a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme over the next...
  • ACLJ: Saeed, Others Betrayed by Obama Administration (in nuclear deal with Iran)

    11/24/2013 4:53:53 PM PST · by xzins · 14 replies
    CBN ^ | November 24, 2013 | Donna Russell
    The American Center for Law and Justice says the Obama administration should never have struck a deal with Iran without part of the terms being the release of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini and other Americans being held in Iranian prisons. ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow says basically, President Barack Obama and Secretary of John Kerry turned their back on their fellow Americans. "It is outrageous and a betrayal of American Pastor Saeed Abedini who has spent more than a year in an Iranian prison simply because of his Christian faith," Sekulow said following word of a deal with the Islamic...
  • Saudi Arabia would not ‘sit idly by’ if West fails with Iran

    11/24/2013 4:25:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | November 23, 2013 | Staff
    Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UK said on Friday that the kingdom would not “sit idly by” if world powers fail to halt Iran’s nuclear program, calling the Obama administration’s “rush” to embrace Tehran as “incomprehensible.” “We are not going to sit idly by and receive a threat there and not think seriously how we can best defend our country and our region,” Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, who is the Saudi ambassador to the UK and King Abdullah’s nephew, told British newspaper The Times. “Let’s just leave it there, all options are available,” he said, referring to possible...
  • Iran Accord Likely to Push Oil Prices Down [1 Million Barrels a Day Could Return to Global Markets]

    11/24/2013 3:05:43 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 62 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 24 2013 | TATYANA SHUMSKY
    Oil prices are likely to drop, analysts said, as the nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers potentially paves the way for more crude oil to reach the global market.
  • How Iran nuclear deal was clinched amid party at double-booked hotel

    11/24/2013 3:41:27 PM PST · by fella · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 24 Nov. 2013 | Julian Bolger
    As negotiations overran, foreign ministers relayed messages while country-folk band played Ring of Fire at charity concert
  • Gamechanger: Inside the Historic Iran Nuclear Deal (Makes Iran a regional superpower?)

    11/24/2013 2:34:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 24, 2013 | Christopher Dickey
    Once again the Obama administration pulls the United States away from the path to war, but that’s not the same as peace. Forget “apocalypse now” for now. The diplomatic agreement Iran reached in the wee hours of Sunday morning with the United States, Britain, Russia, China, Germany and France (yes, even reluctant France) stops Tehran’s rush toward the potential production of nuclear weapons. It makes it difficult—if not impossible—for Israel to start a war to try to eliminate that threat, and in return, it offers only very modest relief from the draconian sanctions crippling the Iranian economy. If Americans are...
  • Canada 'deeply skeptical' about Iran's intentions

    11/24/2013 2:19:40 PM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | November 24, 2013 | Jpost.com.staff
    Canada is "deeply skeptical" about Iran's intentions, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said on Sunday. "Every diplomatic [effort] should be taken to ensure that Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon," Baird said. He added that effective sanctions brought the Iranian regime to its more moderate front, and led to the interim deal signed in Geneva. Canada will therefore continue to impose its sanctions on the Islamic Republic in full force, Baird said. "A nuclear Iran is not just a threat to Canada or its allies but it would also seriously damage the integrity of decades of work for nuclear...
  • Is Obama violating the law: Iran Sanctions Act passed by Congress and signed by him in 2010?

    11/24/2013 12:59:25 PM PST · by Innovative · 15 replies
    H.R. 2194 (111th): Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress makes the following findings: (1) The illicit nuclear activities of the Government of Iran, combined with its development of unconventional weapons and ballistic missiles and its support for international terrorism, represent a threat to the security of the United States, its strong ally Israel, and other allies of the United States around the world. (2) The United States and other responsible countries have a vital interest in working together to prevent the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. (3) The International...
  • Kerry: Deal doesn’t give Iran right to enrich; Iran: World recognized our right to enrich

    11/24/2013 1:10:15 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | November 24, 2013 | Doug Powers
    The ink isn’t even dry on the temporary Iran nuclear deal and it already has that distinct “passed it to find out what’s in it” scent.
  • Politicians cross the aisle to condemn Obama’s Iran deal

    11/24/2013 12:40:47 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/24/13 | S.A. Miller
    The Obama administration’s nuke deal with Iran got a big thumbs-down Sunday from top lawmakers in both parties. “I don’t think you make them bargain in good faith by going squishy,” fumed Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel, as he joined a bipartisan chorus blasting the agreement that will slightly ease economic sanctions against the rogue Islamic regime in exchange for a pause of its nuclear program. “It’s disappointing to me that Iran is still going to be allowed to enrich [uranium] while they’re talking. I would have thought that that should be a prerequisite to any kind of talks,” Engel, the...
  • Russia's Putin Praises Iran Nuclear Deal

    11/24/2013 11:23:30 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    ria.ru ^ | November 24, 2013
    MOSCOW, November 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday praised a last-minute agreement between Iran and the six international negotiators on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. “The agreement is a balanced list of measures and it will certainly have a positive influence on the development of the international situation, especially in the Middle Eastern region,” Putin said in a statement as quoted by the Kremlin. Iran and the P5+1 group (permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) clinched the deal Sunday morning following four days of talks, apparently resolving the decade-long dispute over the issue....