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  • Bombshell: ISIS just hours from destruction ('It won't take very long at all to drive them out')

    10/05/2015 4:53:25 PM PDT · by amorphous · 71 replies
    WND ^ | 5 Oct 2015 | Chelsea Schilling
    A top terror expert says ISIS is now so weak that it could be decimated within hours. According to a London Express report Monday evening, Russian airstrikes, unruly leadership and numerous defections have destabilized the terror organization to the point that it wouldn’t be capable of fighting off even a small attack. Terror analyst Dr. Afzal Ashraf told the paper that ISIS has drastically exaggerated its military power, prompting an international counterattack. Ashraf urged Western leaders to act now to wipe out the jihadi group. The U.S. has led a coalition of airstrikes against ISIS. The New York Times reported...
  • Obama: I’m Not Losing To Putin In Syria

    10/03/2015 3:33:30 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 96 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 10-2-2015 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama is pushing back against the idea that he’s been outmaneuvered in Syria by Russian President Vladimir Putin since the two met at the United Nations on Monday. Obama appeared frustrated by the suggestion during a press conference this afternoon, dismissing it as a notion only talked about in the Washington D.C. “Sometimes the conversation here in the Beltway differs from the conversation internationally,” Obama responded. Obama accused Putin of acting in Syria “out of weakness,” repeatedly referring to Russia’s weakening economy. He also compared his coalition to act against ISIS in Syria to Putin’s unilateral decision to prop...
  • Iran Gloats over World Powers’ ‘Surrender’ on Nuclear Deal

    09/06/2015 6:43:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 9/5/2015, 9:15 PM | Ari Soffer
    Iranian leaders view the nuclear deal signed by western powers as a “surrender” to Iran, and as cementing the Islamic Republic’s status as a “superpower.” An analysis by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has shed light on the sense of victory held by Iran’s most senior leadership, as neighboring countries prepare for a surge in terrorism sponsored by an emboldened Tehran. Among the comments translated by MEMRI was a statement made by Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan at an armed forces general command ceremony on August 30, in which he boasted that Iran had forced the “surrender” of...
  • 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,"...
  • Half of American Jews Support the Iran Deal. Why?

    08/25/2015 6:22:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/25/2015 | Dennis Prager
    The more one knows about the Iran Deal, the more obvious it becomes that it is not a deal so much as it is a fraud. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a fraud is “something that is meant to look like the real thing in order to trick people.” That precisely describes the Iran Deal. Virtually every claim made for it is either not true or insignificant. There are no “anytime, anywhere” inspections, as Americans were promised during the negotiations.No American or Canadian inspectors will be allowed into Iran.The agreement obligates all the parties, including the...
  • Obama to speak with Jewish groups on Iran deal

    08/28/2015 3:03:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2015 3:15 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama is using a Friday webcast to try to allay concerns from Jewish communities about the nuclear agreement with Iran. Obama will deliver remarks about the agreement and take questions from participants. The webcast is being organized by two major Jewish organizations that have held similar events with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. …
  • IAEA Says Iran May Have Built 'Extension' to Parchin

    08/27/2015 10:49:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 8/27/15 | Ben Ariel
    Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the UN nuclear watchdog said in a report obtained by the Reuters news agency on Thursday. A resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Parchin file, which includes a demand for fresh IAEA access to the site, is a symbolically important issue that could help make or break Tehran's July 14 nuclear deal with six world powers. The confidential IAEA report obtained by the news agency says, "Since (our) previous report (in May), at a particular location at the Parchin site, the agency...
  • Fake pro-Israel Democrats (One by one, they fall in line to Stand With Iran)

    08/25/2015 11:00:23 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Tuesday August 25, 2015 | Richard Baehr
    One by one, U.S. Senate Democrats are announcing that after much deliberation ‎‎(translated as arm twisting by President Barack Obama), they have decided to support the ‎Iran deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, despite serious misgivings. Each of the senators wants you to ‎know that they were personally wrestling with this decision for weeks, talking to ‎experts (provided by the Obama administration for the most part), reading the ‎agreement carefully, weighing and balancing risk versus reward. Each Senate ‎Democrat joining the charade of moving from indecision to decision, makes sure to add that they want to do everything to...
  • Schumer May Save the Democratic Party

    08/23/2015 3:56:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/23/2015 | PATRICK H. CADDELL and DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN
    The Iran deal has potential, both because of public opinion and the way the administration is positioning itself, to hurt Democrats in much the same way that the Iranian hostage crisis did in 1980 and 1981. Should New York Senator Chuck Schumer succeed in killing the deal, he will be saving the Democrats from what appears to be a grave political mistake. President Obama has branded opponents of the deal as either ideological extremists or ignorant. In his speech at American University, he compared the agreement’s opponents with Iranian extremists chanting “death to America.” He pointed out that most of...
  • UK embassy in Tehran to reopen after thaw in British-Iranian relations

    08/20/2015 12:16:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 20 August 2015
    Britain is to reopen its embassy in Tehran, four years after it closed. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will visit Iran at the weekend with a delegation of business leaders, a senior government source said. The embassy was closed in 2011 after it was stormed by Iranian protesters during a demonstration against sanctions imposed by Britain. The visit comes weeks after Tehran reached a deal with six world powers aimed at curbing its nuclear program. …
  • AP Exclusive: UN to Let Iran Inspect Alleged Nuke Work Site

    08/19/2015 12:01:39 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 20 replies
    AP | 8/19 | George Jahn
    Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press. The revelation is sure to roil American and Israeli critics of the main Iran deal signed by the U.S., Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the deal is built on trust of the Iranians, a claim the U.S. has denied. The investigation of the Parchin nuclear site...
  • ISIS 'Mein Kampf' Blames Israel for Global Terrorism

    08/16/2015 6:58:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    INN ^ | Sunday, August 16, 2015 | Sara A. Carter, American Media Institute
    Intelligence officials are comparing a newly discovered secret Islamic State document to Hitler's "Mein Kampf," as it blames Israel for the rise of the Islamic State and crowns U.S. President Barack Obama as the "Mule of the Jews." Found in Pakistan's remote tribal region by American Media Institute (AMI), the 32-page Urdu language document promotes an "end of the world" battle as a final solution. It argues that the Islamic leader should be recognized as the sole ruler of the world's 1 billion Muslims, under a religious empire called a "caliphate." ...Retired U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Flynn...
  • Jeff Flake comes out against Iran deal

    08/15/2015 1:40:26 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/15/2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), one of the few potential GOP supporters of the international accord over Iran's nuclear program, announced Saturday he would oppose the deal, dealing a blow to the White House. Flake said in a lengthy statement that while the deal includes limits on Iran's ability to produce enough material for a nuclear bomb for some time, "these benefits are outweighed by severe limitations" on Congress and future administrations "in responding to Iran’s non-nuclear behavior in the region." “While Congress has received assurances from the administration that it does not forfeit its ability to impose sanctions on Iran...
  • Kerry says dollar could suffer if US walks away from Iran deal (Will the lunacy ever end?)

    08/11/2015 1:11:15 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 62 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1:30 PM EDT
    Kerry also stated that the US walking away from the deal would remove any legitimacy for a potential military strike against Iran should it pursue nuclear weapons. If the United States walks away from the nuclear deal struck with Iran last month in Vienna and demands that its allies comply with US sanctions, the dollar may soon cease to be the world's reserve currency, the top US diplomat said on Monday. "If we turn around and nix the deal and then tell them, you're going to have to obey our rules and sanctions anyway, that is a recipe, very quickly...
  • Fury of left falls on Schumer

    08/07/2015 6:26:49 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8-7-15 | Julian Hattem
    Liberals are livid at Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) decision to oppose the White House’s nuclear deal with Iran, and have threatened to launch a full-scale war as retribution. Activists and former top officials within the Obama administration are openly contemplating whether Schumer’s stance disqualifies him from serving as the next Senate Democratic leader — which he is primed to do — and seeking to temporarily cut off money to Democrats in the upper chamber. It’s unclear whether Schumer’s announcement will have a devastating effect on the White House’s efforts to prevent Democrats from killing the deal when it comes up...
  • Obama: "Netanyahu refuses to meet with me, wants to continue fighting over Iran

    08/05/2015 8:41:59 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 73 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 08.05.15, 08:14 | Itamar Eichner
    In a briefing before 22 Jewish leaders US President Barack Obama said that he is ready to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and discuss the necessary measures needed to make Israel feel safer after the Iran deal. According to Obama, sadly Netanyahu refused to hold a meeting. Saying the meeting would be seen as waving a white flag, because Netanyahu wants to continue fighting over the deal.
  • Iran publishes book on how to outwit US and destroy Israel

    08/01/2015 8:44:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 1, 2015 | Amir Taheri
    While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a new book called “Palestine,” a 416-page screed against the Jewish state. A blurb on the back cover credits Khamenei as “The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.” A friend sent me a copy from Iran, the only place the book is currently available, though an Arabic translation is promised soon. Obama administration officials likely...
  • Kerry: Iran Deal Not a Treaty ‘Because You Can’t Pass a Treaty Anymore’ (quoi?)

    07/29/2015 5:22:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2015 | 4:10 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    The White House did not pursue the nuclear agreement with Iran as an international treaty, because getting U.S. Senate advice and consent for a treaty has “become physically impossible,” Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers on Tuesday. At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Kerry was asked about the administration’s approach of seeking a political accord between governments rather than an international treaty. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) recalled Kerry saying earlier in the hearing that if Congress rejects the JCPOA, other countries will in the future not...
  • US Willing to be as ‘Flexible’ With North Korea as With Iran

    07/27/2015 11:14:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 7/27/2015, 5:28 PM | Ari Soffer
    Fresh from forging a controversial deal with Iran, which critics have blasted as a capitulation to Tehran’s demands, the Obama administration is willing to be just as “flexible” with North Korea, a US government envoy has said. Sydney Seiler, US special envoy for now-defunct six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, told Reuters Monday he hoped Pyongyang would take note of the Iran deal and return to the negotiating table. “The Iran deal demonstrates the value and possibilities that negotiation bring,” Seiler said. …
  • Kerry calls talk of better Iran deal a ‘fantasy’

    07/23/2015 4:14:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2015 4:00 PM EDT | David Espo and Deb Riechmann
    Countering Republican criticism, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday it is “fantasy plain and simple” to claim that President Barack Obama failed to insist on enough restraints on Iran’s nuclear program before agreeing to lift economic sanctions long in place. “So what’s your plan? … Totally go to war?” he challenged lawmakers who want to torpedo the deal. Republicans were unpersuaded—and said so—at an occasionally contentious Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that marked the opening of a new phase in the administration’s drive to prevent Congress from undermining the accord. “You guys have been bamboozled,” said Sen. Jim Risch,...
  • Defiant Ayatollah: Deal Changes Nothing

    07/21/2015 6:22:19 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 11 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 7/20/2015 | Staff
    If President Barack Obama and other world leaders hoped the nuclear agreement with Iran would lead to normalized relations down the road, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has nipped that prospect in the bud. Speaking Saturday about the deal, the Islamic holy leader denied a wider shift in foreign policy. “We have repeatedly said we don’t negotiate with the U.S. on regional or international affairs; not even on bilateral issues. There are some exceptions like the nuclear program that we negotiated with the Americans to serve our interests,” Khamenei said. Iranians are excited about the ramifications of the deal,...
  • Obama Not Waiting for Congress to Review Iran Deal Before Going to UN

    07/15/2015 6:49:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 15, 2015 | 5:03 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Despite a legal obligation to allow Congress to review the Iran nuclear agreement for 60 days, the Obama administration will press ahead with a U.N. Security Council resolution enshrining the deal, likely within days. “We will be introducing a U.N. Security Council resolution perhaps as early as next week,” a senior administration official told reporters in a background conference call from Vienna, hours after the final agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was announced. The official said the resolution wording had already been drafted in Vienna, with the U.S. in the lead. …
  • Iranians See Nuclear Deal as National Victory

    07/14/2015 11:28:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Time ^ | July 14, 2015 | Kay Armin Serjoie
    Iranians have welcomed the long-anticipated but often-delayed nuclear deal warmly with hopes that it could lead to an end to the country’s international isolation and an improvement in economic fortunes. Iranians have been told that a nuclear deal would be a sign of national strength and would lead to an increase in Iran’s standing in the world. […] While details of the deal are not yet clear, Iran is already declaring this as a victory for what it calls its policy of resistance and a sign of its rising strength. Veteran Iranian diplomat Sadegh Kharrazi told state TV on Tuesday:...
  • German Foreign Minister: Israel Shouldn’t Criticize Iran Deal

    07/14/2015 8:15:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    INN ^ | 7/15/2015, 1:15 AM | Elad Benari
    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday criticized Israel’s opposition to the nuclear deal agreed upon by six world powers and Iran, Reuters reported. According to the report, Steinmeier said the agreement would help contribute to security in the Middle East. “This is a responsible deal and Israel should also take a closer look at it and not criticize the agreement in a very coarse way,” he was quoted as having told German broadcaster ARD. …
  • Iran’s Messianic, Islamist Ideology Ignored by World Powers

    07/14/2015 3:13:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 7/14/2015, 10:21 PM | Eliran Aharon
    Iranian and many world leaders alike are celebrating the deal reached Tuesday over Tehran’s nuclear program as a successful diplomatic effort—as are their respective negotiating teams, whose seemingly never-ending talks have finally come to an end. But the approach by those advocating a deal—which by Obama’s own admission would at best delay Iran achieving nuclear weapons capability by a decade—is the result of a lack of appreciation for the ideology which lies behind the Islamic Republic’s policies, and particularly its increasingly aggressive foreign policy, according to an expert in Islamist ideology. […] In Khomeiniest Shia Islamist ideology—strictly followed by Iran’s...
  • Iran deal ‘done,’ Israeli report says, after major US concessions

    07/11/2015 7:46:10 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    A deal has been reached between the world powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program after a series of major American concessions, Ehud Yaari, the Middle East affairs commentator for Israel’s Channel 2 television, said Friday night. “It is done. It is done,” he said, and will be signed “early next week.” The aim of the agreement is to put a negotiated end to a 13-year standoff with Iran over its suspect nuclear program and to block its pathway to developing a nuclear bomb in exchange for lifting biting global sanctions. Israel’s leadership has relentlessly opposed the emerging agreement,...
  • Ex-Intelligence Chief:'Iran Has Every Intention to Build an ICBM and a Nuclear Weapons Program'

    06/11/2015 9:34:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 6/11/2015 | Patrick Goodenough
    The former chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency delivered a stinging critique of the Obama administration’s Mideast policies on Wednesday, slamming its refusal to define the enemy as Islamic extremism, arguing that its approach towards Iran amounts to “wishful thinking,” and saying the U.S. has lost the trust of its allies in the region.
  • Ayatollah Speaks to Teachers; They Chant: ‘Death to America! Death to England!…Death to Israel!’

    05/14/2015 7:33:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 14, 2015 | 10:10 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, addressed a gathering of Iranian teachers on May 6 who repeatedly responded to his address by chanting in unison: “Allah is great! Khamene’i is the leader! Death to the enemies of the leadership! Death to America! Death to England! Death to the hypocrites! Death to Israel!” According to an English-language transcript of the speech published by the BBC, the Iranian teachers interrupted the ayatollah with chants calling for death to America, England and Israel at three points in his speech. “We say that teachers carry out the task of the prophets; this is the...
  • Biden: 'Path has already been paved' to Iranian bomb

    05/01/2015 9:04:07 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 5/1/15 | Charles Hoskinson
    Iran would have enough enriched uranium within three months to be able to make up to eight nuclear weapons if negotiations with the international community blow up, Vice President Joe Biden said late Thursday, noting that "the path has already been paved" for that outcome. Biden's remarks at a dinner for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy played off concerns by critics, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that the Obama administration is negotiating an agreement that paves the path for Iran to get a nuclear weapon. "Let's get something straight so we don't kid each other," Biden said....

    04/08/2015 10:44:52 PM PDT · by kingattax · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Apr 2015 | JOHN HAYWARD
    The very thin fiction of Obama’s “historic” agreement with Iran is unraveling with amazing speed. It’s notable that the Iranians never felt any urge to play along with Obama, not even for a few hours. They were loudly announcing his spin on the deal was false before the sun set on the day the agreement was announced. And now the Iranians are actively violating the terms of the agreement, which hasn’t even been formally written down or signed yet, according to the Times of Israel: Iran will begin using its latest generation IR-8 centrifuges as soon as its nuclear deal...
  • Barack Obama: Iran deal a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’

    04/05/2015 6:23:57 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/05/2015 | Jennifer Shutt
    President Barack Obama discussed his administration’s most recent foreign policy feat this weekend, saying the isolation of countries such as Iran does not always serve American interests.In an interview with The New York Times, Obama said the deal with Iran that would allow it to develop nuclear energy while lifting sanctions is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”“This is our best bet by far to make sure Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon,” Obama said in the interview published Sunday. “What we will be doing even as we enter into this deal is sending a very clear message to the Iranians and to...
  • LIVE: Obama on Iran nuclear talks

    04/02/2015 11:43:28 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    KETV.com ^ | 04/02/2015
  • 'The US Will Let Iran Spread Terror and Go Nuclear'

    03/29/2015 11:07:01 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30 Mar 2015 | Ari Yashar
    As reports continue to indicate a deal will be reached between the US and world powers on one side, and Iran on the other, regarding the Islamic regime's nuclear program, and just a day or so before the deadline set for a provisional deal passes on Tuesday, a senior Israeli security source appraised that Iran will get a free pass to go nuclear and keep spreading terrorism. Speaking to Walla! on Sunday, the source said, "even while according to the deal the dimensions of the nuclear project won't be disclosed, we appraise that under pressure America will approve the (UN)...
  • Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP Reports

    03/26/2015 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 26, 2015 | By GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEE
    The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections, according to Western officials familiar with details of negotiations now underway. In return, Iran would be required to scale back the...
  • AP Exclusive: Iran limited to 6K (out of original 10 k) centrifuges in draft accord [ed]

    03/19/2015 8:30:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    AP ^ | March 19, 2015 | George Jahn and Bradley Klapper
    A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut the amount of hardware it could use to make an atomic bomb by about 40 percent for at least a decade, while offering immediate relief from sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. As an added enticement, elements of a U.N. arms embargo against Iran could be rolled back. The very existence of the draft provided perhaps the clearest indication that the sides were nearing a written agreement as they raced to meet a March 31...
  • Kerry Slams Cotton On Inexperience

    03/15/2015 11:51:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 15, 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), the senator who penned the letter he and 46 of his Republican colleagues signed to Iran’s leaders by pointing out he is “somebody who has been in the United States Senate for 60-some days.”
  • Obama’s Nuclear Deal Could Mean War

    03/12/2015 1:41:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    Time ^ | March 12, 2015 | by Gabriel Scheinmann
    Inking this accord increases the chances that Israel and the United States take military action against Iran to stop its nuclear program The Obama Administration may be on the verge of completing a deal that leaves Iran with a substantial nuclear capability, but about a year away from a bomb’s worth of fissile material. By not insisting on the dismantlement of any major nuclear infrastructure, or even on the complete cessation of enrichment activities, the White House is betting that not only is Iran likely to heed the deal, but also that the United States would have enough time to...
  • Republicans are beginning to act as though Barack Obama isn’t even the president

    03/09/2015 6:32:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | March 9, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    It’s safe to say that no president in modern times has had his legitimacy questioned by the opposition party as much as Barack Obama. But as his term in office enters its final phase, Republicans are embarking on an entirely new enterprise: They have decided that as long as he holds the office of the presidency, it’s no longer necessary to respect the office itself. Is that a bit hyperbolic? Maybe. But this news is nothing short of stunning: A group of 47 Republican senators has written an open letter to Iran’s leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they...
  • White House to Netanyahu: You created the crisis, you fix it (Zero wants Israeli Ambassador fired)

    03/04/2015 6:09:56 PM PST · by Dave346 · 46 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Mar. 5, 2015 | 1:20 AM | By Barak Ravid
    Though the administration won't say so directly, U.S. officials hint replacing Ambassador Ron Dermer is key to mending ties. Senior U.S. officials made clear after the speech that the White House sees Netanyahu as the one who created the current crisis, and so if he is reelected, the responsibility for repairing the breach will be his. “We are not the ones who created this crisis,” said a senior administration official. “President Obama has another two years in office and we wish to go back to a reality where you can work together despite the differences. The prime minister of Israel...
  • Former US secretary: Netanyahu speech ‘poisoning’ ties (Robert Reich joins the anti-Bibi onslaught)

    03/01/2015 12:02:17 AM PST · by Dave346 · 44 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 1, 2015, 8:43 am | Stuart Winer
    Former US labor secretary Robert Reich offered sharp criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, saying that the premiere’s intention address Congress on Tuesday, against the wishes of the White House, was driving many US Jews to speak out against Israel when in the past they may have remained silent, and that the speech was “poisoning the relationship” between Israel and the US In a post to his Facebook page, Reich, who was secretary during the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1997, appealed not to Netanyahu, but rather to the people of Israel, and warned them that the prime...
  • Kerry to Iran: Stop Your Nuclear Program for 10 Years and the US will Let You Build a Nuclear Weapon

    02/23/2015 9:40:29 AM PST · by rightistight · 46 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/23/15 | Aurelius
    In a horrifying new report, John Kerry and top United States negotiators are willing to let Iran have the ability to build a nuclear weapon, so long as they do not build one for ten years. According to insiders, “The idea would be to reward Iran for good behavior over the last years of any agreement, by gradually lifting constraints on its uranium enrichment program imposed as part of a deal that would also would slowly ease sanctions on the Islamic Republic.” Specifically, the deal would allow Iran “to slowly ramp up activities that could be used to make nuclear...
  • UMass bans Iranians from some engineering, science programs

    02/16/2015 8:55:59 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 16, 2015
    AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has banned Iranian nationals from admission to certain graduate programs in a move that school officials say aligns its policy with U.S. sanctions against Iran. The university will no longer admit students from Iran to some programs in engineering and natural sciences.
  • Officials: US closing embassy in Yemen due to unrest

    02/10/2015 11:08:10 AM PST · by BeauBo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 10, 2015 | Associated Press
    The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen amid political deadlock and deteriorating security conditions after the takeover of the country by Shiite rebels, two U.S. officials said. The officials said diplomats were being evacuated from the country on Tuesday and the embassy will suspend operations until conditions improve. Yemen has been in crisis for months with Iran-linked Shiite Houthi rebels besieging the capital and then taking control. The U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the closure publicly on the record.
  • Iran Arming Terrorists in Judea and Samaria

    08/28/2014 9:22:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/8/14 | Elad Benari
    Iranian military leaders have openly boasted that they have begun to send weapons to Palestinian Arab terrorists in Judea and Samaria and elsewhere in the region, the Washington Free Beacon reported Thursday. The report quoted a top Iranian military commander who confirmed that weapon shipments to Judea and Samaria have already begun and that more will be sent to other “Palestinian resistance groups.” “Arming the West Bank has started and weapons will be supplied to the people of this region,” Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of Iran’s volunteer Basij force, told the state-run Fars news agency on Wednesday....
  • Iran Sends Tanks Into Iraq to Fight Islamists (US M-60s)

    08/25/2014 7:48:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 22, 2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    As American jets flew top cover, in mid-August Kurdish Peshmerga militia and Iraqi special forces troops recaptured the strategic Mosul Dam from Islamic State militants. Meanwhile Iraqi Golden Brigade commandos liberated parts of Tikrit from the Islamists. But the militants counterattacked—and that drew Iran into the fighting. In a move that could have far-reaching consequences, Tehran has sent tanks into northern Iraq.
  • Iran rejects 'excessive demands' in nuclear talks with six powers

    06/20/2014 12:17:40 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 20 2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Iran told six big powers on Friday it would not accept their "excessive demands" after the latest talks on lifting sanctions against Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear work yielded no breakthrough, with a deadline for a deal just a month away. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said it was Iran that would need to shift its position: "What is still unclear is if Iran is really ready and willing to take all the necessary steps to assure the world that its nuclear programme is and will remain exclusively peaceful." The...
  • UPDATE 5-Senior U.S., Iranian officials to meet Monday-Tuesday in Geneva -U.S.

    06/07/2014 2:12:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sun Jun 8, 2014 12:27am IST
    The United States said on Saturday it will send its No. 2 diplomat to Geneva to meet senior Iranian officials on Monday and Tuesday in what appeared an effort to break a logjam in wider negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who led secret U.S.-Iranian negotiations that helped bring about a Nov. 24 interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers, will head a U.S. delegation. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the primary U.S. negotiator with Iran, will accompany him on a team that will include senior White House national security staff. The...
  • Iran’s Supreme Leader: Jihad Will Continue Until America is No More

    05/25/2014 11:53:23 AM PDT · by kingattax · 49 replies
    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, all but said on Sunday that negotiations over the country’s illicit nuclear program are over and that the Islamic Republic’s ideals include destroying America. “Those (Iranians) who want to promote negotiation and surrender to the oppressors and blame the Islamic Republic as a warmonger in reality commit treason,” Khamenei told a meeting of members of parliament, according to the regime’s Fars News Agency. Khamenei emphasized that without a combative mindset, the regime cannot reach its higher Islamic role against the “oppressors’ front.” “The reason for continuation of this battle is not the warmongering of...
  • Former U.S. Marine Hekmati retried, convicted in Iran: report

    04/12/2014 12:16:13 AM PDT · by blueplum · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11th, 2014 10:01pm EDT | Will Dunham
    (Reuters) - Iranian-American Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine whose previous death sentence in Iran on espionage charges was overturned, has been secretly retried, convicted of collaborating with the U.S. government and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the New York Times reported on Friday, quoting his lawyer. The newspaper quoted lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei as saying Hekmati, held since 2011, was not told by Iranian officials about the retrial, conviction or prison sentence. The Times quoted Tabatabaei as saying Hekmati was retried by a revolutionary court in December and convicted of "practical collaboration with the American government." :snip: The...
  • Obama: “More Opportunities with Iran” Student “Exchange Programs” with Iranian Universities

    03/20/2014 11:42:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    http://pamelageller.com ^ | march 20, 2014 | pamela geller
    President Barack Obama says a nuclear agreement with Iran can open up “new possibilities and prosperity” for the Iranian people.Even as negotiations on the accord continued, the Obama administration issued an order Thursday allowing U.S. academic institutions to operate exchange programs with Iranian universities. The announcement followed Obama’s comments in an annual videotaped message to Iranians marking the Persian new year, Nowruz. This year’s message coincides with nuclear negotiations between the U.S., Iran and five other world powers. Obama says reaching a final nuclear agreement “will be difficult.” But he says he’s committed to diplomacy because he believes there is...