Arrests made in nuclear tech transfer to Iran.
Well. How reassuring. LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) — Three men were accused in an alleged conspiracy to illegally export nuclear technology to Iran, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. The three suspects, a Los Angeles resident and two Iranians, violated trade sanctions imposed on Iran, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. [snip] An indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on Dec. | Read More »
Only Kerry would go to Iran.
(H/T: Hot Air) It’s bad when you have somebody from this administration wincing at a proposed foreign relations move: Sen. John Kerry has suggested becoming the first high-level U.S. emissary to make a public visit to Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, a move White House officials say they won’t oppose. “…say they won’t oppose.” How… bloodless… a response. And how quick the administration was | Read More »
Iranian regime falls back on old tricks.
As in, trying to incite the populace against a long-established demon figure. Iran arrests UK embassy staff The British government is “deeply concerned” at the arrest and detention of British Embassy employees in Tehran, the foreign secretary said today. David Miliband said Britain had protested to the Iranian authorities about the arrests made on Saturday. He described the detentions as “harassment and intimidation of a | Read More »
Allahpundit: is this an Ahmadinejad conspiracy tape?
The video is via here: …and is in Farsi, obviously, which neither Allahpundit nor I speak. The Jawa Report has more; the translations that exist so far are problematical. Allahpundit goes on to say: I realize that aside from Tapper and a few people at Fox virtually no one in big media reads our site, but I’d like to think we have enough of an | Read More »
Hot dogs in public, credit-taking in private: the White House’s search for an Iranian domestic strategy.
Question: What do these two stories have in common? Iran Unrest Reveals Split In U.S. on Its Role Abroad [snip] Obama’s approach to Iran, including his assertion that the unrest there represents a debate among Iranians unrelated to the United States, is an acknowledgment that a U.S. president’s words have a limited ability to alter foreign events in real time and could do more harm | Read More »
My Podcast today with Fausta – 06/22/2009.
(Via, obviously, Fausta’s Blog) Mostly on Iran, and may I be proven wrong on all of it after tomorrow’s press conference. Just don’t ask me if I do anything more than hope. I think that they’ve fixed the autoload problem on this. (The book being referenced is You Can Do Anything, Daddy, which was MoeLane.com’s Book of the Week because I got it for Father’s | Read More »
In Iran, the Mob stirs in its sleep.
This is not the Mob in Iran, awakened. Battle w/ Police – Tehran, Iran – June 20th 2009 by mightier-than You can tell by the fact that the policemen are still alive at the end of the video.
‘Don’t tell me words don’t matter.’
It’s not just us who listen to our broadcasts, you know. President Obama argued yesterday that there is little difference between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi on policies critical to the U.S. “It’s important to understand that although there is amazing ferment taking place in Iran, that the difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi in terms of their actual policies may not be | Read More »
Fiddling as Tehran burns.
Charles Krauthammer, a man who is apparently constitutionally incapable of suffering fools at all (and never mind ‘gladly’), waxed wroth on the implication that the President’s response to the ongoing Iranian crisis was in any way similar to Pope John Paul II’s response to the Solidarity strikers: The president is also speaking in code. The Pope spoke in a code which was implicit and understood | Read More »
White House elevates its rhetoric on Iranian election fraud.
Allahpundit has a post up about the White House’s sudden, if guarded escalation of its anti-election fraud in Iran rhetoric – I can’t imagine why we’re suddenly seeing that; can you? – and ended it with this question: Exit question: How would Saddam be reacting to all this if he was still in charge in Iraq? The answer to that is actually simple: he wouldn’t | Read More »
BREAKING: Militia fires on Iranian protestors.
@jaketapper AP News alert FROM IRAN: AP photographer sees pro-government militia fire at opposition protesters, killing at least 1. And if this is true: @StopAhmadi (via AoSHQ) The Basiji police that killed 4 ppl in Tehran got killed by the ppl! eye for an eye! #iranelection …we’re now at the cusp of something. If the crowds start thinking that the militia are going to shoot | Read More »
Dennis Ross abruptly removed from Iranian envoy slot.
First off, let’s avoid euphemism, particularly when it involves the Iranian regime: Dennis Ross does not have a ‘Jewish background.’ He is Jewish. Jewish mother, observant of the Conservative sect of Judaism, co-founded a synagogue. And bless him for all of that, although the anti-Semites currently in control for Iran certainly wouldn’t; it’s hardly surprising that they don’t want him as envoy from the USA. | Read More »
“Now watch this drive.”
Do you know what worries me about the current US response to the stolen Iranian election? What worries me is that once we hear the official response, this (via @magnolia_tree): Unfortunately, no focus group needs to be taken on one sad fact. America is to blame for this. The President and I would like to send our apologies to the Iranian people and government for | Read More »
Some more Iran links.
Josh Trevino – who notes here that recent events in Iran show that a cable TV subscription is probably no longer needed for people who want to keep up with the news* -has put up an Iran Events feed here (see explanation here). Meanwhile, it’s 6:30 in the morning in Tehran (10 PM here), and the regime has shut down electricity in the city. For | Read More »
‘Death to this liar government.’
At least, that’s what Instapundit is reporting that these Iranian folks are chanting: More here, here, here, and here – and note, of course, that Mirhossein Mousavi is no prize himself. None the less, the Iranians deserve a better government than the one that they’ve been saddled with. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Roxana Saberi *almost* extracted from Iran.
With any luck, she’ll be out of there by the middle of the week. Iran ‘to release’ reporter Saberi An court in Iran has cut US-Iranian reporter Roxana Saberi’s jail sentence to two years suspended, and will free her later on Monday, her lawyer says. The court heard Ms Saberi’s appeal against her original eight-year prison sentence on Sunday, after an international outcry. See also | Read More »
Democrats force anti-Ahmadinejad protesters to disinvite Palin.
This is one of those times where I’m relieved to have left the Democratic Party several years ago. Trying to justify this tawdry denouement to Clinton’s withdrawal from the anti-Ahmadinejad rally next week: The organizers of an anti-Iran rally Monday rescinded their invitation to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin after Democrats protested that her presence would turn the event into a political rally, McCain campaign and | Read More »
Actually, Ben Smith: if they manage to get Palin’s invitation revoked…
Not “complicated.” Bad enough that Clinton’s dropped the anti-Ahmadinejad protest. Now we’re hearing that partisan political pressure has been put on the protest group: There’s a “major push to disinvite Palin, if Obama/Biden don’t attend,” the source says. Via Allahpundit. I think that it’s pretty clear now precisely why Clinton dropped this event, isn’t it? One way or the other, it leads back to the | Read More »