US Giving up on Military Inspections of Iran Nuke Sites
The news from the Iranian nuclear program negotiations in Vienna just keeps getting worse. Now, it seems like the United States is going to give up on military inspections that could be anything close to effective. From the AFP: “We have worked out a process that we believe will ensure that the IAEA has the access it needs,” the administration official told reporters. “The entry | Read More »
With the Deal Deadline Looming, Iran Bans Nuclear Inspections
The supposed deadline to form a nuclear deal with Iran under the present round of negotiations is June 30th. If you needed any further indication of how willing Iran is to follow any deal that would restrict its ability to develop nuclear weapons, know that its Parliament has approved the outline of a bill that would ban inspections of military sites: Iranian lawmakers approved the | Read More »
US troops sharing bases with Iranian led militias in Iraq
Back when the President of the United States was still interested in maintaining US power in the Middle East, we had troops in Iraq who were actually involved in killing terrorists. The most potent weapon against our troops was the roadside bomb that created what was called an “explosively formed penetrator.” This device enabled a relatively primitive and decidedly low-tech weapon to defeat a lot | Read More »
Congress Gets One Right: Bring Pastor Saeed & the American Hostages Home
The time is now. Bring the American hostages home.
That was the message echoed over and over again today in Congress.
American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, delivered a compelling message to Congress, urging it to do all within its power to bring her husband home.
She testified alongside family members of the three other American hostages held in Iran: Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, and Robert Levinson.
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The Mayaguez Incident
The hijacking of the Maersk Tigris by the Iranian armed forces and their attempted piracy of the Singapore flagged Alpine Eternity it is fitting that we take a look at a similar incident that took place 50 (math is hard) 40 years ago. On May 12, 1975 the US container ship, SS Mayaguez passed within 12 miles of Cambodia, then under the Khmer Rouge regime thanks | Read More »
Iran bill passes; the Constitution continues to die
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 61% and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A%, with the willful acquiescence of most of the GOP, have in one act abrogated their responsibility, gutted the Constitution, and put the US on an irreversible glide slope towards a nuclear war involving Iran. The House on Thursday passed legislation requiring congressional review of a nuclear deal with | Read More »
Russians: If Iran cheats there will be no sanctions
As we’ve pointed out over and over, the Obama administration, and to a great extent the toolish Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) 50%, have been relentlessly lying about the nature of the Iran nuclear talks. The agreement that is being considered by Congress does nothing but lock in the forward progress of Iran’s nuclear weapons program while simultaneously removing sanctions. Not only does | Read More »
GOP Failure Theater: the Iran nuclear vote, Cruz-Rubio edition
Failure Theater. When the GOP talks a good game about opposing Obama’s policies but, in fact, vote to go along with them. Yesterday the US Senate voted 98-1 to go along with whatever Barack Obama decides to give to Iran. Though the feckless Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) 50% has portrayed it as a successful “bipartisan” bill, part of [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell | Read More »
Obama seeks to deter nuclear Iran with missile defense
Via CNN: President Barack Obama will re-engage with Gulf State allies at a summit next week on a proposal for a common ballistic missile defense system that could act as a deterrent to a potentially nuclear armed Iran, a U.S. official confirms to CNN on Wednesday. … The administration’s proposals for greater defense cooperation with Gulf State allies appear to be aimed at easing concerns | Read More »
Obama’s Iran strategy continues to succeed
The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of Obama grand strategy of wooing Iran as a partner has never been clearly apparent than over the past couple of weeks. Keep in mind that it is Iran that Obama has decided is his “boots on the ground” in the war, or whatever it is, against ISIS. Not only are the Iranian Republican Guards slowly but surely gaining control | Read More »
Conservatives Must Oppose Bob Corker’s Capitulation
The video above explains why President Obama’s deal with Iran is so bad. Made worse is Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) 50%‘s effort to ratify the deal through a perversion of the constitutional process. Bob Corker is a little man who chairs the impotent Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The two traits have conspired to require him to feel relevant and stretch his little | Read More »
State: Iranian agreement violations are a feature not a bug
Many years ago an guy named Robert Ringer wrote a book called “Winning Through Intimidation.” He counsels to always be willing to walk away from a deal and to make his case he offers an anecdote of a man who signs a commercial real estate contract and, by the terms of the deal, is in default the moment he signed the contract. This is the | Read More »
Cotton and Rubio on verge of scuttling Corker’s Iran surrender bill
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) 50% has been working hand-in-glove with Maryland Senator Ben Cardin to shepherd a disastrous bill approving Obama’s Iran negotiations through the Senate. It is disastrous in two respects. First and foremost, Corker’s bill essentially gives Obama a way to work around the US Constitution. Instead of this agreement being presented to the Senate for approval… and as | Read More »
John Kerry Apparently Wishes we had a Leader like Iran’s Dictator
John Kerry has a disturbing habit of kissing up to foreign despots, particularly the Middle Eastern variety. Back in 2011, when the Syrian civil war was still just mass demonstrations, he went on record praising Basham al-Assad. Then, there was the time earlier this year he extended an over the top message of condolences to the Iranian Supreme Leader Hassan Rouhani over the loss of | Read More »
Iran Raises Tension in Middle East with Ship Seizure
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Jim Phillips to discuss the latest on the Iran nuke negotiations, the country’s involvement in the Yemen civil war and today’s seizing of a commercial ship by Iranian navel forces.
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