By John Ruberry Saturday night news broke--that has not yet been confirmed--that President-elect Donald Trump has chosen ExxonMobil chairman Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state. Predictably, the mainstream media is pouncing on this selection, zeroing in on his ties to Russia that go back to the Boris Yeltsin era. Russia of course is a major … Continue reading Why not Rex Tillerson?
Yet one more instance of the Most Transparent Administration™ conducting itself in the era of Smart Diplomacy™: Launder $400 million in exchange for five hostages, refuse to call it a ransom, and then launder $1.3 billion more. Make sure it's all in cash, à la Breaking Bad, load it in pallets, and fly it in, so … Continue reading U.S. laundered an additional $1.3 billion to Iran
by baldilocks No one will do anything at all about the fact that the President of the United States took $400 million in cash, put it on a plane, sent it to Iran as ransom for American hostages, and did so without congressional approval, which is how all US Treasury transactions are supposed to be … Continue reading Country-Jacked by the Driver (Edited)
As I write this post, John Kirby, State Department spokesman, is on TV adamantly denying that it was a ransom: The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional … Continue reading US paid $400million ransom to Iran
The Obama administration's national security fabulist, Ben Rhodes, has succeeded in remaking the Middle East to empower America’s most hated enemy, the only United Nations member state committed to the annihilation of another state: the theocratic Islamic Republic of Iran. Among the so-called moderates Rhodes would name in his sales pitch was Iran’s President Hassan … Continue reading Ted Cruz writes about The Mullahs and Their Missiles
By John Ruberry Unless you live outside America, you've seen the GEICO insurance television commercials with the tag line, "It's what you do." Such as this one about golf commentators whispering regardless of the situation. Shortly before the Obama administration released over $100 billion in frozen assets to Iran, the mullahs released five Americans held there … Continue reading You’re Iran. You take hostages. It’s what you do.
What passes for smart diplomacy these days: Foreign policy deals where the US gives in for nothing in exchange. I have posted here and at my blog on the easement of sanctions with Cuba, which was preceded by the release of American hostage Alan Gross in exchange for five cuban spies. Gross was on 60 … Continue reading The $100 billion no-deal Iran deal
Sept 2nd 2015 2:53 PM Gwen Ifill hails flawless analysis of Marie Harf's PowerPoint slide https://t.co/icSnHbOsZm— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 2, 2015 Sept 2nd 2015 2:56 PM Achievement unlocked pic.twitter.com/dJWEEaJh7M— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 2, 2015 Just remember, you pay Gwen Ifill's salary. Update: This is amusing: When asked to clarify her tweet on Wednesday, Ifill … Continue reading Gwen Ifill , IowaHawk & The State of American Journalism in two Tweets
I just got this news alert, Obama Clinches Vote to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland on Wednesday came out in support of President Obama’s Iran nuclear accord, the 34th Democrat in favor. Her vote assures the deal will be put in effect. My initial reaction? F*** / Obama Clinches Vote to … Continue reading Breaking: Obama Clinches Vote to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal
Last month at St. Anselm College Rick Santorum said this about the Iran Deal: Here’s what I would say is that everybody who votes against this resolution and votes for the Iran deal, everybody who votes for the Iran deal owns everything Iran gonna do from this point forward. If you feel comfortable that this … Continue reading The Democrat Iran “Killstarter” Campaign
As Pete notes, the knives are out against Robert Menendez, with lurid headlines again screaming Sen. Robert Menendez may have had sex with underage hookers in Dominican Republic. Menendez's office again denied the accusations, which are part of a larger case (emphasis added), And unlike in many federal public corruption cases, this prosecution revolves, in … Continue reading Why the knives are out on Menendez
The President: You've got yourself a chip in the big game now. You're gonna tuck that away. You are gonna save that for a time when your own ass is on the line and then you're gonna pull it out, and I'm gonna cash it in for you, right?" Clear and Present Danger 1994 Watching … Continue reading The Robert Menendez Laws of Media Newsworthyness
Two years ago I was writing about Senator Robert Menendez and his scandals both financial: Pols like Senator Menendez routinely seek donations of large amounts of money, A businessman funnels a large amount of money to him and rather than an accomplice as a receiver of $98,000 in illegal campaign funds this makes Senator Menendez… … Continue reading Sen Menendez Underage Hookers Story is Back or Always Trust Content from DaTechGuy
Samwise: Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something. Frodo: What are we holding on to, Sam? Samwise: There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for. … Continue reading The Paris Train & Iran What Happens When Americans lead & when they don’t
Bob Menendez (D-NJ), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "let’s remind ourselves of the stated purpose of our negotiations with Iran: Simply put, it was to dismantle all -- or significant parts -- of Iran's illicit nuclear infrastructure to ensure that it would not have nuclear weapons capability at any time. Not shrink … Continue reading Menendez on Iran: Failure Theater, or not?