Iran’s latest threats must be taken seriously

It's unlikely that President Trump will certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal signed by his predecessor, which means Congress will be able to impose new sanctions on the Islamic state. Iran has now threatened to attack any American bases within a 2,000 km range if we impose these sanctions. These shouldn't … Continue reading Iran’s latest threats must be taken seriously

Who are Our Real Enemies?

by baldilocks Was Bush right? It depends, of course, on what the topic is. Zero Hedge points to Statista and YouGov polls containing the following information: Americans have consistently identified ISIS as the biggest threat to their nation across multiple polls. Traditional foes, such as the countries making up George W. Bush's infamous "Axis Of Evil", have … Continue reading Who are Our Real Enemies?

Aleppo and Human Nature

by baldilocks On Twitter, many people call on others to “do something” about the destruction and mass killing of civilians in Aleppo, Syria. By “doing something,” they mean something other than posting about it on Social Media. Likely, these are the same people that bashed our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, short of taking … Continue reading Aleppo and Human Nature

Why not Rex Tillerson?

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?

U.S. laundered an additional $1.3 billion to Iran

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

Reality Asserts Itself in the Middle East

You know we really have it easy in the US. When our government lies to our faces about the Iranian Nuke deal we can pound our chests, talk about the debasement of democracy and how these poor decisions are making the middle east a less safe place knowing that in the end it will be … Continue reading Reality Asserts Itself in the Middle East

US paid $400million ransom to Iran

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

You’re Iran. You take hostages. It’s what you do.

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.

Iran: 24 Hours that Perfectly Define Obama’s America

If you remain indifferent in time of adversity, your strength will depart from you. Rescue those who are being dragged to death, and from those tottering to execution withdraw not. If you say, "I know not this man!" does not he who tests hearts perceive it? He who guards your life knows it, and he … Continue reading Iran: 24 Hours that Perfectly Define Obama’s America

Iran Takes Hostages The State of Our Union is F***** Up

The State of our Union in four seconds Perhaps he will leave 10 empty seats for the sailors in Iranian hands I predict democrats will circle the wagons around him for the simple reason that they won't risk upsetting the black vote less than a year to an election and because they sold their souls … Continue reading Iran Takes Hostages The State of Our Union is F***** Up

The $100 billion no-deal Iran deal

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

Why the knives are out on Menendez

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 Paris Train & Iran What Happens When Americans lead & when they don’t

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

Menendez on Iran: Failure Theater, or not?

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?

The Iran Deal, best we could get or economic terrorism?

We have all watched the news and seen week after week of commentary on the Iran nuclear deal. The coverage has gone everywhere from “walk away,” to “the best deal anyone could get.” Walking away isn’t a good idea in this case, but ok I get it. I understand the sentiment. This being the best … Continue reading The Iran Deal, best we could get or economic terrorism?