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The Costs of Outsourcing America’s Foreign Policy to Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 2:00pm 2/10/2016 at 2:00pm
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While President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have assured us that the nuclear deal with Iran has delayed war, Tony Badran in a devastating critique of the administration’s foreign policy last week wrote, “Middle Easterners are not so lucky: They get to fight their wars with Iran...

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The Russia Reset Has Failed, Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Lost

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:00am 2/10/2016 at 10:00am
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The U.S. move to boost NATO forces in Eastern Europe is another black mark on President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy.  The decision to strengthen NATO’s bulwark against further Russian adventurism is sound in itself, but it further exposes the 2009 Russia Reset as a naive, amateurish blunder.  The cost...

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EU and Germany: Milking the Iran Deal

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 12:00pm 2/2/2016 at 12:00pm
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According to the head of Iran’s state-run oil company NPC, two leading German companies are set to invest a total of €12 billion in Tehran’s petroleum and gas sector. The latest agreement could make Germany the first big foreign investor in Iranian oil sector, after the nuclear deal was signed seven...

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Here’s who Iran is getting back in prisoner swap

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 1:30pm 1/16/2016 at 1:30pm
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International financial sanctions against Iran are being lifted today as part of the Iran Nuclear Deal. The influx of tens of billions of funds are expected first to go to support Iranian efforts to destabilize the Middle East, including helping Assad in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas in Gaza.

Not coincidentally,...

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Supreme Court Argument: Iran’s Terror Victims Seek To Collect

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 15, 2016 at 8:30am 1/15/2016 at 8:30am
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On Wednesday the Iranian Central Bank argued before the United States Supreme Court that Iranian-owned assets in U.S.-based accounts cannot be used to satisfy judgments against Iran. 

The narrow legal question in Bank Markazi v. Peterson is whether and to what extent Congress can dictate the outcome of a pending suit...

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Obama’s Passivity in Face of Aggression Puts Iran in Driver’s Seat

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 1:00pm 1/14/2016 at 1:00pm
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With the news that Iran has seized two American boats and detained 10 American sailors in the Persian Gulf just ahead of the State of the Union earlier this week, I’d like to go back to something that President Barack Obama said a little more than a year ago. Even though the...

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U.S. interference in transparency law dispute disrespects Israeli democracy

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 1:00pm 1/13/2016 at 1:00pm
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The US State Department is criticizing Israel’s proposed “Transparency Law,” suggesting that Israelis should not know when foreign governments are influencing their domestic politics.

If enacted, the current version of the Transparency Law would deem an Israeli Non-Governmental Organization (“NGO”) a foreign agent if it receives more than 50% of its budget...

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Welcome back, Carter – Now comes humiliation phase of Navy boat seizure by Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 11:30am 1/13/2016 at 11:30am
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Every confrontation with Iran has a phase which is much more important to the Iranians than the physical outcome.

It’s the humiliation phase, in which the Iranians get to exploit photos and video showing their opponents as weak and the Iranians as strong.

We saw it throughout the U.S. Embassy hostage drama in...

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Iran Seizes Two U.S. Navy Vessels, Detains 10 U.S. Sailors

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 4:40pm 1/12/2016 at 4:40pm
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Tuesday, the U.S. experienced yet another provocation from Iran who seized two U.S. Navy boats carrying ten U.S. sailors. Iran promised to return everyone and everything shortly. So, yay?

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How The Washington Post contributed to mythology of Obama greatness

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 2:30pm 1/7/2016 at 2:30pm
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At a time when tensions in the Middle East are rising, it is perhaps a time to once again review President Barack Obama’s qualifications for office. To be sure his qualifications were fabricated, or at least oversold.

This wasn’t just the doing of the Obama campaign. Campaigns are supposed to do present their candidates...

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Five Lessons from the Iran-Saudi Blowup

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7:00am 1/5/2016 at 7:00am
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The fallout from the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday will roil the Middle East region for some time to come. Below, I review the recent developments since our last posts (see here and here) and discuss some of the lessons to be learned from...

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Top Ten Media Fails of 2015 – Israel Edition

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 4, 2016 at 5:00pm 1/4/2016 at 5:00pm
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CAMERA – the Committee for Accuracy in Middle-East Reporting in America – has released its Top Ten MidEast Media Mangles for 2015.

There are some doozies, from all the usual sources: The New York Times, BBC, Washington Post, MSNBC, AP, The Guardian and Ha’aretz.  There’s also the perennial phenomenon of media silence...

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Saudi Arabia Severs Diplomatic Ties with Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 4:30pm 1/3/2016 at 4:30pm
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This could get interesting:

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Iranians burn Saudi Embassy after execution of Shia Cleric

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 6:05pm 1/2/2016 at 6:05pm
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This is one of those incidents which both cannot be understood in isolation and has the real possibility of escalating.

Saudi Arabia executed 47 people, including a prominent Shia cleric:

The Middle East braced...

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What If Spying On Social Media Could Save Lives?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 21, 2015 at 11:30am 12/21/2015 at 11:30am
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Could cameras at immigration centers in airports and at the borders pick extremists out of the crowd?  Could software search social media to identify terrorists or for hints of upcoming attacks?

With terror organizations and terrorists using social media for recruitment and indoctrination it is worth revisiting such programs.

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Iran’s Bad Week In Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 6:30pm 12/20/2015 at 6:30pm
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Iran and its allies have taken a beating in Syria according to recent reports.

Perhaps the most spectacular was the airstrike overnight that killed the notorious child killer, Samir Kuntar and eight other terrorists in a Damascus suburb. Prof. Jacobson rightly called Kuntar “among the most notorious and vicious terrorists,” for shooting...

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Obama Running Cover For Iran Missile Test Violations

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 10:00am 12/10/2015 at 10:00am
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President Obama’s willful blindness toward Iran’s continued development of illicit weaponry is putting Americans and our allies in ever greater danger.  Obama’s superficial detente with Iran ignores its deceits, dissimulations, and resolve to obtain a nuclear capability.

In the latest instance, Obama is downplaying Iran’s November ballistic missile testU.N. Security Council...

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