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Will we ever fully know the terms of surrender?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:58am
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The new “moderate” President of Iran has declared victory and international surrender (featured image above).

But what are the terms of our surrender?

According to Iran, we don’t really know; according to the State Deparment, we will find out. Via L.A. Times, New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official...

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Iran’s Very Good Year

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:30am
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When I was almost fifty four, it was a very good year
It was a very good year for kindly faced clerics
Whose Justice Minister was an executioner
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Time is on Iran’s side in continued nuclear deal negotiations

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 23, 2013 at 3:13pm
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At the end of his press conference on Friday, President Obama addressed his efforts regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

On Iran, there is the possibility of a resolution to a problem that has been a challenge for American national security for over a decade now, and that is getting Iran to, in a...

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Fiddling While Iran Enriches

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9:43am
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Nearly a month ago, President Obama said in a statement:

For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back.

But has Iran’s nuclear program been rolled back or even halted?

Non-proliferation experts Olli Heinonen and...

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The Predictable Iranian Walkout Theatrics

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 16, 2013 at 9:33am
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I was right.

I wrote that the previous agreement between the West and Iran should be used as a model for predicting how the ongoing P5 + 1 negotiations will go.

Specifically,

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The Shrinking Poll Numbers for the Iran Nuclear Deal

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 10:30am
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Shortly after the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran was announced, Max Fisher of the Washington Post trumpeted Americans support an Iran nuclear deal 2 to 1. That’s a big deal.

But those polls dealt in generalities. It’s easy to support negotiations in principle; it’s much harder to support a specific deal, which...

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A Pinocchio should go to the participants in the Iran nuke deal

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:44pm
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The Washington Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler asks, “Did the United Nations demand Iran suspend uranium enrichment as part of a final deal?

At issue are statements made by Senators Robert Menendez and Bob Corker about Iran’s right to enrich on the Sunday morning talks shows.

Kessler, for example, took exception to Corker’s...

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Hezbollah chief praises Iran nuke deal, say U.S. wanted broader talks with Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 2:09pm
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In an interview airing now on Lebanese OTV television, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah discusses the Iranian nuclear deal (summary translation via NOW Lebanon):

The Iran nuclear deal has significant repercussions.

The region’s peoples are the biggest winners from this deal because regional and international forces have been pushing for war with...

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NY Times makes its peace with Iranian nuclear enrichment

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:42am
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Exceprts from two editorials, nine years apart, in the New York Times, presented with no additional commentary.

Iran’s Nuclear Threat – The New York Times – October 22, 2004

What is critical is for the winner of the presidential race, and for the three European nations,...

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For our Iran nuke deal negotiator, there’s no business, like failed business

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:00am
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In an article about Wendy Sherman, the administration’s chief nuclear negotiator, Politics and a Ruptured Tendon Don’t Faze Lead Iran Negotiator, the NY Times reports sympathetically, even while indicting her.

Along the way, Ms. Sherman was the State Department’s chief strategist in dealing with the North Korean nuclear program. It was a...

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John Kerry and Bashar Assad — mixed history, muddled policy

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 2:21pm
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A few months ago a picture of John and Teresa Heinz Kerry having dinner with Bashar and Asma Assad in 2009 resurfaced.

The timing was awkward because it came just after the Secretary of State condemned Assad as a “thug,” and compared him to Adolph Hitler for his use of chemical weapons.

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What the White House didn’t report on the Iran nuke deal

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 29, 2013 at 11:45am
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Since the announcement of the Iran nuclear deal and the administration’s release of a fact sheet on the matter, Iran has disputed the White House’s interpretation of the agreement.  While Iran has insisted that the agreement recognizes its right to enrich uranium, Secretary of State John Kerry has said, “

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Why Isn’t the World More Thankful to Israel?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 4:00pm
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The Israeli delegation has just returned from the Philippines after nearly two weeks of providing emergency care to the island nation’s survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. According to the Jerusalem Post the first baby delivered by the Israeli medical teams was named “Israel.”

In fact Israel – the IDF particularly – has been...

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Is there even an Iran Nuke Deal?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 5:35pm
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Yesterday we reported that Iranian officials were furious that the Obama administration’s “fact sheet” spun the nuclear deal in ways not agreed-upon.  The Iranians are crowing that their right to enrich uranium was confirmed while the Obama administration is saying the opposite.

Now comes word...

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