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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.

The...

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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
Obama press conference Iran Geneva Agreement

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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Iran disputes White House interpretation of nuke agreement

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 5:22pm
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Seriously.

From Fars News Agency, Iran Strongly Rejects Text of Geneva Agreement Released by White House:

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called invalid a press release by...

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Obama has Bibi just where he wants him: Isolated

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7:00pm
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I don’t think it’s overstatement to say that Obama successfully has isolated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by bringing the major world powers plus Germany into an Iran nuclear agreement publicly opposed by Netanyahu (and quietly by many Arab countries).

The perennial thorn in Obama’s Mideast side stands almost alone in publicly...

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Israel and Iran agree – Nuke deal is Iranian victory

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 9:57am
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The nuclear agreement with Iran is being touted by the Obama administration as a significant step in keeping Iran from moving towards nuclear weapons.

In reality, the agreement is confirmation of Iran’s uranium enrichment program at a relatively high level, although some of the highest level enrichment is supposed to be suspended....

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Nuke Deal Reached – Iran gets to keep its enrichment program

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 10:25pm
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The details are just coming out, but it appears that Iran gets to keep its uranium enrichment program, albeit on a somewhat reduced level pending 6 months of monitoring. The U.S. agreed not to unilaterally impose new sanctions during this time period, something previously under consideration in Congress with strong...

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Giving up Something for Nothing in Geneva Iran talks

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 22, 2013 at 11:15am
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On Wednesday, The Israel Project hosted a conference call with Dr. Emily Landau of Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies.

Dr. Landau is a non-proliferation expert and spoke about the problems with the agreement apparently being negotiated between the P5+1 (United States, China, France, Great Britain, Russia and Germany) and Iran.

Landau focused...

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