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Obama Launches Preemptive Interview on Bibi Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00am
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In an interview with Reuters published yesterday, President Obama launched a pre-emptive strike against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech before a session of Congress. I won’t attempt to fisk the whole thing, but a few things stuck out as patently false.

Now keep in mind the prime minister, when we signed...

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Administration Attacks on Bibi Spur Bipartisan Support for Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 4:55pm
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The administration continues in its attempt to marginalize Prime Minister Netanyahu ahead of his speech on Iran. And the efforts appear to be backfiring.

Jeffrey Goldberg tells some important truths in today’s column, Danger Ahead for Obama on Iran:

I’m fairly sure Netanyahu will deliver a powerful speech, in part because he is eloquent in...

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The New York Times Cheers On A Nuclear Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 27, 2015 at 12:40pm
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Yesterday’s New York Times editorial on the emerging nuclear deal between the West and Iran is completely delusional. I will try to tackle the editorial’s arguments in the order of ridiculousness, from most to least:

Critics of any deal — including those in Congress, such as Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican of Illinois,...

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The pending Iran deal

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 8:30am
Give Piece a chance Iran

From the headline of this AP article, “Historic US-Iran nuclear deal could be taking shape,” the casual reader would be hard-pressed to tell whether the deal was good, bad, or indifferent for the US. The article goes on to offer the usual quotes alternating between those who laud the potential agreement and those who criticize it, and closes on a note of optimism about the talks and sympathy for Iran:

Daryl Kimball of the Washington-based Arms Control Association said that with the IAEA’s additional monitoring, the deal taking shape leaves “more than enough time to detect and disrupt any effort to pursue nuclear weapons in the future.”

In exchange, Iran wants relief from sanctions crippling its economy and the U.S. is talking about phasing in such measures.

Contrast that with this piece by David Horovitz in The Times of Israel. He observes that, although the Obama administration has been engaged in denying Israeli rumors of what might be in the agreement and accusing Israel of “misrepresenting the specifics for narrow political ends,” the pending agreement that the AP article describes not only contains many of the things Israel had been complaining about, but is even worse than was previously thought. According to Israel’s “most respected Middle East affairs analyst,” Ehud Ya’ari, the deal would be likely to have some catastrophic consequences:

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A Test Iran Is Sure to Pass

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 3:00pm
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At a Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry took aim at critics of the Obama administration’s posture towards Iran:

World powers grouped under the so-called P5+1 “had made inroads” since reaching an interim deal with Iran in November 2013 on reining in its suspect nuclear program, Kerry said.

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White House Struggling to Sell Iran Policy…to Democrats

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 12:16pm
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An effort last week to marshal Congressional Democrats to urge House Speaker John Boehner to delay Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Congressional speech next month gained the support of only 23 out of 188 House Democrats....

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Obama’s Concessions to Iran Alienating Allies

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 8:00am
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Last week, Prof. Jacobson noted that The Washington Post published an editorial criticizing President Obama’s handling of the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Prof. Jacobson’s mentioned the editorial in the context of arguing that the likely deal is against “the best interests of the American people.”

But there’s something else remarkable about the editorial....

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Which should Israel fear most – Obama’s temper or Iran’s nukes?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 1:32pm
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The now-open conflict between the Obama administration and Bibi Netanyahu has little to do with Obama’s hurt feelings or a breach of protocol, though it is portrayed that way by the White House, many Democrats, and increasingly, weak-kneed supporters of Israel who worry that getting Barack Obama angry would be the...

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Obama’s new National Security Plan = Social Justice War

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2:45pm
Susan Rice

As all hell breaks loose across the Middle East, another member of the Obama administration is focusing on the important issues.

Fred Lucas of The Blaze reported:

Susan Rice Calls for Climate Action, LGBT Equality in National Security Plan

National Security Advisor Susan Rice said the United States must take a longer view on...

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“the Israeli government doesn’t — and shouldn’t — listen to them”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:00pm
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Going through some old bookmarks I never wrote about, I found Israel’s Fair-Weather Fans, an August 7, 2014, NY Times Op-Ed by Shmuel Rosner. The column is a rebuttal to liberal Jewish American critics worrying about the alienation of liberal American Jews from Israel.

It seems relevant today, as some Democrats...

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Democrats have a choice, but it’s not Bibi versus Barack

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 6, 2015 at 10:00am
Iran Nuclear Talks

It all is proceeding as planned.

A nuke deal with Iran, with the quid pro quo of assisting Iran’s expansion into a regional power, is working its way forward. For that, Iran gets to keep most of its nuclear program, because it likes it.

There are two things standing in the way:...

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Obama: I’ll meet your ISIS, and raise you The Crusades

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8:30am
Obama National Prayer Breakfast

At the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday, President Obama equated the horrific acts carried out by ISIS to the Christian Crusades.

Nedra Pickler of AP News reported:

Obama condemns those who seek to ‘hijack religion’

President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around...

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The method to Obama’s foreign policy madness

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:28pm
Iran Negotiations

Ever wonder whether Obama’s policy towards Iran represents something coherent, or just naive incompetence? Here’s an excellent article by Michael Doran in Mosaic that fleshes out the details of a theory about Obama’s approach to Iran. It doesn’t take the most extreme stance of all—which would be the “Obama...

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Tom Cotton takes a hard stance on Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3:00pm
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I wasn’t looking for anything more than a screenshot when I came across Senator Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) statement last week (embedded below) before the Senate Banking Committee. But when I heard him speak about Iran’s “…nasty habit with their proxies of killing Jews all around the world.” I made a mental...

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Obama’s not offended, he just wants Bibi out of office

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:30am
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Claims by anonymous sources that the Obama administration is deeply offended by a “breach of protocol” in the planned appearance by Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint meeting of Congress are increasing.

The New York Times quotes an unnamed official as saying the anger goes beyond John Boehner and Netanyahu, to the...

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Can Obama conduct diplomacy and chew gum at the same time?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 26, 2015 at 12:15pm
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In determining why Secretary of State John Kerry was not at the Paris march of world leaders denouncing the terror attacks there, I noted he was paving the way for President Obama’s upcoming visit to India.

This Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Obama with open arms.

President Obama and his Indian counterpart...

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Argentine Prosecutor Death in Iran Terror Case Gets Curiouser

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11:30am
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Sunday night Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found shot to death in his apartment. Nisman had been scheduled the following day to present his criminal complaint against Argentinian President  Cristina Fernández de Kirchner before a closed session of Argentina’s congress.

The initial claim (one made by Kirchner herself on her Facebook page) that...

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