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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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The Quiet U.S. War On Russian Corruption

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 10:30am 2/7/2016 at 10:30am
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The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) added five more Russians to the Specially Designated Nationals List pursuant to the Magnitsky Act on February 1.

In a press statement, a senior State Department official noted that one of the officials had nothing to do with the murder of the eponymous Sergei Magnitsky,...

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Democrats Put Obama’s Iran Appeasement Above National Security

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:00pm 2/4/2016 at 7:00pm
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The disastrous JCPOA and President Obama’s political compulsion to hide Iranian wrong-doing have infected the entire Democratic Party.  Instead of responding to Iran’s support for terrorism and violations of its international commitments by imposing penalties, President Obama – and now his Democratic allies in Congress – are running cover.

David Gerstmen wrote...

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Escalating Iranian provocations leave John Kerry practically giddy

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:21pm 2/3/2016 at 7:21pm
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Three weeks ago, ten American sailors on two naval boats were seized by Iran.

One of the first readouts of what happened came from the State Department with this tidbit:

Now, the Secretary then got on the phone with Foreign Minister Zarif for the first time – I think the first of at...

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UN Admits Own Impotence, Sort Of

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 3:30pm 2/2/2016 at 3:30pm
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As negotiations to negotiate an end to the Syrian civil war plod along, the UN has admitted, internally, that it is powerless to enforce any Syria peace deal.

According to Foreign Policy, the UN knows it cannot enforce or even monitor any peace deal it brokers:

In a confidential strategy paper exclusively obtained...

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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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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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Time To Rebuild The Navy

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 7:00am 1/9/2016 at 7:00am
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Last week I wrote that Russia’s re-equipped, re-invigorated and rejuvenated navy was flexing its muscles, using new capabilities and taking on greater responsibility to make substantive contributions to Russia’s war efforts in Syria.

As Russia’s mission prospects improve and the U.S. concedes Bashar Assad’s retention in Damascus, Russia now projects to have...

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Obama Tough On Israel, Pushover For Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 4, 2016 at 8:30am 1/4/2016 at 8:30am
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Two ongoing news stories that broke this past week show the Obama administration’s contrasting styles towards America’s top Middle East ally and a rogue nation that continues to flout international law. Obama and his top officials have no problem playing hardball with Israel, but become like Rex the dinosaur in Toy...

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Russia’s Reborn Navy Contributing In Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 1:30pm 12/29/2015 at 1:30pm
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Russia’s Navy is growing and playing a greater role is Russia’s aggressive foreign policy posture for the first time in two generations, and the US seems – still – unprepared and unwilling to push back.

Russia’s military capacity has been severely limited since the end of the Cold War.  It’s most noteworthy...

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Obama Admin seems more interested in not offending Iran, than stopping a nuke

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 8:30am 12/24/2015 at 8:30am
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As someone who has opposed the nuclear deal with Iran from the start, the past week has been a nightmare.

Following an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report that found Iran had been cheating on its nuclear program and had progressed further towards a bomb than previous thought,...

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Russia’s Focused Brutality Trumps US’s Gentle Touch In Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 3:45pm 12/17/2015 at 3:45pm
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Russia’s policy of bloody deterrence and intimidation is reaping battlefield victories, and exposing US fecklessness in Syria.  President Obama has decided the risk of alienating the Syrian population and providing propaganda fodder for ISIS and other anti-Western organizations outweighs the benefits of a substantive military intervention, but Russian President Vladimir Putin’...

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Obama’s Lack Of Clarity On ISIS Confounds DOD And Critics Alike

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President Obama and the Defense Department are warning of the dangers of deploying ground troops to Syria without first answering whether ISIS can be defeated without them.

Critics say the status quo is not doing the job.  Max Boot wrote in the Wall Street Journal on December 8 that air power alone...

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The Administration’s Reckless Nuclear Surrender To Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 11, 2015 at 10:00am 12/11/2015 at 10:00am
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If you ask me what the most important article in The New York Times of the past week, it would not be the front page editorial advocating stricter gun control. That editorial was important in terms of the mindset of the Times, but had little real new value.

The most significant new...

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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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Pompeo, Cotton Poke More Holes in Iran Nuke Deal

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 27, 2015 at 12:00pm 11/27/2015 at 12:00pm
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Rep. Mike Pompeo (R – Kan.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R – Ark.) have a lot in common. Both are army veterans and both are graduates of Harvard Law School. And both have been doing a great job of exposing aspects of the nuclear deal with Iran that the administration would...

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