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Obama Admin obsessed with accommodating Iranian nuclear goals

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:02am 6/30/2015 at 10:02am
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Two stories reported yesterday raise questions whether the Obama administration is willing to devise a deal that will be comprehensive to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear device and even if it could, would it have the will to enforce it.

In the first case, Jay Solomon of The Wall Street Journal reported...

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Obama’s Cynical Synagogue Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:30am 6/3/2015 at 8:30am
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President Obama’s speech a week and a half ago at Washington D.C. synagogue Adas Israel was alternatively promoted as both an opportunity to address the scourge of anti-semitism, and a chance to reach out to American Jews. The speech did nothing to advance either goal and was tone-deaf to any Jews, or Americans for that...

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Obama on the Iran deal: Trust me, “it’s my name on this”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 10:00am 5/24/2015 at 10:00am
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If you were looking for a monument to supreme egotism, you would have to go far to beat Obama’s statement in this interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg:

“Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this,”...

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Israel’s Magnificent Medical Efforts to Save Syrians

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:40pm 5/13/2015 at 5:40pm
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A couple of remarkable news reports have been broadcast in recent days about the care given Syrians wounded in the civil war across the border. One – the more dramatic one – was at the Israeli news site Ynet (affiliated with the daily Yedioth Ahronot); the other at CNN.

The Ynet article...

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Kurdish Revolt Against Iran Brewing?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 1:00pm 5/12/2015 at 1:00pm
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One of the things about Iran that isn’t generally understood is that its population is at least 40% ethnic minorities. There are Kurds, Ahwazi Arabs, Azeris and Baluchis for example. And of course there are religious minorities, Jews, Sunnis, Christians and Bahai, who also are persecuted.

So what happens when one of...

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Traces of Chemical Weapons Found at Undeclared Site in Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 2:30pm 5/10/2015 at 2:30pm
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Late Friday afternoon Reuters had a huge scoop. Inspectors found traces of prohibited chemical weapons at a previously undeclared site in Syria.

Samples taken by experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition and Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in December and January tested positive for chemical precursors needed to make the toxic agents, the...

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Maersk Pays “Ransom,” Iran Frees Ship

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:30am 5/8/2015 at 8:30am
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Iran released the Maersk Tigris, the cargo ship it seized at sea last week.

The New York Times reports:

The Maersk Line, the Danish shipping giant, confirmed in a statement that the vessel and its 24-member crew, forced to anchor near Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas since its seizure on April 28,...

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Takes in Gullible Media

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 8:30am 5/7/2015 at 8:30am
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Last week Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared in “a conversation” with columnist David Ignatius of The Washington Post at NYU sponsored by the New America Foundation. There were those in the media who described Zarif as “suave” and “diplomatic,” but not everyone was impressed with...

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Bibi has a government, now comes the real battle

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 8:35pm 5/6/2015 at 8:35pm
Benjamin Netanyahu Stage Election Night

When the Israeli elections were held in March, the result widely was seen as a huge win for Benjamin Netanyahu, because his Likud Party outperformed.

But that was Part 1. The second part has taken several weeks to play out — the formation of a governing coalition of at least 61...

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Democrat bill would establish a “Hostage Czar”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 4, 2015 at 8:45pm 5/4/2015 at 8:45pm
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While the official U.S. policy has long been that we don’t pay ransom to terrorists who kidnap American citizens, the Obama administration is working to find a way around this long-standing and eminently sensible stance.

The idea is to allow the family of hostages held by terrorists to pay ransoms to terrorists...

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Israel Establishes Red Lines for Iran and Hezbollah

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:30am 4/27/2015 at 8:30am
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Yesterday afternoon Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Iran not to arm Hezbollah.

“Iran continues to try and arm Hezbollah and it is striving to arm the Lebanese terror group with advanced weapons...

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For some, it’s the Armenian non-Genocide

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 24, 2015 at 11:44am 4/24/2015 at 11:44am
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During the unraveling of the Ottoman Empire, the embattled leadership ordered the forced deportation of ethnic Armenians from the region. Nobody has ever been able to say for certain how many people were slaughtered in the years following the order, but experts estimate that somewhere between 300,000 and 1.5 million ethnic...

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Sharansky: The U.S. has “lost the courage of its convictions”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 9:00pm 4/18/2015 at 9:00pm
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One of my early posts at Legal Insurrection, on November 11, 2008, was Is It Time For Conservatives To Sit Down In The Snow?.

The post analogized what conservatives were about to experience in the aftermath of Obama’s first victory to the experience of Soviet Jewish Refusenik Anatoly (Nathan) Sharansky. I...

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Obama now open to immediate lifting of Iran sanctions?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:01pm 4/17/2015 at 7:01pm
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“This is the new America. We had better get used to it.”

Those were the words of an Israeli TV analyst upon learning that Obama is open to negotiating an immediate lifting of sanctions on Iran as part of a nuclear deal —...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Senate Iran Nuke Compromise

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:00pm 4/15/2015 at 1:00pm
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There have been a number of reactions to the Corker-Menendez bill, which provides for Congressional oversight of whatever nuclear deal the administration makes with Iran. It passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday with a 19-0 vote.

J. E. Dyer at Liberty Unyielding looks at the numbers and sees the...

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The Obama Administration’s Nonproliferation Hypocrisy

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 6:45pm 4/9/2015 at 6:45pm
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I visited the State Department’s website earlier this week and I was greeted by an item hailing the 45th anniversary of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

After hailing the treaty the article goes on to say more explicitly, “[i]f we didn’t already have the NPT, we would desperately need it today.”

A couple...

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Iran Supreme Ayatollah: White House lying about nuke deal

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 10:00am 4/9/2015 at 10:00am
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Within hours of the White House celebrating a supposed Iran nuclear framework “deal,” it became apparent that the various sides — the U.S., the Iranians and the Europeans — had very different understandings of the deal.

Those competing narratives now have moved to the stage of open declarations by senior Iranian officials...

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