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Iran Embassy attacked in Beirut

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 3:49pm 11/19/2013 at 3:49pm

There was a double suicide bombing targeting the Iranian Embassy in Beirut earlier today.

There are at least 25 dead, including one diplomat.

An al-Qaeda linked group is claiming credit, but the Iranians are blaming Israel.

The bobming is assumed to be in retaliation for Iran’s involvement in Syria, including training, advisors, equipment and...

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Valerie Jarrett and Iran again?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 18, 2013 at 9:14am 11/18/2013 at 9:14am

Almost exactly one year ago reports surfaced that Valerie Jarrett was engaged in “secret” negotiations with Iran as Obama’s personal emissary.

The reports originated with Iranian bloggers, and was reported also by The New York Times. The Obama administration categorically denied the reports.

Now Israeli television is reporting similar involvement, via the Times...

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You can keep your nuke free Iran if you like it

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:59pm 11/15/2013 at 2:59pm

Not sure I agree with the linkage of Obama’s broken promise that you can keep your insurance plan and his promise that Iran will not get nukes.

One he knew was false at the time he made the promise, the other was, um, … oh, never mind.

Via The Times of Israel:

The Emergency...

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The French Objections

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 8:51am 11/14/2013 at 8:51am

Let’s review some of the administration’s diplomatic activity over the past week.

Lee Smith:

Haaretz reports that the administration misled Israel regarding the terms of the proposed interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. One senior Israeli official explained that on Wednesday Israel had seen an outline that the Israelis “didn’t...

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John Kerry and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week in Diplomacy

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:00am 11/12/2013 at 11:00am

I almost feel bad for Secretary of  State, John Kerry. This really has been a brutal few days for him.

There was the op-ed by Jackson Diehl John Kerry’s Middle East dream world

All this was before his weekend trip to Geneva for what became a failed attempt to close a deal with...

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has duped us once already

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:30am 11/12/2013 at 7:30am

Aside from the specific problems with the potential deal between the so-called P5+1 and Iran (and the way it’s reported), there’s a historical precedent that’s troubling.

One of the reasons many in the West saw Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s election as a harbinger for rapprochement with Iran was because when Rouhani was...

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Nary a word about why the mad Mullahs are a threat

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 11, 2013 at 9:45am 11/11/2013 at 9:45am

Over the past few days the reporting from Geneva changed from anticipation of an imminent deal to a final “no deal.” Or “no deal” for now.

The New York Times reported Talks With Iran Fail to Produce a Nuclear Agreement. As almost all reporting on the P5+1 talks with Iran go it ...

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Breaking: France refuses to allow Obama to sell out to Iran on nuke talks

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 8:33pm 11/9/2013 at 8:33pm

With a fevered and frantic breathless pace, Obama via John Kerry has been pushing to sign a sell-out deal with Iran that would ease sanctions without shutting down Iran’s nuke program.

Benjamin Netanyahu was furious when he found out that ...

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On the cusp of a historic sell-out of Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:48am 11/8/2013 at 10:48am

We are on the cusp of the most historic sell-out of Israel by any United States administration.

We told you all along that in his second term Obama would impose a settlement on Israel according to what he viewed as reasonable:

Obama will force his vision of a settlement on Israel in a...

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Looking for Iranian moderation in all the wrong places

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:40am 11/5/2013 at 10:40am

We have noted degree to which America’s media, including Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran bureau chief for the New York Times, tells us that the most vicious anti-American statements from Iran are really expressions of admiration.

Check out a few of Erdbrink’s recent tweets.

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Remember, “Death to America” is Persian for “I’d really like to visit Disneyland”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7:00pm 11/4/2013 at 7:00pm

I had to laugh listening to the audio of the NY Times Tehran Bureau Chief explaining away the intensified and widespread chants of Death to America on the streets of Tehran as not really meaning “Death to America” (h/t Althouse):

On this 34th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran,...

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Not exactly Breaking News: Turkey is run by Islamists who don’t like Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:31pm 11/2/2013 at 12:31pm

But you knew that, because we have been following the antics of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for years.

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The epistemic closure of the Obama foreign policy

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 1:02pm 10/30/2013 at 1:02pm

Last week as we noted, the New York Times ran a devastating article about President Obama’s Syria policy. The Times reported, among other things, that the President was disinterested in planning discussions about Syria.

Two other articles reported that America’s Middle East allies generally and the Saudis specifically were upset by the...

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The Necessary Crisis between Iran and the United States

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 1:35pm 10/27/2013 at 1:35pm

Recently, after the first round of nuclear talks with Iran had concluded one of the American negotiators said: “… I have never had such intense, detailed, straightforward, candid conversations with the Iranian delegation before.”

The word that bothered me most in that declaration was “candid.”

How did Iranian foreign minister start kick...

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Obama’s Syria policy lost in legalisms

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 9:49am 10/24/2013 at 9:49am

Yesterday’s New York Times featured an article Obama’s Uncertain Path Amid Syria Bloodshed that is probably one of the most devastating indictments of the President’s Syria policy published. I don’t think that the reporters set out to critique the President and the tone of the article was always respectful.

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Remembering who the Real Boss is in Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 18, 2013 at 11:00am 10/18/2013 at 11:00am

As an antidote for all of the happy talk to emerge from the first round of P5 + 1 talks with Iran about its nuclear program, Anne Applebaum’s column this week provides ample documentation that President Hassan Rouhani isn’t such a reformer.

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Why we should fear we’re headed for a bad deal with Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:30pm 10/17/2013 at 12:30pm

The West (otherwise known as P5 + 1) has concluded its first round of talks with Iran about its nuclear program in Geneva.

The New York Times reports After Talks on Iran’s Nuclear Program, Officials Highlight the Positive:

“I’ve been doing this now for about two years, and I have never had such...

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