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Obama on verge of his grand Iranian bargain

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 9:45am 5/20/2012 at 9:45am

It looks like Obama is going to get the “grand bargain” which has been the point of U.S. policy towards Iran since the Obama administration stood silently as Iranians took to the streets in June 2009.

The grand bargain theory assures the Iranian theocracy’s continued control over not just Iran but an extended terrorist...

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Dick Lugar’s Iran Problem, Part 3: June 2009 – abandoning the students for the negotiation without precondition folly

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 1:49pm 5/2/2012 at 1:49pm

This is the third and last in a series examining Dick Lugar’s failure on policy towards Iran, which consistently exhibited wishful thinking about appeasing the regime in the hope the Iranians would negotiate in good faith over their missile and nuclear programs, and their export of terrorism:

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Dick Lugar’s Iran problem, Part 2: 2001 – one of only two Senators to oppose Iran-Libya Sanctions Act

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 10:19am 4/29/2012 at 10:19am

Dick Lugar’s record on Iran (and Middle East policy in general) has not received as much attention as other Lugar failures, such as his vouching for Obama’s foreign policy credentials just three weeks before the 2008 election.

Lugar consistently has shown what generously could be characterized as wishful thinking about negotiations with the Iranian regime.  Lugar’s Iran history deserves the...

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Dick Lugar’s Iran problem: 1998 – one of only four Senators to oppose Iran Missile Sanctions Act

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8:52am 4/27/2012 at 8:52am

Dick Lugar’s strong point in the campaign against Richard Mourdock is Lugar’s claim to foreign policy expertise.

Yet an examination of Lugar’s history shows consistent wishful thinking on Iran, something which will be the subject of posts over the next two weeks in the run up to the May 8 primary.

For today, let’s focus...

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2007: Harry Reid and Dick Lugar agree, the Iraq surge is not working

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 8:29am 4/24/2012 at 8:29am

Dick Lugar touts his foreign policy expertise and influence, something which Brian Bolduc at National Review today finds is suspect.

One thing Lugar does not tout is that he joined Harry Reid in 2007 in announcing that the surge in Iraq was not working and should be stopped.

Reid’s statement in May 2007 now is...

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Global March Madness on Jerusalem

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:08pm 3/20/2012 at 12:08pm

I’ll have more on this as the date approaches, but anti-Israel groups in Arab countries and the West are planning a “Global March on Jerusalem” on March 30, which will include a planned rush at Israel’s borders.

The Free Beacon has background, March Madness:

The Iranian regime is behind a global, anti-Israel protest...

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Iran already is at war with us

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 10:26am 3/14/2012 at 10:26am

From The Times of Israel:

Twenty-two people have been arrested in Azerbaijan on suspicion of planning terror attacks on the Israeli and American embassies and on top diplomats from these and other countries, local media in the country reported on Wednesday.

The Azeri Ministry of National Security said the group was...

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Is Syria 2012 Iran 2009?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 10:20am 2/26/2012 at 10:20am

When Iranian protesters took to the streets in June 2009, the Obama administration policy was to keep quiet and indirectly support the regime in the hopes of luring Iran into nuclear arms talks.

Only when the political pressure became too great did Obama speak out, and even then, the administration pursued the negotiaion...

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Why is the Obama administration leaking this information?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 10, 2012 at 9:38am 2/10/2012 at 9:38am

From NBC News:

Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran’s leaders.

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Lotsa Middle East chatter

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 9:55am 1/14/2012 at 9:55am

There seems to be a war brewing in the Middle East, if not on the battlefield at least in the political realm.

The Wall Street Journal and many others report tension between the U.S. and Israel over a potential strike on Iran.  There also is tension over the assassination of a top Iranian...

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Iranian surprise?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 9:43am 12/20/2011 at 9:43am

Iran will not be allowed to get nukes, and is a year or less away.  So says Leon Panetta:

The U.S. Secretary of Defense said Monday night that Iran will not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. In an interview, Leon Panetta, said despite the efforts to disrupt the Iranian nuclear...

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The Iranians will be hearing from our lawyers

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 8:15am 12/13/2011 at 8:15am

Carl in Jerusalem screams “OMG – He Can’t Be Serious,” regarding this video:

Carl, you’re a lawyer.

In order to commence suit in court for return of the drone, demand must be made and the persons in possession of the drone must be given a reasonable opportunity to return the drone to its rightful owner.  Absent...

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Iran displays downed drone (Update – a fake?)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 2:02pm 12/8/2011 at 2:02pm

Fully intact:

Iranian TV has shown the first video footage of an advanced US drone aircraft that Tehran says it downed near the
Afghan border.

Images show Iranian military officials inspecting the RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft which appears to be undamaged.

US officials have acknowledged the loss of the unmanned plane, saying it had malfunctioned.

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“Silence is consent”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 1:00pm 12/6/2011 at 1:00pm

Wow, just wow.

Republican Mark Reed is running for Congress in California’s 30th District against Democratic Congressmen Brad Sherman and Howard Berman in a new district resulting from redistricting.  Reed is a conservative, Tea Party backer.

Reed is making a big deal about...

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Defending Iran is where credibility goes to die

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 5, 2011 at 3:55pm 12/5/2011 at 3:55pm

When someone finds himself so in need of criticizing the U.S. that he ends up defending the brutal Iranian regime which for over 30 years has funded anti-U.S. and anti-Israel groups around the globe and sought to export Islamist fundamentalism, then all credibility has been lost.

See, Glenn Greenwald, George Orwell on the...

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Good and bad cyberwar news

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 18, 2011 at 12:15pm 11/18/2011 at 12:15pm

First the good news, completely unconfirmed but great to speculate about:

Is the Stuxnet computer malworm back on the warpath in Iran?

Exhaustive investigations into the deadly explosion last Saturday, Nov. 12 of the Sejil-2 ballistic missile at the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Alghadir base point increasingly to a technical fault originating in the...

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Iran doings

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 14, 2011 at 8:15am 11/14/2011 at 8:15am

Some interesting Iran things going on.

A massive explosion at a military base / missile depot about 12 miles (some reports say 25 miles) from Tehran broke windows in the capital.

Claims already are being made that it was Israeli sabotage.

One of the dead was the head of Iran’s missile program.  If this was...

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