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U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell on Iran Sanctions Snapback, America’s Energy Competition with Russia in the EU, Chancellor Merkel U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell occupies one of the most critical positions in American diplomacy, not only because Germany represents the EU’s largest economy and has disproportionate influence on the continent, but because of […]

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For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had historian, Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State and consultant to the National Security Council during the Reagan administration, author of 38 books and most pertinent to today, Iran expert, Michael Ledeen on the podcast to discuss among other things:

  • The impending collapse of the Khomeinist regime and what the U.S. can do to accelerate it
  • The false narrative about alternatives for Iran being either appeasement or war
  • The history of U.S. intelligence failures in Iran
  • How secular and liberal Iran’s dissidents actually are
  • Whether there is a wedge that can be exploited between Iran and Russia
  • What will become of Hezbollah if the Iranian regime collapses
  • The allegedly political witch hunt against Iran hawk and Israel supporter Larry Franklin as an illustration of historic anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the foreign policy and national security establishment
  • Ledeen’s theory that Gen. Michael Flynn — with whom Ledeen co-authored the book, The Field of Fight — falsely pled guilty, and the real reason why Gen. Flynn was targeted in the first place

You can find the episode on iTunes, everywhere else podcasts are found, download the episode directly here or read the transcript here.

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Let me be blunt. The Iranian deal always was a disaster and, after President Netanyahu’s presentation, we’re relearning what we already knew. Mama Toad’s post did a great job of soliciting input from Ricochetti about Netanyahu’s statement. And if you want an outsider’s view, take a look at David Harsanyi’s article in The Federalist. I encourage you to offer your opinion on this dangerous and ridiculous agreement, but this OP will take two different directions, particularly regarding Israel. One question is: what do we do next on the Iran agreement? The second addresses a different topic: what do you think are the dangers of the protests in Gaza at the border with Israel?

So let’s look at Iran first. They’ve lied from the start, in spite of “guarantees” for transparency and investigations by the IAEA. In its February 22, 2018 report, the IAEA summary reads as follows:

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This post contains spoilers for the entire first season of Star Trek: Discovery, and especially about the season finale. The picture in the middle may itself be considered a spoiler too. The finale is kind of a letdown but if you still want to see it without being spoiled, you should stop reading now. The […]

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On this AEI Events Podcast, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley outlined some of the Trump administration’s key considerations in assessing Iranian compliance – an important matter given that next month, President Trump will need to announce whether he finds Iran complying with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran deal.

US law requires the president to certify every 90 days not only that Iran has not materially breached the deal but also that suspending sanctions against Tehran is appropriate and proportionate to Tehran’s behavior and is vital to US national security interests. Therefore, even if Iran has not surpassed the nuclear deal’s limit on uranium enrichment, the Trump administration could decide not to certify the deal if it violates one of the latter requirements. In such a scenario, Ambassador Haley emphasized that Congress would then have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

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I’m surprised no one here has written about Ben Rhodes, “The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru,” and his startling profile in the New York Times Magazine. (By “startling,” I mean, “Sadly, not the least bit surprising.”) I’d love to write a searing piece about he, Jonathan “stupidity of the American people” Gruber, and the […]

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Yes, that’s me, at the Supreme Leader’s house on election day, watching him cast the first vote in the 2016 Elections. An absurd story for another post…

So I went to Iran. Twice. The first time to visit with the Jewish community there, to go on a religious pilgrimage to the city of Hamedan to visit the graves of Queen Esther and Mordechai, and to see for myself this country that is at the forefront of my life, as a political being, and as a Jew.

I got invited back. Not sure why, not sure how, but I got invited back to cover the Iranian elections to the Parliament and the Assembly of Experts, and as a journalist I could not pass up the opportunity, even though I knew little of what I was about to see was reality in any manner known to me.

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Why are progressives so unable to process facts properly? The common explanation is that ideological blinders distort their vision. However, there is another, subtler dynamic at play, which is even more dangerous. The late, great foreign policy guru Fouad Ajami was on to this. For example, since September of 2014 there have been numerous reports […]

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The Obama administration has a strategy. It’s very simple, any thinking American should be able to grasp it. It’s anti-American, anti-Western. It’s pro-Islamic. It’s pro-Iranian, and pro-Muslim Brotherhood. More

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I was just watching through news clips and was on Special Report with Brett Baier of Fox News when I saw one clip in particular. http://video.foxnews.com/v/4487552261001/republicans-latest-to-move-to-block-iran-nuclear-agreement/?playlist_id=930909819001#sp=show-clips More

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Economics experts that they are, the NORKs have now publicly recognized that, when the quantity demanded curve shifts to the right, so must the quantity supplied curve so as not to distort the equilibrium price…# IranDeal !!!!!!  http://nypost.com/2015/09/15/north-korea-says-it-has-restarted-all-nuclear-bomb-fuel-plants/ More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Strategika Podcast: Walter Russell Mead on the Feasibility of the Iran Deal

 

In this final installment of the new series of Strategika podcasts from the Hoover Institution, I talk with the great Walter Russell Mead — Bard College professor, Distinguished Scholar at the Hudson Institute, and Editor-at-Large of The American Interest. What ensues is a wide-ranging discussion over the Iran deal. What’s the strategic calculus for the leadership in Tehran? What’s President Obama’s theory of the case? And how likely is it that this agreement gets us closer to war rather than further away? Find out below or by subscribing to Strategika via iTunes.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Strategika Podcast: Barry Strauss on Arms Control, Ancient and Modern

 

In this next episode from the current Strategika series on arms control, I have the pleasure of talking to Barry Strauss, famed Cornell military historian and expert on the classical world. That, in fact, is where we begin: would the concept of “arms control” have even made sense to the ancients? From there, we look at how arms control agreements have played out in a modern context and whether their recent track record tells us anything about the Iran deal’s prospects for success. You can listen in below or subscribe to the Strategika podcast through iTunes.

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We hear, now and then, that Ted Cruz is playing Minni Me to Donald Trump, or that Cruz is Trump Lite. I have observed deference to Trump, from Cruz, but not much more than that. As to Trump Lite, I think the rally on the Capitol grounds today provided an interesting contrast. I had this […]

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shutterstock_94224787Ever since Adam, descents from grace, innocence, or paradise have inspired poets, artists and writers. The ongoing fall of our nation has — sad to say — called forth more prosaic reflections. The latest decline of our former nation of laws has barely induced a ripple in the ocean of betrayal in which we are immersed. I refer, of course, to the Iran treaty … which is somehow not a treaty. Doublespeak writ large. Regardless of its dubious merits, does anyone care that its implementation diverges completely from Constitutional requirements (like the redefinition of marriage, come to think of it)?

As though executive orders are not enough, we see — at the very highest levels of governance — complete disdain for the Constitutional requirement that the Senate ratify treaties. Ho-hum. By legislative legerdemain, the requirement of a two-thirds majority for ratification has magically transmogrified into a need for a two-thirds majority to stop it. Perhaps, we may yet be saved by a special interest group asserting that that the non-treaty will cause global warming.

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At 1:30 am I was fully engrossed in the Netflix produced, heavily subtitled, 10 episode Narcos. It’s a fascinating series about Pablo Escobar and the DEA. Escobar ran the Medellin Drug Cartel, thus ruled the Colombian drug trade which, at its height was responsible for 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States. For […]

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