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Understanding the Iran deal
Power Line, by Scott Johnson

Original Article

Posted By:MDMuskrat, 1/17/2014 10:09:59 AM

I think that Iranian officials have been pretty good sources of understanding the nature of the deal we have entered into with Iran. Among other things, in my view, they rightly crow that it’s a good deal for them and a bad deal for us. They claim victory. By contrast, the Obama administration has misrepresented and obfuscated the nature of the deal from the git-go. In terms of understanding, they are an obstacle to be overcome. Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi (or Aragchi) is the guy who recently disclosed the existence of the 30-page side deal (or “nonpaper”) we have yet

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In support of Obama, Iran is lobbying against the additional sanctions Harry Reid is blocking a vote on. Who is (are) the enemy?

      


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Harry Reid Blocks Iran Sanctions Vote
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 1/13/2014 11:21:43 AM     Post Reply
The Iran nuclear deal is in place. And Senate majority leader Harry Reid is preventing the Senate from voting on Iran sanctions to be implemented in case the Iran deal fails. Reid is holding up the vote at the urging of President Obama. The Emergency Committee for Israel is calling on Reid to allow a vote on the sanctions bill that´s supported by many Democrats and Republicans, and well over half of the Senate. "Who says President Obama isn´t tough?" ECI asks in its statement.

   

 

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Dems, GOP enter 2014
out of sync with America
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 1/6/2014 11:04:19 AM     Post Reply
It appears the inmates are running the asylum in both major parties, based on what´s being planned by Democrats and Republicans for 2014. Okay, not the inmates, but it must be folks who can´t see beyond the Hudson or the Potomac. As the Washington Examiner´s Brian Hughes reports this morning, a lot of Democrats think newly elected New York Mayor Bill de Blasio -- the progressives´ progressive -- points the way for their party nationally. "Some Democrats say taking de Blasio’s message nationally would be an effective political tool.

Britain´s version of Tea Party
rocks political system
across the pond
Fox News, by Adam Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 1/4/2014 7:21:45 PM     Post Reply
The often stale British political system is being rocked by its very own Tea Party. The UK Independence Party (UKIP), formed in 1993 opposing Britain’s entry into the European Union, failed to make an electoral dent for a long time. However UKIP has built up steam in recent years and is spearheading a seismic shift in the British political spectrum. In this year’s local elections – the British version of midterms -- UKIP took a stunning 23 percent of the vote, up from the 3.1 percent they won in the 2010 national election.

White Christmas
Steyn´s Song of the Week
SteynOnline, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/23/2013 10:30:36 PM     Post Reply
Throughout December we´ve been celebrating the big hits of the American Christmas songbook. We started the season with "Santa Baby", continued on to "I´ll Be Home For Christmas", and then dusted off Steyn´s obituary tribute to Hugh Martin, composer of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", in which Hugh tells Mark the story behind his famous standard and gives him a unique live performance. (snip) In this Christmas podcast, Mark visits the home of Mary Ellin Barrett, daughter of the man who gave us "White Christmas", "God Bless America", "Blue Skies" and much more.

Federal Court: Obama’s Partnership
With Mexican Drug Cartels
Goes Far Beyond Guns
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/20/2013 7:37:38 PM     Post Reply
Last Friday, an opinion by Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen opened a window onto the sheer lawlessness of the Obama administration–in particular, the Department of Homeland Security. The case was United States of America v. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez. (snip) The child’s mother, an illegal alien, paid a smuggler $8,500 to bring the girl from El Salvador to Virginia, but the smuggler was caught by DHS agents at a border checkpoint near Brownsville, Texas. Good, you might think: the Obama administration says it wants secure borders, so the human trafficker was turned back. Right? Wrong.

A Raid on Iran?
Weekly Standard, by Uri Sadot    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/20/2013 1:51:31 PM     Post Reply
As world powers debate what a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran should look like, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to maintain that Israel is not bound by the interim agreement that the P5+1 and Iran struck in Geneva on November 24. Israel, says Netanyahu, “has the right and the obligation to defend itself.” One question then is whether Netanyahu actually intends to strike Iranian nuclear facilities. The other question, no less important, is whether Israel could really pull it off. American analysts are divided on Israel’s ability to take effective military action.

   

 

  


 
Our World: Kerry forces
Israel’s moment of decision
Jerusalem Post, by CAROLINE B. GLICK    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/17/2013 10:38:32 AM     Post Reply
There was a ghoulish creepiness to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Israel last week. Here we were, beset by the greatest winter storm in a hundred years. All roads to Jerusalem were sealed off. Tens of thousands of Jerusalemites and residents of surrounding areas were locked down in their houses, without power, heat, telephone service or water. And all of the sudden, out of nowhere, Kerry (snip) telling us that we’d better accept the deal he plans to present us next month, or face the wrath of the US and Europe, and suffer another Palestinian terror war.

Podhoretz vs. Will
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/13/2013 9:51:44 AM     Post Reply
The problem with George Will’s disappointing column on the deal with Iran is that it assumes Iran can be contained/deterred. Substantial evidence to the contrary can be adduced. Norman Podhoretz adduces some of it in “Strike Iran now to avert disaster later.” Podhoretz recalls: As Bernard Lewis, the leading contemporary authority on Islam, put it in 2007, to these fanatics “mutual assured destruction is not a deterrent, it is an inducement. We know already [from the Iran-Iraq war] that they do not give a damn about killing their own people in great numbers. . . .

Strike Iran Now to Avert Disaster Later
Wall Street Journal, by Norman Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/12/2013 9:22:43 AM     Post Reply
Not too many years ago, hardly anyone disagreed with John McCain when he first said that "the only thing worse than bombing Iran is letting Iran get the bomb." Today hardly anyone disagrees with those who say that the only thing worse than letting Iran get the bomb is bombing Iran. And in this reversal hangs a tale. The old consensus was shaped by three considerations, all of which seemed indisputable at the time. The first was that Iran was lying when it denied that its nuclear facilities were working to build a bomb.

Containing Iran is the least awful choice
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/8/2013 10:46:22 AM     Post Reply
In his disproportionate praise of the six-month agreement with Iran, Barack Obama said: “For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program.” But if the program, now several decades old, had really been “halted” shortly after U.S. forces invaded neighboring Iraq, we would not be desperately pursuing agreements to stop it now, as about 10,000 centrifuges spin to enrich uranium. (snip) Iran’s nuclear program is alarming because Iran’s regime is opaque in its decision-making, frightening in its motives (measured by its rhetoric) and barbaric in its behavior.

Nelson Mandela, Communist
New York Times, by Bill Keller    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/8/2013 10:12:21 AM     Post Reply
IN 2011, the British historian Stephen Ellis published a paper concluding that Nelson Mandela had been a member of the South African Communist Party — indeed, a member of its governing Central Committee. Although Mandela’s African National Congress and the Communist Party were openly allied against apartheid, Mandela and the A.N.C. have always denied that the hero of South Africa’s liberation was himself a party member. But Ellis, drawing on testimony of former party members and newly available archives, made a convincing case that Mandela joined the party around 1960, several years before he was

   

 

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Ignoring History: The Folly of Our Iran Pact
Tribune Media Services, Inc., by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/5/2013 8:09:48 PM     Post Reply
According to our recently proposed treaty with the Iranian government, Iran keeps much of its nuclear program while agreeing to slow its path to weapons-grade enrichment. The Iranians also get crippling economic sanctions lifted. (snip) Because Iran is not a consensual society, our nuclear deal will last only as long as Iran finds it strategically useful. After their fiscal health is restored, expect the Iranians to abruptly reboot all their centrifuges and finish making a bomb. The theocracy will also use the present non-aggression arrangement with the United States to double down in Syria, energize Hezbollah, and strengthen Hamas.



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Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/15/2014 10:27:23 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/16/2014 6:39:53 AM     Post Reply
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