Iran

Gulf States Weigh Israel Options

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Fear of Iran and Distrust of the Obama Administration have been pushing the Gulf States closer to Israel By this time it is a commonplace to mention that because of a common fear of Iran, Israel and the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, organized... ...

U.S. Warships Need Better Protection*

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Iranian-backed Houthis suicide attack on a Saudi Arabian frigate in Western Yemen, in Bab al-Mandab Strait on January 30, resulted in the deaths of two Saudi sailors and wounding three others.  The ship struck the rear, was badly damaged.  On the audio of the video of the attack, shouts... ...

Arabia Moves to Bosnia: The implications of the Middle-Eastern influx into Central Bosnia

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The past several years have witnessed a development likely to have significant implications for the future of Bosnia and southeastern Europe as a whole—the emergence of central Bosnia as a target for large-scale Middle-Eastern investment. Bosnia, the small, poor Balkan country, is still recovering from its civil war, two decades... ...

Obama’s Iranian Cash Laundromat*

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Left: Iranian State TV Released Video Of Pallets Of Cash! $400 Million Dollars From The U.S.  I was wrong! In early 2013, my article “The American Babe In The Iranian Wood,” noted, “President Obama and his administration’s incomprehensible handling of Iran, as clueless, overconfident and counterproductive; not a good recipe for... ...

Mr. Kerry in Wonderland

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

There is an old disputed argument that extensive air travel causes physical injury and distorts cognitive thinking. [Stewardesses did remark that during the changeover in the mid-20th century from internal combustion and jet-prop engines interrupted their menstrual cycle.] Secretary of State John Kerry, like his predecessor Sec. Hillary Clinton, is... ...

Is War Imminent?

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Americans will be surprised, once again, when a global war starts. Surprises are not new to Americans: The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the German takeover of small countries starting WWII, the Korean War, and even WWI.  The warning signs of the next “surprise” global war that is likely to... ...

Is the F-35 Good for Israel?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Like it or not, the increasingly aggressive Iranian posture toward Israel suggests that sooner or later their conflict will develop into a ground and air war. Actions by Iran and its surrogates in the area of the Golan Heights already caused some Israeli land and retaliatory air moves, and more... ...

Obama’s Syrian Legacy*

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

It would be hard to exaggerate the mess in the Middle East that Pres. Barack Obama is leaving his successor. While the five-year Syrian civil war continues unabated, pitting different armed groups against each other with their foreign sponsors, Washington is caught in its own contradictions. In August American special... ...

Preserving the Mullahs’ Pride

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

President Obama holds Iranian national pride in higher esteem than the security of the American people. He made no secret that a nuclear deal with Iran was a priority of his, and he determined to keep most of his dealings with the Mullahs from the American people. When the first Joint Comprehensive Plan of... ...

Plowing the American Mind

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Left: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Iran at the White House in Washington, January 17, 2016. Obama signed an executive order on Saturday lifting sanctions on Iran related to its nuclear program after Tehran fulfilled requirements under a nuclear agreement with world powers, the White House said.... ...

The Mullahs Mount a Crusade against the English Language*

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Left: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, “The language of science is not English alone. Insisting on promotion of English alone is unhealthy. Other languages like Spanish, French, German and Eastern languages are the languages of science, too.” May 2, 2016 The regime of the mullahs has mounted a crusade against the English... ...

Iran’s Growing Involvement in the Middle East

Monday, May 9th, 2016

“Assad remaining in power Iran’s redline” – Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei:  Revolutionary Guard’s deputy commander, General Hossein Salami, threatened on May 4th: “If the Americans and their regional allies want to pass through the Strait of Hormuz and threaten us,... ...

Should You Buy Iodine Pills?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Growing nuclear proliferation global radical Islamist terror network has raised the possibility of nuclear terror attacks, including potential sabotage of nuclear facilities, as well as the use of conventional explosives to disperse radioactive material (dirty bomb). Investigations after recent attacks in Belgium and France revealed the Islamist terrorists plans to attack nuclear reactor sites... ...

Sponsoring Hamas’s Murderous Indoctrination

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Left: The video produced for the Palestine Festival for Childhood and Education, credits:: Interpal and the Bank of Palestine, the festival sponsors. (YouTube, April 4, 2016). Hamas needs cannons and cannon-fodders to attack Israel. Hamas cannons came from a verity of sources, some as contributions from other Islamist regimes, such... ...

Protected-Christians in Muslim lands*

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Bethlehem’s Christian Arab leaders lobbied Israel against transferring the city to the Palestinian Authority. Thus, in 1993, on the eve of signing the Oslo Accord, the Christian mayor of Bethlehem, Elias Freij, urged Israel’s Prime Minister Rabin to annex Bethlehem into Greater Jerusalem – as it was under the Ottoman,... ...

Obligated to Iran

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Since February 2013, Iran has received billions of dollars in sanctions relief as incentives to attend negotiations with the United States and others in Geneva. However, from March 2012, until January 2016, when the U.S. lifted the sanctions, Iranian banks were not connected to the Belgium-based SWIFT (Society for Worldwide... ...

Needed: U.S. Cyber Defense Policy

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Two years have passed since the Obama administration was tasked by Congress to develop cyber countermeasure policies. But in response to Sen. Joe McCain (R-AZ) question “Is it correct that these are policy-decision that have not been made?”  U.S. Cyber Command Commander Adm. Michael S. Rogers responded: “The way I... ...

Europe: How Many Minutes to Midnight?

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Left: ISIS supporters attack German police before Solingen Town Hall, May 1, 2012. Decades of efforts to avoid stigmatizing Muslims and to understand and address ‘root causes’ of Islamist terrorism have yielded horrific dividends in Europe. Belgium’s 2003 Terrorist Offenses Act criminalizes terrorism and participation in terrorist groups, but gets out... ...

Beware of The Black Flag

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Left: Pro-ISIS demonstrators in the Netherlands, call for “Death to Jews” – Newsweek, 7/30/14.  Review of Nidra Poller’s The Black Flag of Jihad Stalks La République, (Authorship Intl., November 2015). Reporting from Brussels on March 18, after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, the Belgian ISIS operative who participated in the November 13 attacks... ...

Iran Thumbs Its Nose at Obama

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Left: TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Iran’s ballistic missiles can fly 400km above the ground to hit targets at 2,000km within 12 to 13 minutes. –  Iran’s firing long-range ballistic missiles that could reach Israel last week was the... ...

Iran’s Growing Intervention in Syria and the Region (February 14-28, 2016)

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

 Left: Iranian forces in Syria, credit: yalibnan Amidst rumors that Iran is withdrawing its forces from Syria, Debka File reported that “Under cover of the Syrian ceasefire that went into effect Saturday, Feb. 27, and the Russian air umbrella, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps finally managed to secretly install hundreds of armed... ...

Syria Ceasefire Will Not Defeat ISIS

Friday, February 26th, 2016

The United States and Russia brokered ceasefire agreement between the Syrian government and few of the fighting groups is scheduled for February 27, 2016, 00:00 local time.  While Washington described the agreement as yet another major diplomatic achievement, it will not end the war in Syria, destroy ISIS or the al Nusra Front, or stop... ...

The Syrian Threat to Israel*

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Left: Map of Syrian Civil war/ Global conflict in Syria – liveuamap, February 22, 2016 There are more than two dozen state and non-state actors battling over the prostrate body of what used to be Syria, one of the artificial entities carved out in the Middle East by the British and... ...

The U.S. Cyber Vulnerability Goes On

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Is there anyone in the United States whose personal information has not been stolen, yet? Hard to tell. The government agencies seem slow in detecting such breaches, slower in reporting about them, and very slow in resolving problems arising from such thefts.  Take today’s Internal Revenue Service’s  announcement of the latest breach.... ...

The Counter-Terrorist-Financing Farce

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Left: The chart on the right shows the intricate money-laundering system the Lebanese Canadian Bank used to divert money to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, according to United States officials. (The NYT, Dec 13, 2011). And on June 25, 2013, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney announced “$102 Million settlement of civil forfeiture... ...

Spotlight on Iran*

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Left: On January 31, 2016, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei awarded the ‘Fath’ medal on Commander of the IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi as well as four others for capturing 2 US Navy patrol boats and 10 US Marines on January 12, 2016. Khamenei remarked: it “was in fact... ...

China’s New Grand Strategy for the Middle East*

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Tehran, January 23, 2016 –  After decades of distance, China is moving closer to the region’s sectarian feuds — and its vital oil reserves At the start of 2016, prospects weren’t good for what would later become one of Chinese President Xi... ...

Stupidity is Not a Crime – Funding Terrorism Is

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The opaqueness that marks both the Obama administration and Ayatollah Khamenei’s regime, makes it difficult to know how many unfrozen billions of dollars are going to the coffers of the Islamic Republic following the lifting of the sanctions. The Obama administration puts the figure between $50 billion to $100 billion.... ...

Settlements, Schmettlements and Israeli Security*

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Left: US Amb Shapiro follows White House lead in the delegitimization of Israel speech. (Watch the video.) – Pres. Barack Hussein Obama appears determined as part of his “legacy” to leave relations in ruins with the U.S.’ most important ally in the Mideast, Israel. Last week U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro... ...

Increasing Militarization of the Middle East *

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Left: Definition of Middle Eastern countries: Central Intelligence Agency Recent developments in the Middle East show a disturbing trend to add to all the other disturbing trends that have emerged in the region since the “Arab Spring” began in 2011. Both regional and international actors have begun to take advantage of... ...

Palestinian Attacks Against Israel at Home and Abroad ( January 13-20, 2016)

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Left: Picture posted on the Facebook page of QudsN, after the lethal stabbing attack in Otniel, in which Dafna Meir, 39, the mother of six, was murdered at the entrance to her home, while her children were watching helplessly.  The single word in the center of the post reads: “Otniel.” The inscription at the... ...

Feeding Iran’s Terrorist Agenda

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Left: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif waving [goodbye] to the Peace Dove. (cartoon by Keyvan Varessi, Iranian daily Iranian daily Ghanoon) –  The lifting of the sanctions on Iran is significant not only because it rewards the regime with $150 billion, allowing to increase its... ...

Obama’s Millennial Problems

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address to Congress, along with calling Ukraine a Russian “client state”, which infuriated the Ukrainians, referred to conflicts in the Middle East “…that date back millennia”  It’s not clear what he was referring to, unless he thinks the Palestinians of today are... ...

Wrong man, Wrong Job*

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Pres. Barak Obama repeatedly refers to the end of his time in office and that he is no longer campaigning. There is more than a little ambiguity there, however, for his modus operandi is a permanent campaign – even when it is for more limited objectives than the highest office... ...

The Volcano of Islamic Terrorism*

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Terrorism has dominated the history of Islam, as demonstrated by the murder of three of the first four caliphs who succeeded the Prophet Muhammad: Umar ibn Abd al-Khattab (644 C.E.), Uthman Ibn Affan (656 C.E.) and Ali ibn Abi Talib (661 C.E.). Islamic terrorism has been one of the most... ...

The Petrokingdom In Peril*

Friday, January 8th, 2016

“The decision makers of the Saudi government should not have any doubt that this blood will trouble them.  It will haunt them.”– Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  – The eastern province, bordering on the Gulf, not only has a concentration of oil, it has a concentration of Shiites, who have traditionally chafed under... ...

A Century after Sykes-Picot: Strategic and Geopolitical Aspects*

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

“The instability and the uncertainty that characterize the current state of affairs is best exploited, as mentioned before, by the most prominent enemies from the Radical Islamic camp – both Iran and its surrogates and the Sunni Radicals.” The rationale behind the plan produced by British diplomat and Middle East... ...

Key factor in sharply-improved Putin-Netanyahu strategic ties? The Obama White House

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Left: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Sept. 21, 2015 / EPA Israeli-Russian strategic cooperation already good was markedly improving in early October 2015. The primary impediment to this improvement had been the incessant pressure put by the U.S. Barack Obama White House... ...

Sisi and Rouhani on Crisis in Islam

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Left: Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressing Islamic scholars at al-Azhar university in Cairo, December 22, 2015. Two Muslim Presidents. Two speeches celebrating the anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s birth. Two very different messages. Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on two different occasions ((Dec. 22 and Dec. 24) iterated his call for “changes... ...

Dancing with Tyrants*

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Left: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal. The communist leadership of China; President Putin of Russia; Turkey’s Erdogan, King Salman of Saudi Arabia. Should Israel deal with such regimes? They are all wholesale violators of civil and human rights. They persecute, jail and often execute political opponents and... ...

Iran to Increase its Involvement in Syria

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Growing Iranian involvement in the war in Syria is about to be officially requested by Basher Assad in Tehran later this month. To assure his safe arrival in and departure through Iraqi airspace, his plane will be guarded by “four strategic Russian fighter jets,” said the Lebanese daily al-Diyar.  It... ...

The Middle East Poker*

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Left:U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and foreign ministers from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Europe in Vienna, November 14, 2015  in a bid to step up diplomatic efforts to end the four-year-old conflict in Syria.Credit: Tusgaar.mn The chaotic, not to say anarchic situation in much... ...

Dangerous Mideast Reality*

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

The volatility of Middle East events notwithstanding, a new picture is emerging of alliances very different from those preceding the outbreak of the Arab Spring and the now five-year-old Syrian civil war. That new reality is obscured by the Obama Administration, suspended in contradictory strategies of removing the American military... ...

The New Old Sick Man of Europe*

Friday, December 4th, 2015

For a century European politics was dogged with “the sick man of Europe”: the collapsing Ottoman Empire and its implications for the major powers. That’s not the case now, of course. Multi-ethnic empires are a thing of the past, their death rattle came with the Soviet Union’s implosion. But policies... ...

Connecting the Terror in Paris with the Terror against Israel

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Left: Kashmiri demonstrators hold up Palestinian flags and a flag of the Islamic State during a 2014 demonstration (AFP) Seemingly, the connection between the Islamic terror against the West and the Palestinian terror against Israel is confined to technical aspects and does not run deeper than that. It mainly involves... ...

What Should Israel Worry About?

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

A former director of the Central Intelligence Agency recently stated that the intelligence community in the U.S. has a perfect record of identifying future threats: “We have never been right”. The one thing we know nothing about is the future. Nevertheless we have no choice but to try to peer... ...

A Response to Bernard-Henri Lévy*

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

On November 16, 2015, French public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy published a commentary in which he urges the West to acknowledge that it is at war and must call things by their right names. He subsequently argues that we must battle Islamic jihad while understanding the difference between those Muslims who... ...

Spotlight on Iran (Nov. 8-22, 2015)*

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Overview The Iranian forces continue to suffer heavy losses in the fierce battles being waged in northwestern Syria. During the past two weeks at least 17 more Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters were killed, at least five of them officers. Since the beginning of the ground offensive in northern... ...

Islamist Terrorism and European Amnesia

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Left: Jo Goldenberg’s restaurant at the Marais district, Paris, attacked in 1982 by PLO mastermind Souhaur Mohammed Hassan Khalil al-Abbassi, aka “Amjad Atta” that killed six people and wounding 22 others. Politicians and the media in Europe and the United States are talking about the latest terrorist attacks as if... ...

The Paris Attack: Arabic and Iranian Propaganda

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Left: This caricature was published in the London based Qatari owned (!) al-Arabi-al-Jadeed. Here are a few more caricatures published in Arabic and Iranian newspapers after the jihadists attacks in Paris on Friday: Saudi Arabia:  Jordan:  Iran: Under headlines proclaiming “Wahhabi Terrorism Hits Paris” Iranian social media sites in Arabic carried several caricatures... ...

What the Downing of the Russian Plane May Portend

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Left: The remains of a Russian airliner are inspected by military investigators at the crash site at the al-Hasanah area in El Arish city, north Egypt. (Reuters). It is now generally accepted that the Russian commercial airliner that crashed in the Sinai fell victim to a terrorist attack through the introduction... ...

Obama is No Reagan*

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The Obama Administration’s utter strategic confusion, particularly in foreign affairs, was nowhere more exhibited than in Sec. of Defense Ashton B. Carter’s recent statements at the Reagan Defense Forum. Irony was added to insult when Carter equated the Obama policies with those of Pres. Ronald Reagan. How quickly it is... ...

Qasem Soleimani – A Portrait*

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ ((IRGC) Qods Force, is “the instigator of Iranian subversion and terrorism in the Middle East and around the Globe,” writes. Dr. Raz Zimmet*, who studied Soleimani. Overview 1.   Major General Qasem Soleimani (Haj Qasem) was appointed commander of the... ...

The incremental Road To Hell*

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

If there were one lesson from America’s tragic Vietnam encounter – and as some dead white man has said, all historical analogies are odious — it is that incremental approaches to war inevitably result in disaster. News reports suggest that Pres. Barak Obama is reversing his strategy of limited engagement... ...

Iran Unleashed*

Monday, October 26th, 2015

As Iran extends its influence to Israel’s northern border, the madness of the nuclear deal is becoming apparent. The two greatest physicists in history, writing centuries apart, agreed on one thing. Sir Isaac Newton wrote: “I can calculate the motion of the heavenly bodies but not the madness of people”.... ...

Weekly Review, Oct 18-23, 2015

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Taiwan’s Democracy Needs U.S. Arms – Sol W. Sanders – If there was any doubt that Taiwan is the first democratic state in the long history of the Chinese, it came this week in the buildup to January presidential election. The current ruling Kuomintang, descendant of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists... ...

U.S. Conflicting Objectives in Syria

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Left: The A- 10 plane is famed for its tank-destroying capabilities. A day before Bashar Assad’s meeting with Russian President Putin in Moscow, the United States signed a deal with Russia, to avoid entering “the same battle space” over the Syrian sky. However, according to Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook, this agreement, does “not... ...

Weekly Review, October 12-16, 2015

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Obama’s Palestinian Legacy in the Making – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Being caught taking a leaf out of the Palestinian blood-libel against Israel, the Obama administration had to retract its statements, which in essence repeated the Palestinians’ false accusations that the wave of Palestinian violence against Israelis is Israel’s fault…continue… How Putin... ...

State Dept: Nuke Deal Allows Iran Ballistic Missile Development

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Left: Iran successfully test-fires its domestically-built Emad ballistic missile on October 11, 2015. © Tasnim news agency.  The administration’s campaign on the Iran deal involved commitments that Iran would not be allowed to: increase its military threat to American allies, make progress on its ballistic missile program, or violate U.N.... ...

Would Turkey’s Military Stand By?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Left: Turkish police officers stand on guard, securing the site of the explosion in Ankara. Protesters clashed with riot police after the bombings, accusing officers of blocking a road being used by ambulances to transport the wounded. (Burhan Ozbilici/The Associated Press) Introduction: Saturday’s double suicide bombings in Ankara that killed... ...

Spotlight on Iran (September 24 – October 11, 2015)*

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Overview: Syria – Official Iranian spokesmen praised the start of Russia’s aerial attacks in Syria. Hossein Hamedani, considered the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) senior military advisor in Syria, was killed in the region of Aleppo. Iran denied a report of an increase in Iranian ground forces in Syria. Iraq- The Arab... ...

Weekly Review, October 5-9, 2015

Friday, October 9th, 2015

U.S. Does Not Condemn Palestinian Violence – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The White House latest condemnation of the escalating violence in Jerusalem is akin to that issued by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Both are talking from both sides of the mouth. Last month Abbas encouraged the Palestinians to go the... ...

Russia’s Return to the Middle East*

Monday, October 5th, 2015

A Russian army pilot poses at a cockpit of SU-25M jet fighter at Hmeimim airbase in Syria on Oct 3 2015. (Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP) Russia is back in the Middle East in a wholesale fashion signing huge aircraft sales to Iran, making weapons supply contracts with Egypt and particularly, injecting... ...

Weekly Review, Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2015

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Iran’s “Chanting ‘Death to America’” Jobs – Rachel Ehrenfeld – In his remarks before the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama attempted to dismiss the function of “Death to America” calls by the Iranian leadership in keeping millions of their people energized and busy. The huge demonstrations in which such... ...

Iran’s “Chanting ‘Death to America’” Jobs

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Left:  Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei presiding over chants of “Death to America” – July 2015 (MEMRI TV) In his remarks before the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama attempted to dismiss the function of “Death to America” calls by the Iranian leadership in keeping millions of their people energized... ...

Weekly Review, September 21-25, 2015

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The U.S. Moral Decline – Rachel Ehrenfeld – What would Eleanor Roosevelt say about the election of Saudi Arabia’s Geneva ambassador Faisal Trad, as Chair of the United Nation Human Rights Council’s monitoring panel? She would wonder how…continue… A Tale of Two Viennas – Norman A. Bailey – The great powers of... ...

A Tale of Two Viennas*

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Left: The EU’s Federica Mogherini (L), Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif, Russia’s Sergei Lavrov (R) in Vienna after the deal was signed. (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger) VIENNA 1815:  The great powers of Europe; Russia, Prussia, Great Britain and Austria, meet in Vienna with the representative of a France defeated, disarmed and occupied by foreign... ...

Weekly Review, September 7-11, 2015

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Europe’s refugee crisis a warning to Israel – Norman A. Bailey – There are certain situations that do not lend themselves to any reasonable solution which will fulfill all the objectives of the actors in the drama. The tidal wave of political and economic refugees threatening to engulf Europe is... ...

Europe’s refugee crisis a warning to Israel*

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Left: Spain warns of jihadist infiltration threat with ‘avalanche’ of refugees – Israel needs to fence all its borders, quickly There are certain situations that do not lend themselves to any reasonable solution which will fulfill all the objectives of the actors in the drama. The tidal wave of political... ...

Democrats Who Are Willing to Trust Iran

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Left: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “there will be no deal” if the sanctions are not lifted. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP) “If somebody tells you he wants to cut your throat, the last thing you do is buy him a knife” – Senator Lindsey Graham Unable to... ...

Russians facing up to a Syrian climax?

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Left: Syria has reportedly received six MiG-31″Foxhound” interceptor aircraft from Russia, although there has so far been no official confirmation of this. Source: Russian Air Force With Pres. Obama’s self admission that the U.S. has no Syria strategy and a destabilizing flood of millions of refugees piling into neighboring countries... ...

Weekly Review, Aug. 31 – Sept. 4, 2015

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Obama Selling the Iranian Deal – Rachel Ehrenfeld – As a used lemon-car salesman, Secretary of State John Kerry continues to peddle the defective agreement with Iran. While his boss, who commands the lemon car dealership has successfully persuaded 36 Democratic Senators to assist him in preventing a congressional veto... ...

Selling the Iranian Deal

Friday, September 4th, 2015

As a used lemon-car salesman, Secretary of State John Kerry continues to peddle the defective agreement with Iran. While his boss, who commands the lemon car dealership has successfully persuaded enough Democratic Senators to assist him in preventing a congressional veto of this bad deal, which the majority of the American people do not buy. ... ...

Turkey’s Growing Instability*

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Left: Credit: political cartoonist Latuff, for التقرير (Altagreer) Once NATO’s formidable eastern anchor, Turkey is increasingly becoming a major problem for Washington policymakers and a contributor to the Mideast chaos. The change is all the more remarkable since at the outset of the Obama Administration, the President saw then Turkish... ...

ISIS’ Chemical Weapons

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

It is surprising that the Islamic State’s use of chemical warfare has taken this long. On August 11, ISIS shelled the northern Syrian town of Marea, with Mustard gas mortars. The specific effects of this deadly gas were almost immediately evident. Moreover, Mustard gas can be easily detected. There are... ...

The Iran Deal Encourages Tehran’s Regional Ambitions

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Left: Iranian students hold pictures of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in front of an anti-US mural, painted on the wall of the former US Embassy in Tehran. (photo credit:REUTERS) In complete contrast to Obama’s claim that the concessions to Iran will convince the totalitarian regime to change its belligerent... ...

Weekly Review, August 17-22, 2015

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Left: IAEA director general Yukiya Amano, left, and Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akhbar Salehi sign a confidential ‘roadmap’ document in Vienna on July 14, 2015. (Photo: D.Calma/IAEA) Obama’s Reckless Iran Agreement Exposed – Rachel Ehrenfeld – One wonders how much longer President Obama and his minions can claim... ...

Obama’s Reckless Iran Agreement Exposed

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Left: Satellite image from 2012 of Parchin military complex southeast of Tehran, Iran. Credit: AP One wonders how much longer President Obama and his minions can claim the deal with Iran is a good deal. The President’s deceptive accounts of the Iran agreement have been exposed by the Associated Press... ...

Obama’s Flawed WMD Agreements

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Recent reports of chemical weapons taken from Syrian military bases by al Qaeda groups, ISIS and the al Nusra Front should highlight the flaws of Obama’s Iran deal. On August 18, 2014, Obama marked “an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria’s declared (emphasis added) chemical weapons.”... ...

The Iran Deal and NATO Missile Defense

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Following the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the world powers and Iran, Russia was quick to call on the United States to stop the NATO missile defense deployments in Europe, on the grounds that Iran will no longer pose a nuclear threat to Alliance countries.... ...

Weekly Review, August 10-15, 2015

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

The Advancement of Global Jihad – The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center – The weekly report on Global Jihad details and analyses, ISIS, al Qaeda and their affiliated terror groups during between August 6-12, 2015. In Derna, Libya, “ISIS operatives are trying to regain control of the city... ...

The Deluge After the Iran Deal

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Left: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s post-Iran deal twitter graphic. Seeking the Jewish votes and its financial support, presidential candidate Barack Obama told AIPAC, on June 8, 2008:  “The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my goal will be to eliminate this threat.” Once in office, President Obama no longer spoke... ...

Have the Media Lost Their Minds, Or Only Their Morals?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

An American dentist on safari in Zimbabwe shot and killed a lion, who, it turned out, was a local favorite and even had a name:  Cecil. Subsequent to this tragic event the Western media went certifiably insane reporting on all the horrible details over and over again.  The dentist, in... ...

Weekly Review, August 3-8, 2015

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Left: TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani underlined that the Takfiri terrorists have been created and supported by Washington. Who Mongers War? — Rachel Ehrenfeld — If Secretary Kerry has been telling the truth that parts of agreement are kept secret, what led him and the President to... ...

Who Mongers War?

Friday, August 7th, 2015

In an interview with Fareed Zakaria, “Obama defends comparison between Iran hardliners and GOP.” In the interview to be aired on CNN, on Sunday, Obama insists, “What I said is absolutely true, factually….The truth of the matter is, inside of Iran, the people most opposed to the deal are the Revolutionary Guard, the... ...

“What are Israel’s options regarding Iran?”*

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The White House release of what it claims is “the entire Iran deal,” on VentureBeat‘s Medium (candidate Obama’s mouthpiece since 2007), instead of in a press release, is telling. The President will do whatever he can to further mislead and influence Congressmen still seating on the fence, while attacking the opposition to... ...

After Vienna: Three Scenarios for Likely Confrontation with Iran*

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Left: TEHRAN (FNA) – Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan stressed plans to powerfully continue manufacturing different modern weapons and equipment to increase the country’s deterrence power. Summary It is impossible to claim, in light of all the shortcomings of the agreement as described above, that the... ...

Time for a Christian Mobilization*

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Left: Syrian Christians crucified by ISIS.  While the U.S. Protestant Mainline churches, now joined by Pope Francis, seem to have unlimited concern for such economic-political issues as global warming, there is little public clamor for Christians around the world under threat of persecution and even annihilation. Nowhere is that more apparent... ...

Weekly Review, July 27-31, 2015

Friday, July 31st, 2015

ISIS: “We Are on Our Way to Rome” – Rachel Ehrenfeld – While officials of the countries fighting ISIS meet in different cities around the world to try to figure out how best to fight it and its…continue… No High Level Military Participation in Iran Deal* – Stephen Bryen – It is glaringly obvious... ...

No High Level Military Participation in Iran Deal*

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

It is glaringly obvious that the US military played no role, or only a minor role, in the recently concocted Iran deal.  The absence of any senior military officials in Geneva illustrates better than anything else that the deal is an entirely political one which is designed to mainly be... ...

Mike Huckabee is Almost Right

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the administration’s agreement with Iran, July 28, 2015. (Pic credit, M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO). Mike Huckabee is almost right. The Iran agreement will not “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” The deal... ...

Spotlight on Iran (July 12-26, 2015)*

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Left: Iran‘s supreme religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei tweeted a warning to the U.S. on Saturday, July 25, 2015, with an image of President Obama with a gun to his head. The tweet said: “We welcome no war, not do we initiate any war, but If any war happens, the one who will... ...

Weekly Review, July 20-24, 2015

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Left: The supreme leader (centre) told supporters that US policies in the Middle East are diametrically opposed to Iran’s policies, credit: BBC Congress Must Hold Obama Accountable for His Deception Over Iran; By lying and withholding information about the agreement, he gives aid and comfort to America’s enemy – Andrew... ...

Meanwhile, at The Hague… Of the ways to go after Israel, there is no end*

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Across the Middle East, there is concern about the nuclear deal with Iran. By releasing frozen assets and removing economic sanctions, the deal seems to facilitate renewed aggression. Won’t that encourage more violence from Iranian terror proxies, like Hezbollah and Hamas? The international community is preparing its response. While the... ...

Iran: The Closer You Look, The Worse It Gets*

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Left: Khamenei – the deal was only about nuclear issues, Iran “won’t let foreigners interfere with our affairs.” (Photo : Twitter Photo Section) –  Close examination of the nuclear agreement with Iran reveals just how much it will damage the West and boost the ayatollahs… Here are other implications of... ...

Obama’s Iran Hoax

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Shortly after the UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously endorsed the Joint  Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1, on July 20, 2015, Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement reiterating that “the country’s ballistic missile program and capability… fall outside the scope and the jurisdiction of the UNSC... ...

Obama, Khamenei and “The Will of the People”*

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Barack Obama has rushed to the United Nations to get the six Security Council resolutions against Iran (2006-2010), four of which contain sanctions provisions, rescinded before Congress reviews the Iran deal. Why? He rushed to the UN because the July 14 Iran-deal violates those UN resolutions. It allows Tehran to do any number... ...

The Mystery of Obama’s Iran*

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Even the most dogged defenders of Pres. Barack Obama’s “deal” with Iran will admit that the U.S. had to make concessions to achieve it. The extent of those concessions and their implications are certainly more than debatable. True enough, in any major international agreement compromises are almost always necessary. Even... ...

Weekly Review, July 12-17, 2015

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Alfred Nobel Must Be Spinning in His Grave – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The 2009 stillborn Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, has violated all three of Alfred Nobel’s stipulations for the award. Instead of working for the “abolition or reduction of standing armies,” Obama has done his... ...

Alfred Nobel Must Be Spinning in His Grave

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The 2009 stillborn Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, has violated all three of Alfred Nobel’s stipulations for the award. Instead of working for the “abolition or reduction of standing armies,” Obama has done his best to reduce the American armed forces, at the same time the... ...