U.S. Policy

Fixing the Mess in Korea

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

To fix the mess in Korea, I’ve argued in  “How to Create Regime Change in North Korea,” that we need to take two important steps. First, sponsor a government in exile to replace North Korea’s Kim Jong-un regime. Second, put in place a nuclear missile defense, preferably in South Korea, to... ...

The Obama/Soros Legacy

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Donald Trump’s choice of his VP running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, worries the marijuana lobby. They question Pence’s belief that marijuana is a gateway drug and its abuse is a crime, deserving penalty. While the marijuana lobby claims “Marijuana is a happy, healthy, wonderful plant and everybody should have the... ...

The U.S. and Israel: The end of the affair?*

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Political and economic conditions in the US portend a permanent cooling towards Israel, and Israel has to adjust. There is nothing unusual in this–in 1948 and, since the US has been by far the most powerful country in the Western World, and since the implosion of the Soviet Union in 1989-91, in... ...

Stumbling into War*

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Despite Pres. Barack Obama’s continued insistence that he has pulled the U.S. out of endless – and unsuccessful – wars in the Mideast, American military involvement continues there. Witness to the continued engagement, and in fact what appears to be an escalation of that commitment, is in the official news... ...

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... ...

Obama and Israel: The Final Year*

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

President Barack Obama will vacate the White House on January 20, 2017, but he is unlikely to do so in the traditional manner. In their eighth and final year of service, American presidents generally behave like “lame ducks.” They don’t initiate new policies or programs, particularly those that might stir... ...

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.... ...

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... ...

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... ...

Better Cooperation Needed With Taiwan*

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Left: President-Elect Dr. Tsai Ing-wen and her team holding their first press conference. I have just returned from Taiwan where I served as an International Election Observer.  The result of the election was a historic victory for the opposition which has won the Presidency of the country and, for the... ...

Stopping The Palestinians’ Simmering Terrorism*

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Left: Arabic Caption: “We’ve come to slaughter you.” Published after the massacre of four rabbis and a Druze policeman in Jerusalem in November 2014. The Palestinian terror wave is not letting up, and fighting it more effectively requires a close examination of its roots and its objectives.  While not baseless,... ...

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... ...

The Salafis Daddy Warbucks – Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

The first-ever global meeting of  the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) network of some 200 jurisdictions over the weekend in Paris, “to  discuss actions…to combat the financing of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) …and to combat the financing of terrorism,” will probably make the participants feel... ...

From the Head, But From the Heart?*

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Credit: White House Pool / Reuters What was most striking about the President’s speech from the Oval Office – only his third in seven years – was that it “read” but did not “speak”. For despite his fame as an orator, the talk somehow lacked the appeal to a country... ...

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... ...

Turkey’s Story on Downing Russian Jet Doesn’t Add Up*

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Left: Putin: Turkey’s Downing Russian jet “is a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists.” The Turkish story on the Russian jet shoot down does not hold up.  In fact, the evidence points to a deliberate provocation by Turkey with the intention of drawing NATO into... ...

Vive la France!

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Left: Eiffel Tower goes dark,  after Paris terrorist attacks, Nov. 13, 2015 There are perhaps three all engulfing observations to be made from the horrific events in France this past Friday evening as the Muslim day of prayer and rest ended: The enemy we face is as barbarous as has... ...

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... ...

Do the Palestinians Want Two States?*

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Is the Palestinian “popular uprising” in its current manifestations the preferred form of struggle for the Fatah leadership – as opposed to small-scale demonstrations at focal points of friction? When an interviewer on a prominent TV show on the official Palestinian channel directed this question to Tawfik Tirawi, a member... ...

MANPADS Threats To Civilian Aviation

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Left: Two insurgents in Iraq with SA-7b and SA-14 MANPADS. Courtesy of U.S. Department of Homeland Security What crashed the Russian Airbus A321 in the Sinai Peninsula is yet to be determined. The British Telegraph reported an ISIS “bomb plot was uncovered by British spies,” while ISIS’s claimed it downed the Russian plane... ...

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... ...

ISIS Takes a Chapter from the Palestinian Incitement Book

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Left: Screenshot“Infographic by Islamic State militants on how to kill Jews” Bi-Partisan Congressional condemnations of the Palestinian Authority (PA) for inciting violence against Israelis, such as passed by House Foreign Affairs Committee on October 22, 2015 provides moral support, but do nothing to stop the attacks. Moreover, condemnations by Congress... ...

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.... ...

For Palestinians, Conflict With Jews Is Existential in Nature*

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Left: “Jerusalem is thirsty, and this thirst will be quenched with blood.” Today, “three Israelis are killed and dozens injured during a Palestinian ‘day of rage.’ Two Palestinians shot and stabbed passengers on a Jerusalem bus. Another Palestinian rammed his car into a bus stop in Jerusalem and began stabbing... ...

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... ...

U.S. Does Not Condemn Palestinian Violence

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Left: The logo designed for the Palestinian social networks depicting a Palestinian throwing stones. 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... ...

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... ...

Xi’s Bluffing Hand*

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Next week’s state visit of China’s No. 1 Xi Jinping looks to be all pomp and circumstance. There is little expectation that the long list of critical issues between Washington and Beijing will be addressed in any substantive way. And, in fact, the international Greek chorus which sings a baleful... ...

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... ...

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... ...

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... ...

Weekly Review, August 23-28, 2015

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Reporting on ISIS and the Global Jihad – Rachel Ehrenfeld – News that White House pressure on military and intelligence brass have led to massaging the truth about the United States led coalition success in defeating ISIS, did not come as a surprise…continue… ISIS’ Chemical Weapons – Rachel Ehrenfeld – It is surprising that the Islamic... ...

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... ...

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.”... ...

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... ...

Ukraine Chicken Out

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Left: Pro-Russian forces have been seen taking a navy base in Sevestapol hours after Russia signed a treaty on Crimea, March 14, 2015. The Obama administration sold out another country: Ukraine. This is in spite of a bi-partisan authorization to provide arms to Ukraine, voted by both houses of Congress... ...

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... ...

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... ...

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... ...

The Saudis and the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Left: “Saudi Arabia sees Iran as its chief regional foe and is worried about growing Iranian influence in Yemen and elsewhere in the Persian Gulf.”  –  Relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia remain tense, despite Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s visit there today. According to the Saudi English... ...

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... ...

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... ...

Another “Historic” Agreement*

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Left: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacts during a plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. Ruters/Leonard Foger     — It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  If that is so, the pictures of an utterly jubilant Mohammed Zarif,... ...

Timing is Everything*

Monday, July 13th, 2015

If you think that computer intrusions are the main thing we need to worry about when it comes to cybersecurity, think again. There’s growing concern about the implications of our increasingly wireless world and how readily it can be disrupted. When it comes to our reliance on the electromagnetic spectrum... ...

Defining Down Tyranny

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Adopting the dubious theory that compromise on the part of the stronger power and appeasement can change the behavior of tyrants, can make them behave more like us, has been at the core of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Obama declared his intentions in his first inaugural address suggesting negotiations... ...

The China Policy Dilemma*

Monday, July 6th, 2015

There is universal agreement that China is increasingly the U.S.’ No. 1 policy concern. But perhaps never in the history of modern Sinology has there been such difference of opinion about what is happening in China and what – if anything – the U.S. should and could do about it.... ...

July 4, 1941- July 4, 2015

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Americans began celebrating July 4th as an official national holiday only after Franklin Delano Roosevelt made it so in 1941. In his radio address to the nation on July 4 of that year, FDR acknowledged a worldwide threat to civilization and to democracy, the American democracy included. His remarks were clearly meant to prepare Americans... ...

Counterterror Pretense with Undesirable Consequences

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Divorced from reality, the Obama administration insists “nobody can claim justifiably that the United States hasn’t had success against terrorist networks.” State Department spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby announced in a press briefing on July 1, 2015.  He went on to boast about the progress against these networks and their ability to maneuver,... ...

Falling Behind in the Cyber War*

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Shutting down the background check system of the Office of Personnel Management employees will do little to prevent the abuse of millions of personal files of former, current and wannabe government workers that have already been stolen. But a shutdown was ordered anyway. Incredibly, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta described the... ...

Obama Is Not Nixon

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Left: President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State William P. Rogers at the Great Wall of China. Credit: History.com Photo Galleries President Obama’s decisions regarding the Middle East since the spring of 2011 have resulted in the killing of hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims, the displacement of millions, and chaos... ...

Iran’s Support of Terrorism

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

The Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 imposed sanctions on Iran, not only to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, but also to drain Iran’s financial support for Hezbollah, Hamas, and other terrorist groups that threaten the U.S. and its allies. Visiting Israel in March 2013, Obama declared that “every country... ...

The No Snapback Sanctions

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The Obama administration’s apparent determination to sign an agreement that will not stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons has encouraged European businesses to jump-start trade talks with Tehran. Over the last two months chief executives of the Dutch Shell company, Total of France, Italy’s Eni and Lukoil of Russia have held meetings with the... ...

Weekly Review, June 15-20, 2015

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Left: Learning a trade … former “militants” study electronics at the Swat valley centre. Photograph: Mian Kursheed/Reuters  The Folly of Islamic de-Radicalization – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Establishing de-radicalization centers to fight the jihadist plague, either in Muslim countries or in the West is a futile endeavor. They cannot erase centuries of indoctrination by religious authorities... ...

Weekly Review, June 1-5, 2015

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Pic Credit: Saul Loeb, the Atlantic — Fueling the ISIS Fire – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Under growing criticism of handling the war against ISIS, the Obama administration decided to send more weapons to the Iraqi army and has already sent the first shipment of the 2,000 AT4 anti-tank missiles to be used against ISIS driven American... ...

Fueling the ISIS Fire

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Left: U.S. Humvee captured by ISIS in Mosul, June 11, 2014.  According to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, the international coalition forces against ISIS succeeded in the past nine months, mainly through the United States air-campaign, to kill more than 10,000 ISIS fighters. This, according to Blinken, caused ISIS... ...

eLoran and GPS

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Foreward: “On May 22, 2015, the US Department of Homeland Security agreed with the Exelis and UrsaNav Corporations to put an eLoran signal (a terrestrial system) on the air for testing and demonstration.“ The vigorous advocacy of the Washington-based Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation, helped this along. The RNTP should also be credited... ...

Weekly Review, May 18-23, 2015

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Left: iSIS destroying historical sites in Iraq, AP  —  ISIS: Why Does Obama Sit on His Hands? – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Is President Obama kept on the dark by his intelligence briefers about ISIS’s rapid advance in Iraq and Syria? Why does he think there is time to now begin... ...

ISIS: Why Does Obama Sit on His Hands?

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Left: ISIS victory parade in Ramadi – Is President Obama kept on the dark by his intelligence briefers about ISIS’s rapid advance in Iraq and Syria? Why does he think there is time to now begin training more Iraqi and some Syrian self-declared “opposition” groups? What does he perceive the... ...

Obama’s “Serious Global Threat”

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Left: Obama and several Gulf States leaders at the U.S. GSS Summit, Camp David, Maryland, May 14, 2015. The Islamic State’s territorial gains in Iraq and Syria and growing propaganda and recruitment in the West, is being downplayed by the Obama administration. The White House describes ISIS capture of Ramadi... ...

Obama, ISIS, the Pope and the Palestinians

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

While  cache of computers, cell phones, and documents that was captured during the raid will provide important information about ISIS financial operations in Iraq and Syria and possibly on its support of its branches in North Africa, South-East Asia and beyond. But this will not stop ISIS.  What would? Certainly not supplying new... ...

CyberSecurity Promises. Again.

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Right: Hackers who claim to be affiliated with the Islamic State group released a video threatening “electronic war” on the United States and Europe, Monday, May 11, 2015. Youtube —   Concluding the Camp David Gulf Cooperation summit, President Obama promised to help secure the Gulf States from cyber attacks by... ...

Stopping the Next Tsarnaev

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Left: Boston Marathon bombing, April 15, 2013 The news of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s death sentence made headlines in the American and other Western nation’s media. However, more than two hours later, Abu-Dhabi’s main English-language publication, The National, has not mentioned this at all. Instead, its news page included  stories... ...

ISIS’s Progress

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Left:  ISIS’s new 5 star hotel in Mosul. No women in swimming pools, playing tennis or any public space unless completely covered, The hotel is patrolled by ISIS’s women police brigade. (ISIS-affiliated social networks, May 1, 2015).  As ISIS/ISIL continues to murder civilians on five continents and lure thousands of... ...

Girding for the Long Haul on Terror*

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

– America needs a new security strategy to deal with evil-doers in the homeland Two seemingly unconnected recent events but in reality intimately connected are sure signs that the war on terrorism is being lost. Of course, we must begin with that old Chinese adage: When a fish starts rotting,... ...

Weekly Briefing, May 2-9, 2015

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

U.S. Counterterrorism at Risk – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Three days after American jihadists Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi’s attempted to kill the participants of the Mohammed Cartoon competition in Garland, Texas, was foiled, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged that “ISIS remains a continuing threat and it is a movement that... ...

The Lure of ISIS

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Left: ISIS Sign-Language Video for Deaf and Mute recruits in Europe  The Islamic State’s attraction to young Muslim females and males continues to mystify Westerners, especially non-Muslims. They wonder,  ”Why would educated and mostly well-off young Westerners be willing to join ISIS?” This follows by search for the ubiquitous “root-causes.” Thus... ...

Hillary Clinton: Libya and the Clinton Foundation

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Revelations of donations to the Clinton Foundation after Hillary Clinton joined the Obama administration in January 2009, invite a second look at her decisions as Secretary of State. In early January 2011 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was en route to the Gulf region with planned visits to Qatar,... ...

ISIS Advance Update

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Left: Issue No. 8, of ISIS English magazine DABIQ, April 2015 As ISIS establishing itself as an independent entity and continues its military campaign, the Obama administration declares success in eroding the Islamic State’s power. According to General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, losing Ramadi... ...

Putin Throws a Spanner Into the Works*

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Following the unsigned non-agreement on the contents of which no-one agrees in · Lausanne, declared “historic” by President Obama (which it surely is, in the sense that the 1938 Munich agreement and the 1994 North Korean agreement were historic), President Putin of Russia has reversed the 2010 decision on the... ...

A Pakistan-Saudi-U.S. Triangle

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Left: Rival Pakistani rallies have been held for and against the Saudi-led campaign on Yemen [Reuters] In the first few months of 2015, Pakistan has made news regarding its relationship with both the United States and Saudi Arabia. And as usual, one is left to wonder how Islamabad manages to make... ...

The Cuban fiasco*

Monday, April 13th, 2015

In that simplistic jargon characterizing Pres. Barack Hussein Obama’s worldwide “transformation” of U.S. foreign policy, the chief argument for his Cuban shift has been “[T]hese 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked.” In the facts of history, in this as in so many other instances, Obama is wrong.... ...

Yemen War – Water and the Houthi Homeland

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Aden: Despite Saudi led coalition airstrikes on the city of Aden, Huthi rebels backed by Iran and other Shia states are continuously advancing in the city cause shortage of water for locals. Multiple disasters are looming for Yemen. One that is rapidly approaching is water shortage. Already, the per capita... ...

Iran’s Nuclear Framework: Insights and Recommendations*

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 2, 2015, about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. The president heralded a framework nuclear understanding with Iran as an “historic” agreement that could pave the way for a final deal that would leave... ...

The “Historic” Agreement That Ignores History*

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

No-one agrees on what was agreed with Iran, but in any case the precedents are hardly encouraging. By this time hordes of commentators have chewed over Mr. Obama’s “historic” agreement. Some aspects, however, have been overlooked or misinterpreted: 1. It is not an agreement. It is a “framework” for an... ...

The Iran Deal Through an (Oil) Glass Darkly

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

The profit margins Big Oil requires are no longer to be made in Saudi Arabia but in Iran and Iraq. Once the US concludes a nuclear deal with Iran, Big Oil will see to it that it sticks, and Washington can turn its attention to the true cause of global... ...

Financial Chinoiserie

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A most peculiar crisis is developing for the Chinese economy – and, indeed, for the regime — while the world’s attention is riveted on the chaos and terror in the Mideast and Russian aggression in Ukraine. Not the smallest element is the clever manipulation by Beijing’s strategists of the world’s... ...

Weekly Briefing – March 22-27, 2015

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Credit: Office of the Supreme Leader Iran: Why? – Sol Sanders – Why is one of the world’s poorest countries [40% living in poverty, halfway down on list of countries in per capita GDP] building capital-intensive nuclear power facilities? Iran has the third largest oil and the second largest gas... ...

ISIS Updates Security Tips to Operatives Traveling to Syria*

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Left: An example of the recommendations in the manual: operatives are advised to pose as tourists and refrain from declaring that the purpose of their trip is to “Commit Jihad in Syria” Overview 1. In February 2015, ISIS published a fifty-page manual distributed online, entitled “Hijrah to the Islamic State, 2015”.[1]... ...

Iran as a Nuclear Threshold State: Implications for Israel and the Middle East

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

While an arrangement that leaves Iran as a nuclear threshold state may be the lesser of all evils for the United States, it can be expected to be very bad for Israel. A signed agreement of this sort will widen the existing disputes between the Israeli government and the US... ...

Obama’s Hostility to Netanyahu Goes Down Badly*

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The following excerpts from an avid critic of Mr. Netanyahu, reflect the general reaction of the Israeli public to the Obama administration’s demonetization of the State of Israel and its freely, fairly and democratically elected leader. “The one person who seems unwilling to accept the results of the election here... ...

Weekly Briefing – March 16-20, 2015

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

“Anti-Semitism is a Huge Menace” – The Netherlands Chief Rabbi – Emerson Vermaat, Exclusive to ACD – “The growing wave of anti-Semitism in Holland forces Jews  to be careful and hide any symbol that would give away their identity.”  “I don’t think anti-Semitism is growing in the Netherlands. It is... ...