Weekly Review, September 7-11, 2015

By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Friday, September 11th, 2015 @ 5:46PM

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Europe’s refugee crisis a warning to IsraelNorman 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 one such situation…continue

Democrats Who Are Willing to Trust IranRachel Ehrenfeld – “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 recognize the Iranian threat, Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid, called into question the intelligence of those opposing the Iran deal. However, Reid’s “Best reason” to support the deal…continue

Russians facing up to a Syrian climax? Sol W. Sanders 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 and now Europe, Vladimir Putin who usually plays it by ear seems to be betting on a climax to the barbarous five-year civil war….continue

News & Analysis


House rejects Obama’s Iran dealThe Hill

Iran Deal Throws Sparks on Mideast TinderboxPeter Berkowitz

Iranian Defiance Since the July 14 Nuclear AgreementForeign Policy Initiative

Russian build-up in Syria part of secret deal with Iran’s Quds Force leaderJennifer Griffin and Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News

First Iranian marines land in Syria, link up with newly-arrived Russian troopsDebkafile

Nuclear JihadDenis MacEoin

NSA Chief Says Iranian Cyberattacks Against U.S. Have Slowed. Activity has fallen since nuclear talks intensified last year, Adm. Michael Rogers testifiesWall Street Journal

Iran Deal Throws Sparks on Mideast TinderboxPeter Berkowitz

Iranian Defiance Since the July 14 Nuclear AgreementForeign Policy Initiative

Middle East:

Russia’s Syrian Air Base Has U.S. Scrambling for a PlanJosh Rogin

Prosor: Instead of flying Palestinian flag, UN can wave white flag in surrender of principlesJerusalem Post

‘Just wait…’ Islamic State reveals it has smuggled THOUSANDS of extremists into Europe – Express UK

Obama’s Syria achievement Fred Hiatt

The Vanishing: Why Are Young Egyptian Activists Disappearing?Spiegel International


IC leaders: Future cyber attacks will do real damageDefense Systems

Satellite Turla: APT Command and Control in the SkyKaspersky Lab


Islamism prevails even as we suppress free speechNick Cohen

The price of Europe’s fecklessnessDavid Goldman

Farewell to the Era of No Fences – Bret Stephens

At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves – Times of Israel

France Reaps the Rewards of Anti-SemitismThe American Interest

Jeremy Corbyn and the Contagion of Conspiracy TheoriesJohn-Paul Pagano


‘Moscow Preparing for Victory in Nuclear War,’ ‘Nezavisimaya Gazeta’ Says – Paul Goble

Russia Now has More HIV/AIDS Cases than All Countries of Europe Taken TogetherPaul Goble

Putin Helps Distort History in BeijingAlexander Golts

Russia flirts with Saudi Arabia as OPEC pain deepensAmbrose Evans-Pritchard

Is Russia More Bark Than Bite?Andrew Wood

Capitol Hill Hearings and Meetings (Hearings unless otherwise noted)


Beyond Bin Laden’s Caves and Couriers to A New Generation of Terrorists: Confronting the Challenges in a Post 9/11 World, Foundation Hall, National September 11 Memorial & Museum New York City, New York 10006 – Homeland Security Committee – September 8

Meeting: H.J. Res. 64 – Disapproving of the agreement transmitted to Congress by the President on July 19, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran – Committee on Rules – September 8

Violence on the Border: Keeping U.S. Personnel SafeCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform – September 9

Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran (Part IV)Foreign Affairs Committee – September 9

Meeting: H. Res. 411, H.R. 2460, H.R. 3461 – Committee on Rules – September 9

  • H. Res. 411 – Finding that the President has not complied with section 2 of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015
  • H.R. 3460 – To suspend until January 21, 2017, the authority of the President to waive, suspend, reduce, provide relief from, or otherwise limit the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran
  • H.R. 3461 – To approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran

Examining Vulnerabilities of America’s Power SupplyScience, Space & Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Energy – September 10

World Wide Cyber Threats (Open)Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence – September 10

China’s Advance in Latin America and the CaribbeanForeign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere – September 10

The Obama Administrationąs Deal with Iran: Implications for Missile Defense and NonproliferationArmed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces – September 10

GAO Reports

GPS: Actions Needed to Address Ground System Development Problems and User Equipment Production Readiness, GAO-15-657: September 9

CRS Reports

Legal Sidebar: Federal Appeals Court Finds That Probable Cause Is Required to Hold Aliens Pursuant to Immigration Detainers – September 9

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