Category: Iran

The Ayatollahs see Obama as a supplicant, not a superpower. They understand this, alas correctly, as license to run wild. The “zhobour” meted out to American seamen reflects rising Iranian imperial cockiness.
Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran is meant to redirect the entire vector of American Middle East policy: To retreat from Pax Americana and allow Iran to take its place as a major regional power. That’s why Netanyahu won’t scale back his opposition. Obama’s retreat must be stopped, and the Iran deal must be made politically toxic.
In defense of its concordat with Iran, the Obama administration is peddling a growing list of misrepresentations: That Iran will be motivated to keep the agreement; that America can snapback sanctions; that the deal it will moderate or contain Iran’s aggressive ambitions; and that there was no better deal, and the alternative is war.
The list of fundamental falsehoods about Iran that undergird the P5+1 accord with Iran keeps on growing. It is frustrating and infuriating. Here are nine of Washington’s fibs and feints.
The root corruption of today’s accord is that Iran gets to keep its nuclear facilities, and there will be no truly intrusive international supervision of what goes on deep inside them. Anywhere-anytime access was the minimum prerequisite for a verifiable deal – and Obama has abandoned this.
With four deadlines come and gone, it’s probably safe to predict that there won’t be a grand package deal with Teheran this weekend, or at all. Instead, we’ll get a lot of smiles, and agreement to continue talking indefinitely, without closure on Iran’s nuclear weapons drive. Obama will proceed to sell sham narratives about Iran, even as Khameini rebuffs and humiliates America.
New studies by generals Amidror and Kuperwasser, and incisive analysis by Michael Doran, suggest that the recipe for security in the crumbling Middle East and for renewal in the troubled US-Israel relationship is patience, vigilance and steadfastness.
The notion that if Iran violates the nuclear accord all sanctions could be swiftly re-imposed is claptrap that insults the intelligence of any observer.
Passover Eve reflections on global failings and Israel’s autonomy, with a modern prayer for the seder: Protect Israel, oh Lord, from untrustworthy statesmen and back-stabbing superpowers. And if and when necessary, give us the grit to go it alone.
Netanyahu should capitalize on his sweeping victory to reset the diplomatic table by outlining a pragmatic process that Israel can participate in, and to draw clear Israeli red lines as to acceptable contours of a solution. Doing so is especially urgent since Israel is already facing a renewed international campaign for West Bank withdrawals.
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