Unthinking the Thinkable: Iran and the Bomb
Lore has it that a Holocaust survivor, asked by a journalist what he had learned from his experiences, replied, “When someone says they want to kill you, believe them.” I have been unable to locate a reputable source for this …
A Hard Rain Is Going to Fall
This summer, President Obama was often golfing. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were promising to let the world be. The end of summer seemed sleepy, the world relatively calm.
The summer of 1914 in Europe also seemed quiet. But on July 28, …
Why — and How — the U.S. Navy Must Send Iran a Message
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) continues to threaten the U.S. Navy. In recent weeks, the IRGC’s Naval component has conducted numerous simulated swarm-attacks against U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf. In each case, IRGC sailors have …
More U.S. Ransom Payments to Iran Revealed
Yesterday the Obama administration finally admitted that, in addition to the $400 million in foreign currency secretly flown to Iran on January 17, 2016, it also sent Iran two more planeloads of $1.3 billion in cash over the following 19 days.
Since these payments coincided …
U.S. Navy Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Patrol Boats
Troubling news from the Persian Gulf: In the midst of the second such incident this week, a U.S. Navy warship was forced to fire three warning shots Wednesday at an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps patrol boat closing at high …
Besides Being Illegal, Obama’s $400M Cash Payment to Iran Was a Ransom [UPDATED Post]
Despite weeks of Obama administration stonewalling of refreshingly persistent media inquiries about its outrageous – and, I believe, illegal – transfer to Iran of $400 million in foreign currency in an unmarked cargo plane, the Wall Street Journal has confirmed that the payment …
Last Tuesday, President Obama admitted the difficult state of U.S.–Russian relations.
“But, it’s not going to stop us from still trying to pursue solutions so that we can, for example, implement the Minsk Agreement and get Russia …
President Obama Violated the Law with His Ransom Payment to Iran
Did it ever occur to President Obama to ask why he couldn’t just cut a check to the Iranian regime?
Outrage broke out this week over the revelation that Obama arranged to ship the mullahs piles of cash, worth $400 …
Krauthammer’s Take: On Obama’s Iran Deal, If a Company Did This ‘CEO Would Be in Jail Right Now’
The Obama administration sent $400 million to Iran at the same time American hostages were released, and Charles Krauthammer said he does not think the deal was ethical or even legal:
Of course the Justice Department objected — it was illegal. …
The Ex-Im Bank, Iran, and Boeing
As Andrew McCarthy noted this morning, Iran could soon be buying planes from Boeing. The New York Times reports:
Iran has reached an agreement with the Boeing Company for the acquisition of new passenger planes to help modernize its outdated …
Obama Treasury Greenlight$ Boeing, Airbus Plane Sales to Iran
This time a year ago, we were scratching our heads wondering why congressional Republicans, who claimed to be staunch opponents of President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, had effectively approved the deal by enacting legislation sponsored by Senator Bob Corker Bill (…
How’s That Fundamental Transformation Going?
When Air Force One landed in China last week for the G-20 Summit, Chinese authorities didn’t wheel out the usual staircase for the president to disembark. Instead he had to exit through an opening in the back of the …
Krauthammer’s Take: It’s Obvious Obama ‘Did Not Want Anybody to Know’ about Iran Ransom
Arguing that the Obama administration is affected by the Iran payment, Charles Krauthammer said that the information as well as how it came to light are both humiliating:
It affects the administration in two ways. Number one: the dribbling out …
Why Is Obama Stonewalling on Details of the $1.7 Billion in Iransom Payoffs?
Yes, that’s the State Department’s story on why the Obama administration is stonewalling the American people regarding the president’s illegal and increasingly suspicious Iransom payoff. The administration refuses to divulge any further information about the $1.7 billion …
The Price of Powerlessness
This week Russian bombers flew out of Iranian air bases to attack rebel positions in Syria. The State Department pretended not to be surprised. It should be. It should be alarmed. Iran’s intensely nationalistic revolutionary regime had never permitted foreign …
Krauthammer’s Take: Russian Operation in Iran Signals ‘The Collapse of the Obama Policy’
Taking a question about reports that the Russians have been operating out of an Iranian airbase, Charles Krauthammer affirmed that Russia is doing more than attacking ISIS from its new base in Iran:
Well it is, of course, it’s …
Iranians Execute Scientist Mentioned in Clinton’s E-Mails
From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
Iranians Execute Scientist Mentioned in Clinton’s E-Mails
Yes, the Iranian regime executed a nuclear scientist who reportedly helped U.S. intelligence who was mentioned in Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. From this, …
The Ransom that Dare Not Speak Its Name
It’s funny how coincidences work.
In 2010, as much as $7 million was dropped on the deck of the Maran Centaurus, an oil tanker captured by Somali pirates, and the brigands happened to free the crew.
In 1997, Walter Kwok, the son …
When a War Went Worldwide 75 Years Ago
Seventy-five years ago, the world blew up in just six months.
World War II ostensibly started two years earlier, when Germany invaded Poland. In truth, after the rapid German defeat of Poland in September 1939, the conflict was mostly confined to …
Israel Looks to Russia as a Security Partner
The Middle East is undergoing its most consequential transition since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1917. Failure of the Arab Spring has resuscitated the jihadist claim that only violence can produce change in a region that’s stagnant politically …