Is there any tyrant around whom Obama won't appease without getting anything in return? He started off by giving Russia what it wanted by backing out of a deal to put a missile defense system in Poland. And we got nothing in return. He's made a deal with Syria to ignore his supposed "red line" and got only empty prisons.
From Ian:Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians Vote for Iran's New Ally: HamasHamas has apparently now realigned with Iran, which is "rebuilding relations with the military wing of Hamas." Iran also, it seems, has sent Hamas millions of dollars over the past few months.
From Ian:David Horovitz: Netanyahu’s devastating, irrevocable indictment of ObamaFor all the cynicism and the political filtering over Netanyahu’s motivations, furthermore, the prime minister is convinced, in his heart of hearts, that Iran is determined to advance its benighted ideology across the region and beyond.
NETANYAHU: Thank you.(APPLAUSE)Thank you...(APPLAUSE)... Speaker of the House John Boehner, President Pro Tem Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Minority -- Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.I also want to acknowledge Senator, Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Harry, it's good to see you back on your feet.
Related: “The Case For A Pre-Emptive Strike On North Korea’s Missiles”by Ashton Carter/strong> Excerpted from The Atlantic: The job that seemingly nobody wants has somehow found its perfect fit. Ashton Carter, the former Deputy Secretary of Defense, appears to be the president’s choice to replace Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon. While an announcement hasn’t formally [...]
From Ian:Caroline Glick: Life under the US umbrellaSouth Korea lives under a US security umbrella. Both on a conventional and nuclear level, South Koreans are dependent on the US to deter North Korea from attacking them and overrunning their country.Last Friday, US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman scolded South Koreans for being too nationalist.
From Ian:Micahel Lumish: The Post-Colonial Hangover and the Jihadi BombOne thing that is striking about this political moment is the fact that the western Left seems entirely complacent with the idea of a nuclear bomb controlled by the ayatollahs.This is rather odd since the Left, in general, opposes nuclear proliferation.
Hardline skeptics in Iran, the US, and Israel all want to scuttle President Obama's mission to forge a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. Critics in Iran want all sanctions removed, critics in US Congress claim Iran will never live up to the commitment, and critics in Israel do not want Iran to have any nuclear capability period.
President Barack Hussein Obama announced yesterday that a deal - ooops, a 'framework for a deal' had been achieved with Iran on its illegal nuclear program.Here's what the president said the components of this unwritten, unsigned framework were.
From Ian:Caroline Glick: Iran - Unafraid and undeterredFrom the Golan Heights to Gaza, from Yemen and Iraq to Latin America to Nantanz and Arak, Iran is boldly advancing its nuclear and imperialist agenda. As Charles Krauthammer noted last Friday, the nations of the Middle East allied with the US are sounding the alarm.
From Ian:Isi Leibler: Vindictive Obama punishing Israel for reelecting NetanyahuPrior to the election, US President Barack Obama had already signaled his malicious intent by appointing Robert Malley, known for his hostility to Israel, as White House coordinator for the Middle East, and designated White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough as keynote speaker at the anti-Israel J Street Conference.
From Ian:JCPA: Abbas Shuts the Door to Negotiations with IsraelIn his speech Abbas, who claimed there was no longer an Israeli partner for a political settlement, set forth the other components of his plan.
I must confess that I've been much more interested in Deflategate and Coach K's hunt for his 1000th victory this week than public affairs. As a Patriots fan, I'd been hoping that there would emerge some information clearing the team of malfeasance. Nothing that has happened yet has removed that suspicion.
From Ian:JPost Editorial: Iran and HezbollahImagine that the sword-rattling speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah that aired Friday on Lebanon TV was backed up by an Iranian patron with an atomic bomb.Nasrallah bragged about Hezbollah’s ability to strike every inch of Israel with advanced, long-distance rockets that were not in its possession back in 2006.
From Ian:Caroline Glick: Israel’s next 22 monthsYet as Obama has made clear both throughout his tenure in office, and, over the past week through Malley’s appointment and Menendez’s indictment, Obama holds sole responsibility for the deterioration of our ties with our primary ally. And as his actions have also made clear, Herzog and Livni at the helm will receive no respite in US pressure.
From Ian:Khaled Abu Toameh: What the Palestinian Authority Did Not Tell the UN Security CouncilLast week, Jordan submitted to the Security Council a Palestinian-drafted resolution calling for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by the end of 2017 and a peace deal within a year.
From Ian:Times of Israel Live Blog: In blistering speech, PM warns ‘bad’ deal ‘paves path’ to Iranian nukesPM receives 25 standing ovationsHaaretz’s Barak Ravid, who is sitting in the chamber, counts 25 standing ovations overall for Netanyahu during his address.