U.S. Set to Lift Sanctions on Iran

WSJ.com By Laurence Norman and Jay Solomon 12/2/15 IAEA found no credible evidence of recent atomic-weapons activity The Obama administration said it expects to start lifting sanctions on Iran as early as January after the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog found no credible evidence that Tehran has recently engaged in atomic-weapons activity. But the agency reported that the country had pursued a program in secret until 2009, longer than previously believed. The mixed findings in the report, which also indicated that Iran showed limited cooperation with investigators, fueled critics who said … Continue reading

These 5 Facts Explain Bashar Assad’s Hold in Syria

(4 more candidates for Indiana’s 3rd congressional district will be found here. – Admin.) Time.com By Ian Bremmer 9/22/15 The Syrian dictator remains in power—and he’s not likely to go anywhere More than 4 million Syrians have been displaced by civil war—but Bashar al-Assad isn’t one of them. These five facts explain why Syria’s embattled president will remain in power. 1. Good Friends Assad currently controls 25 percent of Syrian territory, and he’ll hold on to it as if his life depends on it—because it probably does. The territory he … Continue reading

White House pushes for Iran filibuster

The administration seeks to tamp down expectations, but the numbers of supportive Senate Democrats are adding up. Politico.com By Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett 8/27/15 President Barack Obama’s almost certain to get the Iran nuclear deal — but whether he gets there by filibuster or sustained veto could make all the difference. A Democratic filibuster in the Senate would be a clear victory for the president, allowing Obama to say that for all the political noise there wasn’t enough actual opposition to the nuclear agreement with the Islamic republic to … Continue reading

Congress, Don’t Isolate America Again Over Iran

Politico.com By Ambassador Samantha Power 8/26/15 While many members of Congress have declared their positions on the Iran nuclear deal, a significant number remain undecided. I and my colleagues in the administration have spoken to many of those still digging into its details, poring over the annexes and asking specific questions—questions like how long traces of uranium would be detectable after a hidden site was “cleaned up” (answer: many lifetimes over) or what the “snap back” of sanctions at the United Nations would mean for businesses that had already signed … Continue reading

Iran deal increases risk of war

Philly.com By Brendan F. Boyle 8/23/15 The coming congressional vote on the Iran nuclear agreement has been called the most important foreign policy vote since the Iraq War. As such, partisan politics have no place when it comes to the national security of the United States. As a member of both the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Middle East subcommittee, I have participated in numerous hearings and attended classified briefings on this complex issue, including meeting with President Obama in the White House Situation Room. While I greatly admire … Continue reading

Nuclear experts fall in behind Obama

The deal with Iran exceeds historical standards for arms control agreements, 75 experts say. Politico.com By Michael Crowley 8/18/15 Dozens of arms control and nuclear nonproliferation experts have signed a statement endorsing the Iran nuclear deal, the latest salvo in a lobbying campaign battle ahead of a congressional vote next month on President Barack Obama’s landmark agreement with Tehran. The Arms Control Association, a nonpartisan group based in Washington, will release the statement Tuesday morning. It declares the deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief “a net-plus … Continue reading

36 Retired U.S. Generals and Admirals Announce Support of Iran Deal

(The following article is  published here at the suggestion of Debbie McKee of Mesa, AZ. Other suggested articles are invited.) Deal is ‘most effective means currently available to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,’ high-ranking officers say in letter, adding that military action only possible after diplomatic path exhausted. Haaretz.com 8/12/15 Deal is ‘most effective means currently available to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,’ high-ranking officers say in letter, adding that military action only possible after diplomatic path exhausted.Thirty-six retired U.S. generals and admirals published an open letter on … Continue reading

Bernie Sanders defends Iran nuclear deal

The Washington Post
By Elise Viebeck

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) defended the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that the only alternative to reaching an agreement is “war” and that to support the deal is to “give peace a chance.”

“Look, I’m not going to tell you that this is a perfect agreement … It’s so easy to be critical of an agreement which is not perfect,” he said during an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“But the United States has to negotiate with other countries. We have to negotiate with Iran. And the alternative of not reaching an agreement, you know what it is? It’s war. Do we really want another war, a war with Iran? An asymmetrical warfare that will take place all over this world, threaten American troops?”

Sanders announced his support for the Iran deal on Friday after a phone conversation with President Obama.

The day before, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced his opposition to the deal, rattling the Senate Democratic Caucus. Schumer, the most senior Jewish member of Congress, is expected to lead Senate Democrats beginning in 2017.

Sanders argued that the deal deserves a try. “I think we go as far as we possibly can in trying to give peace a chance, if you like,” he said. “Trying to see if this agreement will work. And I will support it.”

(Elise Viebeck is a national enterprise reporter for The Washington Post.)

Here Are 21 Policy Highlights From the First 2016 Republican Debate

The Daily Signal By Melissa Quinn and Natalie Johnson, News Reporters 8/7/15 The 2016 primaries are in full momentum following months of build-up, officially kicking off on Thursday night in prime-time as the ten leading Republican candidates squared off for the first time. The 10 highest-polling candidates in the Republican 2016 presidential field took the stage tonight at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, for the first debate of the election. The candidates participating in the forum were former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. … Continue reading

(Iran:) The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

The Washington Post By Charles Krauthammer 7/2/15 The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous corruption of American power and influence. In pursuit of his desire to make the Islamic Republic into an accepted, normalized “successful regional power,” Obama decided to take over the nuclear negotiations. At the time, Tehran was reeling — … Continue reading