Posts Tagged ‘ Iran ’

Obama and Kerry play with fire on Iran agreement

July 30, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"Barack Obama and John Kerry are playing with fire. They presumably want Congress and the American public to accept the nuclear agreement they and four other governments struck with Iran, but they work against their own objective by accepting the false premise of their opponents: namely, that Iran's regime is untrustworthy, dangerous, bent on becoming a nuclear power -- and containable only by a U.S. readiness to wage war. Who knows if the president and secretary of state really believe this? But they ought to know that this premise is wrong." (07/29/15)

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Obama buys false Iran narrative

July 29, 2015
posted by

OpEdNews
by Gareth Porter  

"The administration's determination to be just as alarmist about Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions as its opponents creates a U.S. political discourse on the Iran nuclear issue built around two dueling narratives that disagree about the effect of the agreement but have one politically crucial common denominator: they both hold it as beyond debate that Iran cannot be trusted because it wants nuclear weapons; and the only question is whether and for how long that Iranian quest for nuclear weapons can be held off without war. ... The administration's determination to be just as alarmist about Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions as its opponents creates a U.S. political discourse on the Iran nuclear issue built around two dueling narratives that disagree about the effect of the agreement but have one politically crucial common denominator: they both hold it as beyond debate that Iran cannot be trusted because it wants nuclear weapons; and the only question is whether and for how long that Iranian quest for nuclear weapons can be held off without war." (07/27/15)

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Huckabee’s nuclear deal derangement

July 27, 2015
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Huckabee's claim is ridiculous with respect to the substance of the deal, and it ought to be out of bounds in any sane policy debate. It is also the sort of shameless tactic that other hawks have used in previous foreign policy debates to defame their opponents. In the months before the Iraq war, it was commonplace for hawks to accuse opponents of the invasion of being 'pro-dictator' or otherwise supportive of Hussein. Huckabee's charge is serving much the same role in the Iran debate in that he wants to identify support for the deal as an endorsement of mass murder. It's a crazy accusation, but it is one designed to stoke fear and confusion about the deal with Iran. Like those other attacks, Huckabee's statement is dishonest and false, but he is trying to horrify people so that they have a distorted view of the entire debate." (07/27/15)

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America’s limited space for Iran stories

July 23, 2015
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Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"Just imagine an Iran that recognized human rights and individual freedoms as much as America tells itself it does when it goes to sleep at night. America tells itself other bedtime stories about Iran -- scary ones about 1979, about Iran exporting terrorism, or about cries of 'death to America.' But it has forgotten how other tales go. Namely, the one about the 1953 coup of a democratically-elected leader. One which lead Iran on a path towards its theocratic revolution -- and the storming of the American embassy -- in '79. Or the one about the Iranian passenger plane shot down by a US warship in 1988. America doesn't remember how the US helped ally Saddam Hussein find Iranian troops, knowing full well they would be attacked with chemical weapons. There is only limited RAM on America's computer." (07/22/15)

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Friedman’s terrible Iran idea

July 23, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Threatening to attack Iran in the future would obviously undo whatever progress has been made in establishing better relations between our governments. It would risk throwing away one of the chief benefits of the deal for the U.S., which is the avoidance of another unnecessary war in the region. In the worst case, such a resolution would pave the way for that war. Since an aerial attack would at most set back and not destroy Iran’s nuclear program, it would also not succeed in preventing anything but would instead make the undesired outcome more likely to happen." (07/22/15)

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The nuclear agreement with Iran is a good one, but not its approval method

July 21, 2015
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"Once again, like the Roman Senate in antiquity as Rome went from republic to empire, the U.S. Senate has become window dressing. Instead, of a two-thirds vote required to affirmatively ratify a “'treaty' -- as stipulated in the U.S. Constitution— -- that governing document has been tilted on its head. Congress somehow unconstitutionally agreed that its disapproval of any 'agreement' (not mentioned in the Constitution) with Iran could be vetoed by the president and would thus require a two-thirds vote to override that veto. Thus, instead of requiring a two-thirds vote to pass -- unlikely, given a Congress as ignorant as Giuliani of the history of U.S.-Iranian relations -- it now requires a two-thirds vote to kill. This Rube Goldberg scheme cleverly allows the Republicans (and some Democrats) in Congress to strut and flex by talking tough against Obama’'s appeasement of Iran but still give the imperial chief executive his way." (07/20/15)

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How the Iran deal serves America

July 21, 2015
posted by

Scott McConnell The American Conservative
by Scott McConnell  

"The fact is that Israel has used this regional military hegemony, and the political inability of any American president to oppose it, in ways that cannot help but generate hostility to the United States on the part of virtually all Muslims in the region, no matter where they fall on the Sunni-Shi'ite divide. When Israel assaults a more-or-less defenseless Gazan population and kills 500 Palestinian children, using a high-tech military provided entirely by the United States, Americans pay a price, though those ignorant of the region do not recognize this. The United States of course will always be allied with Israel, and this alliance would go more easily if Israel made peace with the Palestinians. But it's hard to imagine that any American president would not welcome more diplomatic options in the region than those provided by Israel and Saudi Arabia." (07/20/15)

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Iran agreement boosts peace, defeats neocons

July 20, 2015
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Ron Paul The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul  

"Last week's successfully concluded Iran agreement is one of the two most important achievements of an otherwise pretty dismal Obama presidency. Along with the ongoing process of normalizing relations with Cuba, this move shows that diplomacy can produce peaceful, positive changes. It also shows that sometimes taking a principled position means facing down overwhelming opposition from all sides and not backing down. The president should be commended for both of these achievements. The agreement has reduced the chance of a US attack on Iran, which is a great development. But the interventionists will not give up so easily." (07/20/15)

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US State Department sends Iran deal to Congress

July 20, 2015
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CNN    

"The State Department transmitted to Congress on Sunday the nuclear agreement the United States and five other world powers struck with Iran. That move means the 60-day clock for lawmakers to review the deal -- which Republicans have already criticized -- starts on Monday." (07/19/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/19/politics/john-kerry-iran-deal-congress/  

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Will Iran nuclear deal prevent future war?

July 20, 2015
posted by

Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"It's theoretically possible that after fifteen years of producing 3.67% energy-grade uranium, that Iran will suddenly begin enriching uranium to 90% and produce a nuclear weapon, however, it seems unlikely. It's also theoretically possible that a Republican President could decide that the P5+1 deal is not harsh enough on Iran and re-institute sanctions, or simply invade based on the Bush Doctrine, which seems more plausible given the fact that most of the GOP Presidential hopefuls have come out against the deal. Without seeing the full details of the deal, I reluctantly support it because it lifts sanctions which only serve to harm the people of a country, not the government." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (07/19/15)

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UN Security Council to vote Monday on endorsing Iran deal

July 17, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Monday on a resolution that would endorse a deal placing long-term curbs on Iran's nuclear program, but retain an arms embargo and ban on the supply of ballistic missile technology, said a U.S. diplomat. The vote will be scheduled for 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) on Monday, said the diplomat. According to the draft text, seven previous U.N. resolutions on Iran will be terminated when the International Atomic Energy Agency submits a report to the council verifying Iran has implemented certain nuclear-related measures." (07/16/15)

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The Iran deal: What you need to know

July 17, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"First, it's not about peace or war. War with Iran isn't a viable option for the United States, which would necessarily do the heavy lifting. An air war wouldn't cow Iran or destroy its nuclear capability. And having lost two ground wars against less populous and less well-armed opponents since 2001, the US is in no shape to undertake a third. Second, it's not about Iran's nuclear weapons program. Why? Because Iran has no nuclear weapons program." (07/16/15)

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Bibi’s bombast bamboozles Boehner

July 17, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"At a news conference the other day, House Speaker John Boehner took up his role as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pro bono publicist by announcing that 'a majority of Congress' opposes the Iran deal. You could almost hear the laughter emanating from the White House as the Speaker underscored his own irrelevance. The uproar surrounding the Vienna accord signed by the P5+1 and Iran has reached such heights that it's become mere background noise: it's like we bought a house next to a freeway and quickly inured ourselves to the racket. After all, how seriously are we supposed to take Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's loud hysterics?" (07/17/15)

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Rubio and the hawkish loathing of diplomacy

July 16, 2015
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"It's not news that Marco Rubio is opposed to the deal with Iran, but he made a truly laughable assertion as part of his response: 'A third-rate autocracy has now been given equality with a world power, the United States of America.' This is obviously not true. Iran has agreed to accept stricter limitations on its nuclear program than the NPT requires it to accept, and it has done this under significant international pressure. If Iran were being treated as an equal to the U.S., none of this would have happened. Over the next ten to fifteen years, Iran isn't even being permitted the same treatment that is afforded to all other members of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Rubio's assertion is a lie, but it is such a baseless one that it seems a foolish thing to say for someone who wants to be taken seriously as presidential candidate. So why say it?" (07/16/15)

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Iran’s conservatives take aim at nuclear deal

July 16, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Iran's security hawks have begun sniping at their country's historic nuclear deal, emboldened a day after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described some of the world powers that signed it as 'untrustworthy.' ... Figures close to Khamenei lost little time in taking aim at the accord, which lifts sanctions on Tehran in return for Iran accepting long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West['s politicians pretend] was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb." (07/16/15)

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The Iran debate and the echoes of history

July 16, 2015
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"When Eisenhower hosted Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1959, the legendary conservative columnist William F. Buckley Jr. distinctly heard 'the death rattle of the West.' It's not so much that the critics regard Obama as a villain and a weakling, though they do. It's more that he is engaged in a task they regard as inherently hopeless and destructive, if not evil. They could no more accept it than Baptists could renounce the Bible. This debate may appear to be just between Republicans and Democrats. But the real dispute is deeper than that. It's between those who believe the United States can generally rely on diplomacy to advance its interests and those who think military force is the only useful tool. It's between those who are prepared to accept compromises to make us safer and those who chase the fantasy of complete invulnerability." (07/16/15)

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Two cheers for the Iran agreement

July 16, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"The nuclear agreement with Iran is good for two reasons: it reduces the chance of war, and it promises relief from sanctions for the Iranian people. Although American officials still say that war is an option, the chance has now shrunk. Even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows that his military alone cannot deal a death blow to Iran. For that he needs America, and he’s far less likely to find a willing partner now. ... But the agreement has a significant downside too, in that it reinforces American hegemony. It does so by the very fact that the U.S. government is regarded by the media and others as the legitimate prosecutor, judge, and probation officer of Iran's government." (07/15/15)

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Security theater: GOP presidential wannabes rage against peace with Iran

July 15, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"Republican presidential candidates swiftly denounced the sweeping nuclear deal between Iran and other world powers on Tuesday, calling the agreement backed by President Barack Obama a dangerous threat to the security of the United States and Israel." [editor's note: Yeah, I know, dog bites man - TLK] (07/14/15)

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What a deal: Thoughts on the Iran agreement

July 15, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"Those crafty Iranians. In return for relief from America's devastating economic warfare, they will give up a nuclear ambition they did not have. Boy did we get taken! Damn, we didn't even get a chance to humiliate them! What's happening to America? The necons fear that if Iran's assets are unfrozen, it will behave like the United States." (07/14/15)

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Iran, P5+1 reach nuclear agreement

July 14, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"A landmark agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program in return for easing economic sanctions has been reached in Vienna. The deal was confirmed in a tweet by Federica Mogherini, the European Union's top foreign affairs official, following media reports citing an unnamed Western diplomat involved in the talks, who said the breakthrough came early Tuesday." (07/14/15)

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Swiss, Austrians probe possible cyberattack on Iran nuclear talks

June 12, 2015
posted by

euronews [EU]    

"Swiss authorities have searched a house in Geneva and seized computer material in connection with a possible cyberattack on nuclear negotiations between Iran and major powers in the city, Switzerland's attorney-general said on Thursday. Austria is also investigating the case, which came to light when Russian computer security company Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday a computer virus was used to hack into locations including three luxury hotels that had hosted negotiations between Iran and six world powers. ... Israel, Iran's arch-enemy and a strong critic of the talks between Tehran, the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, on Thursday dismissed as baseless reports that it may have had a connection to the computer virus." (06/11/15)

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Iran: Washington Post reporter goes on trial behind closed doors

May 26, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went on trial on espionage charges behind closed doors in Iran on Tuesday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. The Post's Tehran bureau chief, an Iranian-American, was detained in his home in July and taken to Tehran's Evin prison. The Iranian authorities have not elaborated on the charges and pressed on with the case in the face of calls for his release from U.S. President Barack Obama, family members and rights groups." (05/26/15)

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Israel looks for bribe from US over Iran deal

May 20, 2015
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Haaretz    

"The United States and Israel have begun preliminary, unofficial contacts regarding special American military aid for Israel due to developments in the Middle East. Although neither side has said so explicitly, the Obama administration plans to provide Israel substantial defense compensation if an agreement is signed between Tehran and the world powers to limit Iran’s nuclear program. ... The United States is likely to provide Israel with, among other things, more F-35 combat aircraft and another battery of a missile interception system." [editor's note: In other words, a bribe. Although it's difficult to say what for, since Netanyahu doesn't seem to be offering to stop his bellyaching or anything like that in return - TLK] (05/20/15)

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US House sends Iran nuclear deal bill to Obama

May 15, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"The House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday that allows Congress to review any deal on Iran's nuclear program negotiated by the Obama Administration. The measure passed with an overwhelming bipartisan vote 400-25. The bill, which was passed by the Senate last week 98-1, now goes to the President for his signature. Initially the White House resisted efforts to give Congress a role in weighing in on an agreement. But once it became apparent that both Republicans and Democrats had a veto-proof majority, the White House said it would support a compromise crafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tennessee and the top Democrat on the panel, Sen Ben Cardin, D-Maryland." (05/14/15)

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Iran: Regime releases Maersk Tigris

May 7, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Iran has released the MV Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship, whose seizure in the Strait of Hormuz last week had raised tensions with Iran. The ship's operator says the crew of 24 are 'in a good condition' and the ship is headed to Jebel Ali, a port in the United Arab Emirates. The ship's seizure on April 28 had raised tensions in the region after Iranian patrol boats fired across the ship's bow to order it into Iranian waters. Iranian officials later claimed that the ship was seized because the Maersk Line had not paid a settlement in a long-standing court ruling." (05/07/15)

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