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Obama Compares Republicans who Oppose Iran Nuke Deal to Iranian Hardliners

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 6, 2015

Proving once again that he is the most divisive President of modern times, Barack Obama had the gall to this week compare Republicans who disapprove of the proposed Iranian nuclear deal to the hardliners; i.e. Radical Islamists, in Iran.  The President’s said:

It’s those hardliners chanting ‘death to America’ who have been most opposed to the deal, they’re making common cause with the Republican caucus.”

KhameneiThis morning, Obama’s Propagandist-in-Chief, Josh Earnest, was grilled on MSNBC’s Morning Joe concerning the President’s incendiary language.  Instead of backing down, Earnest parsed words and incorrectly attempted to change what Obama said, as shown in the video posted below.

It is remarkable that President Obama, who has been on the wrong side of nearly every issue relating international politics since the day he entered office, has the nerve to compare Republicans to the radical mullahs in Iran.  Let us remember that is less than two years ago Obama called ISIS the “JV team”.  Since then they have become one of the most powerful radical forces in the Middle East.

American politics in Washington had dubious morality long before Barack Obama became president.  However, this President has taken the White House and politics to a new low, a standard that will haunt the Country for years to come.  This legacy will have more long-term negative effects than the questionable policies implemented by Obama.

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Congressional Democrats Boycott Benjamin Netanyahu Congressional Speech

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 3, 2015

Nearly 60 Congressional Democrats boycotted today’s speech before Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  The purported reasons according to the Democrats were that Israeli and American politics were behind the PM’s speech and that Congress’s invitation was a breach of protocol.

Both the Democrat’s excuses for the boycott are lame.  First, politics plays a role in what every politician does on a daily basis, whether he be the Prime Minister of Israel or President of the United States.  As for the breach in protocol, that is a rather hollow excuse coming from this Leftist president for whom American history often is of little importance.

Irrespective of the personal differences between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Iranian matter is complex for which reasonable people can disagree.  Iran has for decades proven to be one of the world’s foremost promoter of terrorism.  It also continuously on threatens the annihilation of Israel.  Given these realities should Iran become a nuclear power, a difficult world situation will become even more dangerous.

A nuclear armed Iran becomes an immediate existential threat to Israel.  Should it also obtain intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), Iran would become a direct tgigihreat to the United States.  In addition, should Iran go nuclear, its arch enemies, the Sunni Arab countries of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, as well as Turkey, would likely join a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

Given the complexity of the Iranian issue, we should promote active debate on possible responses. However, the Obama Administration and its allies in Congress instead seek to stifle debate and opposing opinions including those of Benjamin Netanyahu.  It begs the question as to why they fear debate so much.  It seems that the Obama Administration is so intent on making a deal with the ayatollahs that it would demonize and ally and thwart open debate.

This Blog comes with a Libertarian view towards and its rightful powers.  On the other end of the philosophical spectrum are Progressives including liberal law professor, Alan Dershowitz.  Dershowitz posted an op-ed prior to Netanyahu’s visit condoning those that would suppress his voice in front of Congress, article posted below.  The ineffective leadership and failed policies of Barack Obama are bringing together a uniquely diverse group of opposition.

The Appalling Talk of Boycotting Netanyahu, ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ, Feb. 23, 2015

As a liberal Democrat who twice campaigned for President Barack Obama , I am appalled that some Democratic members of Congress are planning to boycott the speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 3 to a joint session of Congress. At bottom, this controversy is not mainly about protocol and politics—it is about the constitutional system of checks and balances and the separation of powers.

Under the Constitution, the executive and legislative branches share responsibility for making and implementing important foreign-policy decisions. Congress has a critical role to play in scrutinizing the decisions of the president when these decisions involve national security, relationships with allies and the threat of nuclear proliferation.

Congress has every right to invite, even over the president’s strong objection, any world leader or international expert who can assist its members in formulating appropriate responses to the current deal being considered with Iran regarding its nuclear-weapons program. Indeed, it is the responsibility of every member of Congress to listen to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who probably knows more about this issue than any world leader, because it threatens the very existence of the nation state of the Jewish people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran’s Khamanei Calls for Israel’s Destruction

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 9, 2014

KhameneiIran has once again called for the annihilation of Israel.  This time its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used Twitter to spew his anti-Semitic rant, posts included below.  The fact that an Iranian mullah calls for Israel’s destruction is not new or newsworthy.  More troubling is that President Obama is trying to do business with these thugs.

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that Obama sent secret communications to this same Khamenei suggesting that the United States and Iran should work together to fight ISIS.  Putting aside for a moment that this Iranian leader calls for the destruction of the only US alley it can count on in the Middle East, Obama’s vision is lame on a boarder scale.  ISIS is a radical Sunni-Islamic entity.  The radicals in Iran are Shia-based.  Shia’s represent less than 15% of the world’s total Islamic population.  Choosing them over the majority Sunnis cannot further America’s interests in the Middle East or great Islamic world.

It is fortunate that the Republicans are taking control of the Senate.  While they are unlikely to put forth great strategic policies, at least they will be able to temper what Obama can unilaterally do on foreign policy.  Given his myopic focus on cutting a deal with the Iranians, this is fortuitous.

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Iran Agrees to Nuclear Negotiations

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 22, 2012

According to the New York Times, Iran has agreed to start discussions with the United States over its nuclear program.  This information has been more or less officially leaked.  The timing of the announcement is coincidental giving the upcoming presidential election.

During the early days of the President’s first term, he publicly offered to meet with Iran without preconditions in order to discuss its nuclear program.  The Iranians slapped down the President, refusing his offer to talk.

Given the proximity of the upcoming presidential election, the potential for a positive outcome for the talks is suspect.  Unless Obama is reelected any discussions between his Administration and the Iranians would be of minimal value.

In addition, the timing of the talk’s announcement is suspect and could be an attempt by the Obama Administration to advance its reelection goal.  This becomes more likely given the turmoil in the Middle East and the attack in the US consulate in Benghazi, both which have tainted the President’s foreign policy record.

Finally, the Iranians have in the past used the bait of negotiations as a stalling tactic as they continue their quest for nuclear weapons.  Negotiations between countries with highly diverse strategic goals only work under one of two circumstances: either one country defeats the other in conflict or both sides have a willingness to compromise.  Neither circumstance exists with any proposed negotiations between the United States and Iran.

 

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Iranian Students Storm Britain’s Tehran Embassy

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 29, 2011

The New York Times reported that Iranian students invaded Britain’s Tehran embassy on Tuesday while riot police merely watched the illegal action.  During the intrusion the students were reported chanting “death to England”.  The attack was in reprisal of Britain downgrading its relations with Iran for their continues nuclear arms development.

The attack on the British embassy, which was shown live on Iranian television, is reminiscent of the attack of the America’s embassy in November 1979 by Iranian students that led to a lengthy hostage crisis and the ongoing breach in diplomatic relations with the United States.

Iran has a history of using violence and state-sponsored terrorism to further its political goals.  It is a rouge country run by despot clerics.  The West’s failure to appropriately respond with force in the past to Iran’s violent acts has been a huge mistake.  Iran’s attack on the British embassy is further proof of its barbaric nature.  Iran cannot be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons.  The West now has only two viable options: 1) implement policies that support and lead to regime change, or 2) use military force to crippe Iran’s nuclear capacities.

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U.S. Accuses Iran in Saudi Envoy Assignation Plot

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 12, 2011

Yesterday Attorney General Eric Holder announced a murder plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian diplomat on U.S. soil.  An incredible part of the announcement was the involvement of the Iranian government with Holder saying that the plot was “directed and approved by elements of the Iranian government and, specifically, senior members of the Quds Force” and that “high-up officials in those agencies, which is an integral part of the Iranian government, were responsible for this plot.”

The story gets more bizarre.  The United States has claimed that the Iranians engaged an Iranian-American used-car salesman to hire assassins from a Mexican drug cartel for $1.5 million.  In addition, the Los Zetas cartel was to bomb Israeli and Saudi embassies.  Finally, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was to funnel opium from the Middle East to Mexico

There have been concerns expressed by some that Attorney General Holder made this announce at this time to take the heat off of Congress’s investigation of his involvement with “Fast and Furious”.  This was the lame plan implemented by US government that allowed thousands of weapons to be sold to Mexican drug cartels with American government approval.  While this Blog would like to give the Attorney General the benefit of doubt, the fact that this serious accusation was made without strong retaliatory diplomatic steps also being announced is curious.

Eric Holder’s involvement in Fast and Furious makes it impossible for him to be an effective Attorney General.  He should immediately resign or be removed from office.

As for Iran, should the US government be certain of the charges it levied against them, it should immediately expel all Iranian diplomats from the United States including those involved with the United Nations.

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Iranians Building Missile Base in Venezuela

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 19, 2011

The German newspaper Die Welt last week reported that the Iranians are building a missile base in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela.  The launch pads are being prepared for medium range missiles that could be launched from the Paraguaná Peninsula.  Die Welt also reported that there is a secret agreement between Venezuela and Iran for the Chavez government to fire missiles at Iran’s enemies should Iran face any military strikes.

The missiles themselves are of little threat to the United States.  Should America decide to take them out it could be done quickly and with little effort.  However, the symbolism behind this aggressive Iranian act is significant.  Here, the Iranian Mullahs are rubbing Obama’s face in the “mud” clearly showing disdain for the President and the United States.  They may also hope that a potential missile threat from South America could somehow take the pressure off their illegitimate regime.

Whatever the Iranians intentions are, it is clear that President Obama’s attempted charm offensive towards the Muslim world initiated soon after entering office has been a dismal failure.  The war in Afghanistan is no better than when he entered office and America’s relations with the Pakistanis are at an all-time low.  The Arab Middle East is in turmoil with a stalemate in the Libyan war and protesters being butchered in Syrian by Assad.  In fact the only success Obama can claim in this entire region is the hit he ordered on Osama bin Laden.

Sort of makes one yearn for the good-old days with George W. Bush.

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Iran Sending Warships Past Israel’s Coast

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 16, 2011

In a move likely related to the turmoil in some Arab countries, the Wall Street Journal reported that Iran is sending two naval vessels through the Suez Canal on their way to Syria.  That route will take the ships off the coast of Israeli, something Iranian warships have not attempted since the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979.  Israel has called Iran’s move a “provocation”.

While the movement of two Iranian military vessels is not a serious military threat to Israel or Arab countries in the Middle East, the timing is not coincidental to the protests occurring in Arab cities.  The Iranians have two motivations.  The first is to flex their muscles during a time of weakness in the Sunni Arab world.  In addition, the Iranians need to create an external threat; i.e. Israel, as they attempt to avoid internal democratic protests that hit Tunisia, Egypt and other countries in the region.

 

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Middle East Protests Move To Iran

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 15, 2011

While Hosni Mubarak abdicated his presidency in Egypt, protests in the Arab and Muslim Middle East have not stopped.  The New York Times reports that police in Bahrain fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Monday at protester and student protests have been ongoing in Yemen.

However, the most significant Middle East protest news comes from Iran where the Times reported riot police beat and fired tear gas at thousands of protesters.  Protests are reported in the Iranian cities of Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad and Rasht.  Iranian security forces have curtailed cellular telephone service and slowed the Internet.

Unlike in Egypt where the government showed restraint in dealing with its protesters, the Iranians seemed to have no such inhibitions with a Revolutionary Guard commander saying:  “The conspirators are nothing but corpses.”

Secretary of State Clinton responded to  the Iranian protest saying, “We wish the opposition and the brave people in the streets across cities in Iran the same opportunity that they saw their Egyptian counterparts seize in the last week.”  While this comment is appropriate, it is curious that President Obama has not taken the lead in regime change as he did with Egypt.

It remains to be seen how much traction the protests in Iran will gain.  They have the potential for being a world game changer.  The United States should take a lead role in offering moral support to the protester.

 

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Afghanistan is Now Obama’s War

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 26, 2010

Barack Obama was elected President two-years ago and has been Commander-in-Chief for 21 months.  While he came to office inheriting the War in Afghanistan, he has by now had time to either significantly improve America’s situation in that country or in fact withdraw from the War effort.  He has done neither.  The Afghan War is now, in fact, Obama’s war.

Yesterday This Blog posted an article “Afghanistan’s Karzai Gets Cash from Iran” discussing the duplicity of goventment in Kabul.  While Harmed Karzai and his henchmen in the Afghan government have Americans die for his government, he cohorts with our worst enemy, Iran.

Shame on Karzai for his duplicity; shame on America for its stupidity.

Pictures are often worth a thousand words.  Below is one from March in Kabul showing Harmed Karzai and his buddy, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Rouge Republic of Iran.  Why, President Obama, do you continue to support the rogue regime in Afghanistan?

 

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