Iran deal

The Iran Deal Wasn’t An ‘Alternative To War,’ It Was A Continuation Of War

Ben Weingarten, The Federalist

The Iran Deal provided the Khomeinist crocodiles with a cover of peaceful engagement for gullible useful idiots and cowardly but avaricious trading partners, while it expanded its power globally. The Obama administration ceded the Middle East to Iran and its partner Russia, and sought to elevate its Sunni jihadist counterparts, whose goals often overlap with those of the Shia, while berating our Israeli ally and subordinating the Sunni monarchies. The Iran Deal, and the concessions made in its run-up, was not the cessation of war. It was part of Iran’s war.

Trump’s Common Sense Realism

Robert Curry, American Greatness

Common sense, in its common and its uncommon degrees, is something very different from “lizard wisdom,” whatever that might be.  It seems clear that Trump has common sense in a degree well beyond the ordinary. That is something altogether more valuable than the ability of foreign policy “experts” to come up with rationalizations for the Obama policies which encouraged the mullahs’ aggression and raised the threat level for America.

Are Bibi and Bolton in the Wheel House Now?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

We appear to be at the beginning of a new war, and how it ends we know not. But for Bibi and National Security Adviser John Bolton, the end has always been clear — the smashing of Iran and regime change. Tuesday, Trump warned that Iran is on "a quest for nuclear weapons," and "if we do nothing ... in just a short period of time, the world's worst sponsor of state terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world's most dangerous weapon." And where is the evidence for this Bush-like assertion? Is the foreign policy that America Firsters voted for being replaced by the Middle East agenda of Bibi and the neoconservatives? So it would appear.

Trump Is Righting Wrongs of Last Admin on Iran Deal

Tony Perkins, CNS News

Starting May 8, America will be on a 90-day track to re-impose sanctions on a regime that continues to fund terrorist activities and secretly pursue a nuclear program. It also goes a long way to dismantling another one of the left's proudest accomplishments: cozying up to a nation that has neither the interest nor the intention of operating on the world's terms. We're grateful for the administration's courage in righting the wrongs of the last administration. It's a relief to have bold leaders who are willing to stand up for America's best interest – even if it means standing alone.

Trump shredding Obama's failed deal is just the beginning of winning in Iran

Sebastian Gorka, The Hill

The JCPOA decision is also about much more than Iran or the Middle East. It is about a non-politician who is now the most powerful man in the world and who sees things as they are, unencumbered by ideological blinders, the need for some narcissistic "legacy" or caving to the persistently wrong advice provided by the so-called experts of "the swamp." Now President Trump must use the "Pyongyang method" to ensure that Iran deems its plans untenable and so surrenders to a world where its behavior will no longer be permitted to continue.

Trump Dumps Iran Deal — Hallelujah!

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

The sanctions choked the pariah regime, providing the great mass of Iranian dissenters with hope that their tormentors could be overthrown — hope that Obama had dashed in 2009, when he turned a deaf ear as the regime brutalized protesters. The JCPOA empowered the totalitarians. Trump’s exit squeezes them. For today, President Trump has reestablished that the United States and the world are more secure when we confront our enemies rather than fantasizing that they are suitable negotiating partners — even as they bray, “Death to America!”

Trump was right to kill the disastrous Iran deal

Editors, Washington Examiner

Trump’s decision does the actual opposite of showing the U.S. isn’t serious about its commitments — it communicates to the world that there’s a new sheriff in town who is going to follow through on what he says, unlike Obama (of the infamous red line in Syria). “Today’s action sends a critical message: The United States no longer makes empty threats,” Trump declared. This is an important signal to the rest of the world, and North Korea in particular, as nuclear negotiations heat up.

John Kerry’s 57 varieties of mischief

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

Mr. Kerry and his friends are calling this “shadow diplomacy,” thinking the use of a familiar European term lends mischief a good name. But shadow diplomacy is formally established in European countries and in Britain, where a party on the outs names a “shadow minister” who is expected to become the real thing when the opposition becomes the government. Mr. Kerry is no such animal. He’s merely a mischief-maker, an interloper, a buttinsky with too much time on his hands and a rich wife willing to finance his bikes and sailboats and pranks.

Throw John Kerry in jail

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Now that we are all so whipped up into such a frenzy over anyone who might be colluding with a foreign enemy to undermine the free will of the people and hijack the American political process, we should certainly take a hard look at Mr. Kerry. And if he sets foot back at the United Nations are anywhere else Iran’s terror leaders can be found, Mr. Kerry should be arrested and thrown in jail. For starters, anyway.

The Iran nuclear deal begins to crumble

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

If Mr. Trump, who boasts that he knows about negotiating deals and even wrote a book called “The Art of the Deal,” decides to renounce the treaty and start over, this could be the opening he needs. He could renounce the deal by declaring that it should have been a treaty, ratified by the U.S. Senate, and it must be replaced by proper order. Mr. Trump may never get a peace prize, but the Booby Prize is likely to go to his unhinged enemies at home, blinded by hate and disappointment. Losing hurts, and some of us just can’t get over it.

One Of The Most Important Speeches Of The 21st Century

What made Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks so important were the facts that he revealed, and the incontrovertible proof he provided, that Iran has a secret nuclear weapons program that it has been hiding for years from the international community in its secret atomic archive and research facilities.

Cleaning House Is Not Enough

Cleaning house of the Obama – McMaster – Tillerson holdovers at State and the NSC isn’t enough. President Trump's national security team needs, not just a house cleaning, but a complete staff renewal that will reinvigorate it with seasoned professionals who share President Trump’s national security goals and will implement them, instead of undermining them.

John Bolton Appointment Divides Conservatives

Criticisms of the appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor have been strongly rebutted by a long list of national defense conservatives who reject the idea that everyone who wants to rebuild the military Obama intentionally hollowed out should automatically be dismissed as a “neocon.”

Viguerie Joins 92 Conservative Leaders Backing Pompeo For Secretary Of State

CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie and 92 leaders of CAP have issued a statement backing Mike Pompeo for Secretary for State saying, "Pompeo’s vast experience across multiple levels of government has demonstrated his commitment to protecting America’s interests, and make him uniquely qualified to lead the State Department through complex and challenging times."

Can Corker and Cardin Face the Truth about Iran this Time?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Whatever happens, the Europeans — particularly the Western Europeans — will be difficult. They are loathe to admit that Donald Trump, of all people, might be right about a crucial point of foreign policy, making them, once again, the weak appeasers of fascism. Also, they're greedy and want to keep their business with the Iranians going. And so, Sens. Corker and Cardin, our nation, indeed the world, turns its eyes to you. Are you ready to rescue your reputations with history?

Now Is The Time To Step Up Pressure On Iran

January 12 is just over a week from today, but that’s plenty of time for the President to make a major policy statement in support of the Iranian people, and to put in motion the actions necessary to support them in their desire to rid themselves of the corrupt mullahs now stifling their liberty – and threatening our own national security.

Liberal Humiliation: Trump vs. Obama on Iran

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Obama was silent for those students and millions of other decent Iranians. He wanted his deal so much that, as we know, he sent still more millions to the mullahs in cash, so they could use those dollars in any untraceable manner they wished. What we also know is that the Donald J. Trump administration has taken the exact opposite approach from the Obama administration to events in Iran. They are unqualifiedly — and immediately — supporting the demonstrators and democracy. Bravo!

Navigating the Middle East Mess Left by Obama and Bush

If President Trump is serious about countering Iranian aggression and repairing the mess in the Middle East left by Obama and Bush, then steps must be taken across the region, otherwise Iran will assert political and economic dominance over the entire northern tier of the Middle East and become the Middle East’s Shi’ite superpower.

Israel and Saudi Arabia vs Iran

Whether the growing anti-Iran coalition in the Middle East will solidify into a real counterweight to a potentially nuclear armed Iran remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: The battle with Israel and Saudi Arabia on one side and Iran on the other is heating up.

Is War With Iran Or North Korea Inevitable?

Certainly, a nuclear-armed ICBM-equipped North Korea or Iran is intolerable to our interests and to the future of western civilization. The question for President Trump is at what point do the other options available to stop the threat be judged failures?