The Stars Are Aligned on Iran

We’re hoping the talks go back to zero. With nothing done on the Human Rights front, the Syrian Civil War, or the funding of terrorism throughout the region. Iran essentially is getting the better part of this deal. Unless we see real progress in the next few months, it’s just going to look as though the P5+1 has been bamboozled again, making them the laughingstock of minor powers like Iran. We’ll be posting more on this at our sister site M.A.D. Mullahs, stay tuned!

Ideas

Everyone needs to take a deep breath before rushing to judgment on the agreement reached with Iran on Sunday. It sets nothing in stone. If at the end of six months neither side is satisfied, the worse that can happen is talks go back to zero. But the real reason we need to give it a try is because if there was ever a time to test Iran’s true intentions, it’s now. The stars might be aligned just right.

For a start, Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, is the man with whom to make a deal. Unlike his two predecessors, he’s an insider with close, long-standing ties to the hardliners in Iran’s national security establishment. In fact, from his time as national security adviser, he was one of them. He’s also genuinely close to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. In other words, if we’re able to reach a permanent deal…

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Majority Leader Eric Cantor: President Obama Should Abandon This Terrible Deal with Iran

This is a valid point by Cantor. Iran is taking advantage, and the last thing we need, is to let them succeed. C’mon we want freedom for the Iranian people, not another decade of slavery to the Mullahs!

Ideas

The Obama Administration’s disengagement from the Middle East has damaged America’s credibility and risked our security, and nowhere is that more evident than with the ongoing challenge of Iran.

For five years, Administration policies have strained relationships with key allies, contributed to instability in a region long essential to American and global security, and emboldened our nation’s adversaries. Look at Syria. After President Obama’s Syrian policy collapsed before the world’s eyes, we lost the trust of valued allies and were scorned by adversaries.

As a result, it is harder today to combat Iran’s destabilizing activities throughout the region and prevent its determined drive towards nuclear capability. Our allies who watched the United States back down in Syria worry that the credibility of our military option against Iran has been eroded, and fear he will cut a bad deal with Iran. They have good reason to worry.

The details…

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Obama to Congress: Give Iran sanctions a chance

See, this is an issue. We have them on the ropes, we have them actually at the table, and they look like they’re going down. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO RELENT. We need to hammer them, we need to cripple them. The worse the sanctions are, the better chance we have to really cripple the Mullah regime. C’mon Mr. President, you can’t let up now.

CNN Security Clearance

By Jamie Crawford

Additional sanctions targeting Iran’s disputed nuclear program could undermine international progress already made on the issue, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

“If we’re serious about pursuing diplomacy then there’s no need for us to add new sanctions on top of the sanctions that are already very effective, and that brought them to the table in the first place,” Obama told reporters at the White House.

Obama said he would like to see if a “short-term, phase-one deal” with Iran can be put in place in the near term that requires Tehran to freeze aspects of its nuclear program while the international community negotiates a more comprehensive long-term deal.

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Murder? Or Instability?

Iranian deputy industry minister shot dead

This occurred earlier this week.  A minister was shot dead by someone inside his vehicle.  Was this a targeted killing? Or merely someone getting revenge for another unrelated issue?

This is a problem, because when you have to start asking questions like that, the Mullah regime is clearly starting to fall to pieces.

We’ll have to keep a weather eye out.