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Is It Time For Closer Ties To Iran?

Following the historic nuclear deal is it time for closer ties to Iran?

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last 24 hours | realclearpolitics
Iran Nuclear Deal a Product of Bush and Obama

"...Maybe we can't, the president said. But the only alternative is war. It was slightly discordant: Obama was making a strong argument in favor of the proposition that America is weak. Similar dissonance was on display when CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett asked Obama why he was content to leave four Americans captive in Iran instead of making them part of the deal. Badly phrased, as Garrett later conceded, but a valid question. Obama flashed in anger, but his answer was that he hadn't insisted on Iran's freeing American hostages because he didn't think he had the power to do so.This passive streak was also in evidence when he was asked whether he'd revoke Bill Cosby's presidential Medal of Freedom. Obama spoke forthrightly against rape, but prefaced his answer by saying: There is no precedent for revoking a medal. We don't have that mechanism. Watching that, I had a WWLBJD moment wondering what Lyndon Johnson would do. Revoke the medal on the spot, maybe? The more instructive point is that it was George W. Bush who put that medal around Cosby's neck in the first place. That's the real sticking point with the Obama administration: what he was bequeathed by his predecessor. ..." see full article

1307 days ago | time
Gulf States Are Right to Fear Iran Deal | TIME - TIME
"...Iran, as one of the three countries in the Middle East with a population of more than 80 million, holds huge economic potential. Since the election of Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran in 2013, some Gulf merchants have opened lines of credit and commerce. One Dubai-based retailer has been active in Iran for a couple of years although it has done so without displaying its brand name on the store-front. It's likely the Iran nuclear deal will open the door for more Gulf businesses to go to Iran.Any political benefits are less clear. In the hours following the deal, Rouhani tweeted a number of conciliatory messages to Iran's neighbors in the Gulf. Iran and its power will translate into your power, he said, adding that the Region's security is our security. Region's stability is our stability. One may be forgiven for wondering which power Rouhani had in mind. After all, Iran's soft and hard power have been at conflict both in clandestine and in the open in the region. There are numerous proxy wars raging from Syria to Yemen and Lebanon to Iraq that are supported by Iran on one side and the Gulf States on the other...." see full article

1310 days ago | thedailybeast
Iran Deal Could Open $100B Terror Fund

"...A nuclear agreement with Iran could give Tehran a $100 billion financial windfall a sum that even the Obama administration is concerned could be used to finance terrorism against American interests.Iran currently has billions in assets frozen by an international sanctions regime led by the United States and other world powers. Should a nuclear agreement be reached, as is expected later this week, these assets would be eventually released to the Iranian government. We are of course aware and concerned that, despite the massive domestic spending needs facing Iran, some of the resulting sanctions relief could be used by Iran to fund destabilizing actions, a State Department official told The Daily Beast...." see full article

1318 days ago | politico
On Iran, Worry About the Deal, Not the Deadline

"...That said, an agreement consistent with the framework understanding would also be of value to the U.S. and the international community. After all, it would make it very difficult for the Iranians to have a covert enrichment program for 25 years given the monitoring provisions of the entire supply chain. It would make it unlikely that the Iranians could develop a plutonium pathway to a bomb given the prohibition on any reprocessing capabilities. It would be difficult for Iran to break out to weapons-grade fissile material without us knowing about it and at least for the first 10 years of the deal, their breakout time would be roughly one year. Finally, we would be buying 15 years in which the pathways to a bomb would be largely blocked...." see full article

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1320 days ago | feeds.huffingtonpost
Negotiating a Good Iran Deal
"...While the "better deal" crowd may continue to crow, the reality is that there is an overwhelming consensus among the nuclear and security expert community that the Lausanne Framework is a good deal, a deal that the six powers can be confident will prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. "When implemented," a statement from 30 leading nuclear nonproliferation specialists reads, the agreement "will put in place an effective, verifiable, enforceable, long-term plan to guard against the possibility of a new nuclear-armed state in the Middle East." And it's not just the experts: Numerous polls show that a majority of Americans support the framework. Moreover, a recent survey done in conjunction with pro-Israel group, J Street, found that 59 percent of American Jews support the framework; a result that can perhaps mitigate concerns that U.S. Jews feel the deal could be bad for Israel. The poll also found that a 78 percent of American Jews support the agreement when additional details of the deal are provided...." see full article

1320 days ago | english.alarabiya
Iran's toxic deal is not a legacy Obama should leave - Al-Arabiya
"...Na ve optimism has enveloped the final hours of talks between Washington and Tehran on a nuclear agreement. In pursuit of a legacy defining achievement, President Obama has put everything on the line to secure a deal at the expense of both Washington's allies and the U.S.' long-term strategic interests in the Middle East.While there has been a vociferous amount of criticism about these negotiations from the beginning, this criticism in Washington at times has been misplaced. It's not so much that a nuclear deal in it of itself is a poor strategic objective, as many of his critics would argue. More so, President Obama lost control of the negotiating process from the beginning...." see full article

1321 days ago | nypost
Is there anything Obama's not giving away in his Iran nuclear deal? - New York Post
"...By lifting sanctions on Iran, President Obama's nuclear deal will open the floodgates for Tehran's funding of terrorism. So says Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.On a visit to Israel Tuesday, Dempsey warned of Iran's rulers, I think that they'll invest in their [terror] surrogates. I think they will invest in additional military capability. Oops: The official Obama line is that Tehran will spend its windfall rebuilding its economy. Nice that someone from the administration is willing to tell the truth.Oops again: Obama's former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, in House testimony last week slammed the idea that Washington can just snap sanctions back into place if Iran's caught breaking the deal. The notion of snap back' sanctions is fiction, he said...." see full article

1342 days ago | powerlineblog
Is the Iran deal good for us? - Power Line (blog)
"...There is no more pressing issue in our immediate future. This debate is worth your time; it is illuminating in a number of respects. The Obama administration seeks, as usual, to exploit the ignorance of the American people. Debates like this should complicate the administration's task, however slightly...." see full article

1357 days ago | legalinsurrection
Obama on the Iran deal: Trust me, "it's my name on this" - legal Insurrection (blog)
"...I rack my brain to think of another president in our history or another statesman or even another prominent politician who would think to say trust me, because my ego is riding on this. What on earth does ego have to do with judgment?In the calculus of what are the most important considerations about any Iran deal, the most important would be our profound national-security interests and those of the entire world. That's what's riding on it, that's the reason to lock it down (odd phrase for negotiations). The state of Obama's personal reputation ought to be so low on the list of things to think about that it shouldn't even be on his radar screen at this point, much less ours.Obama says he's got a special personal interest in locking this down. But an agreement on nuclear weapons with Iran is not merely a question of applying oneself. Obama may think there's no limits to his powers, but sizing up Iran and negotiating with a country which is essentially an aggressive, repressive, fanatical enemy isn't just a matter of trying hard enough and thinking you're the smartest guy in the room. Even if it were true that Obama wanted and even needed to negotiate a good deal for the US in order to protect his precious reputation, that doesn't mean he has a clue how to get there from here, or that it's even possible to do so...." see full article

1363 days ago | thedailybeast
Hey, GOP: Give Peace With Iran a Chance

"..."Maybe it's a little cliched to say give peace a chance, but thanks to the neoconservatives, we've given war plenty of chance, and all it's done is strengthened Tehran and given us ISIS. Will these people ever look in the mirror?"..." see full article

1414 days ago | cnn
Optimism as Iran nuclear deal framework announced; more work ahead - CNN

"..."But U.S. leaders were still talking tough, even as they praised the agreement. Kerry stressed that if a final deal is reached with Iran, the removal of any sanctions against Tehran will come in phases. "And if we find out at any point that Iran is not complying with the agreement, the sanctions can snap back into place," he said. Iran didn't seem to be changing its tune, either."..." see full article

1414 days ago | politico
Sen. Mark Kirk likens Iran deal to Nazi appeasement, warns of nuclear conflict - Politico

"..."The Illinois Republican trashed a deal struck by global powers with Tehran, concluding in a phone interview that Neville Chamberlain got a lot of more out of Hitler than Wendy Sherman got out of Iran, a reference to a top State Department negotiator on the deal. But Kirk wasn't done, forecasting that lifting any more sanctions on Iran dooms the Middle East to yet another war, one that Israel will have to clean up, perhaps in a nuclear fashion." ..." see full article

1414 days ago | nytimes
Iran Agrees to Detailed Nuclear Outline, First Step Toward a Wider Deal - New York Times

"..."Mr. Samore, who was Mr. Obama's top adviser on weapons of mass destruction in his first term as president, said in an email that the deal was a very satisfactory resolution of Fordo and Arak issues for the 15-year term of the accord. He had more questions about operations at Natanz and said there was much detail to be negotiated, but I think it's enough to be called a political framework. "..." see full article

1414 days ago | nytimes
Israeli Response to Iran Nuclear Deal Could Have Broader Implications - New York Times

"..."How fiercely Israel will continue to fight the Iran deal, particularly in Congress, could have broad implications for the strained alliance and the Middle East peace process."..." see full article

1414 days ago | politico
How Iran Can Game the Deal

"..."However, even before all this happens, the Iranian nuclear drama is proving to be one of the most curious arms control episodes in history. As the scale of American concessions becomes evident, the White House and its defenders seldom justify the emerging accord strictly on terms of the proliferation threat that remains. Their response is often limited to claiming that an admittedly imperfect agreement is still preferable to the alternatives. And the alternatives are usually painted in hysterical terms with Iran surging toward the bomb, the sanctions regime collapsing and an isolated United States helplessly watching all this unfold."..." see full article

1414 days ago | weeklystandard
Kristol Podcast: Congress Needs to Kill the Iran Deal

"..."Congress Needs to Kill the Iran Deal"..." see full article

1414 days ago | huffingtonpost
Iran, Not ISIS, Is the Real Menace

"..." Tehran continues to export its revolutionary zeal by supporting terrorism and radical organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, providing direct financial and military assistance to radical Shiite militias, and maintaining through subversive activities its strong hold on Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon."..." see full article

1414 days ago | politico
Benjamin Netanyahu: Iran deal endangers 'the peace of the world' - Politico

"..."With Secretary of State John Kerry continuing talks in Switzerland aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program, Netanyahu said the concessions offered to Iran in Lausanne would ensure a bad deal that would endanger Israel, the Middle East and the peace of the world. Read more: "..." see full article

1416 days ago | feeds.washingtonpost
Why Obama chose the Iran talks to take one of the biggest risks of his presidency

"... With all this turmoil in the Arab world, you need a workable relationship with the other side, said Shawn Brimley, a former director for strategic planning in the White House. You can't argue with Iran's importance in the region. That's why Obama is taking this extremely seriously. ..." see full article

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