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White House Paints Oddly Rosy Picture of Saudi Discussions About Iran Deal

Friday, July 17th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama welcomed Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to the White House today for a meeting behind closed doors — and offered a summary of the discussions that was probably much more rosy than what happened behind closed doors. “They welcomed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between the P5+1, EU and Iran […]

Nearly Seven out of Ten American Evangelicals Support Israel

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

A new research study by LifeWay Research shows strong evangelical support for Israel, and it shows the divide between those who support the Jewish State in the Middle East and those who do not. Evangelical Christians in the United States are among the strongest supporters of Israel and believe God has plans for the nation, […]

Rice: ‘Goal Was Never’ to Keep Iran from Getting Slush Fund to Spend on Terrorism

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

National Security Advisor Susan Rice said that when international inspectors take a peek at Iran’s nuclear facilities, there won’t be an American in the bunch. “There are not going to independent American inspectors separate from the [International Atomic Energy Agency],” Rice told CNN. “The IAEA will be doing inspections — the inspections on behalf of […]

Obama Tells Congress to Approve Deal, Khamenei Directs Rouhani to Pick It Apart

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Full text of Leader’s response to president’s letter on nuclear issue. pic.twitter.com/8ibMZx3Qyw — Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) July 15, 2015   That’s the Supreme Leader’s letter to President Hassan Rouhani, as released on his Twitter account. So while President Obama is urging Congress to quickly drop its opposition and approve the deal, Iran’s leader is urging his […]

Lobbying Battle Is On: Powerful AIPAC Shoots Down Iran Deal

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The lobbying war is going to get intense in Washington, D.C., over the next couple of months. The National Iranian American Council quickly fired a salvo in the form of a full-page ad in The New York Times today, warning that Congress could “sabotage this historic chance for peace.” But the pro-Tehran group faces one […]

Obama: ‘It Does Not Give Me Pause’ That Assad Loves Iran Deal

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama faced the media in the East Room Wednesday afternoon with a brusque defense of the Iran nuclear deal and snapping at a reporter who asked about four Americans still held in Iran. After taking the first question, Obama interrupted the reporter and declared that he was just going to give from the top […]

Kirk: ‘Tens of Thousands’ Will Lose Lives ‘Because of Barack Hussein Obama’

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The co-author of Congress’ toughest Iran sanctions legislation ripped the administration for the Iran deal, adding Obama’s middle name and alleging a political prosecution of his sanctions co-sponsor, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). As reported by BuzzFeed, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) told WRKO’s Financial Exchange radio program yesterday that “tens of thousands of people in the […]

Let the Pro-Tehran, Pro-Obama Bullying of Congress Begin!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) warned members of Congress yesterday on the Hill that “some may try to intimidate and demonize critics of the agreement by arguing that a vote against this deal is a vote for war.” “I will say, as a former member of Congress, I know how difficult the following weeks will […]

1970s Diplomatic Relic Brzezinski Hits Daughter’s Cable Show To Dismiss Netanyahu

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Having a Carter lackey dismiss your take on international politics is like having a Cubs fan mock how long it’s been since your team won a World Series.

Hillary: I ‘Twisted A Lot of Arms’ to Get Iran Deal

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Hillary Clinton issued a lengthy statement tonight not only giving props to the Iran nuclear deal but also basically taking credit for it. “I am still studying the details, but based on the briefings I received and a review of the documents, I support the agreement because it can help us prevent Iran from getting […]

Israel Security Cabinet Shoots Down Iran Deal, Confirms Jewish State ‘Not Bound By It’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama is sending Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to Israel next week as the Security Cabinet unanimously shot down the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. “The Security Cabinet unanimously rejected the nuclear agreement with Iran and determined that Israel is not bound by it,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a brief statement. “The […]

Oh Snap: Issa Slams Obama’s ‘Junior Varsity Foreign Policy Grounded in Childlike Optimism’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) needled President Obama’s legacy description of ISIS with his criticism of the Iran deal announced today. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a J.V. team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said of ISIS in a January 2014 […]

Lieberman Warns Congress of ‘Bad Deal’: ‘I Cannot Think of a More Consequential Vote You Will Take’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee this morning to warn members of Congress that the vote they face on the Iran nuclear deal will be the biggest vote of their lifetime. “I cannot think of a more consequential vote that you will take” on the security of the United […]

Graham: Iran Nuke Deal a ‘Death Sentence for Israel’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) charged that the Obama administration has “created a possible death sentence for Israel” with the Iran nuclear deal. The pact is also “a virtual declaration of war against Sunni Arabs,” he said this morning on MSNBC, as “you’re making every Sunni Arab nation recalculate — you have locked in an industrial-sized […]

Netanyahu: Iran Deal ‘an Historic Mistake for the World’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the P5+1 is making a “historic mistake” with the Iran nuclear deal. “I will refer later to the details of the agreement, but before that, I would like to say here and now – when you are willing to make an agreement at any cost, this is the […]

Putin Not Only Loves Iran Deal, But Takes Credit for Helping Write It

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

With endorsements like these, how could Congress say no to President Obama’s Iran deal? Russian President Vladimir Putin, who can’t wait to heap more arms sales on the Islamic Republic: “We are certain that the world heaved a sigh of relief today,” Putin said in a lengthy statement praising the deal. “The negotiations supported by the UN Security Council and involving Russia, […]

Obama Vows Veto of Congressional Iran Disapproval: ‘You Don’t Make Deals Like This with Your Friends’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama declared today that “because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle” in reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, “we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region.” The deal, which lasts up to 10 years and is nearly 100 pages long, gives Tehran the right to challenge UN inspections […]

Earnest: Republicans Will Have ‘Tough Sell’ If They ‘Try to Tank’ Iran Deal

Monday, July 13th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

White House press secretary Josh Earnest insisted today that it will be difficult for congressional Republicans to sell opposition to an Iran deal to the American people — neglecting to mention that much of the opposition comes from Democrats. He also pushed back against critics who say keeping existing sanctions will put more pressure on […]

Kirk: Senate Will Shoot Down Iran Deal with ‘$160B Slush Fund for Nukes, Missiles, Terrorism’

Monday, July 13th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A co-author of tough Iran sanctions legislation vowed that the Senate will stop what’s expected to be a bad deal coming out of the Vienna talks soon. The Senate will not approve an #Iran deal with a $160 billion slush fund for their nukes, missiles and terrorism. — Mark Kirk (@SenatorKirk) July 12, 2015   […]

‘Death to America’ Flag Barbecue in Iran ‘No Mere Sideshow’ as Talks Continue

Friday, July 10th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

As Secretary of State John Kerry kept earnestly trying to cement a nuclear deal with Iran in Vienna, with the deadline extended to Monday, Quds Day in Tehran was marked in customary fashion: US flag set on fire at Quds day demonstration in Tehran #Iran pic.twitter.com/tRBHFhgWTY — Golnaz Esfandiari (@GEsfandiari) July 10, 2015 U.S. flag […]

New AQAP Leader Calls for Attacks on America

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The new leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula surfaced in an audio message today to call on Muslims to conduct global jihad, with a specific order to “direct and gather your arrows and swords against” the United States. AQAP’s commander of military operations, Qasim al-Rimi, seamlessly moved into the top spot after an airstrike […]

Kerry: Obama Told Me ‘We Can’t Wait Forever’ for ‘Tough Decisions’ on Iran Deal

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Secretary of State John Kerry emerged from nuclear talks in Vienna today saying that the final negotiations are “not open-ended” but will extend indefinitely. “President Obama made it very clear to me last night we can’t wait forever for the decisions to be made. We know that,” Kerry said. “If the tough decisions don’t get […]

Report: ‘Vetted Moderate’ Free Syrian Army Fighting Alongside Al-Qaeda, Islamic State Against Assad Regime

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

An article yesterday from a pro-regime news site claims that elements of the “vetted moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) are fighting alongside Jabhat al-Nusra — al-Qaeda’s official Syrian affiliate — and the Islamic State against an Assad regime offensive near the border with Lebanon in al-Zabadani. Al-Masdar al-Arabi reports: Reports from the resort-city of Al-Zabadani […]

Menendez: If Iran Deal Is Bad as Expected, ‘There’s Votes in the Senate’ to Reject It

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

As negotiations drag on and wariness in Congress grows, a key opponent of the administration’s Iran policy said he thinks there are enough votes to quash a bad deal. State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Wednesday that “obviously, difficult issues, as we discussed yesterday and the day before, remain.” “They’re trying to surmount those […]

The Dirty Five Dozen: Obama Aware of Paltry Syrian Training Stats When Declaring Progress

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today that President Obama was aware of the low training numbers when he said Monday “we’re starting to see some progress” in the fight against ISIS. Obama, surrounded by generals at the Pentagon, said “we continue to ramp up our training and support of local forces” that […]

Al-Nusra Coalition Decries ‘Great Pain and Suffering’ Caused By Islamic State in English-Language Magazine

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A coalition of jihadist groups led by the al-Qaeda-allied al-Nusra Front issued its first English-language magazine, rivaling ISIS’ media operations while going after the Islamic State. The magazine, Al-Risalah, admits that the groups under the Jaish al-Fath umbrella have some differences, but nothing that they can’t overcome since “the coming together of the Muslims is […]

Netanyahu: ‘Every Day’ Iran Deal ‘Becomes Worse and Worse’

Monday, July 6th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

With the latest deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran tomorrow, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that “every day, more concessions are made and every day the deal becomes worse and worse.” In Vienna, Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. negotiating team, including Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, are engaged in marathon 11th-hour […]

Obama at Pentagon: ‘Twisted’ ISIS Must Be ‘Discredited’ as ‘Ideologies Are Not Defeated with Guns’

Monday, July 6th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Flanked by the nation’s top generals, including the leaders of CENTCOM and AFRICOM, as well as the secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Obama acknowledged “we’re going to have to pick up our game” to prevent attacks from ISIS. But, Obama stressed, “we’ll constantly reaffirm through words and […]

Why ISIS’ Latest Snuff Video Is Especially Tragic

Monday, July 6th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Imagine if social media and modern technology — cell phone that capture videos and still images easily and can be transmitted to the world in seconds — existed at the time of the Holocaust or even the Rwandan genocide. It’s no guarantee that the world would have responded any more responsibly, but it gives no […]

Iran Says ‘Only a Few Items Left’ to Tackle as Latest Nuclear Deadline Nears

Monday, July 6th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

An Iranian minister says “there are only a few items left which need to be tackled” in P5+1 nuclear negotiations as opposed to “a number of unresolved issues” three months ago, as reported by AFP. The U.S. has said sanctions against Iran will “snap back” if they violate the agreement, but Iran apparently wants that […]

Missing UK Family of 12 Surfaces in Islamic State, Urges Others to Rebel Against Democracy ‘Forced Down Our Throat’

Friday, July 3rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A missing family of 12 has turned up in the Islamic State — and confirmed their move with a statement urging others to pack up and make the same family vacation. The family ranges in ages from a 1-year-old baby to a 75-year-old patriarch. The Mannan family were reported missing to British authorities after they […]

Just in Time for Summer, Step Inside the ISIS Ice Cream Shop

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Like a stranger luring a kid into a car with a candy bar, ISIS has previously touted its sweet treats in its recruitment efforts. “If you were worried about leaving behind your local Costa Coffee then you will be happy to know that the Caliphate serves some of the best lattes and cappuccinos around,” British […]

U.S. blocking Attempts by Arab Allies to Directly Arm the Kurds

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Why in God’s name will Obama not arm the Kurds? Charles Krauthammer asked that question eleven months ago on Fox News and the question remains relevant today. The Obama administration not only refuses to directly arm the most successful anti-ISIS fighting force, they reportedly block attempts by our allies in the Middle East to arm them. […]

Hillary’s Emails: Clinton Asked Iran Man to Dig Into Who’d Been Sent to Face AIPAC

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A curious email among the batch of Hillary Clinton’s correspondence released by the State Department late last night reveals the former secretary of State wanting to know the history of who has been assigned to speak at Washington’s biggest pro-Israel conference. The White House traditionally sends at least one administration representative to the American Israel […]

Massive Terror Attack on Military Checkpoints in Egypt’s Sinai Kills Dozens

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

A coordinated attack by terrorists on multiple Egyptian military checkpoints in north Sinai has left dozens dead with fighting still ongoing in some areas, according to multiple reports. #UPDATE IS attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 70 soldiers and civilians: officials http://t.co/ffgdV0q0oL — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) July 1, 2015 Egypt's army says it's still fighting IS […]