1:37 PM, Feb 18, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Lawrence Freedman’s post, “Iran, History, and Strategy by Analogy,” in the strategic and military affairs blog “War on the Rocks,” is a thorough and respectful engagement with Elliott Abrams’s recent article in THE WEEKLY STANDARD, “A Misleading Cold War Analogy: Don’t count on containing Iran.”
Freedman, a former foreign policy adviser to Tony Blair, and professor of war studies at King’s College London, takes on Abrams’s major points of alignment between the Cold War and the present, and focuses on what he describes as the most important question the article raises—“whether there are any grounds for optimism in the recent political developments in Iran.”
Freedman is wary but finally less skeptical than our author, and concludes that “even if one is gloomy about the long-term prospects it makes sense to keep open lines of communication to a regional power, as the West did with the Soviet Union.” The challenges in doing so, writes Freedman, “are to be found in the substance, not the process.”
If only Obama administration officials were as clear-minded about engaging the regime in Tehran as this most generous and judicious intellectual sparring partner. The article is well worth reading in its entirety.
9:18 AM, Feb 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The head of an Iranian nuclear organization, Ali Akbar, says the "entire nuclear activity of Iran is going on," despite the nuclear deal reached with the United States and other Western nations. Akbar made the comments in an interview with PressTV, an Iranian propaganda outfit.
Akbar also says they won't dismantle Arak reactor, that the American have achieved nothing, and that they're continuing to build new nuclear sites.
3:35 PM, Feb 3, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon reports:
One of Iran’s top former nuclear negotiators promised that Iran “will never” dismantle its nuclear enrichment program, and that Tehran’s current promises to curb these activates are only temporary.
No Limitations to Nuke Technology11:22 AM, Jan 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Iranian president tells Fareed Zakaria of CNN that, under the nuclear deal, there will be no limitations to nuclear technology and no destruction of centrifuges:
5:44 PM, Jan 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Foreign Minister Zarif of Iran said on CNN that the White House is getting the nuclear deal wrong -- and that they don't have to give up anything:
Said the Iranian foreign minister, "The White House version both underplays the concessions and overplays Iranian commitment. And I'm not interested in that. I'm simply saying, why don't we all stick to what we agreed? Why do we need to produce different texts?"
9:01 AM, Jan 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce, released this statement on the Iran nuclear deal:
7:38 AM, Jan 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is taking to Twitter to gloat about the nuclear deal his country struck with the U.S. and other Western countries.
"Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation's interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will," Rouhani tweeted about an hour ago.
7:01 AM, Jan 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Iran's chief negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, who helped his country secure the nuclear deal with the U.S. and other Western countries, is claiming victory.
4:23 PM, Jan 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama talked briefly about the Iran nuclear deal and said "give peace a chance." Via the pool report:
Pres. Obama said the implementation agreement finalized over the weekend gives the parties "the time and space" to reach a comprehensive accord.
"It's going to be difficult, it's going to be challenging, but ultimately this is how diplomacy should work."
"If Iran is willing to walk through the door of opportunity that's presented to them" then the country and its people will benefit.
"Our hope and expectation is that Iran will comply."10:18 AM, Jan 13, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Yesterday, the Obama administration announced an agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program had been reached. But a statement about the enforcement of the deal made by a senior administration official during a background briefing on Sunday, however, is likely to further worry critics of the deal. The official declined to cite a single example of an "individual instance of noncompliance" that would trigger the reversal of the sanctions relief put into effect by the deal:
New legislation shows Congress and American public are united in their distrust of Obama's Iran deal.4:14 PM, Dec 19, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
A recent AP/GfK poll shows that a majority of Americans, 55 percent, disapprove of how Barack Obama is handling the Iran issue.
Middle Easterners fear the White House will return to bad American habits.9:15 AM, Dec 13, 2013 • By DAVID SCHENKER
Back in 2006, during a particularly low point in the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the congressionally mandated Iraq Study Group issued a report in which the central contentious proposition was that “all key issues in the region are inextricably linked.” Accordingly, to stem the deterioration in Iraq and “achieve its goals” in the Middle East, the report posited the U.S. would have to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.
3:36 PM, Dec 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Iranians are saying the nuclear deal means the beginning of the end of sanctions. At least that's what a foreign ministry spokeswoman told the Iranian press.
4:34 PM, Dec 9, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
A new Pew Poll released today shows the American public does not support the White House’s interim deal over the Iranian nuclear program. Conducted by the Pew Research Center and USA TODAY two weeks after the November 24 agreement struck at Geneva between the P5+1 powers and Iran, the national survey finds that 43 percent disapprove of the agreement, 32 percent approve, while 25 percent do not have an opinion.