Archive for June, 2012

No Iranian Nukes

June 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Two years ago, we wrote in these pages that we were entering with respect to Iran what Winston Churchill called in 1936 a “period of consequences,” in which “the era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close.”

And so it finally is. The Obama administration has remained committed to procrastination and half-measures, to soothing and baffling expedients. But even friends of the administration now acknowledge the obvious: After all the diplomatic efforts and attempts at various forms of economic pressure, Iran is closer than ever to a nuclear weapons capability, with a new enrichment facility, thousands more centrifuges spinning, and enough enriched uranium to produce five nuclear weapons.

The last year has also witnessed a foiled Iranian plot to assassinate U.S. diplomats and their families in Azerbaijan, attempts to kill Israeli diplomats in the Republic of Georgia, Thailand, and India, and a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador (and American bystanders) at a Washington, D.C., restaurant. As we have shamefully dithered for more than a year, Iran has sent weapons, troops, and money to support its brutal ally Bashar al-Assad in Syria. All of this is, of course, in addition to years of Iranian complicity in the killing of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more…


US & Russia Deploy in Syria – Double Prey for Al-Qaeda

June 19, 2012 Leave a comment

The failure of US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday, at the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico to agree on terms for Syria and Iran holds the potential for three equally dire scenarios to unfold in Syria: Read more…

Google Calls Increasing Requests to Remove Political Content ‘Alarming’

June 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Political commentary remains a prime target as governments increase the number of requests for Google to remove material from the reach of Internet users

The Internet giant on Sunday released its fifth semi-annual Transparency Report providing insights into requests by countries around the world to “take down” content from search results or Google venues such as YouTube.

“Just like every other time before, we’ve been asked to take down political speech,” Google senior policy analyst Dorothy Chou said.

“It’s alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect — Western democracies not typically associated with censorship.”

The number of requests from the United States doubled in the second half of last year. Ukraine, Jordan and Bolivia showed up for the first time on the list of countries out to have online material removed, according to Google. Read more…

Islamic Jihad’s Kindergarten Graduation: Where’s the Cake and Cookies?

June 18, 2012 Leave a comment

On Monday, June 11, 2012 Gazan kindergartners celebrated their graduation ceremony in an Islamic Jihad fashion.

“At every graduation ceremony, it is our obligation to educate the children to love the resistance, Palestine and Jerusalem, so they will recognize the importance of Palestine and who its enemy is,” stated the kindergarten’s director.

As part of the graduation, Palestinian kids dressed up as Israeli prison guards and played the exaggerated role of torturing Islamic Jihad’s military wing’s (Al Quds Brigades) prisoners. Read more…

J Street Undercuts Obama Policy on Iran

June 18, 2012 Leave a comment

President Obama recently invited me to the Oval Office for a discussion about Iran. The President reiterated to me in private what he had previously said in public: namely, that he would not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons; that containment of a nuclear Iran was not an option; that sanctions and diplomatic pressures would be applied and increased first; but that, as a last recourse, the military option would not be taken off the table.

What the President said is now the official American policy Read more…

Ex Muslim: Allah is a Gangster

June 18, 2012 Leave a comment

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House Members Demand Answers On Depth Of U.S. Involvement With The Muslim Brotherhood

June 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Though Osama bin Laden is dead and much of al-Qaeda’s leadership has met a similar fate, the global impact of Islamic extremists reaches far beyond the ranks of al-Qaeda.

The Muslim Brotherhood in particular, having been in operation for close to a century, is of distinct concern to many U.S. lawmakers.

With a motto of: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is Read more…

Three Reasons to Overthrow Iran’s Mullahs Now

June 16, 2012 Leave a comment

The world is at a breaking point in 2012.  The issue of Iran will likely reach a crescendo this year.  The wisest course is narrowing down to the only course: regime change in Tehran.

This does not mean military action, nor does it mean invasion, conquest, or occupation.  In the case of Iran, regime change means open support for a “Persian Spring.”  It means replicating the Reagan-Thatcher model vis-à-vis Lech Walesa in Poland and the late Vaclav Havel in Czechoslovakia: supporting Iranian Read more…

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Nobel Peace Prize speech, 21 years after

June 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s pro-democracy leader, has told how the Nobel Peace Prize she won 21 years ago helped to shatter the sense of isolation she faced while under house arrest. Read more…

Iranian Single & Independent Women Challenge the Clerics’ Rules

June 15, 2012 Leave a comment

When Shoukoufeh, an English literature student from a backwater town, set out to rent an apartment for herself here in the capital, she first stopped at a jewelry store and picked up a $5 wedding ring.

Accustomed to living with lies to navigate the etiquette of Iranian society, where women are traditionally expected to live with their parents or a husband, the 24-year-old would prominently flash her fake white-gold band to real estate agents and landlords who would otherwise be reluctant to lease an apartment to a single woman. Read more…

Hugs From Iran

June 15, 2012 Leave a comment

My 1,700-mile road trip across Iran began with a giddy paean to America, reinforcing my view that at the grass-roots level, this may be the most pro-American nation in the Middle East.

“We love America!” gushed a former military commando, now a clothing seller, my first evening in the spiritual center of Mashhad. He was so carried away that I thought he might hug me, and although he acknowledged that his business was suffering greatly from Western sanctions, he said he blamed his own leaders. Read more…

From Russia, with Death

June 15, 2012 Leave a comment

The low point of the American presidency over the past half-century wasn’t Watergate, which is almost trivial compared to the corruption of the Obama administration, from treasonous leaks of classified material to the Justice Department’s assault on honest elections.  No, my fellow Americans, the lowest point of the presidency occurred a few months back when President Obama, caught by a microphone he didn’t know was hot, told Russia’s then-president, now prime-minister, Dimitry Medvedev to relay to strong-man Vladimir Putin a request for patience.  Essentially, Obama said he needed time to fool the American people until the November elections then he could cut the deals that Putin wanted. Read more…