Tag Archives: Iran

Trump is still determined to renege on the nuclear deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Trump isn’t going to choose to certify the nuclear deal after having already refused to do so once before, and since he refuses to certify the deal he isn’t going to waive sanctions. There is no ‘fix’ that Congress can make that would satisfy Trump without violating the deal itself. The destructive Corker-Cotton legislation went nowhere once that became obvious. Unfortunately, there is no chance that Trump is suddenly going to decide to support an agreement that he has wanted to see wrecked for so long. Once the U.S. goes back on its promises to provide sanctions relief, the U.S. will be openly breaching its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The other parties to the deal may try to keep it going for the foreseeable future, but reneging on our commitments will be a serious blow to the agreement and could very well cause it to collapse entirely. ” (12/12/17)


The drama over “Rexit” is all about Iran

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel R DePetris

“If you ask people around Washington about Rex Tillerson’s future, a preponderance of them will claim that his days as secretary of state are numbered. It’s not a matter of if he’s going to leave, but when. … Tillerson could be leaving for a variety of reasons. Take your pick: ineffectual leadership, lack of credibility and personal relationships where it matters, inter-administration squabbling over foreign policy, ire over being undercut by other members of the administration. But there’s another, more substantive, less petty reason that underlies all this: Iran.” (12/05/17)


Iran’s “behavior” isn’t threatening Americans. Don’t use that pretense to scrap the nuclear deal.

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

“In a speech Tuesday at the Wilson Center in Washington, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Trump administration is ‘committed to addressing the totality of the Iranian threat’ …. He echoed President Trump’s rationale last month for decertifying the Iran nuclear deal, an Obama-era agreement that put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program by imposing a set of restrictions and a comprehensive inspections regime. Like Tillerson, Trump cited two issues that lie outside the deal itself: Iran’s support for proxy groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza and Houthi rebels in Yemen; and Iran’s development of ballistic missiles. But the obsession with these Iranian policies amounts to threat inflation. Neither poses a serious threat to America’s domestic security or core national interests and they don’t warrant jettisoning a thus-far successful nuclear nonproliferation agreement.” (11/29/17)


Russia, Turkish, Iranian officials meet to discuss Syria

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to host his Iranian and Turkish counterparts at his official residence in the coastal city of Sochi to discuss the Syrian conflict. The event on Wednesday will be preceded by a meeting on Sunday in Turkey’s resort city of Antalya between the three countries’ foreign ministers. It comes days after Russia vetoed a US-initiated draft United Nations Security Council resolution on extending the mandate of the UN’s mission for investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and the Japan-initiated draft on a provisional extension of the mission’s mandate. US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Moscow of dealing a ‘deep blow’ to international efforts to deter chemical attacks, saying it bodes ill for Russia’s future role in Syrian peace efforts.” (11/19/17)


The Lebanon crisis: Who emboldened the Saudis?

Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“As one commentator put it, all Middle Eastern conflicts ‘are all part of the same machinations — a great strategic power play between two regional heavyweights that has suddenly shifted from back rooms to potent realisation.’ And yet while it’s true that Iran-Saudi rivalry is inflaming conflict throughout the Middle East, there is also too much focus on the role played by these ‘two regional heavyweights.’ It’s a focus that excludes the role played by the West, especially the US, in the destabilising dynamics now ripping apart the region; a focus that ignores the extent to which the US and its allies are encouraging Saudi Arabia, emboldening it in its conflict with Iran; a focus that leaves unexamined the creation of the conditions in which the long-standing Saudi-Iranian rivalry could develop such an explosive trajectory.” (11/14/17)


Death toll in Iran-Iraq earthquake climbs above 200

Source: CNN

“More than 200 people are dead and more than 2,500 injured after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iran and Iraq late Sunday. Iran’s Press TV said the highest number of casualties in the country occurred in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah province, with the country’s semi-official Mehr news agency saying 100 of the 207 reported dead were from that town alone. In the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, seven deaths were reported.” (11/13/17)


Powerful earthquake in Iraq kills at least 100 in Iran

Source: CNN

“A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake Sunday in the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border, killed at least 100 people in Iran, Iranian officials said. Citing the head of Iran’s emergency services, Iran’s semi-official news agency Fars News also said at least 1,000 people were injured in quake. Four people died in eastern Iraq and dozens were wounded in the town of Darbandikhan, Iraq, Omar Ahmad, the governor of Sulaimaniya, told CNN.” (11/12/17)


The US and Saudi Arabia are about to make more disastrous and idiotic mistakes, part 2

Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Two things are crystal clear. First, [Mohammed bin Salman] is willing to risk everything in order to fight a war of regional dominance against Iran. Second, Trump also wants a fight with Iran and is willing to use the exact same Iraq playbook as George W. Bush to get it started. I wrote a three part series on the topic earlier this year, which you can find here. If we assume that’s right, Lebanon appears the place MBS wants to get this fight going next, but it’s unlikely to end there. He’ll carry on with his lunacy until he’s either deposed, or suffers monumental and terminal losses. I don’t think there’ll be much of a coalition of the willing in this battle either. It’s likely to be the U.S., a crazy Saudi princeling and possibly Israel against the rest of the world.” (11/08/17)


Yemen: Saudi invaders close country’s ports

Source: Chicago Tribune

“The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen closed off the land, sea and air ports to the Arab world’s poorest country early Monday after a rebel [sic]-fired ballistic missile targeted Riyadh, blaming the launch on Iran and warning it could be ‘considered as an act of war.’ The coalition’s statement ramps up tensions between the ultraconservative Sunni kingdom and its Shiite rival Iran, both of which have interests in Yemen’s yearslong conflict. The bloodshed continued Sunday as an Islamic State-claimed militant attack in Aden killed at least 17 people. In a statement, the coalition accused Iran of supplying Yemen’s Houthi rebels [sic] and their allies with the missile launched Saturday toward the Saudi capital’s international airport.” (11/05/17)


Iran: General says all US bases in Mideast in range of his country’s missiles

Source: Fox News

“Following an announcement that Iran would cap the flight range of its ballistic missiles at about 1,200 miles, a top Iranian military commander said Tuesday that all U.S. military bases in the region could still be struck. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, added that Iran had the capability to expand its missile range beyond that limit, the Washington Free Beacon reported, citing information from U.S. officials and regional reports. The range limit was reportedly set by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.” [editor’s note: So Iran’s missiles can only hit US troops who are in places where they have absolutely no business being? Sounds reasonable – TLK] (11/01/17)