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Military Brass Oppose Iran Deal

Written by:  Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Familes

Two weeks ago, Big Media and the left made a big deal over the fact that three dozen retired admirals and generals signed a joint letter supporting the president’s nuclear deal with Iran. Yesterday, more than five times that number sent a letter to Congress urging opposition to the deal.

One hundred and ninety retired admirals and generals told congressional leaders that removing sanctions on Iran threatened Middle East peace. They warned that far from cutting off all pathways to a bomb, the deal “allows all the infrastructure the Iranians need for a nuclear bomb.” They wrote that the agreement, with its secret side deals, was “unverifiable.”

They are right on all counts.

In addition, Dennis Ross and Gen. David Petraeus, both of whom served in the Obama Administration, wrote a joint op-ed in the Washington Post this week. According to Ross and Petraeus, the deal allows Iran to expand its nuclear program, adding that it treats Iran “like Japan or the Netherlands — but Iran is not Japan or the Netherlands when it comes to its behavior.”

They state that “deterrence is the key” to making sure the Iranians do not attempt to develop nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, deterrence doesn’t seem to be in the president’s vocabulary. Every time he insists that our only options are this terrible deal or war, he makes it clear that the military option is off the table.

But Ross and Petraeus have a solution:

“While some may question whether we would act militarily if the Iranians were to dash to a bomb, no one questions whether the Israelis would do so. . . . Providing the Israelis the MOP [bunker busting 30,000-pound massive ordnance penetrator bombs] and the means to carry it would surely enhance deterrence.”

Sleep well: UN plans to keep Iran in check with nuclear containment by honor system

*Written by Doug Powers

If you thought the Iran deal negotiated by the Obama administration was ill-advised, just wait until the United Nations adds their fingerprints to it:

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Oh, this should be really effective, and it will ultimately come with the blessing of the legacy-hungry Obama administration:

Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.

The revelation on Wednesday newly riled Republican lawmakers in the U.S. who have been severely critical of a broader agreement to limit Iran’s future nuclear programs, signed by the Obama administration, Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the wider deal is unwisely built on trust of the Iranians, while the administration has insisted it depends on reliable inspections.
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The investigation has been essentially deadlocked for years, with Tehran asserting the allegations are based on false intelligence from the U.S., Israel and other adversaries. But Iran and the U.N. agency agreed last month to wrap up the investigation by December, when the IAEA plans to issue a final assessment.

That assessment is unlikely to be unequivocal. Still, it is expected to be approved by the IAEA’s board, which includes the United States and the other nations that negotiated the July 14 agreement. They do not want to upend their broader deal, and will see the December report as closing the books on the issue.

Don’t worry though, because the U.N. is also reportedly — at the behest of the White House — negotiating a deal that would downgrade Ayatollah-led “death to America” rhetoric at anti-West protests in Tehran to less confrontational chants of “severe discomfort to America.” Iran will of course be relied upon for confirmation of compliance.

Reagan: Trust but verify.

Obama admin and the U.N.: Trust as long as the people you’re trusting will also do you a solid and verify just to save your people a trip.

Iran: Nuclear, Human Rights and Terrorism Challenges

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

A Final Report from Warsaw, Poland by Cathie Adams, Eagle Forum International Issues Chairman

(Please note: These United Nations Climate Change Conventions are no more than a Global scheme for Redistribution of Wealth.)

The UNFCCC meeting in Warsaw, Poland, is finished! Great strides were made toward its stated purpose, a “complete transformation of the economic structure of the world.”

The U.S. caved to both funding schemes: “loss and damages” and to a deadline for commitments to the Green Climate Fund.

An international mechanism called the “Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage” was created and work on funding is to begin next year.

The Green Climate Fund Board is to begin its initial resource mobilization process as soon as possible with rich countries, including the U.S., to announce how much they will “contribute” by next December when the UN meets in Lima, Peru. The U.S. will now prepare biennial submissions on their updated strategies and approaches for scaling up finance between 2014 and 2020.

On the final day of the meeting, I participated in a press conference with Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, CFACT, that cuts to the heart of the issue.

The UNFCCC is following the model of the American “war on poverty” that did nothing to lift people out of poverty, but did great damage to families by making them dependent upon the government. Likewise, starve 1.3 billion people around the globe of their ability to produce energy and they will be forever beholden to handouts from the UN.

Poor countries are always the winners and the rich countries are always the losers, yet radical environmentalists never let up on their goal to globally redistribute wealth. And it is heart-wrenching to watch the U.S. agree to its agenda: http://vimeo.com/79771046. The radical environmentalists, like Marxists throughout history, refuse to recognize that economic utopia, absolute equality, is a pipe dream.

At the conclusion, the meeting president Marcin Korolec said, “Warsaw has set a pathway for governments to work on a draft text of a new universal climate agreement so it appears on the table at the next UN Climate change conference in Peru. This is an essential step to reach a final agreement in Paris, in 2015.”

 

Netanyahu: “This is a bad deal – a very, very bad deal”

According to the Obama administration’s benchmarks, whatever those may be, the first day of diplomatic discussion with Iranian officials in Geneva on Thursday went pretty darn swimmingly, and with reports of some kind of “first step” concessions-in-exchange-for-sanctions-relief dealmaking apparently in the works, Secretary of State John Kerry hopped on a plane yesterday to go meet up with his team — but not before a pit stop in Israel. Via the NYT:

 

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’60 MINUTES’ Benghazi Report: “We Were Wrong”

“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan apologized Friday for what CBS News is now acknowledging was a flawed report last month about the Benghazi attacks.

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New Benghazi Details Revealed in Bombshell CNN Report: ‘Unprecedented’ Effort Underway to Keep Secrets From Leaking

The CIA is polygraphing its operatives on a regular basis in an “unprecedented” effort to prevent Benghazi secrets from leaking out, CNN’s Drew Griffin is reporting, citing unnamed inside sources.

“Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings,” the bombshell report reveals. “The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.”

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WATCH & SHARE: Both parties are dragging us into war in the Middle East

Only 11% of Americans want us to arm the rebels in Syria yet the Obama administration isn’t listening. But it’s not just the Democrats, progressives in both parties are pushing for U.S. involvement as evidenced by John McCain’s recent trip to Syria where he met with the rebels. Why is this a bad idea? Glenn explains below in a clip you need to share this clip with your friends!

WARNING: Graphic Content in the video below:

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The Middle Eastern Time Bomb

Four years of President Obama’s foreign policy are having their full effect. After squandering time in sham “negotiations” with Iran and Palestine and abandoning Iraq to al-Qaeda, the President has made many situations more difficult—and urgent.

Iran is testing its ballistic missiles. We cannot afford to waste any more time. After the President downplayed a military option for more than three years, recent pressures—both practical and political—have caused the Obama Administration to become more hawkish on the Iran nuclear issue in recent weeks.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, in Israel on a Middle East tour last week, called for international leaders to keep “maximum pressure” on Iran and warned that the United States “will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, period.” As Heritage’s James Phillips notes:

The Administration’s tougher rhetoric is in part a reflection of the fact that Iran has shrugged off international sanctions, refused to negotiate an acceptable resolution of the nuclear impasse, and continues to stockpile enriched uranium at an accelerating rate.

…Although the Administration has been quick to take credit for stronger sanctions on Iran, much of the impetus for sanctions has come from Congress, which has passed sanctions legislation by huge bipartisan majorities, sometimes over the objections of the Administration.

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