Mr. Netanyahu Goes to Washington

March 4, 2015 / /

On Tuesday Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu went before the US Congress in Washington, DC, to warn them about allowing Iran to go nuclear. Bibi came in and did what he needed to do for his people: speak before the government of his closest ally and warn them about the coming threat from the Iranian regime. The man displayed great wisdom and strength at a time when there’s so much uncertainty and threats emerging in the world. What about President Obama? He snubbed Bibi and many from within his administration and party went public talking to the press about how “disrespectful” Bibi was to President Obama for accepting House Speaker Boehner’s invitation to speak to Congress. Bibi completely outmaneuvered President Obama by praising the man, then following up with laying out his country’s concerns about the deal with Iran, which to be blunt is exactly as one-sided as we’ve been saying it would be throughout our “Inside Iran’s Middle East” series.

Netanyahu Lavishes Praise on Obama in Speech: “I called the President, and he was there”



The full speech can be found here in case you missed it:


One of the individuals who were the most vocal in their disgust for Bibi’s visit was Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who talked about how “disrespectful” he was to visit and then called out her Republican counterparts for allowing him to “insult” the country. She also accused the Republicans of “politicizing” the Iranian nuclear negotiations. We at the ISIS Study Group find this most interesting since Pelosi didn’t seem to have any problems doing exactly what she’s accusing the GOP of doing when she met with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad during the Bush years:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad shakes hands with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Damascus


pelosi II

Source: NBC

During Pelosi’s Syria visit, she praised Asad as being “reform-minded.” Is Assad “secular?” Yes, but he’s still a dictator and one that continues to support terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

US Democrat Pelosi in Syria talks

Despite all the praise she was lavishing on Assad, she did a complete 180 just a few years later when she was advocating US military action against the regime:


The difference between Boehner’s invitation and Pelosi’s Syria visit is that Boehner invited Bibi to lay out his concerns of what a nuclear-armed Iran would mean for his people and the Middle East to Congress while Pelosi’s visit was merely to “punch Bush in the face.” Israel is also one of the few countries that we can actually call an ally. Her incompetence on foreign policy highlights the general ignorance that’s endemic throughout the Obama administration and Democratic members of Congress in general. Bibi addressed Congress because he saw it as an opportunity bypass a dangerously naive Obama administration to speak to the rest of the US government in a public forum. Our staff just recently wrote about how a major Syrian opposition group that was benefiting from US military support was forced to disband – and how that group wasn’t the “moderate” entity it was made out to be. More damming is how the overall strategy to defeat IS has been flaccid at best, with the Iraqi Army’s (IA) ability to retake major population centers Fallujah, Tikrit, Mosul and Bayji in doubt.

As the administration’s allies in Congress and the media mocked Bibi by referring to him as a “child,” they fail to realize the very real threat to both the Israeli and American people that he described on Capital Hill. He rightfully discussed the fact that the current nuclear deal does nothing to address Iran’s development of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMS). If the Obama administration was serious about preventing the Iranian threat from reaching critical mass, wouldn’t it make sense to have that as one of the priorities? We also question the logic of pushing to lift sanctions when its clear that they really haven’t been enforced and were plagued with holes that allowed Iran and the DPRK to circumvent both of their sanctions by working through a series of front companies to develop each other’s nuclear weapons and missile programs in a series of joint endeavors.

The joint-programs involve Iran sharing their know-how in ballistic missile technology in exchange for the Kim regime’s expertise in the nuclear-arena. This allows for both rogue regimes to bypass sanctions on a number of levels, such as enabling Iran to test their methods of producing the required amounts of fissile material for producing a nuclear weapon – of which the DPRK has more than enough installations to facilitate this activity that are beyond Israel’s reach. Since the DPRK has gone fully operational with their nuclear weapons program with no consequences, Iran is pretty much free to continue developing their program unhindered. In the ballistic missile-arena, Iran has a lot of open land that are suitable for missile tests that wouldn’t draw the same levels of unwanted attention as it would on the Korean Peninsula (although Kim Jong Un will test missile in his neighborhood as a means of shaking down the international community for more $$$ – but that’s for another article). Also, the IRGC-Qods Force Cyber-Warfare Division has been training DPRK hackers on cyber-attack TTPs while the Kim regime has been assisting the Iranian proxies Hezbollah and Hamas with the construction of tunnel networks. If you want to know [more] on the Iran-DPRK alliance, read this:

How the North Korean Regime Affects the Middle East

Iran Steps Up Cyber-Attacks the US and its Allies

Sony’s Decision to Pull “The Interview” and the Truth About the DPRK Threat

Hamas and North Korea in Secret Arms Deal


Iranian President Hasan Rouhani and DPRK ceremonial head of state Kim Jong Nam
Source: Forbes Magazine

Is the Obama administration aware of the Iran-DPRK relationship mentioned above? You betcha. They’re also very much aware of Iran’s Twelver ideology that believes in the “return of the 12th Imam.” Twelvers believe that the Imam is descended from Muhammad’s son-in-law Ali Ibn Abni Talib, the fourth Caliph that was assassinated in the year 661, which resulted in the permanent Sunni-Shia split. The Shia continued a line of Imams, members of Muhammad’s household and his prophetic heirs. Each one in turn, over two centuries, was poisoned. According to the traditions of Twelver ideology, the 12th of these Imams – a 5 yr old boy – “disappeared” but remained “alive.” Through communicating with the world through various agents, he entered the state of “occultation” in the year 941 and promised to return when the time was right. An important part of this ideology involves the initiating of a planetary conflagration, meaning “Allah’s kingdom” would be established on Earth by the 12th or “hidden” Imam, aka “the Mahdi,” whose advent can be accelerated by creating the right set of circumstances – fighting between nations and violent upheavals bathed in fire and blood.

Ayatollah Khameini and his loyalists believe that a nuclear weapon capability is the best way to set the conditions to expedite the Mahdi’s return. Unfortunately, when you allow a bunch of academics with no real experience in how the world really works to run a country you get foolish policies trusting rogue regimes that are running well-run IO campaigns. The use of “reformers” serving as the face of the regime is one of the ways that Khameini’s followers lure the west into a false sense of security. Individuals such as current Iranian President Rouhani are only there to advance the regime’s agenda – in this case obtaining a fully operational nuclear weapons capability with a neutralized internal opposition. That man’s sole purpose in life is to ensure the lifting of economic sanctions and getting the west (the US specifically) to agree to a deal where Iran gives up little but gains EVERYTHING.

Inside Iran’s Middle East: The “Reformers”


The IRGC has been tasked with ensuring the nuclear weapons program becomes fully operational
Source: Der Speigel

The IRGC-Qods Force and their proxies (e.g. Hezbollah) are most active in targeting Israelis and Americans whenever there’s a “reformer” as President. We can’t say that we’re surprised by any of this considering the amount of influence that the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) – a Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) front – has within the Democratic party. The NIAC will trot out people like Trita Parsi (the organization’s chief lobbyist on Capital Hill) to do interviews or write articles that appear in Foreign Policy Magazine advocating the lifting of sanctions and “normalization” without holding the regime accountable for its role in sponsoring terror attacks across the globe. Our article titled “Inside Iran’s Middle East: The Charm Offensive” gets into even greater detail on the success that the regime has experienced in its efforts to influence US politicians and the intelligence community which you can find right here:

Inside Iran’s Middle East: The Charm Offensive


Trita Parsi: Chief lobbyist in the Beltway and MOIS asset
Source: NIAC’s homepage

Bibi’s speech was not designed to “stick it” to President Obama or “politicize” the nuclear negations with Iran. He did this speech to air his concerns in a last ditch effort to have the US reconsider the path it chose to take. As we’ve laid out in this piece and throughout our Inside Iran’s Middle East series, the Iranian regime isn’t interested in meeting anybody “halfway” nor do they care to give up their nuclear weapons program. Everything they’ve done over the past 6 yrs has been designed to keep the US at the negotiating table, which bought the regime time to further develop the nuclear weapons program while eliminating all of the rebel groups operating inside Iran’s borders. Once the nuclear program goes fully operational – and it will – they will likely increase the IRGC-Qods Force and Hezbollah external operations throughout the region with a shift towards direct-action missions as opposed to performing the current advise and assist role with the different proxy groups operating in target countries. The US and Israel will find themselves at increased risk of attack on their soil as a result. President Obama made the claim that Bibi didn’t offer an “alternative plan” – but he did, he said we should keep the sanctions in place as long as they continue to sponsor terrorism and attempt to obtain a nuclear weapons capability.

We’re already hearing from our contacts downrange about GEN Suleimani issuing a directive to the Shia militias to begin targeting US military aircraft in Iraq with indicators that anti-air weaponry may have started to be distributed. In fact, a few of our aircraft had been targeting while flying over Shia militia-held territory. What’s worse is the US government is fully aware of this and yet they still continue to hold on to the fantasy that Iran with its current government can be turned into a “friend.” This mindset and the vilification of Bibi Netanyahu is to be expected from the type of people who serve this administration. Bibi is a career military man who firmly believes in things like duty, honor and country. More importantly, this man walked the walk by serving his country and the free world in ways that those in the Obama administration will never be able to comprehend – which is painfully obvious with our country’s suicidal Iran policy and lack of a coherent IS strategy. Bibi knows how high the stakes are, and is not likely to trust this administration with the safety of his people – nor should he. The $1 million dollar question is how many Americans and Israelis will need to die before President Obama finally “gets it?” We’re about to find out…


A tale of two upbringings: One man has extensive experience staring evil in the face while defending innocents and the other aspired to become a “community organizer”
Source: The ISIS Study Group

Here’s the rest of our Inside Iran’s Middle East series:

Inside Iran’s Middle East: The Nuclear Weapons Program

Inside Iran’s Middle East: The Kurdish Insurgency

Inside Iran’s Middle East: The Southeast Insurgency

Free Fire Zone – Bring it Bibi

Published on Jan 30, 2015 by securefreedom

PM Netanyahu of Israel is coming to do the work President Obama won’t- Tell the truth about the threat of Iranian nukes.

U.S. to Award Iran $11.9 Billion Through End of Nuke Talks

Hassan Rouhani / AP

Hassan Rouhani / AP

Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo, Jan. 21, 2015:

The Obama administration on Wednesday paid $490 million in cash assets to Iran and will have released a total of $11.9 billion to the Islamic Republic by the time nuclear talks are scheduled to end in June, according to figures provided by the State Department.

Today’s $490 million release, the third such payment of this amount since Dec. 10, was agreed to by the Obama administration under the parameters of another extension in negotiations over Tehran’s contested nuclear program that was inked in November.

Iran will receive a total of $4.9 billion in unfrozen cash assets via 10 separate payments by the United States through June 22, when talks with Iran are scheduled to end with a final agreement aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear work, according to a State Department official.

Iran received $4.2 billion in similar payments under the 2013 interim agreement with the United States and was then given another $2.8 billion by the Obama administration last year in a bid to keep Iran committed to the talks through November, when negotiators parted ways without reaching an agreement.

Iran will have received a total of $11.9 billion in cash assets by the end of June if current releases continue on pace as scheduled.

The release of this money has drawn outrage from some Republican lawmakers who filed legislation last year to prevent the release of cash due to a lack of restrictions on how Iran can spend the money.

These cash payments by the United States have been made with no strings attached, prompting concerns that Iran could use the funds to finance its worldwide terror operations, which include the financial backing of Hamas, Hezbollah, and other rogue entities.

Senators—including Mark Kirk (R., Ill.), Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.), and John Cornyn (R., Texas)—sought last year to put a hold on the cash infusions until the White House could certify that Iran was not using the money to support terrorism.

Kirk, who is preparing to offer legislation that would tighten sanctions on Iran, said that the ongoing payments could help Iran fuel its terror empire well into the near future.

“Between November 2014 and July 2015, the interim deal’s direct forms of sanctions relief will allow Iran access to roughly $4.9 billion in frozen money,” Kirk told the Washington Free Beacon “That’s equal to what it’d cost Iran to fund Hezbollah for as much as 50 years.”

The Pentagon estimates Iran has spent $100 to $200 million per year funding Hezbollah.

Entities likely to receive support from Iran include the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, the legislation suggests.

When final negotiations between the United States and Iran failed in November, negotiators decided once more to extend the talks through June of this year. The terms of that extension granted Iran the 10 payments of $490 million, a State Department official said.

“With respect to sanctions relief, the United States will enable the repatriation of $4.9 billion of Iranian revenue held abroad during the extension,” the official said.

The first two payments were made in December, followed by Wednesday’s payment.

The next release is scheduled for Feb. 11, with two more scheduled for March. The rest of the frozen cash assets will be given back to Iran on April 15, May 6, May 27, and June 22, respectively.

Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), said the ongoing release of these assets has provided Iran with a critical “financial lifeline.”

“The Obama administration provided Iran with a financial lifeline through both direct sanctions relief and the de-escalation of sanctions pressure that helped the regime stabilize its economy after a severe sanctions-induced economic crisis in 2012 and 2013,” Dubowitz said. “It is not a surprise that this has increased Iranian negotiating leverage and hardened the supreme leader’s nuclear intransigence.”

In addition to decrying the lack of restrictions in place to ensure that Iran does not use the released funds to sponsor terrorism, critics of the sanctions relief protest that Iran is benefitting while the United States receives little in return.

Iran has continued to enrich uranium under the interim deal, adding what one critic, Rep. Brad Sherman (D., Calif.) referred to as “about one bomb’s worth” to its reserves.

Iran also has continued to make advances on the plutonium track, which provides it with a second path to a nuclear bomb.

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran announced last week that the country has begun constructing two new light water nuclear reactors, a move that the U.S. State Department said is permissible under the terms of the interim agreement.

Also see:

U.S. Privately Admits Iran Nuke Violations But Publicly Denies

An Iranian missile launch (Photo: © Reuters)

An Iranian missile launch (Photo: © Reuters)

By Ryan Mauro:

The U.S. government is privately telling the United Nations that Iran is violating the interim nuclear agreement, even as U.S. says publicly that Iran is in compliance. The State Department is playing word games by saying its expressed “concerns” don’t mean a breach has happened.

On November 24, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “Many said that Iran would not hold up its end of the bargain…But guess what? The interim agreement has not been violated. Iran has held up its end of the bargain.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry (Reuters)

US Secretary of State John Kerry (Reuters)

On December 7, Kerry predicted that a final nuclear deal would be reached with Iran within four months, significantly before the time when the seven-month extension expires on June 30. He reiterated that “Iran has lived up to every commitment it made in the interim agreement.”

Now it is known that a U.S. delegation to the United Nations accused Iran in a secret report on November 7. It stated that Iran has dispatched agents to illegally obtain parts for its heavy water reactor at Arak. The site could allow Iran to pursue plutonium-based nuclear weapons as its North Korean ally has done.

Iran is also violating the agreement by increasing the size of its uranium stockpile and exporting oil to four Asian countries above the one million barrels per day limit.

The State Department is responding to these reports by maintaining that Iran is still in compliance and that the expression of “concerns” is not an accusation of non-compliance.

The International Atomic Energy Agency report of September 5 stated that Iran failed to disclose two of five obligations in order to prove its nuclear program is not intended for bombs. Specifically, Iran continues to deny access to the Parchin site where it is believed that tests related to nuclear explosions were carried out. Iran has also not addressed evidence of work on nuclear warheads.

Read more at Clarion Project – including Appendix outlining 10 areas where Iran is hiding nuclear weapons activity

Also see:

We Are Still in the Iranian Crosshairs

iran_headerEndowment for Middle East Truth:

By Sarah Stern
March 12 2014
It is patently clear that the Islamic Republic of Iran has absolutely no intention, what-so-ever, of destroying any aspect of the nuclear program, despite what much of the international community has been led to believe. Just days after the interim agreement, or Plan of Action, was signed in January, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke to CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria in Geneva where he reported that the “Iranian President forcefully asserted that he would not destroy its nuclear centrifuges “under any circumstances”. This interview came at a time when the American government had already released $8 billion in assets that had been frozen since the Islamic revolution in Iran. Since then, according to most experts, the Iranians have experienced a surge in their economy just for deigning to sit down at the table with the P5+1 nations.So much so, that many experts in the field estimate that at least $20 billion in new commerce and trade is expected to flow into Iran. The stock exchange in Tehran is soaring, and the Iranian economic has gotten a huge, psychological boost.The interim deal allows the Iranians to keep 50 percent of their stockpile of highly enriched uranium, (at 20 percent enrichment-nuclear weapons grade), and to dilute the other 50 percent. Iran is also permitted to continue with enrichment, but is not permitted to take it beyond the 5 percent level during the next few months, although there is no method of enforcement. This gives one very little assurance. It requires only 5 days to go from 20 per cent to 90 percent highly enriched uranium, (the purity level necessary for a nuclear bomb), and 45 days to get from 5 percent to 90 percent. In other words, all of the compliance to this agreement can easily be reversed within a matter of weeks, or even days.

As a poll that the Endowment for Middle East Truth has recently taken underscores, many people have been lulled to slumber, thinking that the menace of the threat of a nuclear bomb has been taken care of by these negotiations. The disastrous nature of the current agreement inspired The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) to put out the following video, warning of the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, and encouraging citizens to take action:

Iran is a threat to the United States, not just her allies abroad. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, one of the first things the new Iranian government did was seize the American Embassy, taking 52 of our embassy officials hostage and holding them for 444 days. This is commemorated every year on November 4th, by the annual “Death to America Day,” replete with chanting and burning of the America flag. It is Iran that bombed our Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983, killing 241 sleeping American marines. It is Iran that bombed the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds.  It is Iran that maimed and killed thousands of American servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan with their IED’s. It is Iran that has constantly armed Hezbollah and Hamas, and it is Iran that, just last week sent a ship bound to Hamas-controlled Gaza, that was just intercepted by the Israeli Defense Forces that had within it containers of long range missiles that could easily reached much of Europe, the Arab states, and the western world, let alone all of Israel. Estimates are that by sometime in 2015 the Iranians will have a missile with the capability of reaching the Eastern seaboard of the Continental United States.

By framing the conversation only about Israel, which the Iranian regime regards as only “the Minor Satan”,  focus has been taken off of the very real threat that Iran poses to the United States, which they regard as “the Great Satan.”

Many of otherwise savvy and sagacious people have been taken in by the duplicitous strategy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who realized that when their maniacal intentions were openly made clear by their former President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, their economy was being strangled.  The mullahs therefore, approved of a new, relatively unknown face, who was immediately greeted by the press and much of the Western world as a “reformer” or a “moderate”. After his speech at the United Nations, last fall, Rouhani was treated by much of the Western media as Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King. That totally belies the fact that this merciless brutal regime has executed close to 95 people in the last few months, and over 500 in this past year for the “crimes” of being a member of a religious minority, for being against the regime, or of being accused of homosexuality.

As the former Soviet dissident, Andre Sakharov, once said, “If you want to understand what a nation’s foreign policy will look like, look at the way, they treat their dissident population.”

The threat posed by a nuclear Iran is real and it is imminent. Take action today by going to for more information about how you can help prevent this dangerous regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.

If you use Facebook, please join EMET’s online event on Facebook to “Stop Iran From Going Nuclear” (the link is also posted on EMET’s FB page) and invite your friends to join as well.

Please also spread the word by:
*Tweeting the Video
*Posting the Video on your Facebook Page
*Liking EMET on Facebook
*Following EMET on Twitter @emet4u
*Subscribing to EMET’s Youtube Channel

Bank of Hawaii Unfreezes Iranian Accounts

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a meeting of the Assembly of Experts / AP

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a meeting of the Assembly of Experts / AP

By :

The Bank of Hawaii announced on Tuesday that it had reinstated access to accounts for Iranian nationals who had seen them frozen due to U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

The bank said that it unfroze these accounts following a pressure campaign by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a pro-Tehran advocacy group longsuspected of lobbying on behalf of the Iranian regime.

These Iranian accounts had been frozen in the first place as part of an effort by the bank to comply with tightening U.S. sanctions on Iran. However, these sanctions have been loosened in recent months in accordance with the interim nuclear deal, which will provide Tehran with billions in cash relief.

NIAC, which has long lobbied to relax U.S. sanctions on Iran, said in a statement on its website that it had worked with the Bank of Hawaii and the Treasury Department to ensure that the accounts were unfrozen.

“Bank of Hawaii, in consultation with its technology providers, regulators, and advocacy groups such as the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), has developed a solution to allow it to once again make accounts available to Iranian residents” in the United States, the bank said in a statement posted to NIAC’s website.

A Treasury Department official told the Washington Free Beacon that it “is aware of the Bank of Hawaii’s recent action” and that “Treasury does not prohibit U.S. financial institutions from doing business with Iranian-Americans.”


President Barack Obama’s grandmother Madelyn Dunham served as Bank of Hawaii’s vice president for 16 years until her retirement in 1986.

Read more at Free Beacon

IPT Senior Fellow Testifies at Hearing on Iranian Terror

Iran’s Nuclear Buildup and American Irrelevance

by Daniel Pipes
Feb 22, 2014
Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner

The Menendez-Kirk “Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013” (S. 1881) threatens the Iranian regime with additional sanctions and appears to be the only way to counter the Obama administration’s flaccidity vis-à-vis Tehran.

I am skeptical, however, that it can do much good.

  1. Like the megalomaniacs in North Korea, the mullahs are dead-set on building a nuclear arsenal regardless of the toll this takes on their long-suffering subject population. Yes, sanctions increase economic privation which could lead to a counter-revolution but the odds of that happening in time are very small. Thus, the Menendez-Kirk bill is more symbolic than real.

    Kim Yong-Nam, chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea (L) met with Iran’s Supreme Leader Seyed Ali Khamene’i (R) in Tehran on Sep. 1, 2012.

  2. Tehran has threatened to abandon the P5+1 negotiations should the Menendez-Kirk bill become law, but Tehran gains too much from diplomacy to scuttle it for symbolic reasons. Its threat is just a tactic to pressure the Obama administration into opposing the congressional bill. Were the bill to come into effect, Tehran will surely find an excuse to keep talking.

In short, Washington is no longer a player in the Iran game. The views and actions of the U.S. government count about as much as those of the Belgian government – i.e., hardly at all.

In contrast, the one potential force that still might stop Iran is the Government of Israel; and the only way it can obstruct the Iranian program is through the use of force (as opposed to economic sanctions or computer viruses). Whether or not Netanyahu and his colleagues decide to deploy military force is the only question hanging over the mullahs’ acquisition of a nuclear arsenal.

Maybe that’s yet another reason why we need a Jewish state. (February 22, 2014)



Iranian Oil Exports Soar as Sanctions Collapse

Oil pumps in the Persian Gulf / AP

Oil pumps in the Persian Gulf / AP

By :

Iranian oil exports soared in January, hitting new highs just months after the United States consented to billions of dollars in economic sanctions relief under the interim nuclear deal.

Exports of Iranian crude oil jumped to 1.32 million barrels, up from December’s high of 1.06 million barrels, according to data from the International Energy Agency.

The spike in exports—mainly to Japan, China, and India—has helped Iran’s once-ailing economy stabilize and decrease inflation.

Iranian oil exports have steadily risen since negotiations with the West restored confidence in Tehran’s economy. The increase runs counter to a promise by the Obama administration that “Iran’s oil exports will remain steady at their current level of around 1 million barrels per day.”

The significant rise in oil exports has led some experts to accuse the Obama administration of misleading the public about the amount of sanctions relief provided under the interim nuclear deal.

While the White House said Iran would receive no more than $7 billion in relief, these exports say that the rise in oil exports and other economic spikes will give Iran “well more than $20 billion.”

“These numbers … cast doubt on the accuracy of the administration’s estimates for sanctions relief,” former Ambassador Mark Wallace, CEO of the advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran, said in a statement. “The $6 or $7 billion estimate does not take into account the tens of billions of dollars Iran will reap from increased oil sales.”

“It is becoming more and more evident that the Geneva deal provided Iran with disproportionate sanctions relief, in exchange for far less significant concessions regarding its nuclear program,” Wallace said.

Read more at Free Beacon

Iran Moves to Dominate OPEC, Scuttle U.S. Oil Boom

oil drill in Texas

The Iranian regime is hoping to cloud the West’s judgment with economic incentives. The hope is that pressure from influential businesses and the desire for lower energy prices will build a shield from sanctions in the future.

By Ryan Mauro:

The Iranian regime is proceeding with a second leg of its energy strategy to immunize itself from international sanctions. It is conspiring with Iraq to undercut Saudi Arabia’s influence over the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

The Iraqis are aiming to triple their oil production capacity by 2020, from 3 million barrels per day (BPD) to 9 million bpd. This is a major threat to Saudi Arabia, a rival of Iran. Saudi Arabia paved the way for sanctions against Iran by boosting its own output to keep down the price of oil. The Saudis produced 9.8 million BPD in December and have a capacity of 12.5 million.

The Iranians are hoping that a strengthened Iraq will allow its bloc to overtake Saudi Arabia as the main decider of OPEC policy. In addition, the two Shiite-led countries are trying to attract Western investments that will lure foreign countries towards Iran and away from the Saudis.

Russian company LukOil says the Iraqis will cause a “revolution” in the oil market. Billionaire and LukOil shareholder Leonid Fedunagrees, recalling that a “a top manager at a leading Western firm said the modern history of the oil business will be split into the pre-Iraq and post-Iraq periods.”

The good news for the West is that Iran and Iraq could potentially cause the cost of oil to fall, but that comes with a price. Iran’s grip on the world economy, in addition to the lucrative deals with Western businesses, will make future sanctions implementation dramatically more difficult. The world may not want Iran to have a nuclear bomb, but will it decide that confronting Iran is worth a sharp spike in oil prices?

Another objective of Iran’s oil strategy may be to slow down America’s own energy production. Christopher Helman of Forbes observes that Iran’s moves could “lead to the scuttling of the great U.S. oil boom” by reducing the incentive for domestic drilling.

“The concern for U.S. drillers is that successful Middle Eastern diplomacy could end up being the worst thing for their business. If crude oil benchmarks were to fall to $75 a barrel and stay there for a couple months, you’d see drilling rigs across Texas and North Dakota fall silent,” he writes.

The other leg of Iran’s energy strategy is to ally with Turkey in seducing Europe with natural gas.

Read more at Clarion Project

Pro-Iran Shadow Lobby Launches Bid to Kill Iran Sanctions

Hasan RouhaniBy :

A network of pro-Iran advocates are uniting behind a new campaign aimed at killing bipartisan legislation meant to increase sanctions on Tehran should it cheat on a recently inked nuclear accord.

The latest bid to kill sanctions in Congress is being led by the Iran Project, a little known group that is deeply tied to, and funded by, some of Tehran’s top U.S. advocates.

The Iran Project went live on Monday with an anti-sanctions letter signed by a who’s who of liberal former U.S. officials, many of whom have long advocated to roll back sanctions on Iran and increase diplomacy with the rogue regime.

The letter, which quickly gained traction in some foreign policy circles, urged Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.)—one of the chief architects of the new Iran sanctions bill—to back off his bid and let the bill die.

Liberal outlets such as the Huffington Post and others have also gone after Menendez in a bid to force him to abandon the bill, which is hotly opposed by the White House but supported by 48 senators.

The Iran Project claims that the new sanctions bill would “move the U.S. closer to war” with Iran.

The missive is signed by former ambassadors Thomas Pickering and Ryan Crocker as well as by former National Intelligence Officer Paul Pillar and several other foreign policy experts known for taking a soft line on Iran.

Read more at Free Beacon

Obama on National Security: Serial Fraud


WASHINGTON, DC– Today the Center for Security Policy released a web ad and email campaign entitled, “Obama on National Security: Serial Fraud,” featuring former federal prosecutor, National Review columnist and bestselling author Andrew C. McCarthy.

The Center’s campaign focuses on what it calls “Obama’s national security fraud” and makes parallels from the president’s misrepresentations on Obamacare to our nation’s defense and security. The text Americans are urged to send to Obama, declares, boldly, that “We, the people, refuse to be lied to, especially about our national security. Too much is at stake – our children, our country, our lives. Your promises about health care and other domestic issues have seriously damaged your credibility.”

Send an email to President Obama



Transcript: Obama on National Security: Serial Fraud

Can we afford to leave national security to a president accused of fraud and repeatedly lying to the American public?

McCarthy: “‘You want your plan, you keep your plan’ is just the beginning. We’re talking about serial fraud on multiple levels…”

Now, he’s rushing to make a deal to leave Iran with nuclear weapons that Israel warns will make the entire world more dangerous and unstable. After what he did to healthcare, America cannot risk the same Obama train wreck… on national security.

Tehran TV documentary tells how to attack Israel

download (27)By Cheryl K. Chumley:

Note to Iran: If you’re trying to assure world leaders that the new president brings messages of peace and compromise, you might not want to broadcast a lengthy documentary about attacking Israel with missiles.

But that’s what Tehran television just did. The media outlet broadcast an hourlong documentary about Iran’s missile capabilities and how its security force would use them against foreign threats, Ynet News reported.

Notable in the video was a simulated attack on Israel to take out its nuclear plants. The video went into great detail, showing computer-generated images of launches of Iran’s long-range Sejjil ballistic missiles, Ynet News reported. In the broadcast, Israel was only able to intercept some of the missiles — while others were direct hits.

Among the targets shown in the documentary, Ynet News said: Azrieli Towers, the Kirya in Tel Aviv, Israel Defense Force’s base in Tzfirin, Ben Gurion Airport and the nuclear facility at Dimona.

The video used pictures of those who were killed or injured in the Second Lebanon War.

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How a Desperate Iran Will React to Sanctions

Iranian Naval Vessel

By Ryan Mauro

The European Union’s embargo on Iranian oil went into effect on Sunday, July 1. Other countries cut back their imports. The regime admits it’s feeling the sting but is boisterously defiant. These sanctions are the toughest yet but they will only succeed in stopping Iran’s nuclear program if the regime’s very existence is threatened. The key question now is whether it is too late for sanctions to work.

The pain caused by these sanctions should not be dismissed. Estimates vary as to how much of the regime’s revenue comes from oil exports, with some saying its 50% and others putting it as high as 85%. No matter what the truth is, the Iranian economy was a shambles before these sanctions began. In 2010, the regime had to cut funding to Hezbollah by about 40% because of financial restraints. Plus, rising domestic consumption takes away from Iran’s oil exports more and more each year. Some studies forecast that Iran would have to cease all oil exports in order to accommodate its own oil needs by 2015.

Iran’s exports began collapsing immediately after the U.S. began planning sanctions on foreign companies involved in the regime’s oil trade. The regime is suffering from a 40% decline in oil exports already. Iran has already lost at least $10 billion as its output is at its lowest level in 20 years. Inflation is above 20% and the Iranian people are, unfortunately, under tremendous stress. “Little by little, even fruit is becoming a luxury,” said one shopkeeper in Tehran.

The Obama Administration is being criticized for issuing exemptions from sanctions to Iran’s top 20 oil buyers. However, in fairness, the “stick” of possible sanctions and “carrot” of possible exemptions forced these countries to reduce their purchases.

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Thwarted Terror Attack Reveals Iranian Desperation

By Rick Moran

Two Iranian nationals arrested in Kenya in June with 33 pounds of explosives are alleged to have targeted American, Israeli, British, and Saudi interests in the African country, according to an exclusive AP report quoting Kenyan officials. The news comes following the imposition of strict sanctions by the EU and America that appear — finally — to be severely impacting the Iranian people and economy. In response, Iranians are ratcheting up tension in the Persian Gulf by carrying out military exercises where they promise to test fire several dozen missiles, using replicas of foreign army bases as targets. The message the mullahs are sending is clear; if America attacks, they can strike one of several US military bases in the region.

The sanctions are relatively stiff to be sure. The Europeans have banned the importation of all Iranian oil and forbidden nations belonging to the EU from insuring oil tankers carrying Iranian crude. The United States, for its part, slapped severe currency and banking restrictions on Iran that have reportedly caused confusion and worry among the Iranian people.

Meanwhile, the Iranians continue to enrich uranium while stringing along the P5+1 (Russia, China, Britain, Germany, France, and the US) nations who continue fruitless negotiations with Tehran about halting their uranium enrichment activities. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Knesset, “Iran is showing contempt for the whole world, and plans to enrich beyond 20%,” — a reference to a level of enrichment for which there is little commercial value and would be far easier to continue on to bomb grade levels of enrichment of 90%. Low-level technical talks with the Iranian regime are to resume on Tuesday in Istanbul with little hope that a breakthrough of any kind can be achieved.

Some experts believe that the arrest of the Iranians in Kenya and the targeting of US and Western interests is a sign that Iran will fight the battle over its nuclear program by resorting to terrorism. The AP report contains some disturbing information. Kenyan officials say that the Iranians belonged to the Quds Force — the elite unit of the Revolutionary Guards tasked with assassination and terror attacks outside of Iranian territory. The Iranians were arrested in the coastal city of Mombassa where there are several Israeli-owned hotels. Kenyan officials told AP that “the plot appears to fit into a global pattern of attacks or attempted attacks by Iranian agents, mostly against Israeli interests.”

Jonathan Evans, the head of MI5, Britain’s security service, in a rare public statement, said last week that “in parallel with rising concern about Iran’s nuclear intentions, we have seen in recent months a series of attempted terrorist plots against Israeli interests in India, Azerbaijan and elsewhere.” He added that “a return to state-sponsored terrorism by Iran or its associates, such as Hezbollah, cannot be ruled out as pressure on the Iranian leadership increases.” In short, the more the West pushes, the more desperate Iran becomes.

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