Analysis & Commentary


24th July 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Agency Promoting Trade With Iran Despite Trump Opposition

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is promoting increased trade with Iran, despite clear opposition to this policy by the Trump White House, according to multiple sources who described the agency's behavior as rogue and part of a lingering effort by the former Obama administration to promote...

23rd July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

State Department: Iran continues to host al Qaeda’s ‘core facilitation pipeline’

Thomas Joscelyn

Since July 2011, the US Treasury and State Departments have repeatedly stated that the Iranian regime allows al Qaeda to maintain a key facilitation network on its soil.

21st July 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration kicks the Iran deal down the road.

21st July 2017 - PJ Media

Trump Administration Still Doesn’t Have an Iran Policy

Michael Ledeen

The Trump administration, for once in harmony with Congress, is going to slap more sanctions on Iran. They stress this has nothing to do with the nuclear deal, but is rather in response to Tehran’s ongoing support of terrorism from the Middle East to Latin America. At the same time, the...

21st July 2017 - Quoted by the Editors - The Weekly Standard

Borrowed Time

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Six months into its existence, the Trump administration seems unsure what its stance toward Iran ought to be. That’s less because the current president and his advisers don’t know what they think about Iran’s leaders than because the previous president committed the United States to a...

21st July 2017 - Quoted by Iran Focus

Why Trump Must Stop Boeing- Iran Deal

John Hannah, Saeed Ghasseminejad

John Hannah and Saeed Ghasseminejad wrote an op-ed for Foreign Policy on why Donald Trump should kill the Boeing Deal if he really wanted to stop the Iranian Regime from posing a threat to US national security.

21st July 2017 - The Weekly Standard

The Iranian Express

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Tehran is using its airlines to transport fighters to Syria. It shouldn't be buying more planes from Airbus and Boeing.

20th July 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

US: Iran Remains “Foremost” State Sponsor of Global Terrorism

Toby Dershowitz

Iran remained the “foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2016,” the U.S. State Department announced in an annual report on global terrorism released this week. Iran was first designated a state sponsor of terrorism in 1984.

20th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah has ‘about 7,000 fighters’ in Syria, US says

Thomas Joscelyn

A newly released report by the State Department underscores the degree to which Iran and its terrorist proxies have expanded their footprint in Syria during the war.

20th July 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Tehran Sentences U.S. Hostage to 10 Years in Prison

Tzvi Kahn

Tehran has sentenced another Western national to a lengthy prison term on spurious espionage charges. The incarceration of Xiyue Wang, a Chinese-American graduate student at Princeton University first arrested last summer, not only reflects Iran’s conspiratorial fears of Western...

19th July 2017 - Quoted by VOA News

Rouhani: Iran to ‘Stand Up’ to US for New Sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his country will stand firm against the United States and respond to any new sanctions the U.S. imposes on the Islamic republic.

19th July 2017 - Quoted by Iran Focus

Iranian Regime Divided

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The power struggle between the different factions in the Iranian Regime may have come to a head this weekend after the arrest of the President's brother and the conviction of an American student for espionage.

19th July 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Fmr. Israeli Security Chief: Iranian Land Corridor, Bases in Syria Biggest Threats to Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran’s efforts to build a “direct corridor” from Baghdad to the Mediterranean Sea and further entrench itself militarily in Syria are two of Israel’s most pressing concerns, Israel’s former national security adviser said Monday.

19th July 2017 - Quoted by Michael Rubin - AEIdeas

Both sides undermine regime change in Iran

Mark Dubowitz

here’s a notion out there embraced by many progressives — some in the academic and think tank community, and some lobbyists such as those surrounding the National Iranian American Council — that the path toward change in the Islamic Republic of Iran will come through the Islamic...

19th July 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Trump’s empty promise to reverse Obama’s Iran policy

John Hannah, Saeed Ghasseminejad

President Trump reportedly battled with aides before deciding to certify that Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a decision that rankled opponents of the deal. While confirming Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA, the Trump administration tried to...

19th July 2017 - Washington Times

The proliferation problem from hell

Clifford D. May

Imagine a world in which both North Korea and Iran can wipe out cities in America or anywhere else. What concessions would be made to prevent such an eventuality? What gestures of appeasement would be offered? What tribute would be paid?

18th July 2017 - Quoted by Elliot Kaufman - National Review

The Iran-Deal Swindle

Eric B. Lorber

Two years on, the Iranian nuclear deal is a failure.

18th July 2017 - Quoted by Mackenzie Weinger - The Cipher Brief

The “Waive-and-Slap” Approach to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump’s administration slapped fresh sanctions on Iran on Tuesday, shortly after certifying the country is technically complying with the nuclear deal — a move that experts say is a key part of the White House’s approach until the comprehensive review of Iran policy is...

18th July 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Congress Pressures Trump Administration to Watch for Iranian Aircraft Used for Terror Support

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Congress is ratcheting up pressure on the Trump administration to keep a watchful eye on Tehran, after the House approved an amendment last week requiring the president to inform lawmakers regularly of any efforts by Iran to ferry weapons and fighters using its commercial planes. The...

18th July 2017 - Qutoed by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

With U.S. scholar’s conviction, power struggle escalates between Iran’s president and hard-liners

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A high-stakes power struggle between Iran’s moderate president and his hard-line opponents in the judiciary appeared to escalate with the arrest of the president’s brother and the conviction of an American student for espionage this weekend — rulings that seemed timed to embarrass the...

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