Analysis & Commentary

18th May 2016 - The Washington Times

A death in Damascus, a funeral in Beirut

Clifford D. May

Five years ago, during the hopefully named Arab Spring, Syrians staged peaceful protests against the ruling dynasty that had long oppressed them. President Bashar al Assad responded brutally: In May 2011, he sent tanks into the suburbs of Damascus, Deraa, Homs and other cities to crush his...

18th May 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

Left at the Mercy of the Mullahs

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Since the Central Intelligence Agency contractor Robert Levinson disappeared after a trip to the Iranian island of Kish in 2007, journalists, government officials and the curious have asked me: Of the various stories told about Mr. Levinson’s disappearance, which one makes the most sense?...

17th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Sadr’s ‘Peace Brigades’ prepares for Mosul offensive

Bill Roggio

Muqtada al Sadr, the radical Shia cleric who battled US forces during the Iraqi occupation, is preparing his militia to participate in an offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State.

16th May 2016 - PJ Media

Chamberlain, Washington-Style

Michael Ledeen

It’s not hard to see why the discussion of Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes’ exchanges with the New York Times Magazine’s David Samuels has received so much attention from the chattering class. A lot of it is all about them, after all, and we all love to talk about...

16th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Tehran Nuclear Chief: Iran “Enhancing” Its Nuclear Program, Uranium Enrichment Process

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

Iran has been “enhancing” its nuclear program and bolstering its uranium enrichment capability, Iran’s atomic energy chief told a group of the country’s ambassadors and envoys in Tehran on Saturday.

13th May 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Zarif Sends Moderate Condolences to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Today Iranian foreign minister Mohamed Javad Zarif sent his condolences to Hezbollah general secretary Hassan Nasrallah on the day the party is burying Mustafa Badreddine.

13th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Former Treasury Official: Too Risky for Banks to Open Up to Iran, Despite Kerry’s Assurances

Mark Dubowitz

While the White House is encouraging foreign banks to do business with Iran, the Islamic Republic has continued to engage in the same illicit behavior that initially prompted its sanctioning, President Barack Obama’s former undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial...

13th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Storied Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

David Daoud

Hezbollah announced the death of Mustafa Badreddine, its notorious senior military commander, in Syria early Friday morning.

13th May 2016 - The Weekly Standard

Done Deal?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

All administrations are short-sighted. Even the brightest, most reflective people can develop acute tunnel vision when they join the paper-pushing, crisis-a-minute senior ranks of the National Security Council and the State Department.

11th May 2016 - Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - WJLA

Controversial profile of Obama aide reignites debate over Iran deal, Benghazi

Clifford D. May

A profile of a key member of President Barack Obama's national security team has unearthed new allegations about the administration's efforts to control and possibly mislead the media on several major policy issues.

11th May 2016 - The Blaze


Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May joined Dana Loesch on The Blaze to discuss Ben Rhodes and the questionable narratives used to sell the JCPOA to the American people.

11th May 2016 - Quoted by Sen. John Boozman - Dr. Boozman's Check-up

Free of Sanctions, Iran Builds Arsenal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran continues to threaten stability in the Middle East as it amasses a collection of intimidating weapons. The Washington Post reports that earlier this week Russia delivered a S-300 air-defense missile system to Iran, a deal arranged nearly a decade ago.

11th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC, allies sustained significant losses in battle for Khan Touman

Amir Toumaj

On May 6, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) lost the Syrian village of Khan Touman, strategically located near the Aleppo-Damascus highway southwest of Aleppo, to Jaysh al Fath, a jihadist-led alliance of rebel groups. Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s Syria branch, and other jihadi...

10th May 2016 - Quoted by Editors - Observer

Deception on—Not Just in—Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A bombshell exploded this past weekend with the White House at the epicenter. And while the repercussions should have been felt throughout America, most observers merely shrugged.

10th May 2016 - Quoted by Jacob Kornbluh - Jewish Insider

Why European banks, companies are avoiding Iran

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday pushed back against claims that U.S. restrictions are preventing European companies from doing business in Iran following last year’s nuclear deal.

10th May 2016 - The Washington Times

Obama’s ‘boy wonder’

Clifford D. May

Among the most serious charges that President Obama and his supporters have leveled against President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney: They “cherry-picked intelligence.”

9th May 2016 - FDD Research Memo

Iran Still Owes $53 Billion in Unpaid U.S. Court Judgments to American Victims of Iranian Terrorism

Orde Kittrie

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 20 that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian government funds must be turned over to injured survivors and families of Americans killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut and other attacks for which Iran was found liable by...

9th May 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Congress: Time to hold Ben Rhodes to account

Mark Dubowitz

Had President George W. Bush’s national security advisers Condoleezza Rice or Stephen Hadley bragged to a journalist that the administration constructed a phony narrative to justify an unpopular foreign policy initiative, using intellectually corrupt members of the press to spread...

9th May 2016 - Fox News


Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May reacts to New York Times Magazine profile of White House aide Ben Rhodes.

9th May 2016 - Quoted by Massimo Calabresi - TIME

The Real Ben Rhodes: Spin Doctor or Decision-Maker?

Mark Dubowitz

Obama's top foreign policy communications aide has been in the room for key decisions. But has he made the policy?

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