America Deserved a Better Deal With Iran. To Get One It Needed a Better Negotiator

In December of 2013 President Obama laid out the baseline from which any deal with Iran over the future of their nuclear program would be judged: “[W]e can envision a comprehensive agreement that involves extraordinary constraints and verification mechanisms and intrusive inspections, but that permits Iran to have a peaceful nuclear program. Now, in terms…
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The Senate’s Iran Bill is Flawed, But the Best Fix is a New President

another piece of bipartisan legislation appears ready to cross the finish line after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved on Tuesday to end debate. The bill, which is the result of furious negotiations between Bob Corker, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, and Ben Cardin, the committee’s ranking Democrat, would give Congress a month to…
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White House’s Iran “Fact Sheet” Turns Out to Be More of a Best Case Scenario

In early April the Internet was abuzz over the Obama Administration’s agreement with Iran over the future of its nuclear program. Of course, there was widespread disagreement about the merits of the agreement – many thought it allowed Iran too much leeway to continue developing a nuclear weapon and too much economic relief to fund…
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Obama Touts Agreement With Iran as a “Good Deal.” Does He Believe It?

I am not a foreign policy expert. But then again, it doesn’t take an expert to know that a president’s desire for a “legacy” is a terrible backdrop against which to negotiate with your enemies. There is no doubt good intention behind the White House’s negotiations with Iran over its intention to build a nuclear…
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White House’s Iranian Negotiations Typify a Broken Foreign Policy

The nuclear talks with Iran have soared passed yet another deadline. This is now the third time that a deadline has expired without a deal being reached. The reasons, similar to Obama’s entire Middle East strategy, are increasingly baffling. The chaos is perhaps best highlighted by the twisting alliances of the U.S. On the one…
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Obama’s Cold Shoulder to Israel Threatens Our Special Relationship

The “special relationship” between the United States and Israel has been cultivated and strengthened by every American president since the 1950s. President Kennedy promised that “we will never turn our backs on our steadfast friends.” President Johnson extolled our “common love of human freedom” and “common faith in a democratic way of life.” President Nixon…
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Netanyahu’s Speech Shows the Real Power of Diplomacy

It was a sad display of petulance. President Barack Obama declined to meet with his Israeli counterpart—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—during his trip to Washington earlier this week. Instead of even watching the speech on television, he scheduled a video conference with other world leaders to discuss Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry sent his regrets,…
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