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Iran: The Backdoor to Enrichment

by Stephen Bryen and Shoshana Bryen
May 21, 2015 | American Thinker

It would seem that Iran holds the cards in the nuclear negotiation with the P5+1, primarily because the U.S. is the overeager suitor. The Framework agreement, the basis for the final deal, does not prevent Iran from designing nuclear warheads or building delivery systems. There is also increasing evidence that the language has been configured so Iran could also either enrich uranium or produce plutonium for weapons – even without cheating.

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A Tale of Two Sadats

by Gabriel Scheinmann
May 17, 2015 | Foreign Affairs

With varying degrees of vehemence, the United States' Middle East allies all oppose the budding U.S.-Iranian détente. At the head of the pack, of course, is Israel, followed closely by Saudi Arabia. But when the calendar strikes June 30, the Pickett's Charge will come to an end and they will have to reluctantly pivot from accord prevention to accord mitigation. As one senior Gulf official said, "We're not going to do a Netanyahu. We are not wasting time confronting that agreement. . . . Instead we are bracing ourselves for the post-agreement world." In such a world, Israel could decide to strike Iranian nuclear facilities, and Saudi Arabia could decide to acquire its own bomb, but both states, cognizant of how costly these actions might be, will likely consider other options first.

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Christians in the Middle East:

by Shoshana Bryen
May 15, 2015 | American Thinker

The Vatican may believe that use of the symbolic title "The State of Palestine" is a reasonable trade-off for trying to formalize the responsibility of the PA for the behavior of Hamas in Gaza, as well as for the harassed and declining Christian population of the West Bank.

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Iran Has Red Lines -- Too Bad the U.S. Doesn't

by Shoshana Bryen
May 9, 2015 | American Thinker

The Senate has passed the Corker-Cardin bill to ensure Congressional oversight of any deal the president concludes with Iran. The vote was 98-1 for language that permits the agreement to become operative unless Congress votes against it. Sen. Tom Cotton was the lone holdout, believing the Senate should have to vote in favor of the president's agreement in order for it to become operative. This was solely an internal American political battle, and it is clear that the Iranians are not taking the American machinations the least bit seriously.

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When the Government Kills

by Shoshana Bryen
May 6, 2015 | Gatestone Institute

Obama Apologizes After Drone Kills American and Italian Held by Al Qaeda (New York Times 4/23/15) U.S.-Led Forces Killed Syrian Civilians, Rights Groups Say: Airstrikes on village controlled by Islamic State kills more than 60 civilians, say two human-rights groups (Wall Street Journal 5/1/15) This is not a "gotcha" column. But before reviewing American drone and airstrike policy, it is not inappropriate to remind the president and company that hubris is an unattractive trait.

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The US is There When it "Matters," Right?

by Shoshana Bryen
April 29, 2015 | American Thinker

Who thought it wouldn't be Israel that first came to test the American "what matters" principle, but rather the Marshall Islands - a tiny country of 68,480 people spread over 24 atolls in the Micronesian island chain? Iran fired on and boarded a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship and forced it and its 34 crew members into an Iranian port, claiming the ship was in Iranian territorial waters.

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Is the U.S. Israel's Ally "When It Matters"?

by Shoshana Bryen
April 22, 2015 | Gatestone Institute

Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, says the U.S. will no longer automatically exercise its veto in the UN Security Council to protect Israel.

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Forty Years from Saigon

by Shoshana Bryen
April 21, 2015 | American Thinker

Forty years ago, Saigon fell to communist North Vietnam. Images of terrified South Vietnamese clambering to the roof of the U.S. embassy, and Vietnamese helicopter pilots ferrying them to ships and then pushing the helicopters overboard to make room for more refugees are still heart-wrenching.

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JPC Statement on the U.S.-Iran Framework Agreement

April 3, 2015 | Jewish Policy Center

The Jewish Policy Center expresses grave reservations over the U.S.-Iran announcement of "parameters for a joint comprehensive plan of action" following an apparent agreement reached between Secretary of State Kerry and Foreign Minister Zarif in Lausanne on Thursday. The parameters published by the White House do not constitute an agreement, a treaty, or a binding document, making it impossible to measure whether or how the agreement constrains Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability. Such weapons could be wedded to Iran's known and robust missile capability in pursuit of its often-stated hegemonic aims in the Middle East and beyond and its threats against the State of Israel.

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A Blueprint for Failure

by Gabriel Scheinmann
March 23, 2015 | The Weekly Standard

A half-century of estrangement is over, President Obama declared late last year, in a surprise announcement that he was transforming U.S. policy towards Cuba. Having broken the ice, the administration hopes that normalizing diplomatic relations and lifting the economic embargo will, as the recently released National Security Strategy explains, "enhance our engagement in our own hemisphere, where there are enormous opportunities to consolidate gains in pursuit of peace, prosperity, democracy, and energy security." Actually, it's a geopolitically insignificant decision—except for the pattern it continues, one we would do well to recall as the deadline for a deal with Iran looms.

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Obama's Nuclear Deal Could Mean War

by Gabriel Scheinmann
March 12, 2015 | Time Magazine

The Obama Administration may be on the verge of completing a deal that leaves Iran with a substantial nuclear capability, but about a year away from a bomb's worth of fissile material. By not insisting on the dismantlement of any major nuclear infrastructure, or even on the complete cessation of enrichment activities, the White House is betting that not only is Iran likely to heed the deal, but also that the United States would have enough time to act appropriately and decisively if it does not. Believing it has headed-off the seemingly unavoidable march towards war with Iran, the White House is crowing about its impending diplomatic feat.

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NYPD had it Right a Long Time Ago

by Shoshana Bryen
February 27, 2015 | American Thinker

Better than a plea for understanding "root causes" and sympathy for certain people's inability to find a "legitimate" outlet for grievances, would be a hard-headed consideration of the fact that professional jihadists are trolling for susceptible people - primarily males, but increasingly females - to take up the cause of religious violence and rush to the battlefields. The fault lies there, not with the West's lack of empathy.

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The U.S.-Israel Divide on Iran

by Shoshana Bryen
February 23, 2015 | American Thinker

Portrayed mainly as a tiff between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, the U.S.-Israel divide over how to deal with Iran's nuclear program is much more serious and dates to the 1980s. It reflects the difference in each country's margin of error. President Obama has only widened an existing divide by suggesting Iran might be returned to the family of nations short of dismantling its nuclear program. Prime Minister Netanyahu's planned appearance before Congress will articulate Israel's existential concerns and try, perhaps, narrow the differences over ends, if not means.

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