American Elephants

Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) Attempts to Get Some Straight Answers From John Kerry by The Elephant's Child

Secretary Kerry struggled to explain how the nuclear accord with Iran will benefit the United States of America. Questioned about Iran’s continuing commitment to killing Americans and Israelis, Mr. Kerry was unable to explain how the nuclear accord would moderate the regime’s behavior.

“Don’t give me any lessons. Let me make it crystal clear to you. This is America’s interest. Because America is the principal guarantor of security in the region,” Kerry said. “Particularly, with respect to some of our closest friends, we believe Iran was marching towards a weapon or the capacity to have a weapon and we’ve rolled that back.”

How to Think About the Iran Deal by The Elephant's Child

Without getting into all the details, which I will in a moment, here’s a quick and dirty way to understand the whole thing:


That worked out well. And there is this photo of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif standing on the balcony of Palais Coberg, the venue for the nuclear talks, in Austria, July 13, 2015.

Why is this man laughing?


(h/t: Powerline)

Where Is The Evidence That Iran Is Developing Nuclear Power for Peaceful Purposes? by The Elephant's Child


When a regime is secretly developing nuclear weapons, protestations that they are only developing nuclear power for “peaceful purposes” doesn’t meet believability standards. Nuclear energy developed for peaceful purposes can be developed right out in the open where everyone can see. No need to hide it under mountains nor in disguised locations.

When you add on to that mass rallies where the people are led in cries of “DEATH TO AMERICA” and “DEATH TO ISRAEL,” one should probably assume that they mean it, or at least the leadership does. They have devoted considerable resources to their missiles with assistance from Russia and North Korea. Missiles in development may be able to strike targets in Europe and Russia. Their program is a formidable weapon of terror.

Reuters just reported that Iran had stepped up its nuclear enrichment activities while supposedly under an agreement not to do so. A former chief of the IAEA has claimed that Iran may have five times as many centrifuges as they have admitted they have. It has been revealed that Obama has been writing secretly to the Ayatollah Khamenei sending 4 letters, none answered directly. Obama seems desperately set on a “deal” with Iran, but there seems to be little likelihood of anything significant, or even any agreement that the Iranians would observe.

Khamenei responded contemporaneously shortly after Obama’s letter:

Khamenei reiterated that the “current conditions of the region,” including those inside Iraq, are “the result of policies that non-regional powers and some regional countries adopted in Syria in an irresponsible way and we should stand up against these policies in a decisive way.”

Iran’s leader then dismissed “western claims” about fighting the Islamic State as dishonest. “We do not trust the honesty of those who made these claims and we believe that the issue of DAESH [a derogatory way of referring to the Islamic State] and terrorism should be resolved by regional countries.”

The twitter account in Khamenei’s name disparages the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, and makes it clear that Iran’s red lines for the negotiations are basically unsurmountable  obstacles to any meaningful deal.

A Democrat “Think Tank”, the Truman National Security Project”s campaign  to sell the public on an Iran deal has urged associates to brand critics of the Iran Deal as “Un-American.” Truman associates accuse congressional skeptics as “not rooting for an American win.”

There’s an adult response to serious international security questions.  Do I not recall Iran saying that the Americans worship life, but we worship death? Or do I misremember? President Obama and Secretary Kerry appear weak, desperate for an agreement that is likely to be completely meaningless. As Ronald Regan quoted an old Russian proverb — “Trust but verify.” Iran has been the major sponsor of international terrorism, and terrorism in the Middle East for a very long time. They have never observed any sanctions. Why do we assume they will start now?

Obama’s Going to Spend 2 Weeks on Foreign Policy? by The Elephant's Child


The Daily Caller headline: Iran’s Supreme Leader: Jihad Will Continue Until America is No More.

“Those [Iranians] who want to promote negotiation and surrender to the oppressors and blame the Islamic Republic as a warmonger in reality commit treason,” Khamenei told a meeting of members of parliament, according to the regime’s Fars News Agency. Khamenei emphasized that without a combative mindset, the regime cannot reach its higher Islamic role against the “oppressors’ front.”

“The reason for continuation of this battle is not the warmongering of the Islamic Republic. Logic and reason command that for Iran, in order to pass through a region full of pirates, needs to arm itself and must have the capability to defend itself,” he said.

“Today’s world is full of thieves and plunderers of human honor, dignity and morality who are equipped with knowledge, wealth and power, and under the pretense of humanity easily commit crimes and betray human ideals and start wars in different parts of the world.”

America has placed sanctions on Iran that were harsh, and brought the country to the bargaining table. The administration believed that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was more moderate, and open to reform. Not so. Iran has no intention of halting the expansion of the country’s research and development program, nor of continuing enrichment, and the country’s ballistic missile program is not up for negotiation. Now that the sanctions have been removed, their economy is functioning again.

IAEA officials met with their Iranian counterparts in Tehran to discuss information on the work on detonators and the outstanding issues on its nuclear program as part of seven transparency steps Iran had agreed to fulfill by May 15. They apparently lied.

Michael Ramirez commented succinctly.

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