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Exactly who are these “moderates” that the Obama Administration was reaching out to in order to negotiate the Iran Nuclear Deal? Rafsanjani, who recently died, was supposedly one of these influential Iranian moderates . This article looks at the true nature of Rafsanjani and it isn’t pretty !For those of you who live in the North Carolina Triangle, mark your calendars to hear Fred Fleitz,, Senior VP for the Center For Security Policy, speak on Iran and the nuclear deal at ICON on October 17, 2017.THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Defining violent extremism down
Fred Fleitz, Senior VP at the Center For Security Policy and an authority on the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and nuclear proliferation, will be the guest speaker at ICON on October 17, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Fred Fleitz, who will be a part of Donald Trump’s team, is an expert on the Iran Nuclear Deal and is prominently mentioned in the article below. Mr. Fleitz will be speaking at ICON Lectures on October 17, 2017, in Chapel Hill, NC, regarding The Growing National Threat From Iran. Nancywww.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/trump_appoints_the_right_team_to_regain_the_middle_east.htmlAMERICAN THINKER.COMDecember 26, 2016
Trump appoints the right team to regain the Middle East
The Trump administration is dedicated to undoing the harm done by the Obama administration in the Iran Deal. To succeed, it needs the right team.
Relatively few people have heard of the Center for Security Policy. That’s about to change because it is playing a prominent, if not dominant role, in the Trump transition team in matters relating to Iran, Russia, China and Islam. Gone from the corridors of power is the Brookings Institution, who have a satellite office in Doha, Qatar along with their Vice President and Director for Foreign Policy, Martin Indyk. Soon, President Obama, the golfer, Secretary Kerry, the bicyclist and Secretary Clinton, the failure, will also be gone.
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The Art of Undoing the Iran DealIt won’t be difficult.EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE:
Last week, Iran was again in violation of the JCPOA. According to a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran exceeded the deal’s threshold for heavy water, a material used in the production of weapons-grade plutonium. The White House acknowledged Iran had exceeded the limit and then, bizarrely, praised the regime for its forthrightness in “making no attempt to hide” the violation. In other words, the Obama administration is not just protecting the nuclear agreement, but also rationalizing the Iranian regime’s violations of it. All that needs to happen for the deal to fall apart is for the Trump White House to do what the Obama administration has refused to do—enforce its provisions.
The election of Donald Trump signals bad news for the Iran nuclear deal, Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy initiative. Calling it “the worst deal ever negotiated,” the author of The Art of the Deal has threatened to tear up the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on day one of his presidency.
Supporters of the agreement and Obama allies warn that shredding the deal will only benefit Iranian hardliners, the very people it was supposed to restrain. “The big winner in the aftermath of a Trump victory is Iran’s Supreme Leader,” Suzanne Maloney, an Iran expert at the Brookings Institution, told Reuters. Ali Khamenei, she explained, “will be able to walk away from Iran’s obligations under the JCPOA while pinning the responsibility on Washington.”
Well, it’s true that the nuclear agreement is in big trouble, but Trump’s election has little to do with it. Indeed, the agreement would likely have collapsed under a Hillary Clinton administration as well. The problem, as the commander in chief-elect correctly noted, is the deal itself. And that’s why the Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to protect its “achievement”—by bribing Iran, drumming up business for the clerical regime, blocking Congress from imposing non-nuclear sanctions, and turning a blind eye to Iranian violations of the deal.
The author of this article, Fred Fleitz, will be ICON’s guest speaker next year in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on October 17, 2017 . (see his bio below) The subject of his talk will be “The Growing National Threat From Iran”.www.nationalreview.com/article/442171/iran-nuclear-deal-trump-will-renegotiate-or-kill-it?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Trending%20Email%20Reoccurring-%20Monday%20to%20Thursday%202016-11-14&utm_term=NR5PM%20ActivesNATIONAL REVIEWYes, Trump’s Going to Dump the Iran Deal
by FRED FLEITZ Fred Fleitz is senior vice president for policy and programs with the Center for Security Policy. He followed the Iranian nuclear issue for the CIA, the State Department, and the House Intelligence Committee. His book on the Iran nuclear deal, Obamabomb: A Dangerous and Growing National Security Fraud, was published in July 2015.
November 14, 2016 4:01 PM @FREDFLEITZFixing or killing the Iran nuclear deal will be President Trump’sfirst step toward restoring America’s global leadership.In the days following Donald Trump’s victory, a variety of experts — mostly Trump critics — pronounced that, despite Trump’s frequent statements during the presidential campaign that the July 2015 nuclear deal with Iran is one of “the worst deals ever made by any country in history,” he has no choice but to stick with the agreement after he assumes office.Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif was one of the first to insist as much, claiming a Trump administration cannot back out of the nuclear deal because it is not a bilateral agreement between the United States and Iran but “an international understanding annexed to a Security Council resolution.”Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council (which The Weekly Standard’s Lee Smith once described as “the tip of the spear of the Iran lobby” in the United States) echoed Zarif’s statement. In a November 11 Foreign Policy article, he argued Trump can undermine the Iran deal but cannot directly dismantle it because the JCPOA is a multilateral agreement “codified by the UN Security Council.” Any attempt by a Trump administration to renegotiate the deal would violate international law and isolate the United States, Parsi said.Even some conservative experts have suggested Trump probably won’t try to significantly modify or discard the nuclear agreement, but will instead try to goad Iran into withdrawing by strictly enforcing the deal.But Trump senior national-security adviser Walid Phares poured cold water on speculation that Trump plans to walk back his statements about the Iran deal, when he commented on Facebook over the weekend that the “Iran Deal will be dismantled.”
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This photo, grabbed from Russian Defense Ministry video footage issued Aug. 16, is said to show a Tu-22M3 long-range bomber releasing its payload above Syria after it took off from an air base in Iran. (Russian Defense Ministry / Handout/European Pressphoto Agency)
The price of powerlessness
This week Russian bombers flew out of Iranian air bases to attack rebel positions in Syria. The State Department pretended not to be surprised. It should be. It should be alarmed. Iran’s intensely nationalistic revolutionary regime had never permitted foreign forces to operate from its soil. Until now.The reordering of the Middle East is proceeding apace. Where for 40 years the U.S.-Egypt alliance anchored the region, a Russia-Iran condominium is now dictating events. That’s what you get after eight years of U.S. retrenchment and withdrawal. That’s what results from the nuclear deal with Iran, the evacuation of Iraq and utter U.S. immobility on Syria. Consider:● IranThe nuclear deal was supposed to begin a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran. Instead, it has solidified a strategic-military alliance between Moscow and Tehran. With the lifting of sanctions and the normalizing of Iran’s international relations, Russia rushed in with major deals, including the shipment of S-300 ground-to-air missiles. Russian use of Iranian bases now marks a new level of cooperation and joint power projection.● IraqThese bombing runs cross Iraqi airspace. Before President Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq, that could not have happened. The resulting vacuum has not only created a corridor for Russian bombing, it has gradually allowed a hard-won post-Saddam Iraq to slip into Iran’s orbit. According to a Baghdad-based U.S. military spokesman, there are 100,000 Shiite militia fighters operating inside Iraq, 80 percent of them Iranian-backed.