sanctions

Is AIPAC Demonstrating Dual Loyalty By Pushing For a Wag-The-Dog Sanctions Bill?

The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act  was introduced in the Senate on December 20, 2013.  It gained steam rapidly and by January 14 the bill had 59 co-sponsors--43 Republicans and 16 Democrats.  Then something funny happened.  Outsiders actually read the bill and it became apparent that the bill was "designed to torpedo the Nov. 24 first step nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1".

Passing the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act Will Lead To War

The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act  is to diplomacy what Sharknado is to meteorology or ichthyology.  Well, that's not a perfect analogy.  Both the NWFIA and Sharknado are jokes, but Sharknado was so bad it was good, whereas the NWFIA is just bad.  The NWFIA would institute a new round of crippling sanctions should we fail to reach an agreement with Iran or if Iran fails to negotiate in good faith.  This in and of itself sounds reasonable--at least to American ears, and it might not nec

Lift Some Token Sanctions Against Iran Before Attacking Assad

As Joel Braunold points out in his Open Zion article, intervening in Syria is both a security imperative and a risk.  I agree with everything he says, but I think he missed the most important reason to intervene in Syria.  Israel is watching this very carefully to see if Obama's red line in Syria means anything.  If we fail to launch some sort of attack (preferably as part of a multinational force), then Israel will conclude that we have a backbone made of silly putty.  Israel will conclude that it can not count on us to keep our w

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