On Iran, Obama Should Have Listened to Mad Dog Mattis

Mad Dog

With John Kerry currently working to salvage a nuclear deal with Iran in Lausanne before tomorrow’s deadline, consider just how much the White House has been willing to sacrifice to get to this point. Even those supportive of the White House concede that some sort of general collapse is underway in the Middle East. They avoid those words like “collapse” or “chaos”, preferring metaphors like the “shifting” of “tectonic plates” (this example from the Center for American Progress’s Brian Katulis) implying that, as with volcanos and earthquakes, the Obama administration didn’t cause what is happening, and can’t do a darn thing about it anyway.

Iran Wants More Nuke Concessions as Talks Hit Critical Stage

AP

LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Iranian negotiators are becoming rigid and unmoving in their stance on a range of key nuclear issues in talks, according to multiple sources familiar with the negotiations who said Tehran is angling to elicit as many concessions as possible from the United States as the talks reach a critical stage ahead of the looming March 31 deadline.

Obama Admin Threatens U.S. Allies for Disagreeing with Iran Nuke Deal

From left, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius talk after Hammond made a statement about their meeting regarding recent negotiations with Iran over Iran's nuclear program in London, England, Saturday, March 21

LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Efforts by the Obama administration to stem criticism of its diplomacy with Iran have included threats to nations involved in the talks, including U.S. allies, according to Western sources familiar with White House efforts to quell fears it will permit Iran to retain aspects of its nuclear weapons program. A series of conversations between …

Cutting Losses on Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel Eyes Small Print

Israeli PM Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony at President Rivlin's residence in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM/PARIS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun to signal that Israel could resign itself to an Iranian nuclear deal that would leave its enemy with some uranium enrichment capability, a compromise he has long opposed.

Iran Insists on Lifting All Sanctions in Any Nuclear Deal

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif departs his hotel to return to Iran following days of negotiations with United States Secretary of State Kerry over Iran's nuclear program

DUBAI (Reuters) – Any deal over Iran’s nuclear program must involve the immediate lifting of all sanctions, Iran’s foreign minister said on Wednesday, showing no sign of compromise on a major hurdle in world power negotiations.

U.N. Watchdog Says Progress Limited on Iran Nuclear Inquiry

IAEA Director General Amano leaves a news conference after a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic watchdog has had limited progress in its inquiry into possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear activities, the agency’s chief said on Monday, days ahead of an approaching deadline for a framework deal between Iran and world powers over the disputed program.