U.S. Sanctions Did Not Provoke Pearl Harbor

Analysis: Sanctions were a response to Japanese aggression, not its cause, historical record shows
The USS West Virginia during the attack on Pearl Harbor / AP

Earlier this week, a video clip surfaced in which Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said, in the context of talking about sanctions on Iran, that “leading up to World War II, we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily.” Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post reported on the video, accusing Paul of essentially attributing U.S. involvement in World War II to American provocations. Paul’s office rushed to respond.

Jeff Merkley Has Advocated Soft Line on Iran Since 1979

College thesis reveals belief that America’s global power, influence are waning
Jeff Merkley

The senator who fronted a campaign against new sanctions on Iran earlier this year has since 1979 been advocating that the United States take a soft line on Iran due to his belief that America’s global power and influence are waning, according to a copy of the lawmaker’s 235-page college thesis obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Iranian Nuke Sites Hit with ‘Sabotage’

Iranian officials in panic, urge vigilance over ‘enemy’ plots
Iran's heavy water nuclear facilities near the central city of Arak / AP

Iranian officials revealed on Monday that several “new acts of sabotage” had taken place at its controversial Arak nuclear reactor facility and that other so-called “enemy plots” had been carried out at its other key nuclear sites.

Pentagon Contractors Exploring Business with Iran

Companies with more than $107B in DoD contracts eyeing Tehran
Hassan Rouhani

Multiple companies currently exploring new business ventures in Iran are also cashing in on highly lucrative contracts with the U.S. Defense Department, raising questions about whether their dealings with Iran could run afoul of U.S. law.

Lawmaker: Iran Deal Still ‘Shrouded in Secrecy’

Ros-Lehtinen demands text be released to public
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

A leading House lawmaker is calling on President Obama to publicly release the full text of the recently signed Iran nuclear deal, which is currently being held under lock and key in a secure compound on Capitol Hill.

Iranian Navy Commander Vows to Sink U.S. Warships

War rhetoric comes as Tehran enters U.S. waters
An Iranian warship / AP

A top Iranian naval commander threatened to destroy U.S. warships and kill American soldiers just a day after Iranian vessels approached U.S. waters for the first time in history.

Fmr. Negotiator: Iran ‘Will Never’ Dismantle Nuke Program

Iran will not accept long-term limitations on program
Iranian workers stand in front of Bushehr nuclear power plant

One of Iran’s top former nuclear negotiators promised that Iran “will never” dismantle its nuclear enrichment program, and that Tehran’s current promises to curb these activates are only temporary.