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The Iran Nuclear Deal Means War Between Israel and Hezbollah

August 21, 2015  •  Huffington Post

The debate over President Obama's Iran nuclear deal has grown increasingly bitter inside the Beltway. The acrimony is unavoidable, and not just because of the hyper-partisanship that is ripping Washington apart from within. Rather, it's because the deal is being painted as the only thing standing in the way of war. But this characterization is not only unfair because it is binary and fails to account for creative scenarios. Lost in this debate is whether the deal could itself cause a war.

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Turkey Awakens to the Islamic State Threat Within

August 21, 2015  •  Wall Street Journal Europe

News reports over the weekend revealed that Turkish police recently discovered 30 suicide vests, some ready for immediate use, in raids against the Islamic State. The news came one week after an Islamic State social-media account threatened the Turks with an imminent attack. Accusing Turkey's government of "standing with the crusaders and spilling Muslim blood," the group warned that the Turkish people would be the ones paying the price for their leaders' war on the caliphate. Reuters reported this week that a new video calls for the group to conquer Istanbul.

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The Perils of Joining Turkey in the Fight against ISIS

August 11, 2015  •  The National Interest

Turkey's cabinet last week announced that the United States and coalition members targeting the Islamic State (ISIS) would be permitted to fly combat missions from Incirlik air base in south Turkey. This U.S.-Turkish facility is well positioned near the Syrian front, and offers the coalition greater tactical flexibility. It could certainly help in the effort, as President Barack Obama describes it, "to degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS. But working with Turkey, particularly at Incirlik, comes at a price.

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The Iran deal will unchain top ayatollah's terror slush fund

August 10, 2015  •  New York Post

Hundreds of bad actors are set to be expunged from the US Treasury's sanctions list as a result of the Iran nuclear deal signed last month in Vienna. Yet the most high-profile among them has gone strangely unnoticed: the country's dictator since 1989, Ali Khamenei.

According to the deal, within six to 12 months, Treasury will de-list more than three dozen banks, oil companies and other investments belonging to the Execution of Imam Khomeini's Order, a k a EIKO. Reportedly worth more than $95 billion, EIKO is controlled by the supreme leader.

EIKO was founded with the mandate of confiscating property from individuals linked to the shah's system after the Islamic revolution of 1979.

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Why Obama Is Wrong to Compare Himself to JFK

August 5, 2015  •  National Review Online

Speaking at American University today in defense of his nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama twice invoked President John F. Kennedy. To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen, while we did not serve with Jack Kennedy, here are five reasons why President Obama is wrong to compare himself to Jack Kennedy: 1. For one, JFK never forked over $100 billion in sanctions relief to the Soviets as an inducement to make an arms-control deal. Obama plans to do exactly that.

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