Sanctions

Another Victory for Iran – Fewer Sanctions, More Time.

Right track?  Wrong track?  The November 24, 2014 deadline has come and gone.  As in the once very popular game of Monopoly, Iran drew another ‘get out of jail free’ card and the right to ‘return to Go’ - to go ahead with seven more months of continuing nuclear advancement. That’s what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and five other nations received for all the time and effort invested in nuclear negotiations however Kerry did receive a slap in the face from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  Before the talks, Khamenei is reported to have opined that the U.S.

A More Dangerous World

The United States struck a surprising nuclear deal with Iran last week. The agreement commits Iran to halt its nuclear activites for six months in exchange for limited and gradual sanctions relief. U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the deal as putting substantial limitations on the Iranian nuclear program which the U.S. and its allies have feared could lead to nuclear weapons capabilities. He stated, "For the first time in a decade we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program."

Distractions Take Pressure off Iran

Israel appears to be between the proverbial rock and hard place. Unfortunately, Israel does not live in a friendly neighborhood.  A half million hostile Arab neighbors surround Israel.  Syria poses a dire threat.  More importantly, recent frightening images from Syria have shown men, women and children writhing with seizures and pain caused by Assad attacking his own with chemical weapons.   If Assad would kill his own people, what’s to keep him from attacking Israel to obtain the Golan Heights as a key strategic position?

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