12:51 PM, Apr 21, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Meghann Myers of Navy Times reports that:
The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and members of its strike group are heading toward the waters off Yemen to conduct maritime security operations, a 5th Fleet spokesman said Monday.
The TR’s mission has not yet been clearly articulated. On the one hand:
An unnamed Pentagon official told USA Today that the TR is tracking a convoy of Iranian vessels headed to the Gulf of Aden and will be prepared to block them from delivering arms to the Houthi rebels.
However, on the other hand:
"This is in response to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen," Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday. "They are not going to intercept Iranian ships."
The ship is appropriately named. It is, indeed, a “big stick.” One thousand-plus feet and over 100 thousand tons of pure American power. And it moves at better than thirty knots, recalling the John Paul Jones line:
I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way.
Teddy Roosevelt, himself, was an admirer of Jones and had this to say about him:
Every officer . . . should feel in each fiber of his being an eager desire to emulate the energy, the professional capacity, the indomitable determination and dauntless scorn of death which marked John Paul Jones above all his fellows.
So far, however, the John Paul Jones’ line most appropriate to the times would be:
I have not yet begun to fight.
9:16 AM, Apr 21, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Bloomberg's Eli Lake reports Tuesday that the Obama administration kept secret until the beginning of April Iran's two to three month breakout time for a nuclear weapon, saying "the administratio
11:14 AM, Apr 18, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Marco Rubio told a crowd of Republicans in New Hampshire Friday that President Obama should "never have entered into these negotiations" with Iran over nuclear weapons. The Florida Republican who is running for president told the conference, sponsored by the New Hampshire GOP, that a nuclear armed Iran is "unacceptable."
12:54 PM, Apr 17, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
That was Henry Kissinger’s famous sally about the war between Iran and Iraq, back in the 80s. Now, the big rivals in that part of the world are not actually nations, in the conventional sense. They are, rather, movements with aspirations to more than just physical territory. They are out to conquer the the Muslim world.
5:15 PM, Apr 16, 2015 • By LEE SMITH
One of the important pieces of news to come out of Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to the White House Tuesday is that Iraq will be receiving delivery of F-16s. At Commentary, Max Boot asks if this is such a wise move, “Why Are We Giving F-16s to an Iranian-Infiltrated Government?”
11:17 AM, Apr 15, 2015 • By HUSSAIN ABDUL-HUSSAIN
Here in Kuwait, as in the rest of the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, there is a sense that the Middle East is changing. In the Gulf media, there seems to be a consensus in support of Operation Decisive Storm, the Saudi-led military campaign launched to beat Houthi insurgents and reinstall Yemen's government under President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi. Almost everyone wants to see Iran and its allies, like the Houthis, cut to size, and almost everyone is excited to see Arab governments flex their military muscles. Even those who are questioning the campaign couch the debate not in terms of regional political doctrines like Arab nationalism or Islamism, but rather in terms of national sovereignty and constitutionality.
Hosted by Michael Graham.10:33 AM, Apr 10, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on how both President Obama's pending nuclear deal with Iran, and Hillary Clinton in 2016 can be defeated.
The nature of the Tehran regime.Apr 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 30 • By PETER WEHNER
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered this assessment of the American-led negotiations with Iran the day before a deal was announced:
Yesterday an Iranian general brazenly declared, and I quote: “Israel’s destruction is non-negotiable.” But evidently giving Iran’s murderous regime a clear path to the bomb is negotiable. This is unconscionable.
The longstanding, bipartisan nonproliferation standard is dead. Apr 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 30 • By MATTHEW KROENIG
If there is one thing on which Democrats and Republicans can agree, it is that it is undesirable for countries other than the United States to possess nuclear weapons. For this reason, America’s nonproliferation policy has traditionally been characterized by strong bipartisanship. It is notable, therefore, that support for the recently negotiated Iran deal splits along party lines. But on closer inspection, what is truly puzzling is that anyone supports the agreement at all. In striking this deal, the Obama administration abandoned a decades-old mainstay of U.S.
The unfinished business of compensation for the Americans held in Tehran. Apr 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 30 • By FRED BARNES
There were many horrendous moments for the American hostages held by Iranians for 444 days at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. One of the worst occurred when Iranian captors showed a hostage a photo of the school bus that took his son to and from school. If the hostage didn’t cooperate, his son’s fingers would be chopped off and sent, one a day, to his wife.
A better way forward in the Middle East.Apr 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 30 • By MAX BOOT and MICHAEL DORAN
The ouster of ISIS fighters from Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, has been widely celebrated. Although this victory was brought about in no small part by American airpower, it was a triumph for Iran more than for the United States. The vast majority of fighters on the front lines belonged to Shiite militias, many of them trained, equipped, and advised by the Iranians. Their de facto commander is Gen. Qassem Suleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’s Quds Force, which is charged with exporting the Iranian revolution.
Can’t trust, can’t verify.Apr 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 30 • By MICHAEL MAKOVSKY
Is President Barack Obama right that the so-called framework nuclear agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) announced on April 2, will “cut off every pathway Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon”? Some will assess the truth of his statement by crunching the centrifuge and uranium stockpile numbers. However vital such analysis will be, it is important not to lose sight of the nuke for the centrifuges.
5:42 PM, Apr 9, 2015 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
President Obama has long known that the real decision maker in Iran is Ayatollah Khamenei, the so-called supreme leader. While other Iranian officials have negotiated with Western powers over the mullahs’ nuclear program, Khamenei’s opinion is the only one that really counts. It is for this reason that Obama began writing directly to Khamenei early in his presidency.