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If the US administration was optimistic Iran would become a “reasonable and practical” partner for stability in region after a nuclear deal, the Yemen arms convoy is not a good sign. But if the IRGC is indeed recalling its ships, it should hearten our allies and serve as reminder that Iran will back down in the face of US resoluteness and deterrence.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is a dangerous regime engaged in all manner of military build-up. Cyber is part of that build up, a fact the regime itself repeatedly declares. Serious national security and cyber professionals are talking about how to keep Americans safe from it. That’s the conversation we seek to encourage and inform.
Politicians and diplomats appear to be reaching a consensus that events in the Ottoman Empire from a century ago should be recognized as the first genocide of the 20th century. President Barack Obama remains an outlier, as he will again in his official statement refuse to label as genocide the deaths of Armenians.
Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese nuclear experts have upped their assessment of North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities—they estimate that Pyongyang now has an arsenal of 20 warheads, which could double by the end of next year. The assessment was shared with American (non-governmental) experts at a meeting hosted by the Chinese Institute of International Studies, a research organization affiliated with the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Just as the Islamic State broadcasts videos suggesting that one day its flag will fly over the White House, Naqdi and the Supreme Leader who appointed him fantasize that the US president will one day bow down to seek forgiveness—as a Shi’ite Muslim—for transgressions against Iran and Islamdom.
President Obama and his Iran team have argued that it was the lack of diplomacy under George W. Bush that led to the rapid increase in Iran’s centrifuge installation. This is exactly backwards: it was the infusion of cash into Iran that accompanied renewed diplomacy that underwrote Iran’s nuclear expansion.
Re-empowering Baathists in Iraq will never bring peace and reconciliation; rather, it will simply open the gates of Troy for the Trojan Horse. It remains as important today to defeat Baathism as it does to defeat the Islamic State. If the reports of Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri’s death are true, then we should celebrate an important Iraqi victory against both.