WSJ and right wing media are miss-characterizing the payments to Iran insinuating that the money was in exchange for hostages, were in fact the money was owed to Iran based on a military purchase in 1979 that was never delivered.
Latest Democratic Party emails published by Wikileaks show Clinton campaign aides bending over backwards to please the Israel lobby and big pro-Israel donors, to balance her support for the Iran deal.
A series of emails released by Wikileaks shows Hillary Clinton pandering to the wealthy Jewish donors on the Iran issue and BDS. She is saying that she will be better for Israel than Obama, but different people seem to understand this differently.
The Center for American Progress hosted a sort of preview of Hillary Clinton’s Middle East policy on Tuesday, with a Clinton adviser and a Gulf state diplomat agreeing that the next president should double down on support for the Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, while ramping up action against Iran.
How does the 45th president of the United States intend to deal with conflicts and disputes in the Middle East?
The former chief executive of Exxon Mobil found himself on the defensive over his reluctance to declare that some dictators were violators of human rights. On climate change, Mr. Tillerson said he did not view it as the imminent national security threat that some others did. On Iran he tried to strike a middle ground between Republicans who said the deal should be scrapped – including Vice President-elect Mike Pence – and those who simply call for tougher enforcement of its provisions.
The US Treasury Department announced the measures against 13 people and a dozen companies on Friday. President Donald Trump tweeted earlier: "Iran is playing with fire – they don't appreciate how 'kind' President Obama was to them. Not me!" But Iran has said it will not yield to "useless" American threats from "an inexperienced person".
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer asserted at Thursday’s press briefing that Iran had attacked a U.S. naval vessel, as part of his argument defending the administration’s bellicose announcement that Iran is “on notice.” It was Houthi rebels who attacked a Saudi frigate. This is how wars start.
The Trump administration has said it was “officially putting Iran on notice” in reaction to a Iranian missile test and an attack on a Saudi warship by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, but gave no details about how Washington intended to respond. The threat was made on Wednesday by the national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in his first public statement since taking office.
The Iranian foreign minister said the American accusations of a missile test should not be used “as a pretext to create new tensions.” The warning, made by Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, came a day after American and Israeli officials accused Iran of having conducted a missile test that they said had violated a United Nations Security Council resolution. Iran contends that it has not violated the resolution and that its missiles are not designed to carry nuclear warheads.