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Why Those Secret Iran Side Deals Matter

August 24, 2015  •  RealClearPolitics

It is past time to disclose and explain Iran's secret deals with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Although the White House has downplayed the importance of these arrangements, calling them "side deals," they raise questions that go to the heart of President Obama's claim that the agreement the six leading powers struck with Iran will deny it a bomb for at least 10 to15 years. These "side" understandings are crucial to evaluating the potential effectiveness of the July agreement, although Secretary of State John Kerry claims not to have read them. A draft of one of them has leaked to the Associated Press, but it raises more questions than it answers.

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How Congress Could Make the Iran Deal Work

August 5, 2015  •  RealClearPolitics

Sen. Bob Corker and Secretary of State John Kerry are both right about the Iran nuclear deal. We were "fleeced," as Corker claims. And outright rejection by Congress, as Kerry asserts, would damage U.S. interests.

Statements by Kerry and his fellow Obama administration cabinet officials, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, highlight the innovations, concessions, and weaknesses of the "deal" that emerged from two years of talks with the Iranians, who are descendants of the earliest chess players.

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Chattanooga's Lone Wolf

July 17, 2015  •  City Journal

Nothing in a profile of 24-year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez would have suggested that he was about to open fire on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and kill four U.S. Marines and three other people on Thursday. By close of business Friday, federal and local law enforcement officials were still scrambling to learn more about the Kuwaiti-born American citizen of Palestinian-Jordanian descent and why he would stage such a shooting spree.

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Iran deal: The best worst option

July 16, 2015  •  Fox News

Arms control agreements are not usually struck between friendly nations. They are either signed by defeated or frightened states, or by enemies who view them as beneficial to their national security despite ongoing enmity.

South Africa gave up its secret nuclear weapons program only after its apartheid government was ousted.

Libya's Muammar Qaddafi renounced his nuclear bomb effort only after America's 2003 invasion of Iraq made him fear that Libya might be next.

The United States and the former Soviet Union negotiated nuclear arms treaties that substantially reduced the nuclear peril to both while still committed to each other's destruction.

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Cuba on the Edge

July 2015  •  Departures

"Cuba, baby!" Millionaire celebrity Paris Hilton exclaimed on Instagram while posing alongside one of the United Buddy Bears, a traveling exhibition of over 140 life-size fiberglass bears on display since January on the San Francisco de Asis Plaza, in Old Havana. In February, supermodel Naomi Campbell was photographed partying with Fidel Castro's son at Havana's Grand Hotel Nacional de Cuba during the 17th annual cigar convention, the Festival del Habano, which attracted some 1,600 cigar aficionados from over 30 nations. In March, Conan O'Brien became the first late-night host to broadcast from the island since Jack Paar interviewed Fidel in 1959. Dressed in a white linen suit and Panama hat, O'Brien was filmed drinking too much rum, massacring the Spanish language, learning to rumba, and rolling a corona in a cigar factory– all the while avoiding the politics and rancor that have characterized Cuban-American relations for the past 50 years.

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