Justice Department Officials Raised Objections on U.S. Cash Payment to Iran
. . . of course he didn't listen.
Just sitting down to the negotiating table gave the Iranians what they wanted, but actually negotiating was beyond the pale.
In the Immortal Words of Daniel Pipes…
Read the whole thing, but also click through to the underlying article, it has a bit more to offer.
Pipes and I are approximately on the same page. I think the war of reformation will happen between the Shia primarily Iran, and the Sunni, primarily the House of Saud. I think the former are more likely to success, but that is yet open for debate. Regardless, both need to be reformed in heat of the reformational forge. Until they are there is danger of a serious conflict involving not just the Islamic nations, but the West and others as well.
Iran threatens to shut off Strait of Hormuz
The hardliners must be feeling some heat.
Abbas Goes Off Deep End, And Even the NYT Can’t Overlook It
Hate always will out, it is too powerful to contain.
Moderation Postponed in Iran
Maddog has long believed that the Iranian Hardliners are a fixture, and their presence should not alter resumption of US-Iranian relations, or the return of Iran to the family of nations. Obama did the right thing by negotiating an elimination of sanctions, and the core trade deal, but failed to address the nuclear issue correctly.
Ankara and Riyadh maintain uneasy alliance - FT.com
Just as every European nation still seeks to be the next iteration of the Roman Empire.
More after the jump.
Iran fulfils pledge to raise oil production - FT.com
"Iran is fulfilling its pledge to raise oil production and exports almost six months after western sanctions on the sector were lifted, surprising many analysts and commentators."
Iran is producing oil at an amazing pace, and that is before hosting US oil specialists, and consultants.
Iran's oil production is making a big comeback
"Market data from Reuters shows that Iranian crude oil exports in April reached 2.3 million barrels per day, exceeding forecasts, while May exports are expected to be around 2.1 million barrels per day—or almost 60 percent higher than a year ago.
Saudi Arabia Delays Payment to Contractors, Considers IOUs: Liquidity Crunch at Best | MishTalk
The collapse is happening even faster than forecast here at the lair!
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