Congress Questions Gulf Arms Sales

by Derek Davison Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper on Wednesday told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the Trump administration’s decision to rush weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was… Continue Reading

New Iranian President; Same Old US Approach

by Robert E. Hunter Twenty-five years ago, on July 3, 1998, the USS Vincennes, operating in the Persian Gulf, shot down an Iranian commercial airliner, killing all 290 people on board. Debate continues about why this happened. Misidentification of the… Continue Reading

Why Have An Intelligence Community When AIPAC Knows Better?

by Jim Lobe I guess that’s one of the things that occurred to me when I received this Press Release and the letter to the president (reproduced below my post) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) yesterday. All but one… Continue Reading

The Daily Talking Points

News and views relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for Oct. 28 – Nov. 2 IPS News: Further to Jim’s post yesterday is his article about the approval of two bills calling for “sweeping sanctions” against Iran by the Foreign Affairs Committee… Continue Reading

The “How To Rally the Iranian People Behind Their Regime Act of 2011”

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will be marking up its version of the Iran sanctions bill on Wednesday, and last-minute additions by the Chair, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, will no doubt provoke great enthusiasm among the hardest of hard-liners in… Continue Reading