August 10, 2016
By Tom Ridge Last week, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei accused the United States of failing to honor pledges in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Citing "the futility of negotiations with the Americans," he distanced himself from the nuclear deal he once supported. Coming just weeks after the one-year anniversary of the agreement, his charge is just another in an escalating war of words from Tehran that remind the world that the "era of good feelings" promised by U.S. negotiators never came to pass.
July 25, 2016 |
For many years, I read about the rich history of Persia and yearned to see the wonders left behind in Iran, but when I told my friends I wanted to visit Iran, they thought I was crazy. They didn't believe it was safe, or they thought Iranians would be hostile toward Americans. Nothing could be further from the truth: The people's friendly welcome was rivaled only by the beautiful remains of Persian culture. I started my 11-day tour of Iran in April in the ancient Persian city of Persepolis, where 3,000-year-old palaces and gateways built by Xerxes and Darius the Great still stand.
May 22, 2016
Answer: Pakistan. It borders Afghanistan, China, India, and Iran.
April 5, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - On policy, the three Pennsylvania Democrats running for U.S. Senate have shown few differences. With only subtle distinctions, Joe Sestak, Katie McGinty, and John Fetterman all broadly support key party planks: higher wages for the working class, the Affordable Care Act, tougher gun laws, abortion rights, same-sex marriage, the Iran nuclear deal, and the idea that the government should combat climate change. Their only major policy disagreement is on trade deals. But as their race enters its final stretch before the April 26 primary, they have staked out competing personal stories and points of emphasis to pitch to voters.
March 1, 2016 |
State of the world, Year Eight of Barack Obama: China. In the South China Sea, on a speck of land of disputed sovereignty far from its borders, China has just installed antiaircraft batteries and stationed fighter jets. This after China landed planes on an artificial island it created on another disputed island chain (the Spratlys, claimed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam). These facilities now function as forward bases for Beijing to challenge seven decades of American naval dominance of the Pacific Rim. "China is clearly militarizing the South China Sea," the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command told Congress on Tuesday.
January 25, 2016
Edward Colimore is a former Inquirer staff writer The Gulf War had just broken out. Jeff Zaun, a Navy navigator and bombardier, was nestled in the cockpit of an A-6E Intruder, poised to drop cluster bombs on an Iraqi air base when a missile struck. The Cherry Hill native ejected along with pilot Bob Wetzel, who broke both arms exiting, and the two were captured and later whisked away to Baghdad for interrogation. In the days that followed, Zaun became the face of the first Gulf War, the image of the battered, bloodied American POW appearing on front pages, magazine covers, and televisions around the world.
January 22, 2016 |
Now that the Iran nuclear deal is a done deal, what next? More quickly than expected, Tehran has dismantled large portions of its nuclear program, leading to the lifting of the sanctions imposed on its nuclear activities. Contrary to the critics, this deal does make the Mideast safer - for now. But it also raises the controversial question of whether the deal will trigger a broader shift in U.S.-Iranian relations. The quick release of 10 U.S. sailors who strayed into Iranian waters and a prisoner swap last week have been hailed by administration officials as the beginning of a new era in U.S.-Iranian relations.
January 19, 2016
Prisoner swap draws a range of reactions from local lawmakers and candidates. A4. Iran gains economic relief, but moderate leader still faces challenges. A4.
January 19, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - News over the weekend that Iran had dismantled key components of its nuclear program and released five American prisoners emboldened some local supporters of President Obama's diplomatic efforts, though others urged caution and critics continued to question the international nuclear accord that led to those steps. The reactions came as the developments offered new context for a deal that has anguished many local officials, brought fierce resistance from some and stirred clashes in the early stages of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race.
January 6, 2016
By Pat Toomey and Tom Ridge On Dec. 16, Secretary of State John Kerry certified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Iran is in full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and that the "suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the agreement is appropriate . . . and is vital to the national security interests of the United States. " If this delusion results in the imminent lifting of sanctions, Iran will gain immediate access to more than $100 billion; the sanctions regime will be effectively over; and the only incentive for Iran even to pretend to comply with the agreement will be gone.