More Worrying News From Iran

When staff at the United Nations, an organization known far more for appeasement than confrontation, are more hawkish than even the Bush Administration was on Iran, you know we are getting very near the point of no return: Senior staff members of the United Nations nuclear agency have concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran [...]

The End of an Illusion

Apologists for Iran have long insisted that there is no proof that Iran has bad intentions for its nuclear program, that it is peaceful, that those who say otherwise are engaging in the sequel to the fruitless hunt for Iraq’s nonexistent WMD stockpiles. Anyone who harbors that illusion any longer is the saddest of fools: [...]

What’s Behind Obama’s Timid Response to the Iranian Election?

John Dickerson says it’s reluctance to jeopardize diplomacy aimed at solving the nuclear issue, a sentiment Robert Kagan echoes…but Fred Kaplan says enough: Given the near-certainty that Iran’s election was fixed and the documented fact that protesters are being brutalized, there is no way that Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could go to [...]

Who REALLY Won Iran’s Election?

The plain fact is, I don’t know. I strongly doubt Ahmadinejad got 63% of the vote. Voices on the right, yes, but also voices on the left such as Roger Cohen and Juan Cole are expressing grave doubts about the validity of the vote. On the other hand, it is POSSIBLE that Ahmadinejad won, however [...]

My Take On The Obama Speech

First of all, it was a major speech, obviously.  Some notable bullet points: (1) Obama did not use the word terrorism or any variant in the entirety of the speech.  That can only be deliberate, one presumes to avoid fanning the flames considering the primary audience was intended to be the Arab public. (2)  The [...]

You Gotta Hand It To That Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…

…he’s one classy individual!  I mean, what a gesture, attacking Israel for aggression “under the pretext of Nazi suffering” on the day that Jewish communities mark the Holocaust.  Kudos to the European delegations for walking out on him – and eternal shame to those heartless bastards who applauded him: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran on [...]

One Of Those Days…

Lots of news today, but nothing that excites me to comment much. Hillary Clinton to engage Iran and Syria? Fine, but as we’ve seen from North Korea, nations with bad intentions can play nations with good intentions like a fiddle.  I’m going to be watching this with great skepticism. Citigroup to break up?  Okay by [...]

War With Iran Is Immiment – Or Maybe Not

I’m late on highlighting this, but with the resignation of Admiral Fallon, top military man in the Middle East, last week, tongues started wagging again about our plans re:Iran. Widely quoted was this Terry Atlas U.S. News piece giving six reasons we may be going to war with Iran. In the Washington Post, William Arkin [...]

Why The Change On Iran? Some Details Emerge

Good piece from David Sanger in this morning’s NY Times on the events that led up to the changed NIE on Iran’s nuclear ambitions: American intelligence agencies reversed their view about the status of Iran’s nuclear weapons program after they obtained notes last summer from the deliberations of Iranian military officials involved in the weapons [...]

You Can’t Have Your Cake…Etc., Etc.

As the impact of the Iran NIE sinks in, it is apparent that some folks are so set on absolving Iran that they ignore the ‘high certainty’ of the estimate that Iran DID, in fact, have a nuclear weapons program until 2003, and the ‘high certainty’ that they could start it back up pretty much [...]

Two Surprises

I must say, I am astonished that emerging tyrant Hugo Chavez is letting (for now, at least) a quite public rebuke of his rule stand: Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez suffered an unprecedented defeat after voters on Sunday rejected a constitutional package of 69 reforms that included scrapping presidential term limits and declaring Venezuela a socialist [...]

An Improving Iraq Forcing Dems To Reevaluate

Not even the Democratic presidential nominees can ignore the progress in Iraq any longer: As violence declines in Baghdad, the leading Democratic presidential candidates are undertaking a new and challenging balancing act on Iraq: acknowledging that success, trying to shift the focus to the lack of political progress there, and highlighting more domestic concerns like [...]

Hitchens Greets The Rising Tide In Iraq With Welcoming Skepticism

Perhaps still stinging from his fervent declarations in the war’s beginning that it was only a matter of time until the WMDs were found, Christopher Hitchens now plays the skeptic to news of a turning point in Iraq – although certainly a hopeful skeptic, at that: A few weeks ago, in Britain’s Prospect magazine, the [...]

Victory Within Reach?

Hmmm…even I haven’t been THIS optimistic about the war: Should we declare victory over al Qaeda in the battle of Iraq? The very question would have seemed proof of dementia only a few months ago, yet now some highly respected military officers, including the commander of Special Forces in Iraq, Gen. Stanley McCrystal, reportedly feel [...]

The Syrian Target Was A Nuclear Reactor

I think we can finally lay this one to rest.  The NY Times becomes the latest media outlet to add to what by now appears to be all but official: Syria was seeking a nuclear program, backed by North Korea. Israel’s air attack on Syria last month was directed against a site that Israeli and [...]

A Welcome Sign…If You Read Between The Lines

Why is further confirmation from ABC News that the Israeli air strike on Syria was against a nuclear facility good news?  First, the excerpt: The September Israeli airstrike on a suspected nuclear site in Syria had been in the works for months, ABC News has learned, and was delayed only at the strong urging of [...]

Strange Bedfellows

Despite much controversy over the decision to invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia, give credit to the institution’s president for pulling no punches: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the stage at Columbia University on Monday to a blistering reception from the president of the school, who said the hard-line leader behaved like “a petty [...]

A Message To Iran

This is the third posting I’ve done on the Israeli raid on Syria, and given my reduced blogging load, that’s quite a bit, but the story has the potential to be the biggest story of the year. I use the phrase ‘has the potential’ with all deliberateness, because it’s easy to go overboard on these [...]

Israel’s Raid On Syria Becoming Less Mysterious

A number of new articles have shed light on Israel’s air raid on Syria on September 6th, and it is becoming more and more probable that it was related to nuclear trade between Syria and North Korea: Israel’s decision to attack Syria on Sept. 6, bombing a suspected nuclear site set up in apparent collaboration [...]

A Palestinian Civil War – And The Wrong Side Is Winning

Well, these are dark days indeed for Israel and its supporters, as Hamas is very close to pulling off a coup: Fighters from the Islamic party Hamas claimed full control of Palestinian Authority security agencies in Gaza late Thursday as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved his unity government and declared a state of emergency. Fighters [...]