Tag Archives: Iran

Wikileaks pulls the lid off U.S. diplomacy

Today Wikileaks released approximately 250,000 confidential documents related to U.S. government diplomacy. This NY Times story runs down some of the highlights. The big takeaways? Saudi Arabia wants us to attack Iran for them Israel is ready to attack Iran U.S. diplomats to the U.N. are spying on their colleagues The U.S. is really worried about […]

Ahmadinejad Proposes Debate with Obama

“We are ready to sit down with Mr .Obama face-to-face, and put the global issues on the table, man-to-man, freely, and in front of the media and see whose solutions are better,” Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday. His country has been the target of a series of U.N. sanctions, most recently in June, because […]

Why sanctions are stupid, Vol. MMMMDLXVIII

Here’s an article describing how Iran has been evading economic sanctions put in place because of their nuclear program. Let’s also remember that decades of sanctions against Cuba has yet to lead to regime change there but has likely set back their economy  great deal (and kept me from getting top-notch cigars). Likewise, decades of […]

Roundup for Friday 2/12/10

Daniel Larison analyzes yesterday’s Iranian protests and concludes, “there is not much yesterday that happened in Iran that most people in the West should find encouraging.” Ezra Klein thinks Obama could learn a few things from the Bush administration to help advance the Democratic agenda: “In [Bush’s] first year in office, he was using recess […]

Another crackdown in Iran

Andrew Sullivan’s the Daily Dish, and Robert Mackey of the NY Times have the latest updates.

U.S. to Iran: Do as I say, not as I do

Am I the only one that thinks there is a lot of cognitive dissonance in this statement from Obama? “Iran has an opportunity to present and demonstrate its peaceful intentions but if it fails to take this opportunity, there will be consequences.” In other words: Be peaceful or we’ll bomb you! __________ Starting a war […]

U.S. violations of nuclear non-proliferation

Robert McNamara, head of the Department of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, offered the following analysis in 2005: “I would characterize current U.S. nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary and dreadfully dangerous.” (FAIR) Debates about nuclear weapons typically feature lawmakers hyping the potential dangers we face from nuclear-powered foes like Iran […]

Checking the media’s Iran hysteria

Our national media seems intent on replicating their dubious behavior from the run up to the Iraq invasion. This time the target of their fearmongering is Iran. FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) collects some of the media’s most dubious assertions about the nature of the Iranian nuclear program and notes: there is no firm […]

10 Myths about Iran

Go read this article by Juan Cole now. The short version: Iran is aggressive and has threatened to attack Israel, its neighbors or the U.S. Reality: Iran has not launched an aggressive war modern history (unlike the U.S. or Israel). Iran is a militarized society bristling with dangerous weapons and a growing threat to world […]


Am I the only one that thinks we’re about to do something foolish to Iran? The fearmongering reminds me of 2002 in the run up to the Iraq invasion.