Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 682)
 

Remember “Ahmadinejad Won. Get Over It.”

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Posted by    Monday, June 22, 2009 at 9:47am 6/22/2009 at 9:47am

Flynt and Hillary Leverett of the New America Foundation are two of the main proponents of the “Grand Bargain” approach to Iran which has been adopted by the Obama administration. The Grand Bargain approach seeks to have the current Iranian regime promise to cease nuclear weapons development and exporting terror, in...

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Iran Election Fraud Truthers Emerge

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Posted by    Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 10:43am 6/21/2009 at 10:43am

The claims of election fraud in Iran and resulting civil unrest have given rise to a conspiracy theory which is making its way through the internet: The claims of Iranian election fraud are an Israeli-created hoax spread by manipulating Twitter.

The first reference to this conspir...

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Father of Nuclear Program Turns Dissident, Again

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Posted by    Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 9:11pm 6/20/2009 at 9:11pm

Many, including Barack Obama, have dismissed the notion that Mir Hossein Mousavi, the leader of the opposition in Iran, would make any difference to the policy of Iran since Mousavi, among other things, is considered the father of the Iranian nuclear program, and is steeped in the ideology of the Iranian...

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Margaret Thatcher: Free Society Speech (1975)

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Posted by    Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 8:56am 6/20/2009 at 8:56am


(h/t MAinfo)

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NeoCon Derangement Syndrome On Steroids

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Posted by    Friday, June 19, 2009 at 2:05pm 6/19/2009 at 2:05pm

To read Andrew Sullivan’s posts on the suppression of the opposition in Iran, you would think American “NeoCons” (whoever they may be) were in the streets swinging batons from the backs of motorcycles, trashing the library at Tehran University, and breaking into homes in pursuit of demonstrators.

Sullivan’s post,

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The Soviet Analogy and Iran

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Posted by    Friday, June 19, 2009 at 10:46am 6/19/2009 at 10:46am

Is the collapse of the Soviet Union a reasonable analogy for what may happen in Iran? There are certain parallels, including repressive regimes bent on imposing ideology to perpetuate their own rule. In each case, it is hard to imagine how the repression could end, since the regime has support from...

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Will It Be Hope Or Realpolitik For Obama In Iran?

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Posted by    Friday, June 19, 2009 at 8:17am 6/19/2009 at 8:17am

The “Supreme Leader” of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, staked out the hardest of lines today, demanding that Iran’s opposition accept the official election results and stop street protests, or else. He blamed the violence on “ill-wishers, mercenaries and elements working for the espionage machines of Zionism and western powers” as the...

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Now Iran Plays The Zionist-Plot Card

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Posted by    Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 12:38pm 6/18/2009 at 12:38pm

There is a lot more to the turmoil in Iran than meets the eye. I think the threat to the regime is more serious than people let on, if the world keeps watching and Iran is not permitted to pull a North Korea and seal off the country from the flow...

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Iran Plays The Meddle Card

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 1:44pm 6/17/2009 at 1:44pm

You knew this was inevitable. Regardless of what Barack Obama said or did, the Iranian regime would accuse the U.S. of meddling in Iran’s internal affairs:

Iran accused the United States on Wednesday of “intolerable” meddling in its internal affairs, alleging for the first time that Washington has fueled a bitter post...

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Why Are Iranians Using English On Protest Signs?

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 8:24am 6/17/2009 at 8:24am

Barack Obama has come under criticism not only for his silence for several days, but also his failure to issue more forceful words of support for the protest movement in Iran.

Others counter that more forceful words of support would be counter productive, that there is no evidence the opposition movement wants...

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Avoiding Doom In Iran

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 4:59pm 6/16/2009 at 4:59pm

There has been much dialogue, including on this blog, about the proper posture for the Obama administration to take with regard to the reform movement and protests in Iran. Many commenters argue that only Iranians can decide what...

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Deception and Tyranny Key To Health Care Reform

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 4:21pm 6/16/2009 at 4:21pm

David Brooks has a piece in today’s NY Times in which he explains how Barack Obama will pass health care reform. The solution can be summed up in two words: Deception and Tyranny.

After allowing the political process (and all those messy bad interest groups) to put forth their ideas, a large...

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Health Insurance Fraud Exposed

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 8:53am 6/16/2009 at 8:53am

The Congressional Budget Office has released its preliminary assessment of draft legislation to reform health insurance, and the picture is ugly. (h/t/ HotAir)

Contrary to the cl...

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Is A Free Iraq Coming Home To Roost In Iran?

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Posted by    Monday, June 15, 2009 at 6:53pm 6/15/2009 at 6:53pm

In the weeks prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Johns Hopkins Professor and noted Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami wrote that a free Iraq might have a profound impact on neighboring Iran:

It is in the nature of things today, in an Iranian society deeply divided between those who...

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He Who Cannot Stop Talking, Is Silent On Iran

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Posted by    Monday, June 15, 2009 at 12:14pm 6/15/2009 at 12:14pm

Barack Obama’s proclivity to talk endlessly, particularly on television, has earned the mockery of supporters such as Bill Maher. But on what may be the most important evolving events in a generation, Obama is silent.

As hundreds of thousands of Iranians protest fraudulent elections, and demand reform, Obama and his administration have...

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When A Woman’s Right To Choose Results In Fewer Women – In The U.S.

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Posted by    Monday, June 15, 2009 at 10:22am 6/15/2009 at 10:22am

A study reported in today’s New York Times suggests that the practice of sex-selection, commonplace in Asia, continues in subsequent generations of immigrants to the United States:

The trend is buried deep in United States census data: seemingly minute deviations in the proportion of boys and girls born to Americans of...

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No Win In Iran

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Posted by    Monday, June 15, 2009 at 5:57am 6/15/2009 at 5:57am

The Washington Post reports that the Iranian election outcome is consistent with its polling in Iran prior to the election. Not everyone is convinced by the Post numbers. Nonetheless, while noting the difficulty of polling in Iran, the Post article raises a interesting question.

If the official results are accur...

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