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Good morning, Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, September 27, 2013 at 4:42pm 9/27/2013 at 4:42pm

Obama held a victory dance over Senate Republicans as part of a press statement today.

Before he got around to gloating and calling the Tea Party extremists, Obama started with the big announcement that he had spoken by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani:

I do believe that there is a...

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Losing is good for you

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 10:32am 9/25/2013 at 10:32am

I had heard much of President Obama’s speech at the U.N. yesterday. I know what annoyed me most about it.

Then I saw the online section of today’s New York Times opinion section. I think they explained my discomfiture very well.

Here are a few excerpts from President Obama’s General Assembly speech:

Together, we’ve...

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Now that Syria’s Chemical Weapon use confirmed, what does that tell us about Iran?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 5:40pm 9/24/2013 at 5:40pm

In addition to last week’s Wall Street Journal article about Iran’s role in training Shi’ites to fight in Syria, there was another important article.

The New York Times reported U.N. Data on Gas Attack Point to Assad’s Top Forces.

The inspectors, instructed to investigate...

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Iran Continues to Support Assad’s Savagery under “Moderate” Rouhani

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 23, 2013 at 1:50pm 9/23/2013 at 1:50pm

In recent weeks, the New York Times has been playing up the moderation of Iran’s new government, especially that of its new president Hassan Rouhani.

Yesterday’s editorial, President Rouhani Comes to Town ahead of Rouhani’s speech before the U.N. later this week, is one more element of that campaign.

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Op-Enemies in vogue at NY Times and WaPo

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:20pm 9/22/2013 at 12:20pm

Within the past two weeks, two of the most prestigious American newspapers published op-eds of enemies of the United States.

Earlier this month, the New York Times published an op-ed by Vladimir Putin of Russia arguing...

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Kerry-Lavrov deal also a big win for Iran’s Syrian War

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 16, 2013 at 12:01pm 9/16/2013 at 12:01pm

A lot of attention is focused on Jihadist elements fighting in Syria, and the more “secular” Assad regime.

The most underreported aspect of the civil war is that it’s not just a civil war, it’s a grand power-play by Iran to keep control of Syria as a place both to prepare for...

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Obama’s Use of Force Bluff

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 16, 2013 at 9:55am 9/16/2013 at 9:55am

After President Obama chose to ask for Congressional approval for any military action against Syria, NBC reported The White House walk-and-talk that changed Obama’s mind on Syria:

The plan was immediately met with robust resistance from a whiplashed Obama team who had listened to Kerry lay out the administration’s strongest case yet...

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The Deal: In order to remove the threat of Bashar Assad, we have to save Bashar Assad

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10:31pm 9/14/2013 at 10:31pm

Mandy covered this morning the outline of the “principles” agreed upon by the U.S. and Russia for Syria to end its possession of chemical weapons.

The deal, announced as we were waking this morning, is being spun a variety of ways.  It holds the promise of removing chemical weapons from someone who is...

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Hiding WMD in Plain Sight

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 4:15pm 9/11/2013 at 4:15pm

Yesterday the New York Times reported With the World Watching, Syria Amassed Nerve Gas. The article documents how, despite international efforts to prevent it, Syria built up its supply of chemical weapons.

Proliferation experts said President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and his father before him, former President Hafez al-Assad, were greatly helped...

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Forgotten History: Assad has the blood of American soldiers on his hands

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:20am 9/9/2013 at 11:20am

One of the reasons most often cited why the United States should not get involved in any way despite the use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces is that Assad may be a brutal thug inside Syria, but he poses no threat outside Syria.

Indeed, Assad’s brutality inside Syria long pre-dates...

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Syria: Cluster bombs won’t solve this cluster—- (Update – British parliament vote delayed for lack of support)

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 1:46pm 8/28/2013 at 1:46pm

If you’ve noticed, I haven’t weighed in on what to do in Syria.

We’re pretty much stuck to straight reporting.

We’re in a real mess. As pointed out before, it’s a matter of bad or worse in the Syrian civil war. It’s just hard to know who is just bad and who is...

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Why Hezbollah fights on in Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 6:30pm 8/20/2013 at 6:30pm

It took a while but a few weeks ago the European Union designated Hezbollah’s “military wing” to be a terrorist organization. There is some speculation as to why the EU took the action, but it seems likely that Hezbollah’s support of Assad was a major factor.

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It’s time for a free and independent Kurdistan

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:00am 8/11/2013 at 11:00am

Why not?

The Kurds out number Palestinians several times over, and unlike Palestinians, have a real ethnic and cultural distinction from surrounding Arabs (and in Turkey, Turks). But for Europeans drawing lines on maps and Turkish national ambitions, there should h...

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Rouhani Roulette

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:00am 8/5/2013 at 10:00am

The official translation was wrong

On Friday, the soon to be inaugurated President Hassan Rouhani of Iran was reported to have made some very un-moderate comments about Israel. But then it turned out that the comments were not as bad as advertised.

Here are some tweets from Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran Bureau Chief...

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Will Hamas suck up to Iran to save itself?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm 8/1/2013 at 12:30pm

Troubles for Hamas in Gaza

In The New Republic, Ehud Yaari explains some of the reasons Hamas is in trouble. Its Muslim Brotherhood patrons in Egypt fell from power after it alienated Iran for stopping its support of Bashar Assad. These changes have precipitated a leadership split in Hamas.

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The Great Shi’ite Hope

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 29, 2013 at 12:30pm 7/29/2013 at 12:30pm

Getting to sort of know you

The New York Times published a rousing tribute to incoming Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, President-Elect Stirs Optimism in Iran and West. The profile starts with an anecdote:

Bogged down in faltering nuclear talks with the European powers nearly 10 years ago, Hassan Rouhani did something that no...

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Iran Demands Justice for Trayvon Martin

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 22, 2013 at 5:00pm 7/22/2013 at 5:00pm

1) The Executioners Demand Justice

Perhaps one of the oddest stories appearing yesterday was Iran’s Mullahs Demand Justice for Trayvon.

According to the semi-official Iranian website Press TV:

“The acquittal of the murderer of the teenage African American once aga...

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