By Michael Doran
Posted on Brookings on November 24, 2013
One's evaluation of the nuclear deal depends on how one understands the broader context of US-Iranian relations. There are potential pathways ahead that might not be all that bad. But I am pessimistic. I see the deal as a deceptively pleasant way station on the long and bloody road that is the American retreat from the Middle East.
By Ramesh Sepehrrad
Posted on The Hill on November 01, 2013
In Iraq, the buck stops with the Prime Minister, Nouri Al-Maliki, more so than any other country. He is the Commander in Chief, the acting Minister of Defense, the acting Minister of Interior, the acting Minister of National Security and the Head of Intelligence.
By Allan Gerson
Posted on UPI.COM on September 10, 2013
After all the convulsing it comes down to this: whether to extricate President Obama from his own folly in dealing with Syria.
The President is in a predicament of his own creation. Had he enforced the red-line he drew, had he authorized some small military strike, whatever turmoil might have followed from Congress or others would have been short-lived. Now the entire international spotlight rests on him. And the stakes are enormously higher, because if he does now what he might have easily done before - just a shot across the bow - we will be seen as toothless. And, if Congress fails to authorize action, paralyzing the President, U.S. national security will indeed suffer as our red-lines will become meaningless, leaving us to be perceived as a paper tiger or a faint-hearted "humanitarian", or both.
By Struan Stevenson
Posted on UPI.COM on July 12, 2013
How easily the West allows itself to be repeatedly duped by the religious fascist rulers of Iran. Past-masters at the art of deception, they have defied world opinion for the past decade in their race to build nuclear weapons but after eight tortuous years of confrontation with the unstable Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the helm, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei finally realized that the only way to buy more time was to convince the West that a moderate had emerged as the new president of Iran.