Iran Deal: Is Obama Channeling Nixon?

Iran Deal: Is Obama Channeling Nixon?

One of the greatest moments of U.S. diplomacy in the 20th century was Nixon’s opening to China. It was a surprise, a breathtaking opportunity, and a true game-changer. It was also one of the strangest political matches of all time. A president who had established his...
Iran: Deal or No Deal?

Iran: Deal or No Deal?

The full-page ad in this week’s Washington Post portraying President Obama as history’s favorite whipping boy, Neville Chamberlain, was wrong in nearly every one of its many strident particulars. It was wrong in suggesting that a nuclear agreement with Iran is...
The Futility of Seeking “Strategic Clarity” on Iran

The Futility of Seeking “Strategic Clarity” on Iran

Three recent reports highlight the appeal (and folly) of demanding greater clarity in the case of Iran’s nuclear capabilities in the hopes that an equally obvious US/Israeli policy response can be devised. Seeking such clarity in inherently ambiguous situations...

West Falls for Iran’s Show of “Sanitizing” Parchin

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Western governments claim that satellite images show Iran is trying to scrub a site at its Parchin military complex clean of evidence of nuclear weapons experiments. In response, Gareth Porter wrote at IPS on June 8:...
Senators Moving On To The Next War

Senators Moving On To The Next War

Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) want war with Iran and refuse to learn lessons from the futile wars this country has perpetrated since U.S. troops landed in Korea in 1950. They begin with “facts not in evidence,” as lawyers say....
As Always, Good News About Nukes Soon Eclipsed by the Bad

As Always, Good News About Nukes Soon Eclipsed by the Bad

As we reported recently: The new budget for fiscal year 2013 (which begins on October 1) just released, reports Chris Schneidmiller for Global Security Newswire, calls for the Energy Department’s semiautonomous National Nuclear Security Administration to receive...
Iran: Willing to Deal

Iran: Willing to Deal

With the United States and the European Union (EU) imposing one of the toughest sanction regimes ever on Iran, the world is inching closer to a potential catastrophic war at the heart of the Middle East. Meanwhile, Israel is suggesting a pre-emptive strike if...
We’ve Seen the Threats Against Iran Before

We’ve Seen the Threats Against Iran Before

Here we go again with the Iran hysteria. It is tempting to think this time will be just like previous periods of sabre rattling against Iran. But there are significant new dangers. The Arab Spring, Israel’s position, changes in the regional and global balance of...

New Iran Sanctions Would Do More Harm than Good

Led by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Congress moved recently to place new sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran. Certainly, the United States must remain active in its efforts to deter Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program, but these...
Is Iran Iraq All Over Again?

Is Iran Iraq All Over Again?

For at least the past two decades, political leaders in the United States and Israel have warned that Iran was on the threshold of building a nuclear weapon. From what we’ve been hearing lately from the media, Iran is once again…on that threshold. Touting...
Do Iran’s Objections to the IAEA Report Deserve Consideration?

Do Iran’s Objections to the IAEA Report Deserve Consideration?

Much of the U.S. media, with instigation from hawkish voices in Israel, France, the U.K. and the U.S., has been whipped into an anti-Iran frenzy over the last week surrounding the release of a much-ballyhooed report from the Director General of the International...

Iran: No Smoking Gun Found for Ticking Time Bomb

At Foreign Policy, Mark Hibbs, the reporter who helped break the AQ Khan-nuclear black market story and is now with the Carnegie Endowment, writes: The International Atomic Energy Agency’s newest report on Iran’s nuclear program … brings forth...

Flogging a Dead Agreement

The Indian government suddenly finds itself under intense and mounting U.S. pressure to complete a nuclear agreement during the present U.S. administration. “We don’t have all the time in the world,” Nicholas Burns bluntly said this month. One of the...