Attacking Iran Is Like Setting Off Nuclear Bombs on the Ground

As you can tell by the title, this 61-page paper, The Ayatollah’s Nuclear Gamble, is not Tehran-friendly. The report, released in September, is the product of Khosrow B. Semnani, an Iranian-American industrialist and philanthropist with, according to his bio,...

P5+1 Stacks the Deck Against Iran

At Sic Semper Tyrannis (Pat Lang’s blog), Dr. Christopher Bolan of the U.S. Army War College wrote about “the relative ease with which the US and Iran could now easily drift toward war with dire consequences for both sides.” He cited five reasons:...

Question of Iran Pits Israeli Intelligence Against Meshuggeneh Fringe

Cross-posted from Colorado Progressive Jewish News. An open clash between Israelis at a major meeting in New York City gives ample evidence of a growing divide in Israel over attacking Iran. The tensions have been brewing under the surface for some time now, with...

Iran Errata: Encouraging Words Turn Out to Be Repackaged

It seemed like we were hearing some encouraging words on U.S.-Iran relations. On April 27, Paul Richter of the Los Angeles Times reported: In what would be a significant concession, Obama administration officials. … said they might agree to let Iran continue...

When Nuclear Weapons Programs Fail to Ripen

One can’t help but suspect that a key reason the public and even many policymakers believe that Iran is close to developing nuclear weapons is the sheer length of time that the words “Iran” and “nuclear” have been uttered in the same...

Albright and ISIS Still Believe Danilenko and Parchin Are Radioactive

On March 14 I we posted a piece titled Do Albright and ISIS Buy Parchin Clean-up Story or Don’t They? Excerpt: The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) refers to itself as a “non-partisan institution that focuses on stopping the spread...

Iran Errata: Parchin and the Common Ground of Afghanistan

At Foreign Policy, Mark Fitzpatrick of the International Institute for Strategic Studies writes about the dispute between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. If you’ll recall, the IAEA is trying to determine if Iran once conducted high-explosives...

The West Judges Iran by Not One, But Two Double Standards

Iranian émigré Muhammad Sahimi is a petroleum engineering professor at the University of Southern California and a regular commentator at PBS Front Line’s Tehran Bureau. In an article at IDE: Views on MidEast, he writes about the recent...

Putting a Country on a Leash: Iran and Uranium

With increasing frequency, we hear that the United States would be wise to allow Iran to continue to enrich uranium. We’re not a big fan of former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller — another one of those commentators whose credibility was...

Is Disarmament to Proliferation as Spending Is to Austerity?

The Institute for Science and International Security is dedicated to preventing nuclear proliferation and its president, David Albright, is often quoted in the mainstream media. Much of its energy is spent in raising the alarm about Iran, though — thank goodness...

Israel Attacking Iran Is Like Kettle Bombing the Pot Black

Israel denouncing Iran for enriching uranium and working on nuclear-weapons technology is like a kettle calling the pot black. First, in the interests of clarity, this author is not an Iran apologist. But, however destabilizing, not to mention duplicitous,...