Anatomy of a Blown Story: Jennifer Rubin and the Norway Terror Attacks

Thomas Joscelyn

The neoconservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin came under fire recently (including from me) for jumping prematurely to blame Islamic extremists for the terror attacks in Norway. The Post’s ombudsperson wrote a less-than-compelling defense of Rubin which, in turn, provoked even… Continue Reading  

Has the Arab Spring by-passed Iran? Why?

Posted with the permission of Gary’s Choices By Gary Sick Michelle Moghtader of CNN has collected a set of reasons why Iran is not experiencing the same kind of turmoil as are other countries in the Middle East. The commentators… Continue Reading  

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Two-Faced Washington

Lowering America’s War Ceiling? Imperial Psychosis on Display By Tom Engelhardt Reprinted with permission of By now, it seems as if everybody and his brother has joined the debt-ceiling imbroglio in Washington, perhaps the strangest homespun drama of our time.  It’s… Continue Reading  

Links between Iran and Al Qaeda Misconstrued

Last week newspapers were abuzz about a July 28 treasury Department’s press release titled “Treasury Targets Key Al-Qa’ida Funding and Support Network Using Iran as a Critical Transit Point.” As Jim Lobe points out in his must-read article on the… Continue Reading  

Former Intelligence Chief Blair Calls for End to Drone War

Noah Shachtman has the story about Adm. Dennis Blair, the former Director of National Intelligence, who just called for a sweeping reconsideration of U.S. strategy in what used to be called the “global war on terror”. In particular, Blair questioned… Continue Reading