The Daily Talking Points

News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for January 25: The Washington Post: The Post’s editorial board says that “last weekend’s meetings in Istanbul between Iranian representatives and a six-nation coalition can only be seen as a serious setback” for the… Continue Reading  

Paul Pillar: P5+1 Has Lost Sight of Its Real Objectives

Georgetown visiting professor and CIA veteran Paul Pillar had a post up on Friday at The National Interest in which he asks some tough questions about the administration’s tactics in negotiating a fuel swap agreement with Iran. Striking at the… Continue Reading  

Tomgram: Juan Cole, American Policy on the Brink

The Corruption Game What the Tunisian Revolution and WikiLeaks Tell Us about American Support for Corrupt Dictatorships in the Muslim World By Juan Cole Reprinted with permission of Here’s one obvious lesson of the Tunisian Revolution of 2011: paranoia about… Continue Reading  

The Dishonesty of Jennifer Rubin (Con’t, ad nauseam)

Jennifer Rubin has spent much time advocating for escalating U.S. measures on Iran. At Commentary, she called a U.S. attack on the Islamic Republic the “best of the disagreeable options.” Now, at the Post, Rubin seems to have softened this view,… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for January 21-24: The Washington Post: Jennifer Rubin blogs, after the conclusion of the P5+1 talks in Istanbul, that “Instead of talking to an Iranian regime that has shown no interest in negotiations —… Continue Reading