Take First Strike Against North Korea Off the Table

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by Greg Thielmann There has been a blizzard of commentaries in recent months on what U.S. policy should be in the face of North Korea’s defiant efforts to develop nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles. It is the habit of U.S. government officials… Continue Reading  

Anti-Iranism in the Trump Administration

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by Paul R. Pillar One of the most direct indications of Donald Trump’s failure, or refusal, to understand issues involving Iran is his tweeted declaration this week that the Iranians “should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S.… Continue Reading  

“Putting Iran on Notice”—Stop Acting Like A Sovereign Country?

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by Greg Thielmann Iran’s January 29 flight test of a medium-range ballistic missile helped prompt an ominous if ambiguous warning by U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on February 1: “As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.”… Continue Reading  

Bolton: A Prime Mover of the Iraq WMD Fiasco

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by Greg Thielmann The president-elect who repeatedly taunted his Democratic opponent for supporting the Iraq invasion and whose transition team recently dismissed a CIA assessment by noting, “these are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass… Continue Reading  

The Iranian Ballistic Missile Launches That Didn’t Happen

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by Greg Thielmann Iran’s binge of short- and medium-range ballistic missile launches on March 8 and 9 garnered considerable attention in the press and in American political circles. These provocative launches, which coincided with a visit to Israel by Vice… Continue Reading