Trump on Iran: A Lie That May Lead to War

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by Paul R. Pillar On the first work day of the new year, President Trump held a cabinet meeting that was open to the press and consisted mostly of a rambling monologue by the president about border walls and assorted… Continue Reading  

The Economic War Against Iran

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj There is a telling line in Thomas Erdbrink’s recent report on Iran’s roiling currency crisis. Erbrink speaks to Kaveh and Reihaneh Taymouri, whose monthly household income fell from about $1,400 to just $90 following the collapse of… Continue Reading  

Brussels, not Tehran, in Pompeo’s Crosshairs

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (U.S. Embassy Poland)

by Eldar Mamedov During his trip to the Middle East the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced an international summit in Warsaw on February 13-14 to “promote freedom, peace and stability in the Middle East.” Such objectives, judging by his… Continue Reading  

Don’t Rule Out the Possibility of War with Iran

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by Shireen T. Hunter      According to press reports, Iran has all but despaired of the European Union’s ability—or, perhaps more accurately, willingness—to work out a system of financial transactions that could facilitate Tehran’s trade with Europe. Not only that,… Continue Reading  

Pompeo in Cairo: Anti-Obama, Anti-Iran, and Little Else

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by Paul R. Pillar Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a campaign speech in Cairo that seemed written to please an audience of one—President Donald Trump—along with the domestic political base to which Trump’s own rhetoric is designed to appeal.… Continue Reading