Why is CIA Director Weighing in With Policy Advice on Iran?

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by Jim Lobe Are we once again witnessing the politicization of intelligence of the kind that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Only applied to Iran this time? There are a number of indications that such a process may… Continue Reading  

Retired Flag Officers Warn Against Regime Change and “Aggressive Posturing” Toward Iran

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by Jim Lobe An open letter to President Trump from 38 retired generals and admirals and warning against policies of “regime change” and “aggressive posturing” toward Iran has just been released amid growing concerns that Washington and Tehran could be… Continue Reading  

Yikes, Mattis Still Has It in for Iran!

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by Jim Lobe Secretary of Defense James Mattis remains as hostile as ever towards the Islamic Republic of Iran, as he recently made clear in remarks to The Islander, the newspaper of Mercer Island High School. The Pentagon chief, often… Continue Reading  

New Neocon Mantra: Iran, like Soviet Union, on Verge of Collapse

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by Jim Lobe Iran hawks suddenly have a new mantra: the Islamic Republic is the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, and the Trump administration should work to hasten the regime’s impending collapse. It’s not clear why this comparison has… Continue Reading  

Rights Activists Praise Corker’s Hold on Arms Sales to Gulf States

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by Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio and Jim Lobe Activists who have been calling for a halt to US arms sales to Arab states in the Persian Gulf are praising Sen. Bob Corker’s hold on future weapons transfers to the… Continue Reading