The Daily talking Points

News and views relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for September 15. The Washington Post: Thomas Erdbrink reports on comments made Tuesday by former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, in which the cleric criticized the government for not taking U.S.-led sanctions… Continue Reading  

NRO: Blame Iran for Everything, Even Things Americans Do

Iran hawks have long seen the Islamic Republic as the center of the “Axis of Evil” for its support of Palestinian groups and regional ties to the likes of Hezbollah, Syria and, more recently, Turkey. The tendency is to link… Continue Reading  

ACA’s Crail to WaPo: Iran is Monitored Until a Military Strike

The Arms Control Association’s Peter Crail has a letter to the editor in today’s Washington Post. The note is a response to the newspaper’s editorial of September 10 (covered in our Talking Points that day) asserting that sanctions are not… Continue Reading  

A Hopefully Final Word on Tony Blair’s Hawkish Book Tour

I imagine former British Prime Minsiter Tony Blair’s book tour must be winding down. He’s used almost every major appearance  to tout (as we’ve covered) his selective interpretation of history with regard to the latest Iraq War and his bellicose… Continue Reading  

Increased Political Engagement of Iranian-Americans

At the excellent Tehran Bureau website, a project operated by PBS’s Frontline, Amir Bagherpour has an essay about how the Iranian-American community is becoming more politically engaged on issues not always related to their homeland. Thirty years on from the… Continue Reading