Netanyahu Makes a Case for the JCPOA

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by Paul R. Pillar Benjamin Netanyahu’s display of a cartoon bomb before the United Nations General Assembly nearly six years ago received much ridicule but at least was grounded in some facts about uranium enrichment levels and how they relate… Continue Reading  

New Deals, Old Deals, and Non-Deals with Iran

Brian Hook

by Paul R. Pillar The discussions at the White House with French President Emmanuel Macron about devising, in Macron’s words, a “new deal with Iran” may be an instance of different governments using similar words to mean very different things.… Continue Reading  

The Terrorism Label

Cory Gardner with John McCain in the background (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Paul R. Pillar A recent op-ed from Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) calls for officially designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. Gardner offers a long indictment—a “moral case,” as he calls it—against Russia that mostly involves activities other than terrorism,… Continue Reading  

Prague and a Pardon

Trump lawyer/adviser Michael Cohen (Wikimedia Commons)

by Paul R. Pillar The principal motivation for Donald Trump’s pardon of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is obvious, as many commentators have quickly discerned. The explanation flows directly from how Trump has used the power to pardon, how he has… Continue Reading  

Non-Accomplishment in Syria

James Mattis and Joseph Dunford briefing reporters on the April 14 military operation against Syria (Wikimedia Commons)

by Paul R. Pillar The missile strike against Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack has given many people a cathartic moment without having to produce any new and effective ideas about how to deal with the ugly conflict… Continue Reading