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  

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  

Syria: Neocons Get Almost Giddy

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by Jim Lobe Thirty-six hours after the pre-dawn cruise-missile strike against Syria’s al-Shayrat airfield, neoconservative hawks, many of whom beat the drums for war in Iraq 14 years ago, are feeling the warm spring breezes of renewal and rejuvenation. Suddenly… Continue Reading