How Rotella Reported Another Dubious Iranian Bomb Plot

by Gareth Porter [While the terrible events in Egypt have delayed my plans to reply to ProPublica’s response to my critique of Sebastian Rotella’s report on the alleged build-up of Iran’s terrorist infrastructure in the Americas, Gareth Porter has written… Continue Reading  

Afghanistan Today

This pretty much says it all, no? Col. Babagul Aamal is a proud veteran of 28 years in the Afghan National Army. Short and fit, with a thick black beard, he’s a leader who blurts out exactly what he’s thinking.… Continue Reading  

Overwrought Empire

The Discrediting of U.S. Military Power  By Tom Engelhardt via Tom Dispatch (a version of this article appeared in the LA Times) Americans lived in a “victory culture” for much of the twentieth century.  You could say that we experienced an almost 75-year stretch… Continue Reading  

Don’t Iraq Iran: Foolproof the Intelligence

Roger Z. George, a former national intelligence officer who teaches at the National War College in Washington, explains how to avoid making the same mistakes the US made before invading Iraq in 2003, with Iran: – set extremely high standards for evidence –… Continue Reading  

“In a porous world, sanctions are largely ineffective”

Najmedin Meshkati and Guive Mirfendereski argue in the Los Angeles Times that sanctions against Iran have been ineffective at substantially curbing its alleged nuclear ambitions: Policies of restriction or containment through sanctions and economic mechanisms do not work. In a… Continue Reading