Can Iran’s Zarif Pull Through?

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by Jasmin Ramsey “He may be the only person in the world who can telephone both Senator Dianne Feinsten and the Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah,” writes the veteran U.S. foreign affairs journalist Robin Wright about Iran’s famous foreign minister. Her New Yorker profile is… Continue Reading  

More Smears, and Support, for Hagel

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The fight over the possible nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense can be defined as a battle waged with smears from the one side, and thoughtful, evidence-backed arguments from the other. Too simplistic to be true? Case in point.… Continue Reading  

Hawks on Iran

Lobe Log publishes Hawks on Iran every Friday. Our posts highlight militaristic commentary and confrontational policy recommendations about Iran from a variety of sources including news articles, think tanks and pundits. Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post: The neoconservative pundit attacks the Obama… Continue Reading  

US Analysts: Netanyahu crossing the line with Obama

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Adding to a central point of David Remnick’s article in the New Yorker earlier this week — that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has gone too far with his pressure campaign against President Barak Obama and alienated allies in the process… Continue Reading  

Ali Gharib: Lessons of 2007 Israeli raid on Syria can’t be applied to Iran

Examining a New Yorker article by the Israel-focused Washington Institute’s David Makovsky, the Daily Beast’s Ali Gharib observes that in contrast to Makovsky’s analysis, “The lessons of the Israeli raid on Syria in 2007 can’t be applied to Iran’s nuclear program”:… Continue Reading