Was Iran Engagement Serious? (Con’t)

The Iran-grand-bargainers, the Leveretts, have an interesting piece up challenging the notion that the Barack Obama administration was ever serious about engaging Iran. (Because I’m behind on my reading, I only picked up on it via the Progressive Realist.) These are the… Continue Reading  

U.S. Labels Iranian rebel group ‘terrorists’ ahead of talks

In a move on Wednesday that some analysts consider a concession to Iran ahead of the upcoming negotiations on its nuclear program, the U.S. State Department labeled the Iranian Sunni militant group, Jundullah, a “Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for October 22, 2010: Jerusalem Post: Israeli President Shimon Peres endorsed linkage—the concept accepted by many in the Obama administration and military leadership that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will help the U.S. pursue its… Continue Reading  

Crooke: End the ‘Nonsense’ about Ahmadinejad in Lebanon

Alastair Crooke, the founder of the Conflicts Forum in Lebanon, has a Iran-occupied-Lebanon-scare rebuttal on Race For Iran that is well worth the read. His thesis is one of a grand awakening in the world’s non-elites, but am not sure… Continue Reading  

The Cost (To The U.S.) of Iran Sanctions

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leveretts’ blog, The Race For Iran, has had some excellent reflections on the recent Charlie Rose interview with Stuart Levey, Undersecretary of the Treasury for Financial and Terrorism Intelligence. (The full interview can  be viewed here.)… Continue Reading