John Bolton: The Essential Profile

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by Mitchell Plitnick After weeks of rumors, President Donald Trump today replaced National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster with former Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton. Many foreign policy analysts and advocates immediately expressed deep concern and dismay at Bolton’s appointment.

Water and Conflict in Iran

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj The most important sentence in the Persian language is arguably “Baba ab dad.” The sentence means “father gave water.” It is the first sentence taught to Iranian children when they are learning to read and write. Beyond… 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  

The Foolishness of Regime-Change Fantasies

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by Stephen Miles Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. There’s an out-of-control regime run by a madman halfway around the world, and if the U.S. government doesn’t topple it ASAP, a lot of people are going to die.… 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