Trump’s Iran Policy Counterproductive Say 50+ Former Senior Officials

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More than 50 former senior officials and national security experts have urged the Trump administration to change course on Iran, warning that the current approach could lead to war. Following is the full statement by the National Coalition to Prevent… Continue Reading  

Who’s the Real Maverick: McCain or Trump?

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by John Feffer John McCain was an American politician. That sums up his best and worst qualities. He was not a maverick. As a rather conventional politician, he wasn’t even particularly courageous or much of a straight talker. He represented… Continue Reading  

Persian Regime-Change Follies

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by John Limbert History teaches that outside efforts at regime change in Iran rarely end well for the changer. Nor do invaders face an easy road to conquest. The fate of the Roman leader Marcus Licinius Crassus in 53 BCE… Continue Reading  

Revisiting Regime Change In Iran

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by Gareth Smyth After abandoning the 2015 nuclear agreement signed by the Obama administration with Iran and five world powers, the Trump administration has returned to past American notions of Iran’s Islamic Republic being either overthrown or weakened to the… Continue Reading  

Pompeo, Religion, and Regime Change in Iran

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj In his brief stint as CIA director, Mike Pompeo brought God to Langley. At least that’s how it felt it to many in the intelligence community. According to Foreign Policy, Pompeo attended “weekly Bible studies held in… Continue Reading