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Archives: September 2009

So Long Iraq

Daniel Graeber covers the debate about Iraq on university campuses and finds that attention has largely turned elsewhere. And, indeed, even Gen. Ray Odierno, who had earlier opposed a quick drawdown in…

Ram: "Israel and the Iranian Threat"

Haggai Ram writes in a guest editorial for IC: Before, during and after the recent UN General Assembly meeting, the Israeli government, much like Sisyphus, who was condemned to repeat forever a…

Iraq Steps in to Protect Iran

American and Western discussions of what to do about Iran almost completely ignore Iraq. But no economic sanctions can effectively be placed on Iran without Iraqi support. A gasoline embargo would fail…

Obama, the UN and Future Iran Sanctions

Obama, the UN and Future Iran Sanctions

President Obama is slowly putting Iran in a box. His cancellation of the useless and expensive so-called “missile shield” program in eastern Europe, which had needlessly antagonized Russia, has been rewarded with…

Arguing with Ahmadinejad

Arguing with Ahmadinejad

Aljazeera English reports on Ahmadinejad’s appearance at the United Nations: IRNA gives lengthy excerpts from Ahmadinejad’s address at the United Nations. ‘ President Ahmadinejad, who began his address thanking Almighty God for…

Khamenei: We Fundamentally Reject Nuclear Weapons

The USG Open Source Center translates Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s Eid al-Fitr Sermon, in which he categorically rejects the idea of Iran ever developing, possessing or using nuclear weapons. Iran’s Supreme Leader…

Internal, External Crises Sharpen in Iran

Iran has agreed to meet with the six world powers in early October. While they want to discuss Iran’s nuclear research program, Iran is insisting that its activities are legal under the…

Bin Laden Message – US Gov. translation

The USG Open Source Center translates the recently released audio address attributed to Usamah Bin Ladin Bin Ladin Says US Should Stop Supporting Israel or Face ‘War of Attrition’Jihadist Websites — OSC…

Swat Taliban Leader Arrested

Pakistan has announced the arrest of a major leader of the Swat Taliban, Muslim Khan, and four other local leaders. The arrest is important for the credibility of the Swat operation, which…

The Huthi Rebellion in Yemen

Philip McCrum writes in an guest Op-Ed for IC: The Huthi rebellion kicked off in 2004, when Hussein Badr al-Din al-Huthi proclaimed himself “Amir al-mu’minin” (Prince of the Believers), denounced the Yemeni…

McChrystal Advises Escalation of Aghan War

I have some basic questions about the “take, clear and hold” strategy that seems to be recommended in Afghanistan by Gen. Stan McChrystal, and which is modeled on the alleged lessons of…