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  • US-Iran War Averted by Agreement to Negotiate on Nuclear Enrichment
    • I agree with the thrust of the analysis, but the view espoused of the Iranian government is not objective.

      The Iranians regularly trained and equipped Shia militias in Iraq to attack us troops. This effort included weapons that killed many troops

      I will just mention the marine barracks bombing and other attacks in Lebanon.

      Many elements of the Iranian nuclear program were and are concealed. Why? To me the most obvious answer is that the Iranians have a covert military program. If Prof. Cole disputes this is like to hear an alternative explanation.

      Two wrongs do not make a right. We have problems with neocons and the Israeli lobby, bit of argue Iran also has internal issues with the irgc and other undemocratic elements in the government. The deal is good, but caution and hard-headed negotiation are required going forward.

  • Obama and the End of Al-Qaeda
    • I just wanted to thank you for your coverage of the Middle East. I deployed to Iraq three times, and your trenchant commentary would clear away the veil of jingoism and ignorance if it were more frequently heard in the mass media.

      On another note, while Bin Laden's end was an inevitable consequence of 9-11, I feel there is something... off-kilter about celebrating. It is a solemn occasion and would be better marked by a sober speech - not quite Gettysburg perhaps, but where is Lincoln when you need him?

      Best,

      Sam

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