Category Archives: Iran’s nuclear program

The Myth and Reality of Persian Nuclear Ambition

Media Matters asks exactly the right question: why has Iran been “just months away” from developing thermonuclear weapons for so many years? As I have been saying since the drumbeat for war began in the Bush years, the regime in … Continue reading

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Already Nuts, Congressional Republicans Go Nuclear

President Obama, who endures relentless calls of “warmonger!” from the peace party, has been steadfast on nuclear disarmament issues. Now, House Republicans are calling his planned cuts to the strategic nuclear force “reckless lunacy” — a phrase best used on … Continue reading

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Lula’s Nuclear Deal

Let me begin by reasserting that I don’t believe Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Iran wants nuclear power because there’s a demographic bulge threatening its electrification success, the price of oil is high enough to justify selling it instead … Continue reading

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Is PNAC at it Again?

Citing unnamed “Western intelligence sources,” the UK Times ran a scary headline yesterday about Iran’s nuclear program: Iran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah … Continue reading

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Haggling With Persians

“Haggling” as defined in the Free Dictionary: 1. To bargain, as over the price of something; dicker: “He preferred to be overcharged than to haggle” W. Somerset Maugham. 2. To argue in an attempt to come to terms. In the … Continue reading

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Khamenei Responds

Remember I said that Iran’s diplomatic approach would be multi-layered? This is what the top layer looks like: TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s supreme leader rebuffed President Barack Obama’s overtures Saturday, saying Tehran was still waiting to see concrete changes in … Continue reading

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Obama’s Message to Iran

Peace must always begin with imperfect instruments. Equally, these instruments can never be fully perfected in the making of peace. Diplomatic resources are limited, and within these limits each foreign relationship competes with all others. When sides are drawn, each … Continue reading

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The Great Wall of Technology

Many years ago, Berke Breathed’s wonderful cartoon strip Bloom County proposed that America would be better off sewing a trillion dollar bills into a giant, orbiting net instead of trying to knock down missiles with missiles. While I appreciate the … Continue reading

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Peace Breaks Out

The United States has already begun talking to Tehran about the nuclear issue. Actually, to be more specific, Barack Obama has been talking to Iran for almost a year. Foreign Policy has the story: Over the past year, our sources … Continue reading

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Square-Peg Pounding Continues

The neocon counteroffensive against the National Intelligence Estimate went into full swing today. Their dream of reversing the 1979 revolution cannot be denied, even by reality. Alan Dershowitz showed up on Huffpost (once a paladin of new media, quickly becoming … Continue reading

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Selling Iran: Part Four

Spin for Dummies, page 15: “When square news does not fit the round hole of your narrative, bang it with a hammer until it fits.” A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) has been released. Apparently, the intelligence professionals have learned … Continue reading

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