News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for February 19-22:
The Wall Street Journal: The Journal’s editorial board writes that the Obama administration needs a “new freedom agenda,” and should take notes from George W. Bush’s second inaugural address. They accuse Obama of “[O]ffer[ing] no support for Iranian demonstrators after [the June 2009] fraudulent elections” [...]
News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for December 23-27, 2010:
The Weekly Standard: Stephen F. Hayes blogs on a report that a member of Iran’s Qods Force, serving as a Taliban commander, has been arrested in Afghanistan. Hayes writes that this capture disproves the commonly held belief that Iran and the Taliban are [...]
Three years ago I heard the American-born Israeli Michael B. Oren promoting his new book Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present at a university near my home in upstate New York. Oren is a tall, good looking man who radiated a quiet confidence. His book had [...]
News and views relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for November 5, 2010.
Foreign Policy: Josh Rogin, writing on Foreign Policy’s The Cable blog, reports that Heritage Action for America, the lobbying arms of the conservative Heritage Foundation, is sending out mailers to Republican senators, urging them to vote against the New START treaty with [...]
Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren took to the New York Times today to make the case for Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest gambit in the current “peace process”: offering to freeze settlement construction in exchange for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state”. There are a few things to be said about this.
At three synagogues in the D.C. area, Israeli ambassador to Washington Michael Oren used Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, to deliver the same speech three times. The overwhelming thrust of the speech, according to several commentators of various political stripes, was to deliver a warning to American Jews. What exactly the warning was [...]
News and views relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for September 21.
Reuters: In a special report, Louis Charbonneau writes Turkey, among other U.S. allies, allows Iranian banks with links to Iran’s alleged nuclear program to do business within their borders. “The fact that Turkey is allowing itself to be used as a conduit for Iranian [...]
News and Views Relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for August 6th, 2010:
Washington Post: Robert Kagan attended the White House briefing on Iran sanctions and writes that a large number of journalists in the room simply got the story wrong by concluding that the sanctions might result in a new diplomatic initiative with Tehran. [...]
While AIPAC is adamant that the Obama administration is at fault for the current crisis in US-Israeli relations, Israelis across the political spectrum are much more inclined to blame their own leadership and political bureaucrats.
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