Rehmat Qadir has a detailed post at Mondoweiss which take a closer look at the New York Times’s reporting on Stuxnet. He finds some startling inconsistencies in the Times’s reporting.
The New York Times article is deliberately misleading, excluding publicly-available evidence that casts doubts on the facts presented within it. Chiefly it [...]
The State Department seems to have taken to heart a recent criticism that was delivered sharply by a questioner in the daily press briefing. Addressing State’s proactive stance on Iran, which was compared to being publicly behind the curve on Egypt, an unnamed reporter asked, “what about other countries – Bahrain, Yemen, [...]
I’m going abroad for a long overdue vacation soon, and my blogging might slow down for at least the next week, so I wanted to deposit some thoughts on the stories dominating the headlines right now, and some others that are not.
Right now, of course, it is Egypt’s moment. Many people’s elation over the [...]
Egypt is on everyone’s minds today in Washington, not least among them neoconservatives and pro-Israel hawks.
House Foreign Affairs chief Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) was wondering about the “nefarious ends” of some “elements” there, and Jeffrey Goldberg, who, with shifting views, expressed apprehension about the Muslim Brotherhood (giving space to FDD’s Reuel Marc Gerecht, who [...]
You can take the blogger out of Commentary, but you can’t take Commentary out of the blogger. So we learn from Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post‘s new neoconservative blogger. As recounted in our Daily Talking Points on Monday, Rubin had two big posts on Iran policy. In one of them Rubin actually [...]
Hossein Askari, professor of international business and international affairs at George Washington University, writes in The National Interest that the Obama administration’s focus must shift. Rather than only toughening sanctions on the Iranian economy to halt its nuclear program, it should focus on the government’s human-rights abuses in order for sanctions to work.
Buried deep in the New York Times article about the Stuxnet virus apparently infecting computers at Iranian nuclear facilities was a peek at Israel’s assessment of Iran’s alleged drive towards a nuclear weapon. In the piece, mentioned in today’s Talking Points, John Markoff and David Sanger wrote:
Yossi Melman, who covers [...]
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 [...]
The Hudson Institute‘s Anne Bayefsky in an article on Pajamas Media, attempts to link the Cordoba Initiative’s fund-raising for the planned community center at 45-51 Park Place in New York (rebranded the Park 51 Community Center) to the secretary-general of the High Council for Human Rights in Iran. Her argument represents a noticeable [...]
Via Mondoweiss, Juan Cole’s excellent Informed Comment site is currently carrying an analysis by Middle East and terror expert Mahan Abedin that explores Iran’s likely options and fallout should the United States use bombers to attack the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Eli addressed this scenario last week using Patrick Disney’s analysis, [...]
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