The mindless way in which Americans simply assume that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon is just appalling. I have found it most repulsive in that my school, the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, reflects in its classes the absolute certainty of this “fact,” despite the reality that the evidence points to multiple possible conclusions, and an unyielding Iranian pursuit of a nuke is far from the most likely. I explore this mindless, zealous almost religious belief that permeates government, the media and, sadly, academia this week in Souciant.
Posts Tagged ‘Hezbollah’
Posted in Iran, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Hassan Rouhani, Hezbollah, IAEA, Iran, Israel, Nazi Germany, Non-Proliferation Treaty, Security Council, United Nations, United States, University of Maryland on October 4, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Syria, United States, tagged AIPAC, Assad, Congress, diplomacy, foreign policy, Hezbollah, Iran, Israel, Israel Lobby, Obama, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Syrian civil war, Syrian Intervention, UN Security Council, War Powers Resolution on September 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
President Obama shocked many with his announcement that, despite the fact that he had decided to strike Syria, he was going to seek authorization from Congress. At LobeLog, I examine some of the implications for US politics and foreign policy, as well as the immediate meaning for an attack on Syria.
Posted in BDS, tagged Achille Lauro, apartheid, BDS, Benjamin Netanyahu, Cambridge University, Carlo Strenger, Hamas, Hezbollah, Israel, Jewish, Jimmy Carter, Noam Sheizaf, Palestinians, Ronald Reagan, Shimon Peres, South Africa, Stephen Hawking, Syria on May 10, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Israel, Syria, tagged AIPAC, Assad, Barack Obama, chemical weapons, GCC, Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah, Iran, Iran threat, Israel, Israel Lobby, Lebanon, red line, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Syrian civil war on May 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in United States, US-Israel Lobby, tagged Al-Monitor, Anwar Sadat, ARab League, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Egypt, France, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Gulf War, H. Ross Perot, Hamas, Hezbollah, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jimmy Carter, John Kerry, Laura Roazen, Mahmoud Abbas, McDonalds, Menachem Begin, Occupied Territories, Palestine, Resolution 242, Salam Fayyad, United States, Yitzhak Shamir on April 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Israel is acting like any small, but relatively powerful country would act when it feels afraid and has blanket and unqualified protection for any of its acts from the world’s only superpower. It is the United States that is acting abnormally and entrenching this vexing conflict. I elaborate at Souciant today.
Posted in Syria, tagged Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, CIA, David Lesch, Facebook, France, Free Syrian Army, Hafez al-Assad, Hama, Hezbollah, Iran, Jane Harman, John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, Lebanon, Lindsey Graham, Muslim Brotherhood, Rafik-Al Hariri, Salam Idriss, Sunni, Syria, Turkey, United States, Victoria Nuland on April 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
It seems there’s an awful lot of surety around when it comes to action, or non-action, on Syria. But a deeper look at what is happening there does not lead to simple solutions, or even to a whole lot of clarity on the nature of who the “good guys” are. I examine the dynamics in this week’s column at Souciant.
Posted in Syria, tagged 972 Magazine, al-Qaeda, Amos Harel, Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah, Iran, Israel, Larry Derfner, Lebanon, SA-17, Syria, Turkey, United States on February 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment »