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Jeffrey Goldberg opined on his twitter feed that the Netanyahu-Obama grudge has its roots in Obama not letting Netanyahu bomb Iran. That’s BS, I think. I suspect that if Netanyahu really wanted to bomb Iran’s hardened and dispersed nuclear facilities--and enrage its population and a good chunk of the Muslim world and virtually guarantee that... Read More
As US-Iran rapprochement inches toward at least partial consummation in Geneva, I wish to offer a few observations: 1) The Iran nuclear weapons threat has always been a McGuffin, an excuse for various powers to advance an anti-Iran agenda. 2) Chief among the usual suspects is, of course, Israel under PM Netanyahu. If the Israeli... Read More
That's how the story "Israel bombs Syria as envoy presses peace talks bid" was displayed courtesy of my Yahoo! home page. Huh?  What's with the quotation marks?  In the body of the article, you get: Pretty direct.  I don't think Yahoo! needs to hide behind the air quotes.  I guess the simple phrase "Israel bombs... Read More
The movie GI Joe: Retaliation is crap. To call it a video game movie is an insult to good video games.  It is a bad video game movie. The expository scenes—where the characters move their mouths and words come out—are treated as cut scenes i.e. brief pauses to reward players with a bathroom break after... Read More
“Israel to attack Iran” is a hardy if never-blooming perennial. I rerun this post (originally written on the occasion of Israel’s bombing of an alleged nuclear facility in Syria in 2007) every year as a reminder of the rather daunting technical issues involved in flying from Israel to Iran and blowing things up in a... Read More
The PR aftermath of the Gaza flotilla incident has not been edifying for people who worry about the future of Israel, the media, or the truth. Anyway, the media apparently believes that the interests of journalism, the truth, and its readers has been served by covering the story for about 48 hours. Not coincidentally, for... Read More
...and what that might have to do with Israel attacking a Turkish cruise ship in international waters
I premised my writing on the whole Iran/nuclear/sanctions/NPT imbroglio with the ideas that: A. The Obama administration wants to restructure its global security doctrine around joint action to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament through a revitalized NPT; B. To bring Israel (and India and Pakistan) in the tent, it was necessary to show that multi-lateral do-goodery... Read More
A Great Deal for Russia, But Not for China
I have an article up at Asia Times titled US seeks to turn China over Iran sanctions. I go over the evidence that the United States is trying to shift gears and engage China as a great power with an acknowledged stake in Iran, and not just an amoral, oil-grubbing obstacle to America’s Middle East... Read More
...Or, Keeping Up With Uzi Arad
The folks at Just World News are interested in the issue of whom Israeli right-wing security honcho Uzi Arad is meeting with during his visit to the United States, and whether his trip is deliberate poke in the eye of the Obama administration. Uzi Arad is Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s national security advisor. There was... Read More
…It’s Bad for Afghanistan
AIPAC—or at least a militantly hard-line faction of AIPAC—well, maybe the fellow-travellers of a borderline-deranged ex-AIPAC bossman named Steven Rosen now awaiting trial on espionage charges—can tie Chas Freeman’s scalp to its belt. Understandable handwringing on thoughtful foreign policy blogs that hoped Freeman taking over something called the National Intelligence Council would lead to a... Read More
In the wake of the release of the Iran National Intelligence Estimate debunking the claims of a ongoing nuclear weapons program--claims that served as the justification for our campaign to isolate, sanction, and weaken Iran--China Matters reminds an astounded world that we predicted the collapse of the Bush administration’s strategy of confronting Iran back in... Read More
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