July 6, 2012 |
Los Angeles Times ARLINGTON, Va. - His disguise consists of a blue surgeon's mask, sunglasses and a baseball cap that reads "Free Iran. " A small modulator distorts his voice. He uses a pseudonym, Reza Kahlili. He lives in fear, he says, because his years as a paid spy for the CIA inside Iran have made him an assassination target of Iran's government. He worries about his wife and children, who live with him in California. At the same time, implausibly, he has become one of the most influential and outspoken voices in the U.S. advocating the overthrow of the Iranian government.
May 8, 2012 |
Vice President Joe Biden, seeking to reaffirm the White House's support for Israel and, in turn, its tough stance on Iran's alleged efforts to gain nuclear weapons, promised economic sanctions would have an effect on the Iranian regime and predicted the current leadership's fall within two years. "The U.S. policy under Barack Obama is not one of containment. It is straightforward. We will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuke by whatever means necessary, period," Biden said during his appearance at the 1,600 rabbi-strong international Rabbinical Assembly Convention in Atlanta.
April 1, 2012 |
As calls mount, especially in Israel, for military action against Iran's nuclear program, the main counterargument has been seductively simple: Iran is rational. Indeed, our country's top military official, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, recently rejected the need for airstrikes because, as he put it, "We are of the opinion that the Iranian regime is a rational actor. " By this logic, we should not risk war to prevent Iran from going nuclear because even if Iran acquired nukes, it would never use them offensively, never share them with terrorists and never utilize them as a shield for regional adventurism.
March 31, 2012 |
The Obama administration imposed tighter oil sanctions on Iran on Friday in hopes that the threat to its economy would force the country to abandon its suspected nuclear weapons program. That's in addition to the European Union's sanctions, which begin July 1. But is an economic threat persuasive enough? It all depends on who you ask. "The Iranian regime can live without its nuclear program," writes Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian Israeli Middle East analyst, in a piece on CNN's GPS. "But it can't live without its economy, and the recently imposed sanctions, if continued, could turn into an existential danger for the Iranian regime by precipitating an economic collapse.
March 5, 2012 |
President Obama told the Israeli prime minister Monday morning he thinks there is "still a window" in which diplomatic pressure will deter the Iranian nuclear program and that he is thinking about the "costs of any military action" as he contemplates that possibility. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Obama for recently acknowledging that "Israel has the sovereign right to make its own decisions," but he emphasized that "Israel must be able to defend itself. " With those brief remarks before television cameras, the two leaders began a closed-door session in the Oval Office in which each will try to persuade the other of a future course of action.
February 24, 2012
Obviously, the Republican presidential candidates have the right to speak out on any issue they choose, and just as obviously, the escalation of hostility between Israel and Iran is a terribly important subject that should concern every American. But so far we haven't gleaned much wisdom from the GOP contenders, who, except for Ron Paul, are encouraging a reckless rush to war while unfairly portraying President Obama as an appeaser. At Wednesday's debate in Mesa, Ariz., Mitt Romney assailed the administration for cautioning Israel against launching a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.