Bipartisan Insanity on Iran

My latest for The National Interest, “Insanity on the Iran Question,” posted last evening.

White House Denies Netanyahu Request For Meeting Amid Signs of Increased U.S.-Israeli Tension

In another sign that things may not be going so well between Washington and Jerusalem, President Obama will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he’s in the United States.

An Attack On Iran Would Be A Major, Mistaken, War

An attack on Iran’s nuclear program would be far more complicated than a one-off attack.

Wars, And Rumors Of Wars: Is An Israeli Strike On Iran More Likely Than Ever?

A new IAEA report may make an Israeli strike on Iran in the near future more likely than it has ever been.

Iran in the News

Some troubling, sad, and downright puzzling stories

What About Afghanistan?

The war in Afghanistan has not been a topic of discussion in the Presidential campaign, but that’s largely because there’s not much left to talk about.

Is The New Red Dawn The Dumbest Movie Ever?

The new Red Dawn promises to be even sillier than the first.

Mitt Romney Has Some Very Disturbing Opinions On Presidential War Powers

Mitt Romney believes he could take America to war without Congressional involvement.

Stuxnet and America’s Cyber Credibility

The United States may have slowed down Iran’s nuclear program without firing a shot–not counting the one at our own foot.

Stuxnet And America’s New Cyberwarriors

The first shots have been fired in cyberspace. How will it end?

Dissecting Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy

Is there a Romney Doctrine?

Iran Nukes: Not So Fast?

Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb isn’t as easy as most think, Jacques Hymans argues in the current Foreign Policy.

Iran Hasn’t Decided Whether to Build Nukes-Israel Army Chief

Lt Gen Benny Gantz says Iran “is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb. It hasn’t yet decided to go the extra mile.”

Obama And Romney: A Dime’s Worth Of Difference On Foreign Policy?

Despite their rhetoric, there would be few differences between a Romney Administration and an Obama Administration when it comes to foreign policy.

China Will Continue Buying Iranian Oil

There’s a big hole in the latest sanctions against Iran.

America’s Top Geostrategic Threat?

Russia is the most significant geopolitical player actively opposing significant American interests.

Russia Our “Number One Foe”?

Mitt Romney called Russia our “number one geopolitical foe.” Is he right?

Gas Prices Hurting Obama In The Polls, But Will It Matter In November?

Rising fuel prices are starting to hurt the President in the polls, but it’s unclear what that means for November.

Republicans v. Obama On Iran: Fewer Differences Than You’d Think

The differences between the parties when it comes to Iran are far less substantial than the candidate’s rhetoric would suggest.

A Flawed Legal Argument

Peter Berkowitz has presented a flawed legal argument for attacking Iran.

Just Rattle the Saber More Loudly

Will louder threats move the Iranian regime to back down?

The Drumbeat to War With Iran: Take a Stand

We need to have opinions on a subject as serious as war with Iran.

What Newt Gingrich Really Thought Of Ronald Reagan

He may be praising Ronald Reagan now, but Newt Gingrich was singing a different tune in the 1980s.

Mitt Romney’s Misleading Claims About The United States Navy

Mitt Romney is making claims about Naval readiness that are, at best, misleading.

Obama’s Second Term Would Be Neither Groundbreaking Nor A Calamity

The truth about a Second Obama Term is that it likely wouldn’t be all that remarkable.

The GOP’s Ridiculous Appeasement Argument

To Republicans, even thinking about engaging in diplomacy is enough to accuse the President of appeasement.

Winning the Iran Debate

Bernard Finel argues that those of us arguing against war in Iran are doing it wrong. He’s right.

Hey, Is Anyone Out There?

If there’s anyone out there, why haven’t we heard from them yet?

The Death Of Kim Jong-il: Intelligence Failures And What Comes Next

How can we know what happens next in North Korea when we didn’t even know Kim Jong-il had died?

North Korea’s Kim Jong-il Dead At 69

Big news from North Korea.

Republicans Clash At The (Thankfully) Final Debate Of 2011

The final candidate clash of 2011 didn’t lead to the sparring that some expected.

The War In Iraq Is Finally Over

After 3,193 days and more than 4,000 lives, the American war in Iraq is officially at an end.

Time’s 2011 Person Of The Year: “The Protester”

Time Magazine has chosen “The Protester” as its Person Of The Year. Let the outrage ensue.

Huntsman, Gingrich, And The Not-Really Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Yesterday’s encounter between Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich was less than it could have been.

How To Worry

A list of international contingencies to worry about in the coming year. Handy as a stocking stuffer!

Russia on Combat Alert over NATO Missile Defense

We’re hearing the howls of a wounded bear.

Republican Foreign Policy Debate: Winners and Losers

Huntsman will gain little if any traction and none of the frontrunners really helped or hurt themselves.

Panetta Warns Of Unintended Consequences Of Striking Iran

The Secretary of Defense has some words of warning for those advocating military action against Iran.

The Costs Of Attacking Iran

An attack against Iran’s nuclear weapons research facility won’t be an easy thing.

Wars and Rumors Of Wars

It’s time for another round of speculation about Iran and its nuclear program.

A President Shouldn’t Just Rely On Experts

Herman Cain’s promise to rely on “experts” should raise eyebrows everywhere.

Presidential Debates: Neither Debates Nor Presidential

Do we place too much importance on performance in presidential debates?