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Gates Led Realist Resurgence in 2007
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
2007 will likely go down in US history as the year in which the balance of power in the long-running struggle between hawks and realists in the administration of President George W. Bush shifted decisively in favor of the latter.
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Cautious Hope for Peaceful Middle East
Monday, December 24, 2007
Unlike 2007, a rather bloody year in the history of modern Middle East, 2008 should have a better prospect for peace than at any time since 2001, year zero in the American-declared "global war on terror", assuming that the lame-duck George W Bush administration does not somehow stifle that prospect.
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Eyeball to Eyeball in the Persian Gulf
Monday, December 24, 2007
Despite critical strategic importance and escalating military deployment, reliable mechanisms to alleviate tension in the waters of the Persian Gulf region remain weak or non-existent. Three major wars during the past three decades have created one of the most volatile regions in the world, an area that is also the hub to nearly half the energy needs of the industrialized world.
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Implications of the U.S. Assessment on Iran
Monday, December 24, 2007
Iran nuclear file is far from “closed, and that an appropriate and prudent US policy—the policy restated by the Administration after the release of the NIE—would be to continue to rally the international community to progressively increase international sanctions on Iran until it suspends its uranium enrichment program. In some ways, the NIE supported a continuation of existing policy by attributing Iran’s 2003 halt to its covert nuclear weapons program to international pressure and scrutiny.
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Iran after the NIE Report: Exploring the Issues, Exploding the Myths
Monday, December 24, 2007
The 2007 National Intelligence Evidence report (NIE) was seen by some as a fatal blow to the military planners arguing the need for military intervention against Iran. However, in its analysis, the Westminster Committee on Iran conclude that the NIE could be used to strengthen rather than weaken the case for military action against Iran and that diplomatic efforts to increase dialogue between Washington and Tehran should be intensified. This document explores some issues and explodes some myths around the need for military action against Iran.
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Justifying the Iraq War: Why the NIE Is Wrong
Monday, December 24, 2007
After thousands of man-hours of go-anywhere see-anything inspections, at sites "declared" by the Iranians and at others, some military, suggested by our intelligence community, ElBaradei has declared there is "no indication" that Iran has a nuclear weapons program.
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U.S. Needs to Engage Tehran, not Order It Around
Monday, December 24, 2007
After six years of sabre rattling, George W. Bush's Iran policy is in shambles. It is so for the same reason his Iraq policy has been. It's fundamentally dishonest.
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Is Bush Stopped in His Tracks on Iran?
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The release of the National Intelligence Estimate concerning Iran’s nuclear status marks the latest in a series of assaults by the Pentagon and the intelligence community against the war posturing of the Bush administration.
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Israel and Top Zionist Leaders Attack Intelligence
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The White House was privy to the findings in the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran at least 9 months before they were made public, as witnessed by President Cheney’s frequent interventions to alter their content and conclusion and repeated efforts to postpone their publication because it undermined the basis for their push to attack Iran.
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Kissinger's Foggy Lens on Iran
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Henry Kissinger has thrown his shoulder behind the so-called "push-back" strategy being applied to the new US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran's nuclear program. Specifically, he's even given hawks in the lame-duck George W Bush administration a helping hand in countering the backlash sparked by the NIE's most inconvenient finding - that Iran is not currently pursuing a nuclear weapons program.
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