The Munk Debates series live-streamed a debate tonight discussing Iran’s nuclear weapons capability. I sided with the con side before and after the debate. The following is a brief overview and my reaction immediately following: The con side argued that the obvious analogy is America versus the Soviet Union; deterrence and containment will still be effective in … Continue reading
“A theocracy whose ideology is premised on sacrifice and martyrdom can only survive as long as its leaders can capitalize on the death of the Iranian people.” The stiff economic sanctions currently strangling the Iranian economy are certainly causing change. But is it the kind of change we want? The rial is tanking and average Iranians are watching the value … Continue reading
Post from Thomas P.M. Barnett’s blog linking to a WSJ piece about this year’s Non-Aligned Conference which Iran was hoping to use for a bit of geopolitical posturing. It’s encouraging to see Morsi, and presumably the Muslim Brotherhood, siding with the freedom fighters in Syria. Egypt may not have a secular government but they seem to … Continue reading
Thomas P.M. Barnett on our now de facto state of cyber war with Iran brought on by President Obama’s strong adoption of pre-emptive strategies. IMO pre-emption is not really anything new. We have had a pre-emptive strategy since we created the OSS in the wake of Pearl Harbor.