Category Archives: Iran

Effects-Based Targeting

By lex, on February 18th, 2012

The CSIS’ Edward Luttwak argues that the Joint Chiefs – weary of two regional wars, and disinclined to engage in a third – presented President Obama and his predecessor with an overly inflated force estimate for attacking Iran’s nuclear weapons program:

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Non-Event

By lex, on January 22nd, 2012

Abe Lincoln sailed through the Strait of Hormuz Sunday and absolutely nothing happened:**

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Undocumented Aliens

By lex, on December 7th, 2011

The USG finally finds a border worth respecting:

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Open Hands and Unclenched Fists

By lex, on September 7th, 2010

The Iranian judiciary stayed the execution by stoning of convicted adulteress Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani during the holy month of Ramadan. But that didn’t stop them for lashing her another 99 times.**

Her crime this time is that a UK newspaper printed a photograph of an unveiled woman, and mis-identified her as Ashtiani. The newspaper later apologized. The Iranian judiciary has not.

No word was available about the punishment received by Ms. Ashtiani’s co-conspirators in the adultery.

Yeah, we can work with these folks.

**  10-09-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.

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New Reef Commissioned

 

By lex, on February 20th, 2010

The Iranian Navy has launched its first domestically built destroyer. Weighing in at 1500 tons, it displaces less than 20% of the mass of an Arleigh Burke destroyer, about half that of a modern frigate and is probably more properly labeled a corvette.

And should they get their dander up, it will no doubt make someone a very nice reef some day.

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Stumbling into it

Posted on June 25th, 2007 by lex

 

In the WSJ today, the American Enterprise Institute’s Joshua Muravchik sees a kind of method to the recent Persian madness – a misplaced, but nevertheless liberating sense of immunity to consequence:

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Maybe it is time for the Brits to go home

By lex, on March 30th, 2007

Leading Sailor Faye Turney appears to have become the face of the current stand-off between a rogue Iranian regime and what appears to be an increasingly impotent political class in the United Kingdom. In a letter ** released by Iran Tuesday, Turney asks, “Isn’t it time for us to start withdrawing our forces from Iraq and let them determine their own future?”

And as much as it grieves me to say so, perhaps she’s right.

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