Category Archives: Iran

Been reserving judgment

Posted by lex, on January 15, 2006

 

Been trying to stay optimistic about Iran, and its nuclear program and it’s Holocaust-denying president. I mean, maybe the EU will finally have the stones to stand up to what is, after all, a renunciation of their nuanced application of “soft power.”

And even if Iran, a long-running sponsor of international terrorist organizations joined Pakistan and India as the latest member of the nuclear weapon power club, there’s no guarantee that they’d start flinging ballistic missiles, all regardless. It’d be pretty much the textbook definition of a state acting against self-interest, what with the Israelis no doubt prepared to go down grappling. And maybe a suitcase nuke would take time to develop and work its way into the hands of Hezzbollah and from there to… where? We could have maybe five years, right?

Right?

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Accommodating to the Unthinkable

By lex, on May 3rd, 2010

We’re out of time, according to John Bolton. Out of will, and damn near out of options when it comes to a nuclearized Iran:

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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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A hard read

By lex, on December 17th, 2007

Soldiers of the second platoon, Charlie Company 1/26 had been decimated – literally – by insurgent attacks in the Baghdad suburb of Adhamiya. They lost their Bn CO to a humanitarian transfer when his own son died in Germany. They would be shocked by the suicide death of a respected senior NCO from another company. Mere chance prevented them to losing another handful of soldiers on an uncleared route in a hostile part of town.

A day later, they were ordered to go out on patrol. They mutinied instead.

And the strangest thing is that although I myself represent the law of hard discipline and military necessity, I’m not so sure they didn’t do the right thing.

It’s a hard read. **

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