Category Archives: Iran

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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Upgrading

By lex, on July 31st, 2007

In comments elsewhere, Op-For’s BullNav points out the intentions of nos amis les Russes to export 250 Su-30 Flankers ** to the regime of Ol’ Beady Eyes. Much may they profit a regime that exports oil but is forced to ration gasoline **, and one that is taking significant heat at home for sending money abroad to support terrorists while neglecting the needs of its own citizenry. Well, apart from hazing folks for their hem length, that is.

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1914, again

Posted by lex, on August 11, 2006

Is war with Iran inevitable? Over at the National Review Online, Michael Ledeen appears to think so, which is maybe not so very surprising. But he quotes – at length – an article by Robert Tracinski in the Intellectual Activist Daily that raises a chilling and seemingly ineluctable spectre:

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Code of Conduct

By lex, on March 28th, 2007

UK Leading Sailor Faye Turney has admitted ** that she and her boarding team were “apparently” across the line, and in Iranian waters. Despite the evidence – evidence she probably couldn’t know about – that they actually weren’t.*

WEARING a black headscarf, her voice trembled as she spoke to her unseen interviewer.

Leading Seaman Faye Turney appeared on Iranian television in civilian dress to tell the world she and her colleagues had “trespassed” into Iranian waters.

Her eyes downcast and forehead furrowed, in a monotone voice the mother said she had been treated well and that her captors were “nice people”.

You can’t ascribe a single person’s weakness to the entire force – people react to stress differently, some of them do things they later regret. Some people will let you down, and we don’t all end up being the people we hope we’d be.

Still, it’s sad.

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Cooking the Brief

Posted by Lex, on July 19, 2010

 

Bush-era White House critics claimed that the president and his staff sexed up the National Intelligence Estimate for 2002 in order to support a war in Iraq. That may or may not be true – Karl Rove, for one, vigorously denies it:

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