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What Sane Arguments on Iran Sound Like

2 Apr

Iran in Iraq: Fiasco AccomplishedElectric Politics talks with Flynt Leverett about American policy on Iran.

Nobody has been more correct about Iran than Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett. Their latest, Going To Tehran (Metropolitan Books, 2013), lays out the logic of successful U.S. engagement. Also the perils of failure. I may be slightly more neutral than the Leveretts as I think that absent a diplomatic breakthrough Iran could out-wait the U.S., thus avoiding a military confrontation, but I may be wrong. In any case, it was a great pleasure to talk with Flynt and I only wish he could become Secretary of State.

A commenter adds the only “detail” I thought was missing.

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The Iraq War, If David Frum Were God

22 Mar

David FrumI was for the Iraq War, after the former secretary of State, Colin Powell, lied to the United Nations with his vial of powder, and then I realized that I had been wrong. So, I can speak about the folly of emotion and take my contrition, to run with far more radical criticisms of war than obviously David Frum can entertain.

First, though, Robert Wright quotes Paul Pillar:

Pillar, like me, hopes Iran doesn’t get nuclear weapons, for reasons he spells out. But the common belief that war would be preferable to a nuclear Iran looks weaker when you do what he recommends, and try to think clearly about what threats a nuclear Iran would actually pose.

That belief looks weaker still when you think clearly about the consequences of war. Pillar does a good job of explaining why conceiving of air strikes as surgical is confused, given the many reasons to believe they would lead to a wider war and/or the invasion and occupation of Iran.

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Tomas Young’s Reckoning (Video)

22 Mar

Tomas YoungIraq War veteran Tomas Young has decided to end his life, and he’s going out swinging.

“I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

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