Iranian Intentions

The newly released National Intelligence Estimate claims that Iran gave up its efforts to obtain nuclear weapons in 2003—not coincidentally, the year in which U.S. forces deposed Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and the year in which Libyan strongman Moammar Khaddafy gave up his nuclear program. It directly contradicts the Estimate of 2005, which maintained with high confidence that Iran was pursuing nuclear capability. I don’t … Continue reading Iranian Intentions

Annapolis: “A Plan Is On”—But What Is It?

I’ve been refraining from writing about the upcoming Annapolis conference on the Middle East, because it seems so foolish in conception, bizarre in timing, inept in execution, and hopeless in potential that I’ve assumed that the Bush administration has something up its sleeve that will make this seemingly irrational behavior intelligible. In the Jerusalem Post, however, Caroline Glick says what I’ve been thinking. (Hat tip: … Continue reading Annapolis: “A Plan Is On”—But What Is It?

Lieberman on National Security

An outstanding speech on foreign policy by Senator Joseph Lieberman. A key passage on current Democrats’ attitudes on America’s role in the world: Reflexively skeptical about America’s authority to make moral judgments about the rest of the world, inclined to see the planet’s leading problems as more often the result of American involvement than American disengagement, and viscerally opposed to the use of military force, … Continue reading Lieberman on National Security

State Department Blues

John Bolton, writing in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, observes how cravenly the Bush administration has been kowtowing to North Korea in what are supposed to be six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear program but have turned into one-party concessions by the United States—even in the face of evidence that North Korea was helping Syria construct a nuclear facility. This follows astounding posturing by Karen … Continue reading State Department Blues