Unconditional Conditions

Democrats, apparently, consider this “subtlety.” Republicans call it “incoherence.” Criticized for being willing to meet with President Ahmadinejad of Iran “without preconditions,” Barack Obama responded, as the New York Times reports: For nearly a month, Republicans have stepped up attacks on Mr. Obama’s foreign policy perspective, highlighting a Hamas official’s complimentary comments about him in mid-April, as well as Mr. Obama’s statements that he is … Continue reading Unconditional Conditions

The Politics of Fear

Paul Mirengoff dissects the Democrats’ “politics of fear” charge, showing that it is (a) question-begging and (b) baseless. I find it puzzling that people dismiss talk of terrorism as well as the threat from Iran and its quest for nuclear weapons, its much-expressed hatred of Israel, and its conduct of war by proxy as “the politics of fear.” Fear of these things is entirely rational; … Continue reading The Politics of Fear

Syria: Israel = Iran: ??

Israel bombed the nuclear reactor under construction in Syria to prevent the Syrians and the terrorist groups they sponsor from acquiring nuclear weapons.  Will anyone do the same to Iran?  Alisdair Palmer argues in favor of such a course: When the governments trying to acquire the technology for making nuclear bombs are known to train and supply Islamist terrorist groups – as Syria and Iran, … Continue reading Syria: Israel = Iran: ??

Iranian Bombs

The European Commission Joint Research Centre has run simulations indicating that Iran may have enough fissile material to construct an atomic bomb by year end. This contrasts sharply with the vaunted National Intelligence Estimate, which concluded that Iran was unlikely to have enough nuclear material until sometime between 2010 and 2015. Continue reading Iranian Bombs

Wretchard’s Three Conjectures

Wretchard at the Belmont Club argues that U.S. success in the War on Terror is necessary to the survival of Islam. He makes three conjectures: Terrorism has lowered the nuclear threshold. Attaining WMDs will destroy Islam. The War on Terror is the ‘Golden Hour’ — the final chance. His idea, in essence, is that radical Islamists with WMD capability present a set of scenarios very … Continue reading Wretchard’s Three Conjectures