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War With Iran

Spearing Another Sacred Cow

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 05.26.2012 | Media
Rep. Keith Ellison

It's happened again: I said something that speared a GOP sacred cow and the right-wing Twitterverse is losing its cool.

A Plea for Peace: Why Social Media Matters

Marlo Thomas | Posted 05.22.2012 | Women
Marlo Thomas

I challenge anyone not to be moved by the video I just saw on YouTube. In it, a 41-year-old Israeli named Ronny -- a graphic designer, a teacher, a father -- looks straight into the camera and speaks.

Obama Faces "The Crunch"

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

It was Winston Churchill who first used that term, "the crunch," in that way. It means, of course, that crisis when a leader has to make a judgment. It is when lives, perhaps millions of them, hang on the outcome of the decision the leader makes.

Barack Obama Prepares for War Footing

Edwin Black | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Edwin Black

A newly-propounded Executive Order renews and updates the president's power to take control of all civil energy supplies, including oil and natural gas, control and restrict all civil transportation, and even provides the option to re-enable a draft.

Khamenei Is Willing to Make Negotiations Succeed

Angie Ahmadi | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Angie Ahmadi

Should conservative factions in Iran unite under the auspices of the Supreme Leader, western diplomats will face a less challenging task in advancing nuclear negotiations forward.

The Illusion of Attacking Iran

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

We need for realism to prevail over illusions. An attack on Iran will have global consequences, setting in motion a series of cascading events that cannot be accurately calculated.

Abandoning "Israel Firster" to Fight a Battle to Win

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

I have been fighting to help achieve a secure Israel, at peace with its neighbors, for more than 43 years. I continue to do that by fighting against a war that could eradicate Israel and endanger Jewish security in the United States and throughout the world.

I Have a Dream: An International Legal Treaty

David Isenberg | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

Almost nobody talks about an international treaty for private military and security contractors. Still, one can only speculate on what an international legal treaty might look like.

To Go or Not to Go to War With Iran

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

In today's world, we need to stop warring and start a dialogue, one that lasts more than an hour and contains options other than coercive threats on the agenda.

On Iran Strike, Israelis Trust Obama Over Bibi

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

A new poll suggests that the reason that the majority of Israelis do not support an Israeli military strike on Iran without U.S. approval is that they share the cautions of U.S. officials -- they think that the costs would be high, and the benefits small or nonexistent.

Keith Ellison and Walter Jones Stand Up for Diplomatic Engagement With Iran

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.25.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Largely missing from the recent political debate, until now, has been a full-throated defense of diplomatic engagement with Iran towards negotiated agreements that would resolve or mitigate international concerns about its disputed nuclear program.

Joshua Hersh

Iran Strike Would Be A 'Disaster' For Fragile Arab Spring, Says Ex-Al Jazeera Head | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.24.2012 | World

A strike on Iran would be a "disaster" for the Middle East's burgeoning democracies, said Wadah Khanfar, the former director general of Al Jazeera, in...

Does AIPAC Want War? Lieberman "Capability" Red Line May Tip AIPAC's Hand

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.18.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Sponsors of the Lieberman resolution deny that it is an "authorization for military force," and in a legal, technical sense, they are absolutely correct: it is not a legal authorization for military force. But it is an attempt to enact a political authorization for military force.

Joshua Hersh

WATCH: Trita Parsi Says There's No 'Military Solution' In Iran Nuclear Standoff | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.16.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The author of a recent book on the Obama administration's efforts to solve the Iran nuclear crisis through diplomacy says he sees no "mi...

Israel's Human Calculus in the Equation to Attack Iran

P.J. Dermer | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
P.J. Dermer

Our foreign policy and intelligence community should not limit analysis to Israel's decision-making processes via an objectively rational calculus. They should look at the people involved.

Are We on the Brink of War With Iran?

Trita Parsi | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Trita Parsi

It is lack of political courage that has permitted this looming confrontation. Only courage and will can bring us out of it. The question is whether Obama can muster that will in an election year when any compromise is bound to be cast by Republicans as a betrayal of Israel.

Time for Congress to Authorize Use of Force Against Iran

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Our intent is to eliminate Iran's nuclear threat to our country and our allies. A Congressional resolution would also give the president the public support he needs and deserves in confronting Iran with the only language it appears to understand -- force.

Can Joe Lieberman Block Diplomacy With Iran That Would Prevent War?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

If the reports are accurate, then what Lieberman and Graham seek to do is block the president from pursuing a goal that knowledgeable American and European officials say is the "most attainable outcome."

Horse Racing or Presidential Election?

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Americans love sports. These following nine months leading up to the presidential election appear sadly almost exclusively to be a sport for most Ame...

Is Iran's Nuclear Program Slowly Boiling Us?

Paul Heroux | Posted 04.02.2012 | World
Paul Heroux

While the West could be all wrong about Iran's intentions, the evidence uncovered by the IAEA does not suggest this to be the case.

Iranian Aircraft Carriers in the Gulf of Mexico

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.31.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Stop for a moment the next time you hear of American or Israeli plans for the further destabilization of Iran and think: what would we do if the Iranians were planning something similar for us?

Iran, the West, and the Lessons of the Great War

Rajan Menon | Posted 03.28.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

History reveals several pathways to war; but, as the tension between the West and Iran revs up, two seem particularly relevant because of the lessons they offer for those seeking to contain the crisis.

Iran: The Road to War?

Michael Brenner | Posted 03.27.2012 | World
Michael Brenner

The drums are sounding for war on Iran. The leading Republican presidential candidates pledge military action as soon as they cross the threshold of the White House. The Obama administration sharpens its rhetoric in accompaniment to imposing coercive sanctions. It strong arms its allies to stand with it in confrontation. Israel uses all of its formidable levers of influence to push the United States into war mode. All shades of the media work overtime to stoke fears in a manner reminiscent of the build-up to the Iraq invasion. Amidst all this noise and fury the one thing missing is a sober assessment of the problem and what are suitable approaches to addressing it. This unfortunately has become habitual in American foreign policy.

Not Another War, Please!

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 03.18.2012 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Though the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1980 ended unsatisfactorily from the point of view of U.S. honor, a great power needs to get beyond residual rancors.

Judy Miller Alert! The New York Times Misleads About Iran's Nuclear Program

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.07.2012 | Media
Robert Naiman

Of course, referring to Iran's "development of nuclear weapons" without qualification implies that it is a known fact that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. But it is not a known fact. It is an allegation.