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  • Back to Your Studies - The unbearable shallowness of the Iraq Study Group.

    12/09/2006 12:18:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 871+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/18/2006 | Reuel Marc Gerecht
    For the second time since 9/11, Americans have been treated to the undemocratic phenomenon of private citizens assuming the responsibilities and prerogatives of elected officials. First we had the 9/11 Commission. Not content to present its findings and recommendations to the president and Congress, the commission went on a nationwide lobbying campaign to persuade America, and pressure its representatives, into accepting its "advice." Now we have the Baker-Hamilton Commission, officially known as the Iraq Study Group, self-consciously following in its predecessor's footsteps. From its paltry discussion of America's counterinsurgency in Iraq, to its recommendations about troop levels, to its scathing...
  • A Cure Worse than the Disease

    09/02/2006 2:26:54 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 27 replies · 1,732+ views
    Cato Unbound ^ | July 11, 2006 | Ted Galen Carpenter
    A Cure Worse than the DiseaseBy Ted Galen Carpenter July 11th, 2006Reaction Essay Reuel Marc Gerecht provides a provocative analysis of the Iran problem that continues to bedevil U.S. foreign policy. Iran would be at or near the top of a list of countries Americans would least like to see have nuclear weapons, and the reason for apprehension has deepened dramatically in the past year with the emergence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ultimately, though, Gerecht's policy prescription--preventive military action to eliminate (or more accurately, to delay) Tehran's nuclear program is a classic case of a cure that is worse...
  • Now for the Bad News Zarqawi is dead, but the damage he did remains.

    06/12/2006 12:40:11 PM PDT · by billorites · 6 replies · 560+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | June 19, 2006 | Reuel Marc Gerecht
    ABU MUSAB AL ZARQAWI is among the least interesting Islamic terrorists since modern Islamic terrorism took shape in Iran and Egypt in the 1950s and '60s. Compared with Osama bin Laden, with his elegant prose, his appreciation for redolent historical Muslim narrative, his seemingly conscious imitation of the Prophet Muhammad, and his refined, almost feminine movements, Zarqawi was Islamist trailer trash, a crude man whose love of violence was unvarnished, organic, perhaps perversely sexual. But Zarqawi was a man of his age: He is a big red dot on the graph charting the Islamic world's moral free fall since modernity...
  • CNN Transcript, Wolf Blitzer's Late Edition

    11/20/2005 2:39:47 PM PST · by YaYa123 · 26 replies · 1,417+ views
    CNN ^ | Nov 20, 2005 | NA
    .... GERECHT: We actually know from inspectors that, in fact, there were large quantities of WMD that Saddam Hussein had, in fact, built. Now, what happened was that there appears to have been some change in the tactic and approach by Saddam Hussein during the 1990s. I suggest to you, the only way you really would have been able to detect that would have been multiple sources, multiple volunteers inside of those organizations that could have verified it, and that would have been very, very difficult, and the agency didn't have that type of penetration before. BLITZER: Melissa, you worked...
  • Divided They Stand (Iraq)

    08/24/2005 8:21:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 810+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 25, 2005 | DAVID BROOKS
    President Bush doesn't lack for critics when it comes to his Iraq policies, but the smartest and most devastating of these is Peter W. Galbraith, a former United States ambassador to Croatia. Yesterday, after reading a morning's worth of gloomy press accounts about the proposed Iraqi constitution, I thought it might be interesting to hear what Galbraith himself had to say. I finally tracked him down in Baghdad (at God knows what hour there) and found that far from lambasting Bush, Galbraith was more complimentary about what the administration has just achieved than anybody else I spoke to all day....
  • Who's Afraid of Abu Ghraib?

    05/15/2004 11:38:52 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 130+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 27, 2004 | Reuel Marc Gerecht
    The scandal won't determine the fate of democracy in the Middle East.ACCORDING TO Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland, "the humiliating scenes of abused Iraqi prisoners" and the war in general "have turned that country [Iraq] into a model to be feared and avoided in the eyes of many in the Middle East, and a tool in the hands of governments reluctant to change." Telhami, who was a driving force behind a recent major Muslim-targeted public-diplomacy project chaired by former assistant secretary of state Edward Djerejian and paid for by Uncle...
  • Iranian Alert -- April 13, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"

    04/12/2004 9:00:25 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 24 replies · 1,902+ views
    The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” Most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East. There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their...
  • Iranian Alert -- April 12, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"

    04/11/2004 9:20:39 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 31 replies · 2,783+ views
    The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” Most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East. There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their...
  • Iranian Alert -- April 11, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"

    04/10/2004 11:52:46 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 14 replies · 1,508+ views
    The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” Most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East. There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their...
  • Iranian Alert -- April 10, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"

    04/09/2004 10:33:27 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 24 replies · 2,146+ views
    The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” Most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East. There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their...
  • The Necessity of Fear

    12/29/2001 3:28:58 PM PST · by holman · 125 replies · 1,646+ views
    The Atlantic Online ^ | December 28, 2001 | Katie Bacon
    Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA spy in the Middle East, argues that the only way to douse the fires of Islamic radicalism is through stunning, overwhelming, military force ..... In "The Counterterrorist Myth" (July/August Atlantic), Reuel Marc Gerecht, who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for nine years on Middle Eastern matters, argued that despite its claims that it was "'picking apart' bin Ladin's organization 'limb by limb,'" the CIA's chances of infiltrating and gaining good intelligence on bin Laden's al Qaeda network were pathetically negligible. Gerecht described a CIA operation which had few operatives of Middle Eastern background, ...