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  • Blockbuster Story. Spiked!

    01/09/2015 4:43:52 AM PST · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-6-15 | Michael Ledeen
    I had lunch yesterday with three gentlemen who are very well read, who follow the news attentively, and who would shudder to think they are victims of ideological censorship. Yet not one of them — and the trio includes a very famous former reporter (a first-class reporter at that) for one of the country’s top newspapers — had heard a word about Egyptian President Sisi’s remarkable New Year’s Day speech, in which he called upon Muslim leaders and scholars to carry out a “religious revolution.” All three watch TV news ... so they were surprised that they hadn’t heard about...
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • What if It’s Not About North Korea?

    04/05/2013 10:32:05 AM PDT · by AU72 · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 5, 2013 | Michael Ledeen
    I don’t really follow North Korea (mostly, I try to stay up-to-date on a few countries that begin with the letter “I”), but it seems to me that we are looking at recent events in the wrong context. North Korea is a charter member of the Axis of Evil, and works hand in glove with the other surviving regime of that infamous trinity, Iran. I’ve been writing for years about the intimate relationship between the two, ranging from North Korean assistance in digging tunnels in Iranian mountains and in the Tehran subway system, to Iranian cooperation with North Korean missile...
  • The Petraeus Espionage File

    11/11/2012 6:23:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/11/2012 | Michael Ledeen
    I may have awakened him. The late James Jesus Angleton, once the chief of CIA counterintelligence, sounded kinda groggy to me after I got him–loud and clear!–on my famously untrustworthy ouija board. Of course I have no idea whether he gets to sleep at all. I don’t quite know exactly “where” he is, after all, and he doesn’t answer direct questions on the subject. Anyway, there he was, and I started right in. ML: So what am I supposed to think about Petraeus? JJA: That you’re living in a country where espionage is rampant. ML: Huh? JJA: Have you read...
  • The October Surprise (Talks with Iran)

    10/21/2012 3:37:10 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 20 October 2012 | Michael Ledeen
    The New York Times reports (and the White House denies) that “The United States and Iran have agreed for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.” Two of the three assertions in that lead paragraph are demonstrably false. One-on-one negotiations have been going on for years (most recently, according to my friend “Reza Kahlili,” in Doha, where, he was told, Valerie Jarrett and other American officials recently traveled for the latest talks). The only...
  • It Looks Like Carter All Over Again

    10/09/2012 4:05:24 PM PDT · by bronxville · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 9, 2012 | Michael Ledeen
    In the end, Carter lost to Reagan because he dithered too much, because he was just too feckless, because our enemies were running amok, and Carter was trying to make a deal with them instead of acting the way most of us thought a real American leader should act. Then, as now, the media were overwhelmingly behind the Democratic incumbent, but the real world overwhelmed them. Then, it was American hostages in Iran. Now, it is American dead in Libya. Then, it was a mob of Iranian “students” shrieking “death to America” in Tehran and taking over the American embassy...
  • Santorum Was Right About Iran—When It Was Unpopular

    02/24/2012 4:40:35 PM PST · by writer33 · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/24/12 | Michael Ledeen
    Rick Santorum doesn't fit any of the stereotypes of current foreign-policy ideologies. He's too idealistic to be a "realist," too conservative and too religious to be a "neocon," and too revolutionary to be a "paleocon." He's an old-fashioned, feisty patriot, in the mold of Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan. Mr. Santorum's hatred of tyranny traces back to his grandfather Pietro, who took the family from Lake Garda in northern Italy to Pennsylvania's coal country to escape Mussolini's dictatorship in the 1920s. Pietro Santorum worked in the mines until he was 72 and, as Mr. Santorum often says, taught him "to...
  • Time to Get Real in Iran and Syria

    10/04/2011 5:01:49 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    PajamasMedia/FasterPlease/Michael Ledeen ^ | October 2, 2011 | Michael Ledeen
    Can we agree that Iran and Syria now constitute a single strategic problem? Surely Ali Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, thinks so. Otherwise he would not have ordered the Revolutionary Guards to conduct a policy of all-out military, financial, and intelligence support for the Assad regime, combined with the usual deception (various public statements urging Assad to be reasonable and settle his differences with the protesters, a ridiculous fantasy). Khamenei knows that if Assad falls to anything remotely resembling a free, representative government, the consequences for Iran range from severely damaging to fatal. The Syrian crisis is only one very...
  • Khamenei Must Go (and Take Ahmadinejad too, Please)

    09/15/2011 5:39:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media/FasterPlease ^ | September 14, 2011 | Michael Ledeen
    According to several recent reports, the Obama administration is now considering more forceful action against Iran in Iraq. This is as understandable as it was inevitable; as I wrote many months before the invasion of Iraq, it is folly to expect to maintain decent security there so long as the current regime remains in power in Tehran. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his henchmen cannot tolerate the existence of a free, stable democratic society in its Shi’ite neighbor to the West, nor in Afghanistan to the East. The Iranian tyrant is threatened by an ongoing mass uprising by his own...
  • What if the Killing of Bin Laden Is the Beginning of The Great American Retreat?

    05/04/2011 12:46:41 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 4,2011 | Michael Ledeen
    “I’m sorry, you know I can’t disclose my location.” It was the spirit of my long-deceased friend, James Jesus Angleton, whom I’d reached via ouija board for what I hoped would be a highly informative conversation, but the way he spat out that phrase suggested I may have asked the wrong question. I wanted to know if he’d had the chance to talk to Osama bin Laden’s ghost, and yes, I knew that if Angleton said “yes” it would finally tell me where he was residing. ML: “Sorry, I didn’t mean it that way, but you know there are lots...
  • Syrians Gunned Down, International Community Yawns (Iran)

    03/26/2011 6:04:23 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 25,2011 | Michael Ledeen
    Syrians Gunned Down, International Community Yawns Assad’s not going quietly. This from the Reform Party of Syria: Dara’a. An eyewitness on BBC Arabic said that armed units speaking only Farsi descended upon Dara’a. They have smothered the walls of the al-Omari Mosque with their graffiti but several of them were captured. Another witness, Omar al-Masri, said that snipers took positions on rooftops and started shooting. He said Syrians converged in large numbers upon the rooftops and five snipers were captured. Al-Masri, confirmed the other eyewitness, and said that non-Syrians wearing all black were captured in al-Omari Mosque. They spoke only...
  • What Would a Desperate Wimp Do?

    03/17/2011 10:11:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | March 16, 2011 | Michael Leedeen
    At about this stage in the Carter years, I began to worry: the president was getting a reputation for being a wimp, the economy was going to hell, and his poll numbers were headed steadily south. The main enemy — the Soviet Union — was flexing its muscles, invading Afghanistan in December of 1979. This came amidst the Iranian hostage crisis, which began early the previous month. We tend to forget that the U.S. military buildup, which ultimately played a big role in the successful outcome of the Cold War, was started by Carter in response to the Soviet move,...
  • The Regime Kidnaps Mousavi and Karroubi (IRAN)

    02/27/2011 8:20:33 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 26, 2011 | Michael Ledeen
    Yes it is true, not exactly as any one source has been reporting, but the two top leaders of the Green Movement, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, were kidnapped on Thursday night — when the streets of Tehran were full of armed men.  It was a typical Mafia-style snatch.  The two men — already under house arrest — were beaten and bloodied, and then were led out of their homes in blindfolds and handcuffs, stuffed in the trunks of their captors from the Revolutionary Guards and, along with their wives, taken to a location in Tehran, then, on Friday,...
  • Bomb Libya

    02/24/2011 4:48:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 23, 2011 | Michael Ledeen
    Since our leaders evidently have no clue what to do in Libya, let’s give them a few ideas. The basic rules are easy: don’t do anything that is likely to make things worse, and you can forget about “negotiated settlements” once the bloodshed has reached the dimensions now engulfing Libya. Finally, forget the UN (see point 1). The first thing to do is deprive Gaddafi of as many instruments of mass murder as possible. The most obvious of these is the Libyan Air Force, which is a small and outdated collection of aircraft, many of which belong in a museum....
  • Egypt: Revolution? By Whom? For What? (Michael Ledeen)

    02/05/2011 4:48:23 AM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    As I’ve remarked in the past–but you can’t say the truth too often, right? — nobody knows what a revolution looks like. And in fact that last clause may be very misleading, because there is no one thing that a revolution looks like. Some revolutions happen very quietly, like the Information Revolution. On the other hand, some very revolutionary-looking events, like lots of people in the streets calling for the downfall of a government or a regime, are just street theater. Ask the “revolutionaries” who filled the streets of Paris calling for the end of de Gaulle. Or the crowd...
  • Cancer, Carter and Obama

    01/31/2011 6:02:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 30, 2011 | Michael Ledeen
    There are some eery similarities between Egypt 2011 and Iran 1979, and some of them are unfortunately about American leadership. There are some big differences, too, but for the moment let’s just look at some parallels and try to draw some necessarily tentative conclusions. After all, everything is up for grabs right now and things will probably change a lot in the next few hours and days. First of all is prostate cancer. The shah was dying of it and Mubarak is afflicted with it. We know Mubarak’s got it. We didn’t know the shah had it. One of the...
  • The New York Times Goes to (Spy) War

    01/27/2011 4:23:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 26, 2011 | Michael Ledeen
    The New York Times has been amusing itself — for the second time in as many years — at the expense of Duane “Dewey” Clarridge, a retired CIA Operations Officer who has organized a team of investigators to provide up-to-date intel on Afghanistan and Pakistan. So far there’s been a very very long article by a Mr. Mazzetti and an editorial by the usual suspects at Slimes Central. I know Dewey pretty well, and although I haven’t seen him for a couple of years, I like him fine. He’s great company, and the sort you want on your side in...
  • The Blind Who Will Not See: The President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Iranian Death Spiral

    11/18/2010 7:32:45 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    PajamasMedia/FasterPlease/MichaelLedeen ^ | November 17, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    I sometimes wonder where some of our smartest people get their ideas. Take Defense Secretary Bob Gates, for example. Discussing the possibility of military action against Iranian nuclear weapons facilities, he said: “And if it’s a military solution, as far as I’m concerned, it will bring together a divided nation, it will make them absolutely committed to attaining nuclear weapons and they will just go deeper and more covert.” I don’t get it. Is there some sort of evidence? What could it possibly be, aside from the sort I get from my Ouija board? So I try to imagine one...
  • Groucho Plays Tehran (Ledeen)

    10/06/2010 10:07:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    FasterPlease/MichaelLedeen/PajamasMedia ^ | October 5, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    The Islamic Republic looks more and more like a Marx Brothers creation. The leaders proclaim themselves invincible, but just offstage, we can hear the sounds of breaking crockery. For starters, the currency is crashing — Iran may well be the only country in the world in which the dollar is not only gaining strength but is the object of unbridled passion. In the past couple of days some money changers have refused to sell dollars because the market is just too volatile. As RFE/RL tells us: the rial declined 13 percent against the dollar last week as demand for the...
  • The Iranian Mess

    09/27/2010 4:11:02 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    PajamasMedia/FasterPlease ^ | Sept. 26, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    The chimpanzee has returned to Tehran, where he is unlikely to have as much fun as he did in New York. Thanks to the New York Post, we now know that in between blaming America for the 9/11 terrorist attack, Ahmadinejad had an unannounced dinner with Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan. Wouldn’t you love to have a transcript of their conversation? One will get you ten that there were other unannounced meetings as well. One of the supreme leader’s favorite newspapers has announced the arrival in Tehran of a delegation from Oman to facilitate the release of the remaining two...
  • Cracks in the Iranian Monolith--Opposition is spreading in the streets, prisons, and the military.

    08/23/2010 8:34:14 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 24, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    The Iranian regime loves to boast of its military strength, international clout and hold on domestic power. Much of this is accepted by outside experts, but in fact the regime is in trouble. Iran's leaders have lost legitimacy in the eyes of the people, are unable to manage the country's many problems, face a growing opposition, .... A few weeks ago, according to official and private reports, the Iranian air force shot down three drones near the southwestern city of Bushehr, where a Russian-supplied nuclear reactor has just started up. When the Revolutionary Guards inspected the debris, they expected to...
  • The Hikers, the Mullahs, and their Friends

    08/02/2010 7:32:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 3+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 1, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    Last week the president spoke out on behalf of the three American hikers who have been held in Iran for nearly a year. During that time, they have been able to make only one telephone call — to their families back in the U.S. — and write no letter at all. Sarah, Shane, and Josh are in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison, and Sarah is locked in solitary confinement save for once a day when she goes to the prison yard and sees the others. “I want to be perfectly clear,” the president said.  And then he lapsed into incoherence.  “Sarah,...
  • The Brothel Named Iran

    07/26/2010 8:23:44 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media/Faster Please/ ^ | July 26, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    I’ll bet you haven’t seen very much news about Iran during the past week or 10 days, have you? And yet there’s lots of news: –first of all, there is still no end to the bazaar strike, even though the regime has taken very violent action against the strikers. A large part of the beautiful bazaar in Kerman has been torched ( for that matter, regime thugs have taken to setting ablaze large sections of forest land in the region. Nor will the bazaar strikes end soon, since this week marks religious celebrations that traditionally close the bazaars all over...
  • Iran's Revolution Has Only Just Begun

    06/12/2010 2:25:10 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 7 replies · 583+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 12, 2010 | MICHAEL LEDEEN
    The shrinking number of loyalists around the Ayatollah Khamenei are shaken by their failure to break the will of the opposition.Today is the first anniversary of the fraudulent election ... Having failed to recognize the intensity and dimensions of the opposition, many Iran observers performed a neat about-face, concluding that the regime was doomed and would be brought down in the near future. Yet while there have been many demonstrations this past year, the regime has brutally fought back, killing or arresting hundreds if not thousands of real or suspected critics.... So is the new Iranian revolution fizzling? Has the...
  • What Is Barack Obama?

    04/07/2010 12:24:14 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 112 replies · 1,847+ views
    pajamasmedia/michaelledeen ^ | April 6, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    Roger L. Simon thinks Obama’s deranged, and Roger’s the son of a good psychiatrist, so he knows what he’s talking about. I don’t doubt that our president has his issues–just look at his nutty mother, consider the impact of being abandoned by dad–but I don’t think that just putting Obama on the couch is the best way to understand him. Put him in the classroom instead. Because he’s the stereotypical American undergrad at a stereotypical Ivy League college in the age of political correctness. He doesn’t much like America or Americans, or the “former colonial powers” like Britain. Like so...
  • What Is Barack Obama?

    04/07/2010 10:38:10 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 24 replies · 872+ views
    Pajamasmedia ^ | April 6, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    Roger L. Simon thinks Obama’s deranged, [1] and Roger’s the son of a good psychiatrist, so he knows what he’s talking about.  I don’t doubt that our president has his issues–just look at his nutty mother, consider the impact of being abandoned by dad–but I don’t think that just putting Obama on the couch is the best way to understand him. Put him in the classroom instead.  Because he’s the stereotypical American undergrad at a stereotypical Ivy League college in the age of political correctness.He doesn’t much like America or Americans, or the “former colonial powers” like Britain.  Like so...
  • Purim, Again: From Ahashverosh to Ahmadinejad. The War Against the Jews Contunues.

    03/03/2010 5:34:16 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 277+ views
    PajamasMedia/FasterPlease/Michael Ledeen ^ | February 27th, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    I wrote this a year ago, and it seems worth repeating. Tonight we Jews read the Book of Esther, and we celebrate the battle our ancestors won against the antisemites in Persia more than two thousand years ago. It could not come at a more appropriate time, as Benjamin Netanyahu organizes an Israeli Government whose main task is the protection of the Jews against antisemites in Persia. Again. Anyone who wants to learn more about the Book of Esther–and its signal importance in the history of political thought–should read Yoram Hazony’s The Dawn. It is one of those stories that...
  • Whose Death Matters More?

    03/03/2010 5:09:25 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 426+ views
    PajamasMedia/FasterPlease/Michael Ledeen ^ | March 2nd, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    I think the first time I grappled with this question was in an undergraduate philosophy course. The professor was a Yaley, very very smart, and loved to provoke us. His job, after all. So one day, when a famous person had died, he said in his flippant way, “obviously this man was much more important than Joe Schmoe down the block, and the society should value him more, and try harder to protect him and tend to him if he’s sick, etc etc.” And so we debated, in the way of young students. Who is to say that one man’s...
  • Is the Iranian Revolution Dead? Have the Mullahs Won?

    02/24/2010 5:08:49 AM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 369+ views
    Pajamas Media/Michael Ledeen - Faster Please ^ | Feb. 23, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    There has been a lot of ‘expert analysis’ in the past ten days saying that the Green Movement in Iran is all washed up, and that the regime is firmly in control of events there. This follows two earlier periods of ‘consensus,’ the first claiming that there was no chance of a revolution in Iran—this was the conventional wisdom even after the explosion of anti-regime passion following the fraudulent election results announced on June 12, 2009—and then a shorter, more recent, period when the success of the revolution was taken to be inevitable. The first was decisively shattered by the...
  • The Streets of Tehran and Washington (Michael Ledeen)

    02/18/2010 5:25:51 AM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 248+ views
    Pajamas Media/Michael Ledeen - Faster Please ^ | February 16th, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    Secretary of State Clinton is quite right to say that Iran is now a military dictatorship. A note on Twitter last week put it succinctly and accurately: [The Revolutionary Guards, [aka “Sepah”] & its Commander in chief have taken over & have no intention of letting go. [Next year’s regular Army] budget is not even quarter of Sepah’s budget. - Basij is totally integrated in Sepah now. - From National police to Central command, all Sepahi & Basijis. - The Ministry of Intelligence is run by Sepah Intelligence. - [State broadcasting] & most print media are run by Sepah. -...
  • What is Iran Planning for Thursday?

    02/09/2010 5:28:02 AM PST · by nuconvert · 46 replies · 1,921+ views
    Pajamas Media/Michael Ledeen/Faster Please ^ | February 8th, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    Khamenei, whose public statements should be taken seriously, is promising some sort of devastating “punch” against the West on Thursday the 11th, the same day as the Green Movement is calling for a monster protest against his regime. What might he have in mind? I don’t know; they say a lot of things just for effect, but threats/promises from the supreme leader have a certain standing. If I were an Israeli official, I’d recheck my information on Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad. Some think he’s preparing some kind of attack against Israel. Surely there has been no shortage in...
  • The Iranian Body Snatchers at Work (Michael Ledeen)

    12/29/2009 5:57:09 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 359+ views
    PJMedia/FasterPlease/MichaelLedeen ^ | Dec. 28, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    In their desperate search for a way to quell the growing revolt of the Iranian people against the Islamic Republic, the regime’s storm troopers are arresting, beating and assassinating the families of the leaders of the Green Movement. Sunday, as millions of Iranians took the opportunity of the Ashura mourning day to take to the streets, a hit team gunned down the nephew of Mir Hossein Mousavi. Seyed Ali Moussavi Habibi was witnessing a 4WD Neissan Patrol car running over a few people in front of his house before being shot and killed with the same people in the car....
  • It’s Hard to Love a Leaker. Except YOUR Leaker.

    11/15/2009 6:10:24 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 606+ views
    The secretary of defense let off some steam on his airplane, warning of the terrible consequences of leaking information about internal government policy debates. He’s “appalled.” Navy Times tells us that Gates said that “disclosures of sensitive information on any ‘options under consideration’ does not serve the nation well. Nor are they in the military’s strategic interests..” When I first came to Washington, and for many years thereafter, I thought leaks were just awful. How dare they? Among other things, I thought–and this I still think–that it has a chilling effect on internal debate. Because if you’re afraid that your...
  • The Turks, the Supreme Leader, and the Iranian people

    10/28/2009 3:00:28 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 405+ views
    Turkish prime minister Erdogan has flown back home after a 2-day visit to Tehran. It was a big deal in all senses of the term. He went to Iran with a large delegation, including three ministers, many businessmen, leaders of Parliament, scads of reporters, and television crews. He met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki, “President” Ahmadinejad, and other ministers. According to Iranians who were involved in the meetings, the two countries reached agreement on many issues, the upshot of which is a considerable tightening of the working alliance between them: –The creation of a joint airline; –The creation of a...
  • We Have Met the Enemy . . .

    10/24/2009 5:41:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 947+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/26/2009 | Michael Ledeen
    Speaking publicly about the role of Iran in Afghanistan--which is substantial, and about which we have considerable information--seems to be taboo for our current leaders. This is neither new nor surprising. Iranians, and Iranian-trained terrorists from organizations such as Hezbollah, have been killing Americans for years. The Bush administration, for example, had similar information about Iran's role in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and top officials did their best to suppress it. According to reporter Bob Woodward, a top State Department official knew that Iran had committed "acts of war" against our troops in Iraq and kept that information from the...
  • Latest on Khamenei Watch (not the latest, but interesting)

    10/23/2009 7:18:38 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 590+ views
    PajamasMedia/FasterPlease/Ledeen ^ | Oct. 18, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    Perhaps it will help put things in context by looking at the supreme leader’s recent movements. On October 5th he went from Tehran to Now Shar, where he visited a naval base and academy. Later that day he went to the city of Chaloos, preached a sermon, delivered a speech and returned to Now Shar. On the 6th he traveled by automobile to Ramsar, a very beautiful resort city, and which is graced by a palace of the late shah. Khamenei was supposed to spend three days there, but he wasn’t feeling well, and complained of difficulty in breathing. He...
  • America has been Iran's 'Accomplice to Evil' for 30 years: Michael Ledeen (Mark Levin interview)

    10/19/2009 4:40:05 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 1 replies · 576+ views ^ | October 18, 2009 | Mark Levin
    Friday evening, Mark Levin spoke with Michael Ledeen about Iran and his new book 'Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West.' Ledeen says of the situation in Iran, "The Supreme Leader is in a coma ... When an evil man dies, it is never bad." (Audio interview plus links and evidence of Iran's involvement in 9/11 after the jump.)
  • What if God Sent a Miracle and Was Told “Faggetit”?

    10/03/2009 10:57:21 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 16 replies · 1,139+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 3 | Michael Ledeen
    I suppose it’s a tribute to the president’s tenacity, or perhaps his inability to think outside the box of conventional wisdom, but he seems to be totally unwilling to accept a Divine gift. He’s facing some terrible foreign policy decisions, decisions he doesn’t want to make, and he’s right to want to avoid them, because whichever way he tilts, it’s going to be bad for him. Take Afghanistan. McChrystal and Petreus have told him that if he doesn’t go all in, to the tune of forty thousand or so additional American fighters, he’s likely to see the war there go...
  • We've Been Talking to Iran for 30 Years

    09/30/2009 6:19:53 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 618+ views
    WSJ ^ | SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    The Obama administration's talks with Iran—set to take place tomorrow in Geneva—are accompanied by an almost universally accepted misconception: that previous American administrations refused to negotiate with Iranian leaders. The truth, as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said last October at the National Defense University, is that "every administration since 1979 has reached out to the Iranians in one way or another and all have failed." After the fall of the shah in February 1979, the Carter administration attempted to establish good relations with the revolutionary regime. We offered aid, arms and understanding. The Iranians demanded that the United States...
  • The Full “Corner” Post (Michael Ledeen

    09/08/2009 7:39:11 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 623+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please - Ledeen ^ | Sept. 7, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    Somehow NRO is having some trouble posting my full reply to my friend Andy McCarthy. I’m sure it will be fixed soon, but in the meantime, here it is: Nothing is better than getting honest criticism from a serious person. It’s almost impossible to find it nowadays, and I’m very grateful to Brother Andy for his kind words and trenchant comments. Ditto to Mark. How did these lawyers learn to write so well? I thought they beat that out of you in Law School… Bush Doctrine: As I remember it, we declared war on terrorist groups and on the countries...
  • The Death Spiral of the Islamic Republic II

    08/30/2009 6:11:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 1,015+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please - Ledeen ^ | August 29th, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    In the middle of the night, at 1:30 in the morning of Friday, August 14th, there was a large explosion at the monster petrochemical facility of the Iranian Pars Petrochemical Company in Bandar Assaluyeh. It is the biggest such plant in Iran, and the second largest in the whole Middle East (second only to one in Saudi Arabia). The explosion, which took place in pipes carrying Liquid Petroleum Gas (which is mostly propane), caused fires throughout the facility. It took at least three hours before the fires were brought under control. At least two persons died (fortunately, at that hour...
  • Mullahs are Watching PJTV (Michael Ledeen)(video)

    08/18/2009 10:15:04 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 545+ views
    Michael Ledeen on Iranian regime and their belief that he is apparently the main influence behind the Iranian opposition and recent protests. (about 4 mins)
  • Refusing to See Evil Clearly (Michael Ledeen)

    06/30/2009 6:15:18 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies · 1,157+ views
    NRO - The Corner ^ | June 29, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    For those who wish to think clearly about Iran, there are two fundamental facts: * the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran have been at war with us ever since the overthrow of the shah in early 1979; * the savagery they have unleashed on the people of Iran is precisely what they want to do to us. The Iranian leaders and their terror instruments, from Hezbollah to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have been killing Americans for 30 years, from the Marine barracks in Beirut in the 1980s to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan at the moment, where...
  • The Iranian Circus III (Michael Ledeen)

    06/13/2009 9:21:38 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 816+ views
    Iran doesn’t have elections, it has circuses, and this was proven once again on Friday, when the regime announced that Ahmadinezhad had been retained–call him “landslide Mahmoud” please–as president of the Islamic Republic. So much for the remarks of various pundits claiming that Iran was some sort of “democracy.” There isn’t a single educated Iranian who thinks that the official numbers represent anything more than a brazen insult to the opponents of the regime. Supreme Leader Khamenei rubbed it in when he called the outcome “divine,” but the subtlety was no doubt lost on American commentators, who were mostly concerned...
  • What’s Up With Gates, Anyway? Covering for the Mullahs?

    05/02/2009 4:38:23 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 634+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please - Ledeen ^ | April 30th, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    Just doing what he’s told, I suppose. After all, he came into the Bush Administration expecting to supervise the retreat from Iraq and the Grand Bargain with Iran, only to find that the president wanted to up the ante in Iraq and challenge the mullahs on the ground. So Gates duly supported the surge, and perforce cracked down on Iranian activities in Iraq. Now comes Obama, who is all about smashing al Qaeda, and making the Grand Bargain with Iran. So Gates duly blames the upsurge in violence in Iraq on al Qaeda–thoughtfully leaving Iran out of it, although they...
  • Spooks, Scoops and Pols

    04/28/2009 7:35:37 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 352+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please - Ledeen ^ | April 22nd, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    “A fine mess down there, I must say. Nobody learns, ever, so far as I can tell…” It was hard to disagree, especially with one of the great experts on intelligence, the late James Jesus Angleton, once upon a time the head of CIA Counterintelligence. I wanted his take on the latest Chinese fire drill over the abridged “torture memos” that the Obama people had made public, and all the subsequent smoke and fire about possible prosecutions and/or investigations of the “guilty parties.” I’d had some repairs made to my ouija board, and had tracked him down in the great...
  • Saberi and Obama (Ledeen)

    04/19/2009 7:44:55 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 660+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please - Ledeen ^ | April 19th, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    The president’s response to the sentencing of Roxana Saberi—eight years in prison—is a testament to the power of Iranian blackmail and Obama’s own pigheaded refusal to understand the nature of our enemies. His “disappointment” in the mullahs’ action (echoed almost to the letter by Secretary of State Clinton) suggests that he hoped, maybe even expected, something better from them. And that, in turn, demonstrates a refusal to see Iran for what it is. If I were Saberi’s Iranian-American father, I would be furious, and I would be inclined to call a press conference to say that, while it may be...
  • Hostages, Hostages Everywhere… (Ledeen)

    04/10/2009 9:01:42 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 29 replies · 837+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please - Ledeen ^ | April 10, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    When pundits and politicians talk about “negotiating with Iran,” it conjures up an image of well-dressed statesmen sitting in elegant rooms, talking about the niceties of international relations. But this is only a part of the picture; much of the process is conducted in little hotel rooms by secret intermediaries, and they talk about very unpleasant things, such as torture and blackmail. At least one recent “breakthrough” in relations with Iran was extorted from Great Britain and the United States by an Iranian proxy group in Iraq that kidnaped five British civilians two years ago, and, in the secret negotiations...
  • The I’s Had It (Ledeen)

    03/24/2009 5:20:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 432+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please - Ledeen ^ | March 22, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    March 22nd, 2009 President Obama has devoted a lot of time to foreign policy this past week, focusing like a laser beam on three countries that begin with the letter “I.” He gave star billing in Washington to the prime minister of Ireland (who was treated a lot better than British Prime Minister Gordon Brown), during the course of which each read the other’s prepared text, perhaps a new departure in international diplomacy. He also sent a letter to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (a member of the now defunct Communist Party), expressing confidence that the United States and Italy would...
  • The Appeasers (Michael Ledeen)

    03/16/2009 5:23:33 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 452+ views
    Pajamasmedia/Faster Please - Ledeen ^ | March 15, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    March 15, 2009 Winston Churchill: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” They like to call themselves “realists,” but their proper name is “appeasers.” They follow in the hollow footsteps of Neville Chamberlain, who signed an agreement with Hitler, believing it signalled “peace in our time.” But it only encouraged the Fuhrer to believe that there was no will in the West to resist the onslaught of Nazi terror, and thus hastened the onset of the Second World War. As Churchill darkly told Chamberlain upon his return to London, “You were given the...