Archive for November, 2007

Iran’s Strategy and Application of Force

Posted in Iran on November 26, 2007 by bamgrad


While the Bush administration clearly asserts that a nuclear armed Iran is not in the national security interests of the United States, the fractious political environment in Washington is blunting the effectiveness of that message. Furthermore, the impending US election season has generated questions about Iran that are phrased in the ethereal context of “What would you do?” The responses range from “using force” to “direct negotiations.” This indicates to Iran that the US is divided and preoccupied with other events. Iran sees a hesitant adversary, while the American public remains misinformed of the true situation in the Middle East. Continue reading


Why Iraq Matters to Me

Posted in Iraq on November 18, 2007 by bamgrad

During the last few weeks there has been a visceral discussion about the US’s prospects in Iraq. Much of it has centered on the assertions that President’s surge plan and Iraq policies are a failure and the Iraqi government has failed to deliver on goals they promised to achieve. These issues coupled with the rising death toll and the disingenuous kabuki theater politicians have engaged in has left the US population with a large degree of uncertainty and angst. Continue reading