Middle East update: June 4 2018

SYRIA US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu have reportedly reached agreement on a “roadmap” for the Kurdish-occupied Syrian town of Manbij after a meeting in Washington on Monday. It’s unclear what exactly the roadmap entails beyond a phased YPG withdrawal from Manbij–it’s hard to imagine Turkey agreeing to anything less–with… Continue reading Middle East update: June 4 2018

If you’re asking whether “Iran” is serious about a deal, you may be asking the wrong question

I read a piece at a website called “War on the Rocks” by an Iran analyst named Afshon Ostovar, asking whether Iran is “serious about a deal.” It’s a pretty good piece, you should check it out, but I think it misses on a few points. The upshot is that Iran is probably serious about… Continue reading If you’re asking whether “Iran” is serious about a deal, you may be asking the wrong question

Trying to head off the panic

Hassan Rouhani was officially sworn in as new Iranian President on Saturday, so I guess that’s the end of the line for History’s Greatest Monster, Mahmoud Ahmadinej– Iran’s supreme leader has appointed former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Expediency Council, the country’s top political arbitration body headed by an avid critic of the outgoing president.… Continue reading Trying to head off the panic

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même Iran

BREAKING: IRAN ELECTS NEW HARD-LINE PRESIDENT WHO HAS TREMENDOUS AUTHORITY AND REPRESENTS AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND HER ALLY ISRAEL BREAKING: IRAN ELECTS NEW MODERATE PRESIDENT, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER BECAUSE THE IRANIAN PRESIDENT HAS NO REAL POWER, AND THE SUPREME LEADER OF IRAN IS STILL THE SAME GUY AS BEFORE, AND… Continue reading Plus ça change, plus c’est la même Iran