Rouhani’s toughest opponent?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is, as you know, up for reelection next year. There are many reasons to think that, barring some unforeseen security and/or economic crisis between now and the election, Rouhani shouldn’t have a particularly difficult time winning another term. For one thing, inertia is on his side. Rouhani is the seventh president… Continue reading Rouhani’s toughest opponent?

Let’s try (and fail) to figure out what the hell is happening in Iraq, OK?

Alright, so, Iraq. Hoo-boy. I briefly touched on this situation the other day, when my reserves of brain power were at a definite ebb, and, while I’m not sure they’re in much better shape now, the situation in Iraq is spiraling out of control, and I wouldn’t be very good at this foreign policy blogging… Continue reading Let’s try (and fail) to figure out what the hell is happening in Iraq, OK?

BREAKING: Iran is threatening retaliation over Syria, if by “Iran” you mean this one Iranian guy

Always thinking one war ahead of the rest of America, our media is breathlessly reporting on communiques that have been issued by “Iran” to Shiʿi militias in Iraq, ordering them to strike at American interests in retaliation for any US strike against Syria. Take The Wall Street Journal (please!), whose story is headlined “Iran Plots… Continue reading BREAKING: Iran is threatening retaliation over Syria, if by “Iran” you mean this one Iranian guy