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3rd January 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Michael Ledeen discusses the protests in Iran on The John Batchelor Show. more...

7th November 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Michael Ledeen discusses the Osama bin Laden documents on The John Batchelor Show. more...

17th October 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Michael Ledeen discusses President Trump's new Iran strategy on The John Batchelor Show. more...

3rd August 2017 – PJ Media

Misery Doesn’t Cause Revolution

Michael Ledeen

Misery doesn’t cause revolution, whatever you may have been taught. Not in Venezuela, not in Iran, not in North Korea. Certainly the citizens in those countries are miserable, but I don’t think that revolution is about to erupt in any of them. more...

30th July 2017 – Quoted by Stephen Bryen - Defense News

Target practice and North Korea’s missiles

Michael Ledeen

There is a way to slow down North Korea’s missile program and there is no need to launch any military attack on the Pyongyang regime. more...

26th July 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD freedom scholar Michael Ledeen joins The John Batchelor Show to discuss endangered Trump administration loyalists. more...

24th July 2017 – PJ Media

Who Gets Purged by Trump?

Michael Ledeen

This seems to be a pattern: Trump loyalists get fired or, in the case of people brought on board early on, not renewed or transferred to permanent positions. more...

21st July 2017 – PJ Media

Trump Administration Still Doesn’t Have an Iran Policy

Michael Ledeen

The Trump administration, for once in harmony with Congress, is going to slap more sanctions on Iran. They stress this has nothing to do with the nuclear deal, but is rather in response to Tehran’s ongoing support of terrorism from the Middle East to Latin America. At the same time, the government is not (yet?) ready to sanction the Iranians for violating the terms of the deal. more...

17th July 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen talks about the invigoration of Jewish life in Catania, Sicily. more...

10th May 2017 – PJ Media

The New McCarthyites

Michael Ledeen

Watching former acting attorney general Sally Yates and James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence, sliming away at General Mike Flynn took me back to reminiscences of Wisconsin’s infamous Senator Joe McCarthy and his lists of Communists. more...

3rd May 2017 – PJ Media

War on Campus

Michael Ledeen

Don’t look to college “leaders” to defend free speech and shut down the rioters. It doesn’t work that way. Universities almost always collapse in the face of student protest, even though the numbers are overwhelmingly in favor of the institutions. So it was in the sixties, and so it is again today. more...

23rd April 2017 – Forbes

Tyrants And Their Hollow States

Michael Ledeen

Frankly, I’m surprised Erdogan had to settle for a photo-finish win at the wire. Not a great result for a would-be modern sultan who used all the tools of modern mass manipulation and intimidation during the “electoral campaign.” more...

12th April 2017 – Forbes

Reincarnation

Michael Ledeen

There’s a fascinating story in the weekend Wall Street Journal about the Dalai Lama, who has just made a very difficult trip to northeastern India to meet with tens of thousands of his faithful followers. more...

7th April 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Michael Ledeen joins Mary Kissel to expand on his recent article covering Syria and the Assad regime. more...

6th April 2017 – PJ Media

The Real War in ‘Syria’ and the Strategy for Long-Term Victory

Michael Ledeen

Of course I loathe Assad. And of course I despise the Obamans for that phony red line and the subsequent retreat-and-bogus-Russian-deal. But just carrying out vengeance against Assad isn’t good enough. It fails to address the central problem of our time: the global anti-American alliance. more...

3rd March 2017 – PJ Media

RELEASE THEM: Obama/Iran Nuke Deal Secrets Are NOT Classified, Just Kept From You

Michael Ledeen

The leaders of the Islamic Republic are frightened. They face an American national security team that knows a lot about them, and, unlike the Obama administration, strongly dislikes them. more...

27th February 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's freedom scholar Michael Ledeen discusses his recent Forbes article on Michael Flynn's exit as National Security Adviser. more...

26th February 2017 – Forbes

The Flynn Assassination

Michael Ledeen

Why should I challenge the powerful words of Bryan Wright or the extensive reporting of Adam Kredo? The political assassination of General Mike Flynn was carried out by a cabal of CIA officials and Obama loyalists, in tandem with allies in the media. It’s an ugly spectacle, damaging to our national interests, and perhaps unique in our history, as Senator Cruz has said. more...

13th February 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

To Break the Moscow-Tehran Alliance, Target Iran’s Regime

Michael Ledeen

Want a deal with Vladimir Putin in the Middle East? Then start with the real questions: Are the Russians prepared to abandon Iran and Bashar Assad’s Syria? If so, what would it take to pull it off? more...

15th January 2017 – Forbes

We Need Serious Libel Laws

Michael Ledeen

In the tumult over the publication of the “Russian” dossier on Donald Trump, I didn’t see the word “libel.” Most of the ink was devoted to asking whether BuzzFeed should have published the ugly thing, thereby finessing a very important matter: how does someone who is slimed in the media defend himself? more...