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25th July 2012 – Faster, Please!

Iran’s Chickens Coming Home to Roast. Or Not…

Michael Ledeen

Anyone who has spent much time eating Persian food knows how important chicken is, whether it’s roast chicken, chicken with pomegranate sauce and walnuts, or chicken kebab. more...

9th July 2012 – Faster, Please!

Khamenei in Isolation as Revolutionary Guards Threaten Mayhem, Kill Drunks

Michael Ledeen

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei hasn’t been seen in public for a couple of weeks, and he notably missed his annual speech at “Pasdar Day,” devoted to the Revolutionary Guards Corps. more...

29th June 2012 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

Developments in the Middle East. more...

10th June 2012 – Faster, Please!

Leaks and Lies

Michael Ledeen

I once had a long discussion about leaks with Richard Helms, a thoughtful gentleman who steadfastly refused to reveal state secrets even when threatened with imprisonment. more...

30th May 2012 – Faster, Please!

Madness in High Places

Michael Ledeen

I am just back from a pilgrimage to Machiavelli’s town, San Casciano, and I’m happy to report that the sort of “virile Christianity” he favored is still alive and active in that lovely little town in the Pesa Valley. more...

28th May 2012 – Faster, Please!

Iran Rules

Michael Ledeen

So we had important talks with the Iranian regime and reached an important agreement to have more important talks with them next month. No one on our team seems the least bit embarrassed. more...

22nd May 2012 – Faster, Please!

When the State Steals, the People Become Thieves

Michael Ledeen

Friday we sailed around Capri and then across to the Bay of Salerno. Very few boats around, and nary a oee of the luxury yachts so common in those waters. We went to a seaside restaurant, and were among a very few customers. more...

6th May 2012 – Faster, Please!

Dishonor and War

Michael Ledeen

I wonder what the Atrocities Board would say about the dreadful betrayal of freedom in China. Only kidding. This Orwellian institution is surely designed to deal only with old horrors; you know, those during the dark ages of Bushitlercheney. more...

20th April 2012 – Faster, Please!

Taxes, Real Cash Money, and Corruption

Michael Ledeen

We’re in Italy, where the new government — headed by the distinguished economist Mario Monti — has three big initiatives: make it easier to fire workers, raise taxes on everyone, and limit the amount of money that can be paid in cash. more...

10th April 2012 – Faster, Please!

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong. But Celebrated…

Michael Ledeen

It’s a tribute to the collapse of modern education that so many people, from pundits and professors to movie stars and policy makers, continue to repeat stereotypes and slogans that are demonstrably false and, in all likelihood, dangerous to our national health. more...

18th March 2012 – Faster, Please!

Iran and Syria are Getting Blown Up. And Sometimes Shot.

Michael Ledeen

It’s all the rage. Literally. Two explosions at Iranian military/nuclear weapons sites. Four explosions in Syria, including three suicide bombers in Damascus on Saturday, two of which were aimed at Syrian security forces buildings, all in the past few days. more...

16th March 2012 – Syndicated

The Bill Bennett Show

Michael Ledeen

Michael Ledeen and Andrew McCarthy debate whether the US should intervene in Syria? more...

13th March 2012 – National Review Online

Re: Let Syria Be

Michael Ledeen

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Andy and I have moved from a narrow discussion of Syria to the broader issues that ought to be driving our national foreign-policy debate. more...

11th March 2012 – Faster, Please!

Chris Matthews, Getting It Wrong and Staying There

Michael Ledeen

Some weeks ago, Chris Matthews mentioned me in passing as one of those who wants to attack Iran militarily. So I wrote to his producer, pointed out that I had long opposed military attacks on Iran, had written three books and scads of articles and blogs saying that more...

11th March 2012 – Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Can Israel Really Aid Iran’s Opposition, as Meir Dagan Suggests?

Michael Ledeen

Michael Ledeen, a freedom scholar at Foundation for Defense of Democracies and one of the biggest supporters of regime change in Iran, said he was happy to see Dagan’s remarks about aiding Iran’s opposition on 60 Minutes. more...

7th March 2012 – National Review Online

Taking Sides on Syria

Michael Ledeen

I don’t know if I’m Andy McCarthy’s greatest fan, but I’m right up there at or near the top of the list, so whenever I disagree with him my immediate suspicion is that I’ve got it wrong. more...

7th March 2012 – Faster, Please!

It’s the War, Stupid, Not the Nukes

Michael Ledeen

My invaluable friend, David Goldman, aka Spengler, called our attention to an extremely important article in the German press by a highly respected German defense expert, saying there is good reason to believe that North Korea tested an Iranian nuclear device in 2010. more...

1st March 2012 – Faster, Please!

Iranian Carnival (aka “Elections”) Redux

Michael Ledeen

The Basij — the radical thugs who beat up Iranians for violations of the dress code and other sins against the official version of Islam — will be voting early and often in Iran on Friday. more...

1st March 2012 – WGN - Chicago

Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg

Michael Ledeen

Recent Developments in Iran. more...

29th February 2012 – Syndicated

The Hugh Hewitt Show

Michael Ledeen

Recent developments in Iran. more...