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12th October 2011 – Faster, Please!

Don’t Tell Me You Were Surprised at Iran’s Operation

Michael Ledeen

What? There was nothing surprising, let alone “brazen,” about the Iranian attempt to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, or to blow up the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington. It is, after all, what they do. more...

10th October 2011 – Faster, Please!

The Shape of the Middle East to Come

Michael Ledeen

First, I’d like to say a few words in sympathy with Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki. Not that I’m an admirer, mind you. But I have been warning about this moment more...

4th October 2011 – Faster, Please!

Victory Could Be Ours, If Only We Want It

Michael Ledeen

In the real war, our major enemies are the evil regimes in Iran and Syria, and both are hollow and wobbling, needing only one good push to go over. more...

2nd October 2011 – Faster, Please!

Time to Get Real in Iran and Syria

Michael Ledeen

Can we agree that Iran and Syria now constitute a single strategic problem? Surely Ali Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, thinks so. Otherwise he would not have ordered the Revolutionary Guards to conduct a policy of all-out military, financial, and intelligence support for the Assad regime more...

28th September 2011 – Faster, Please!

Totalitarian Temptations from Carter to Obama

Michael Ledeen

I keep having flashbacks to Jimmy Carter. The Cairo speech was in many ways a throwback to Carter’s famous “we are now free of that inordinate fear of communism” pronunciamento at Notre Dame. more...

21st September 2011 – Faster, Please!

The Shuttered White House and Its Fantasies

Michael Ledeen

I know exactly what is going on inside the Obama White House; the outside world has been banned and only the true believers are welcome. This has very little to do with the many unique features of this administration. more...

14th September 2011 – Faster, Please!

Khamenei Must Go (and Take Ahmadinejad too, Please)

Michael Ledeen

According to several recent reports, the Obama administration is now considering more forceful action against Iran in Iraq. This is as understandable as it was inevitable; as I wrote many months before the invasion of Iraq, it is folly to expect to maintain decent security there so long as the current regime remains in power in Tehran. more...

7th September 2011 – Faster, Please!

Ten Years Later

Michael Ledeen

September 11, September 11, for me it’s all about friend and family. Above all the others, the friend is — was — Barbara Olson, who was murdered by al-Qaeda on the airplane that crashed into the Pentagon. A really great woman, the life force in flesh and blood, how I miss her. more...

2nd September 2011 – Faster, Please!

The New, Neoconservative, New York Times

Michael Ledeen

At first I thought it was an anomaly, a personal thing. One New York Times columnist has an epiphany. But now there are two of them, two very liberal Timesmen embracing the use of military force in Libya. And invoking a quintessential “neoconservative” justification for it. I think it’s a trend. more...

31st August 2011 – WIBC - Indianapolis

The Greg Garrison Show

Michael Ledeen

Libya, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Obama policy past present future. more...

31st August 2011 – Syndicated

Bill Bennett’s Morning in America

Michael Ledeen

Libya, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Obama policy past present future. more...

29th August 2011 – Faster, Please!

Iran’s Two-Front War

Michael Ledeen

While you were busy wondering if Obama could manage the hurricane, the Azeris erupted against the regime. When they riot in Azerbaijan, it’s a big deal. The Azeris are — by far — Iran’s biggest tribe. About half of the population is ethnic Persian, and half that number, a quarter of Iranians, are Azeri more...

25th August 2011 – National Review Online Symposium

Long, Hot Arab Summer

Claudia Rosett, Clifford D. May, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Michael Ledeen

Commentary on the Arab Spring is much like the famous parable of the blind men learning about an elephant by touching it: Most observers glimpse limited aspects of a complex phenomenon, but have trouble comprehending the whole. more...

23rd August 2011 – Faster, Please!

Lessons of Libya (and Syria, and, Some Day, Iran)

Michael Ledeen

First, for those trying to figure out what’s going on in Libya: this sort of event does not lend itself to “live” coverage. Wars and insurrections are very foggy, and reporters cannot possibly check the information they are given. more...

22nd August 2011 – CBS News Radio

News Update

Michael Ledeen

The fall of Qaddafi. more...

22nd August 2011 – The Corner, National Review Online

American Hikers Sentenced in Iran

Michael Ledeen

You didn’t really think the Iranian regime was going to release the American hiker hostages, did you? We were evidently unwilling to pay the regime’s ransom demands (the only time hostages are released from Iran is when they are ransomed out, or when the regime fears something terrible is about to happen. more...

22nd August 2011 – Faster, Please!

It’s a Real War, Stupid. A Big War. A Worthy Challenge for America

Michael Ledeen

If we are going to win in the Middle East, we have to get the context right. As I wrote in The War Against the Terror Masters, long before the invasion of Iraq, we cannot just “do” a country like Iraq, or today, Syria, and then move on. more...

18th August 2011 – Faster, Please!

The War with Syria

Michael Ledeen

So the president finally swallowed hard and pronounced the three words: “Assad must go.” Well, not exactly. That would have been too simple. Here’s what he actually emitted: more...

12th August 2011 – Faster, Please!

Why Aren’t There Millions of Iranians in the Streets?

Michael Ledeen

People keep asking me how come the Iranian people seem to be missing in action amidst the Middle Eastern insurrection. Fair enough. No matter that the whole process was kicked off, and inspired by, the massive demonstrations in the streets of Iran’s major cities following the electoral fraud of June, 2009. more...

9th August 2011 – Faster, Please!

The Next President

Michael Ledeen

I don’t have a candidate yet, but I do have some traditional requirements. Most of the time, we elect either state governors or generals who have won wars. more...