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12th January 2012 – Faster, Please!

Pissing on the Enemy

Michael Ledeen

Some Marines seem to have pissed on the cadavers of some Taliban in Afghanistan. We don’t know when or exactly where. more...

8th January 2012 – Faster, Please!

You Cannot Reform a Totalitarian (You’ve Got to Defeat Him)

Michael Ledeen

Back when I was even younger, and living in Rome, the main topic of conversation was of course Communism. Italy had the largest Communist Party outside the Soviet Union, and it was forever on the cusp of becoming the biggest party in Italy, thus forming the government, thus taking over. more...

3rd January 2012 – Letters to the Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Pressure and Sanctions Won’t Make an Enemy Change

Michael Ledeen

Dennis Ross ("On Iran, Pressure Works," op-ed, Dec. 23) is full of hope that we're on the right track with our Iran policy, because the history of the murderous regime in Tehran "clearly" reveals that "pressure works." more...

2nd January 2012 – Faster, Please!

Iran in Convulsion (the Death Spiral Continues)

Michael Ledeen

Big news today from Iran, confirming once again that the hapless regime in Tehran proceeds down its death spiral. The first is the spectacular collapse of the national currency, which has lost 35% of its value since September. more...

25th December 2011 – Faster, Please!

Why Tyrants Fall

Michael Ledeen

What spells the doom of dictators? Nobody really knows, and there are so many “whats” that the whole subject defies quantification. Coups and assassinations, revolutions, defeats in war, and even sudden collapses, are all to be found in the texts, ancient and modern. more...

21st December 2011 – Faster, Please!

Havel, Kafka and Us

Michael Ledeen

A friend sent me this Czech tv video on the mourning march to the St Vitus Cathedral in the Prague Castle. I can’t watch it without tearing up. It’s entirely worthy of the great Czech poet, playwright, and revolutionary hero. more...

20th December 2011 – The PJ Tatler

Wow, They’re Still Blowing Up Iran

Michael Ledeen

Two more explosions today. One at the big refinery in Isfahan, the other at the very important Revolutionary Guards base in Kerman, which is the headquarters for the RG’s operations in the East (think Afghanistan, etc.). more...

20th December 2011 – Cited by William McGurn, The Wall Street Journal

Happy Hanukkah, Marines!

Michael Ledeen

Then there's the Ledeen family. Among my most memorable evenings was a farewell for Marine Lt. Gabriel Ledeen, who was shipping off to pre-surge Iraq. That night we brought our three young daughters to his mom and dad's house more...

14th December 2011 – Faster, Please!

Who’s REALLY Blowing Up Iran?

Michael Ledeen

It just has to be Israel, according to the pundit class. You know, that warmonger Netanyahu. Or maybe it’s us. Maybe it’s Obama, who after all killed bin Laden and Qadaffi, toppled Mubarak and bin Ali, and has proclaimed that “Assad must go.” more...

13th December 2011 – Faster, Please!

Returning the Terrorists to Tehran

Michael Ledeen

In January, 2007, five American soldiers were brutally murdered in Karbala, Iraq, by a team of operatives who had been trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ foreign legion, the Quds Force. more...

6th December 2011 – Faster, Please!

Hi There, Iranians! I’m Hillary, Let’s Chat

Michael Ledeen

For those who may have thought the Obama administration lacked real spine on responding to the 32-year old Iranian war against us, there is now a dramatic response (mild sarcasm alert). more...

28th November 2011 – Faster, Please!

Who’s Blowing Up Iran?

Michael Ledeen

Another week, another explosion at or near an Iranian military installation (or is it a nuclear research facility?). As usual, the regime doesn’t know what to say. more...

27th November 2011 – Faster, Please!

How Do Famous Italians Cope With Meltdown?

Michael Ledeen

Thanks to the ever-vigilant Italian press, in this case the Corriere della Sera, we know exactly how the heirs of the Renaissance deal with dark days. more...

16th November 2011 – Faster, Please!

The War Against the Mullahs

Michael Ledeen

This past weekend’s monster explosion at a Revolutionary Guards base outside Tehran has attracted the usual assortment of speculation and “informed information,” most of it sucked from the thumbs of pundits who feel they must write quickly. more...

5th November 2011 – Faster, Please!

Italy Wobbles, and a Demon Appears in the Clouds

Michael Ledeen

As usual, whenever the situation permits, the British press — led by the screaming meemies at the Financial Times — calls for the defenestration of Silvio Berlusconi. “In the name of God and Italy, go!” the FT intones at the beleaguered PM. more...

24th October 2011 – Faster, Please!

A Pattern of Appeasement and Retreat

Michael Ledeen

Take two headlines, one about Iraq, the other about Afghanistan. The Iraqis told us to honor our signed agreement, and pull out all our troops by year’s end. Over in Kabul, Karzai said he’d go to war against us if we attacked his neighbor, Pakistan. more...

19th October 2011 – Faster, Please!

I’m Baffled. What’s He Up To?

Michael Ledeen

I don’t think bloggers are supposed to confess bafflement, but I’m gonna do it: I’m baffled. I don’t get it. Every time I think I’ve got a grip on this administration, they do something I just can’t deconstruct. more...

17th October 2011 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

The Iranian terror plot on US soil. more...

13th October 2011 – Syndicated

The Dennis Prager Show

Michael Ledeen

The Iranian terror plot. more...

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...