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30th May 2013 – Faster, Please! - PJ Media

Syria: The Spanish Civil War All Over Again

Michael Ledeen

History may not quite repeat itself, but the war in Syria — invariably, “the Syrian Civil War” — is eerily similar to the “Spanish Civil War” in the mid-1930s. more...

21st May 2013 – Faster, Please! - PJ Media

Catastrophic Consensus: A Dissent From Spengler and Mead

Michael Ledeen

Spengler (aka David Goldman) is one of my close friends and a long-time guru. William Russell Mead is just a guru, but I’m an avid fan. So when I find myself disagreeing... more...

13th May 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Michael Ledeen discusses the White House's shifting accounts of the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans. more...

13th May 2013 – The Weekly Standard

Self-Radicalization Chic

Michael Ledeen

The president has described the Boston terrorists as “self-radicalized,” and his voice is but one in a great chorus insisting that we face a major threat from Americans gone bad... more...

16th April 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

A Third Way to Address the Iranian Threat

Michael Ledeen

With an Iranian presidential election coming in June, President Obama may be presented with a second chance to get his policy right. In 2009, when massive protests followed Iran's disputed presidential vote... more...

11th March 2013 – The Weekly Standard

Our Italian Future

Michael Ledeen

Italy has long been the political laboratory of the West. From Roman republics and tyrannies through the city-states of the Renaissance, into the Counter-Reformation and on to fascism, Eurocommunism... more...

22nd February 2013 – PJTV

Next Generation TV

Michael Ledeen

John Kerry faces a multitude of challenges as the new secretary of state. Foreign policy expert and PJ Media contributor Dr. Michael Ledeen joins Lt. Col. Allen B. West to discuss American diplomatic priorities. more...

13th February 2013 – The Blaze

The White House’s Hesitation to Take on Assad’s Regime

Michael Ledeen

When General Dempsey and Secretary Panetta testified last week that President Obama had opposed plans for American support to the Syrian opposition, my heart sank. The president’s decision... more...

7th February 2013 – Faster, Please!

Iran: The War Within and Without

Michael Ledeen

A week ago, something went seriously wrong in the underground tunnels beneath the Iranian nuclear enrichment facility at Natanz. I don’t know if it was an explosion, on-site sabotage, an accident, or a cyber attack... more...

29th January 2013 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

Iran's nuclear program and IAEA inspections. more...

28th January 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

The Religious Fascism Was No Big Surprise

Michael Ledeen

Houshang Asadi plaintively writes that, as of the moment of the fall of the shah of Iran and the imminent return of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to Tehran in 1979, nobody—not even the best journalists in the country... more...

27th January 2013 – The Daily Caller

Leaders with Ginni Thomas

Michael Ledeen

TheDC’s Ginni Thomas recently spoke with FDD's Michael Ledeen about America’s reputation in the world, the Benghazi terrorist attack, the threat of a nuclear Iran, whether there is a war on Christians and Jews... more...

25th January 2013 – Faster, Please!

The Obama Doctrine: Is he an Imperialist With a Little Foot, or Just an Old-Fashioned Appeaser?

Michael Ledeen

Here comes Ross Douthat, trying to sort out Obama’s foreign policy. He’s got the right idea: watch the actions, add them up, toss with just enough realism-speak, and voila! An Obama Doctrine. more...

17th January 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Michael Ledeen on the Algerian oil-field hostage situation and the parallels to the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. more...

17th January 2013 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

Iran's arm trafficking and support for terrorism. more...

16th January 2013 – Faster, Please!

The War Rages, The White House Ducks, Death Abounds

Michael Ledeen

You know all this, of course, because you’ve been reading these blogs all along. But as my mother used to tell me with her charming smile and melodious voice, repetition is the basis of all learning. more...

10th January 2013 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

The suspected IRGC operatives who were freed in Syria. more...

9th January 2013 – Faster, Please!

The Prisoner Swap in Syria

Michael Ledeen

As I wrote earlier this week, the release of the 48 Iranian prisoners–mostly officers of the Revolutionary Guards Corps–was an Iranian condition for moving forward in the secret talks with the United States. more...

6th January 2013 – Faster, Please!

The New Iranian Hostage Crisis

Michael Ledeen

Over and over again, we are told that direct U.S.-Iranian negotiations would be a radical departure from past practice, and might decisively improve the “relationship.” Both claims are false. more...

1st January 2013 – Faster, Please!

The CIA Goes Back to the Movies

Michael Ledeen

Well, it sure beats talking about Benghazi. A few days after the (acting) chief spook wrote his review of Zero Dark Thirty, the Agency itself has returned to its new favorite subject, enlightening its readers... more...