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Analysis & Commentary - Michael Ledeen

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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...

15th January 2017 – Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Key nominees diminish Trump’s high hopes for Russia ties

Michael Ledeen

National Security Adviser-designate Michael T. Flynn has offered notably different views on Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, as the retired three-star Army general prepares to become Donald Trump’s closest White House adviser on Friday. more...

24th September 2015 – Quoted by Brent Scher - The Washington Free Beacon

DNC Mocked for Attempt to Portray Marco Rubio Donor as Nazi

Michael Ledeen

The Democratic National Committee, in what critics say is one of the lamest attacks of the 2016 cycle so far, has pounced on Republican Marco Rubio’s plans to attend a fundraiser at the house of Harlan Crow because Crow’s collection of historic artifacts includes Nazi art—but the DNC failed to mention that Crow’s mother was nearly killed by the Nazis during World War II. more...

11th July 2015 – PJ Media


Michael Ledeen

One day in the mid-sixties I was on a Pan Am 747 from London to Chicago, sitting next to my then-employer, Omar Sharif. I was a member of the “Omar Sharif Bridge Circus,” an unlikely assemblage of professional card players from France, Italy, Egypt…and, given my presence, the United States. We played high-stakes exhibition matches against local teams in front of hundreds of spectators. more...

23rd March 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Boosts Military Presence in Gulf Waters as Iran Deal Inches Closer

Michael Ledeen

Some 3,000 U.S. military personnel as well as American “air, land, sea, and special operations components” have moved into the Persian Gulf region for a military exercise that coincides with the finalization of a nuclear agreement with Iran aimed at containing its nuclear arms program, according to officials from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). more...

20th January 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Russian Defense Minister in Iran for Arms Pact Talks

Michael Ledeen

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is in Iran for high-level talks with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei about boosting Tehran’s supply of submarines, torpedoes, and sea-based cruise missiles, according to Russian media reports and sources familiar with details of the talks. more...

9th October 2014 – Quoted by Caroline Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Column One: Bringing Happiness to Iran

Michael Ledeen

It is still unclear what happened on Sunday night at Iran’s illicit nuclear installation at Parchin. According to Iranian sources, there was a large explosion that rocked the area within a 15-km. radius of the facility. Two people were reportedly injured. more...

19th May 2014 – The Tower

Fleeing Persecution, Iranian Christians Find A Home In Germany

Benjamin Weinthal, Michael Ledeen

Benjamin Weinthal reported yesterday that increasing numbers of Iranian converts to Christianity are making their way to Germany... more...

3rd April 2014 – Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Insiders: Merkley’s Iran Thesis a ‘Political Liability’

Michael Ledeen

The emergence of Sen. Jeff Merkley’s (D., Ore.) college thesisadvocating for Iran has sparked concerns among political insiders who say that his minority... 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...

28th February 2012 – Quoted by Sara A. Carter, The Washington Examiner

Secret Memo Suggests White House Ignored SOS from Iranian Opposition

Michael Ledeen

"It's clear that the administration was not being asked to stay away," said Michael Ledeen, a scholar with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies who worked as a senior official for Republican administrations. "The opposition represented the best option for the West." more...

28th February 2012 – Cited by Investors Business Daily

Obama To Iran Green Revolution Dissidents: Drop Dead

Michael Ledeen

The Obama administration is oddly proud that it does "not provide financial assistance to any political movement, party or faction in Iran." But Foundation for the Defense of Democracies scholar Michael Ledeen has argued for years that supporting Iran's real opposition can keep it from becoming the first jihadist nuclear power. more...

17th February 2012 – Cited by Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy

Conservatives Call for Obama to Intervene in Syria

Clifford D. May, Michael Ledeen, John Hannah, Tony Badran, Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Fifty-six leading conservative foreign-policy experts wrote an open letter Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama calling on him to directly aid the Syrian opposition and protect the lives of Syrian civilians. more...

12th February 2012 – Quoted by Rodrigo Craveiro, Correio Braziliense - Brazil

Guerra Subterrânea

Michael Ledeen

No campo virtual, o wormde computador Stuxnet também representou um duro golpe para o programa nuclear iraniano. De acordo com o neoconservador Michael Arthur Ledeen, ex-conselheiro especial do secretário de Estado norte-americano Alexander Haig 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...

7th August 2011 – By Ion Mihai Pacepa, Pajamas Media

Happy Birthday, Michael Ledeen!

Michael Ledeen

The highest official who has ever defected from the Soviet bloc looks back with thanks for the help he received from PJMedia's own Michael Ledeen. more...

24th June 2011 – Syndicated

The Rush Limbaugh Show

Michael Ledeen

Dr. Ledeen's blog on President Obama's gaffes. more...