Foreign Policy Blogs

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One of the bluntest anti-Iran piece was published in The Wall Street Journal this week. Bret Stephens, in “Seven Myths About Iran”, tries to show why attacking Iran is perfectly reasonable. He tries to counter “myths” like  “Military strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities would accomplish nothing.” But as Teymoor Nabili points out in his Middle East blog, the article had breathtakingly glib responses like “Maybe so, but what’s wrong with buying time?” As most people know in the real world, an attack on Iran would do a great deal more than just “buy time”.  Nabili also provides a great source that gives a more reasonable analysis of myths about Iran.

In the Asia Times, Ali Gharib opines that the sanctions being imposed against Iran by the US Congress will hamper Obama’s Iran policy.

Iran launches a mouse, a turtle and worms into the space.  According to Iran’s state-owned Press TV, this is the first Iranian launch into orbit with a living thing.

Iran tells Gulf countries that they are wasting money on US missiles.

The Economist ponders if Iran’s announcement that it is ready to send uranium to be enriched is an offer to talk or just another ruse?



Sahar Zubairy

Sahar Zubairy recently graduated from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas- Austin with Masters in Global Policy Studies. She graduated from Texas A&M University with Phi Beta Kappa honors in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. In Summer 2008, she was the Southwest Asia/Gulf Intern at the Henry L. Stimson Center, where she researched Iran and the Persian Gulf. She was also a member of a research team that helped develop a website investigating the possible effects of closure of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf by Iran.