Iran is becoming a better place (but don’t take that for granted)

While America's upcoming election fills many with worry, the Islamic Republic of Iran has a quiet yet meaningful election all its own.  The results shoved aside the hardliners who have for so long dominated Iran's many branches of the Islamic Republic, stuffing the all-important Assembly of Experts with relatively moderate forces poised to elect a … Continue reading Iran is becoming a better place (but don’t take that for granted)

The Case that Iran Isn’t Crazy (Or: No Revolution Lasts Long Unless It Plays By Geopolitics)

I've been having it out with plenty of folks lately regarding the Iranian nuclear deal.  Last week's speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the American Congress summarized pretty well why there are doubts about the deal, which would leave Iran's nuclear program intact but short of weaponizing. Essentially, it boiled down to ideology … Continue reading The Case that Iran Isn’t Crazy (Or: No Revolution Lasts Long Unless It Plays By Geopolitics)

Come On In, Iran, The Water’s Fine (Or, Why Obama’s Letter Is Rather Thoughtful)

"Conditions are perfect," muse Flight of the Concords just before they begin business time.  Obama's recent letter to the Supreme Ayatollah of Iran was not quite about to call things "perfect," but if Iran came across the United States swimming in a pool that up until now was too cold for Iran's delicate skin, the U.S. … Continue reading Come On In, Iran, The Water’s Fine (Or, Why Obama’s Letter Is Rather Thoughtful)