Oct
12
2011

About That Iranian Plot…

Without further evidence, the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States is rather hard to believe. See Glenn Greenwald's take, for example, to appreciate the need for skepticism about U.S. claims–and the eagerness of many elite pundits to take the government story more or less at face value. Jim Lobe's piece on how Iran experts are reacting is worth reading too. Juan Cole's post has a provocative, almost unbelievable headline–"Is an Iranian Drug Cartel Behind the Assassination Plot Against the Saudi Ambassador?"–but then again, the Official Story is pretty out there, too. One can never […]

Oct
04
2010

Does Anyone Object to U.S. Drone Wars in Pakistan?

Apparently not, judging by theWashington Post's October 3 story ("Military Drones Aid CIA's mission") about the CIA's expansion of its drone war in Pakistan.It is "part of a high-stakes attempt by the Obama administration to deal decisive blows to Taliban insurgents," and also "a significant evolution of an already controversial targeted killing program." Post readersget details from "a U.S. official"–who says things like, "Our intelligence has gotten a lot better." The only other perspective comes from Bruce Reidel at Brookings, who is "a former CIA analyst who led the Obama administration's initial overhaul of its Afghanistan/Pakistan strategy." In other words, […]