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Humanitarian Intervention

Taking Iran ‘Off the Table’

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Taking Iran ‘Off the Table’

Although Iraq wassupposed to be the definitive issue for the 2008 campaign, from the outset Iran seemed to present the biggest national security test for all candidates. Republicans assured voters they were ready to take military action to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapons program, while top-tier Democratic candidates stressed military force could not be ruled out as a preventive tool. .


By CFR, USA.


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Bazzi: Can the Latest Violence in Lebanon Accelerate a Political Deal?

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Bazzi: Can the Latest Violence in Lebanon Accelerate a Political Deal?

Mohamad Bazzi, former Middle East bureau chief for Newsday, says the resolution of Lebanon’s political crisis is not being held up by choosing a new president. That has already been accomplished, with the choice of army commander, General Michel Suleiman. The real issue is the desire of the opposition to reach a deal ahead of time on the makeup of the next Lebanese government. He hopes the shock caused by the assassination of General François Hajj, who was to replace Suleiman as army commander, might accelerate a compromise. .


By CFR, USA.


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Tehran’s Mood Swing

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Tehran’s Mood Swing

WASHINGTON—Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has paid a political price for his nuclear-fueled rhetoric. In February he compared Iran’s drive for nuclear energy to a runaway train with “no reverse gear” (Reuters), remarks that drew fire from Iranian moderates fearful he had done serious damage to Tehran’s diplomatic standing. In July, a panel of Iranian economists blamed the president (IHT) for Iran’s financial woes, including a spike in prices for basic commodities. Given the perceived blunders, some analysts predicted a tough reelection campaign (Foreign Policy) for the former mayor of Tehran come 2009.


By CFR, USA.


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Iraq War Withdrawal and Exit Plans

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Iraq War Withdrawal and Exit Plans

When Carl Conetta of the Project on Defense Alternatives wrote his first Iraq War exit plan in July 2004 he was the second defense policy analyst who offered such a plan. In January 2005 Massachusetts Congressman Marty Meehan was the first elected political leader to call for an exit plan. During 2005 the politics of the Iraq War in the U.S. began to shift reaching a turning point in November when conservative Democratic Congressman John P. Murtha ended his support for White House policy.


By PDA USA.


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