‘Assertive restraint’ needed to deal with Iran

The specter of a showdown with Iran over that country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is a crisis of Iran’s own making. The nation has sought trouble, you might say, and at times is practically daring the world to do something about it. This country is too much like North Korea, and that is by no […]

Thursday morning briefing: Iran Hostage crisis, off-roading and a scheduled

Freedom New Mexico Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing.

Iran regime not accurate representation

Freedom New Mexico Most of the news about Iran focuses on the possibility that the regime may be getting close to developing a nuclear weapon. Such concern is justified, although it is difficult to see how the outside world can prevent it: Sanctions have been ineffective, and military intervention seems impractical. Even as we worry […]

Iranians seeking justice in streets inspires hope

Freedom New Mexico It is almost impossible not to be inspired and inspirited by the sight of brave protesters in Iran filling the streets of Tehran with their strategically silent pleas to have their votes counted and their dignity respected by the cruel regime that rules that beleaguered country. They represent a voice for something […]

Editorial: Iran should free Roxana Saberi

There undoubtedly are things we don’t know about the circumstances and issues surrounding the arrest in Iran of Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist accused of spying for the United States and tried on that charge Monday in Tehran. The likelihood that she was actually spying seems extremely low, and some have cast doubt as to […]

Sing it again, John

Comedian Argus Hamilton is still getting mileage out of John McCain’s “Bomb Iran” song.

Iran report sign officials will hold back on attack

By Freedom New Mexico An obvious question arises in the wake of a new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program. The report judges “with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” If the 2005 NIE assessed “with high confidence that Iran currently is determined to develop nuclear weapons” was […]

Labeling military as terrorists won’t change behavior

By Freedom New Mexico The Bush administration announced last week it officially considers the Iranian Revolutionary Guards of being a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction, and the “elite” Quds Force within the Guards of being a sponsor of terrorism. This is the first time a military force of a foreign country has been designated […]

Iranian leader’s visit testament to U.S.’ freedom

By Freedom New Mexico It’s easy to understand the large protests that greeted Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s long-anticipated speech Monday at Columbia University, less easy to understand those who tried to stop the event or who even want to punish Columbia for holding it. The New York Sun reported on efforts by the Democratic state […]

Iranian-American hostages highlight fragile relationship

By Freedom Newspapers Almost 30 years after the hostage crisis that has ever since soured relations between the United States and Iran, the United States is facing what could be viewed as a second hostage crisis — though smaller in scale and of a different character. Four Iranian-Americans are imprisoned in Iran and charged with […]

U.S., Iran have much to gain from cooperation

Freedom Newspapers B oth the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain […]

Blame for Iraq should be placed closer to Congress

By Freedom Newspapers On one hand, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, raises excellent points about the administration and his Democratic colleagues. Then again, Kucinich is being, well, Kucinich. The long-shot presidential candidate from Cleveland raises valid points — as well as the government-as-the-answer ones you’d expect — in a video about Iraq and Iran on […]

Americans must encourage Saudi in new endeavor

Editorial In recent weeks Saudi Arabia has taken on an uncharacteristically aggressive role in trying to stabilize the Middle East. While the interests of the United States and the Kingdom, as friends and foes call the regime in Riyadh, may not always coincide, the United States would do well to watch these moves with interest […]

Hussein’s death gives people reason for hope

Editorial E ach faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance […]

Report’s depiction of Iran unrealistic

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Recommendation 16 of the Iraq Study Group’s report calls upon Syria to agree to a peace deal with Israel in return for the Golan Heights. It further suggests that Syria be persuaded to end its interference in Lebanon, cease aiding Hezbollah, convince Hamas to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and […]

Ahmadinejad owes explanations

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist My alma mater, Columbia University, has just invited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak. Keeping up with the Joneses? Harvard (as well as the National Cathedral) hosted former Iranian president Ayatollah Khatami just a few weeks ago. Ahmadinejad himself chatted up a group at the Council on Foreign Relations following his speech […]

U.S. intelligences needs lessons from Godfather

By Freedom Newspapers Some Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have released a 29-page staff report lambasting the “intelligence community” for not issuing more explicit warnings about the threat Iran poses to the United States. However true it is that intelligence agencies are downplaying the Iranian threat, one criticism the report gets right is […]

Will, not capacity, holding U.S. back

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Does the United States have the power to eliminate terrorists and the states that support them? In terms of capacity, as opposed to will, the answer is a clear yes. Think about it. Currently, the U.S. has an arsenal of 18 Ohio class submarines. Just one submarine is loaded with […]

Middle East situation requires understanding

Freedom Newspapers The images of death and devastation are so appalling, the destruction seems so senseless. It is not difficult to understand the emotional impulse behind the call for the United States to “do something” about the fighting between Israel and the forces of Hezbollah, the jihadist group that effectively controls southern Lebanon. Surely the […]

Attacks on Israel continue without end

By Mona Charen: syndicated columnist “Israel believes this threat is existential,” explained a clearly dubious former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia Richard Murphy. Well, how could they think that? (And by the way, all former ambassadors, especially those who served in Saudi Arabia and now serve as advisers to Saudi banks, should be taken with […]