Negotiations might prevent Iraq from becoming puppet state

Freedom Newspapers In testimony last Wednesday before the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said “I can’t promise it,” in reference to a substantial withdrawal of U.S. troops this year. In fact, he emphasized the dangers of a too-early withdrawal, warning it could make Iraq a haven for extremists. That […]

Iran negotiations sign of strength, confidence

Freedom Newspapers May you live in interesting times, goes the old Chinese curse. Judging by the sophomoric letter apparently sent by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush, we certainly live in interesting times. Iran and the United States — backed to some degree by most of Western Europe — are involved in a potentially […]

Russian-Iranian uranium deal may avert showdown

Freedom Newspapers The announcement that Iran and Russia have reached a tentative deal for Russia to enrich uranium in Russia for nuclear plants in Iran offers a faint hope that a showdown between Iran and the “international community” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions can be averted — for now. No doubt there will be deviltry in […]

Israel won’t solve problems with Iran

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist It is remarkable how quickly discussions about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons turn to Israel. “Well,” worriers are reassured, “Israel will never permit Iran to go nuclear. Remember Osirak?” Very well. In 1981, Israeli planes streaked across the desert at low altitude and destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, […]

U.S. has limited options dealing with Iran threat

On the surface it might seem strange that President Bush has responded in such a low-key fashion to news that the Iranian government rejected a proposal from Britain, France and Germany and decided to resume work at its uranium processing plant in Isfahan. Few people outside Iran believe that country, sitting on huge oil reserves, […]

Magazine won’t help U.S-Arab relations

By Mona Charen “Real Men Moisturize.” So begins an article on “Sharp Dressed Men” that appeared in a State Department funded magazine aimed at youth in the Arab world. The magazine, called ‘Hi’ is published in Arabic and English. A State Department Web site explains that Hi is published “with the hope of building bridges […]

Dictators, autocrats stage phony elections

Mona Charen: CNJ columnist Isn’t it revealing that autocrats and dictators around the globe bother to stage phony elections in order to claim legitimacy? Remember Saddam Hussein telling Dan Rather in 2002 that he had won 99 percent of the vote? Fidel Castro routinely claims to receive overwhelming majorities in his rigged elections, and throughout […]

Nuclear deterrence may be only option

Steve Chapman It’s only the third quarter, but right now the scoreboard reads: Axis of Evil 2, Bush 1. While Saddam Hussein may be in jail, North Korea has announced it has nuclear weapons and Iran is moving briskly in that direction. The administration, which has all the trouble it can handle coping with its […]

Nuclear accord is cause for cautious optimism in U.S.

Freedom Newspapers The news that three European diplomats have persuaded Iran to accept stricter international inspections of its nuclear facilities hardly eliminates all cause for concern that Iran might try to develop nuclear weapons. But it would be wise for the United States to approach it with cautious optimism and cooperation. In a way, the […]

Iran activist inspired choice for Nobel Prize

Freedom Newspapers You could have made a case for former Czech President Vaclav Havel or Pope John Paul II. But the choice of Shirin Ebadi, a lawyer and activist who has been a thorn — though always a legal one — in the side of the Iranian regime for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was […]