The Americans do not understand whether the Iranians understand them. ... In fact, we have no clue what is clear to them and what is not. This is precisely how miscalculation occurs.
In fact, in every case in the Middle East which involved the use of economic sanctions as an instrument for reaching political goals, without activating other leverages, the harm has immeasurably outweighed the gain.
What are the Iranians doing when faced with economic duress? Trying to escalate military tensions, threatening action to provoke the Americans and wishing for someone to fire the first shot in the Gulf.
...the absolute oil dependence is that which spearheads and dictates the foreign and security policy of the world’s greatest superpower in the last 100 years.
...only the finding of a “smoking gun” will convince Obama and the American people that Iran should be hit.
...it stands to reason that the goings-on in Iraq would very soon decide the political debate within the United States.
Here we go: A new morning has come and with it, another reading in the American stars.
Until after November, the Americans are stuck with the elections; therefore, it’s hard to believe that they would go war on something or somebody. And after November, it might be, according to the timetable, too late.
"The democratic process is what's important. Principles matter to this president, not parties”... How naïve. How sad.
...the Shiites are looking right now for an identity for the new Iraq. It seems more and more like they found it — Shia-stan. To them, this is a historical justice...