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    The strategic genius of Iran’s supreme leader

    By Ray Takeyh On the surface, there is not much that commends Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. An anti-Semite, he has frequently questioned the Holocaust and defamed Israel in…

    What Congress’s Iran letter signals about Obama’s diplomacy

    By Michael Singh For all the controversy over the open letter to Iranian leaders, led by Sen. Tom Cotton, the text merely underscored what is already well-known: Members of Congress…

    In the Supreme Leader we trust

    By David Rothkopf And we have a winner!  In a Congress full of partisan hacks, nitwits, and know-nothings, young Tom Cotton of Arkansas really had to do something special to…

    The most overlooked line in Netanyahu’s address

    By Robert Satloff Since Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed Congress, critics and advocates have debated everything from the metaphors and alliteration in his speech to the appropriateness of citing…

    As Netanyahu addresses Congress, the Saudis play a more subtle game on Iran

    By Bruce Riedel As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played center stage at the Congress to slam the Iran deal-in-the-making, the Saudis are playing a more subtle game.  King Salman…

    Italian firm says there’s no deal with Iran

    Hardly a day passes without some media outlet in the Islamic Republic talking about European firms eagerly lining up and just about begging to invest in Iran.  But there are…

    New statistics on dead in Iran-Iraq war

    The government has issued a new tabulation of war dead that differs only very modestly from the figures issued 14 years ago. It says that 190,000 combat personnel were killed…

    Minor goof is major plot

    Some in the Islamic Republic have tried to make an international incident out of a simple transcription error last Wednesday. In a television interview, Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said the…