Jeffrey Goldberg

Five Reasons Not to Trust Iran on Nukes

Iranian President Hassan Rohani — who this week is attempting to charm the pants off the United Nations, President Barack Obama, world Jewry and Charlie Rose — may succeed in convincing many people that the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, doesn’t actually want to gain control of a nuclear arsenal. Why Rohani would… Read more »

What to Make of Putin’s Op-Ed

Two quick notes on two interested parties in the rolling Syria situation. First, what to make of Russia’s intentions? I’ve been deeply skeptical, for the obvious reason that Russia is Russia, a weak country whose foreign policy revolves around sticking it to the U.S. The op-ed in the New York Times yesterday by Russian President… Read more »

Why the New Syria Plan Won’t Work Either

Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that the U.S. might postpone a military strike on Syria if the regime put its chemical weapons under international supervision — an offer that both Russia and Syria quickly warmed to. So, in order to obviate an attack on a country that Americans evidently care about not at… Read more »

White House Now Seeks Bush-Era Endorsements on Syria

For the first time in the unfolding Syria crisis (okay, maybe for the third time), I feel as if we’ve definitively slipped down the rabbit hole. Last night, Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, tweeted the following: “Former NSA Steve Hadley: ‘I believe the only way we’re going to get a good outcome… Read more »

Syria Isn’t Obama’s Litmus Test on Iran

Over the past two days or so, the Syria interventionists (a group that includes yours truly, at least some of the time) have argued with great fervor that President Barack Obama’s proposed missile strike would be meant as a message not only to the Bashar al-Assad regime, but to its masters in Tehran. The argument… Read more »