Laura Rozen

GOP CAMPAIGN PLAYBOOK: IRAN AND JUDGES. Just over two months to go, and the Weekly Standard‘s Fred Barnes writes that prospects for the GOP in November have improved in recent polls, but not enough. Where can President Bush start to rouse Republicans to get to the polls? Barnes: “The place to start is Iran.” Here’s… Read more »

BARRY GOLDWATER, liberal hero? An interview in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine with C.C. Goldwater reveals that her HBO film to be aired Sept. 18 paints her late grandfather, Sen. Barry Goldwater, “as a kind of liberal,” with testimonials from Al Franken, Sen. Ted Kennedy, James Carville and Sen. Hillary Clinton. In fact, Hillary… Read more »

IRAN’S BACKYARD. Britain’s Chatham House has released a report, “Iran, its Neighbors, and Regional Crises” (.pdf), that bluntly states that, as a result of the US’s elimination of its chief regional rivals, the regimes of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and the Afghan Taliban, “there is little doubt that Iran has been the chief beneficiary of the… Read more »

SLOPPY BROCHURE? It is worth reading this NYT editorial, “Wanted: Scarier Intelligence,” on the strangely amateurish, hyped-up House Intelligence committee report (.pdf) on the strategic threat posed by Iran: [The report] is partly a campaign document, a product of the Republican strategy of scaring Americans into allowing the G.O.P. to retain control of Congress this… Read more »

EPISTOLARY DIPLOMACY. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad writes more letters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that their countries had been subjected to tyranny from World War II victors and that they should cooperate to end the imposed world order. Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a letter to Merkel in July. A copy… Read more »