August 29, 2006 |
U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) yesterday called Iran the principal leader of the "Islamic fascist movement" that poses the greatest threat to America's freedom and way of life, and said the country must be prevented from developing nuclear weapons. Santorum also proclaimed Iran's president to be "one of the greatest threats this country has ever seen," and guaranteed that those who don't know who he is or what he stands for will know his name within a year. The senator, who is locked in a tough reelection battle this fall with State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr., made the remarks during a forceful speech at a press-club luncheon in Harrisburg yesterday, where he conjured a dark future for the United States if Islamic fundamentalism were not stopped.
September 25, 2007
SHOULD a world leader who many hold in contempt, who spies on citizens, is interested only in propaganda and has a shockingly large stockpile of nuclear arsenal have been allowed to air his views at Columbia University? And does it depend if that leader is George Bush or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? The Iranian leader's performance at Columbia yesterday reminded us that perspective is everything. For 90 minutes, the man the New York papers have been telling to "go to hell" came across as, well, not crazy.
September 30, 2013 |
Now that President Obama and Hassan Rouhani have had their historic phone call - the first contact between U.S. and Iranian leaders since 1979 - one has to ask whether the United States has finally found the Iranian "moderate" it has sought for years. The question reminds me of a political cartoon I have kept in a file folder since 1986. In May of that year, Ronald Reagan's national security adviser, Robert McFarlane, made a secret trip to Tehran to set up a new relationship with Iranian "moderates.
October 21, 2007
President Bush is not known for choosing words carefully, so perhaps critics should set aside his recent reference to Iran and World War III. At an Oct. 17 news conference, Bush remarked that "if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. " To dwell on that cavalier comment - made after Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - diverts attention from more urgent questions.
June 30, 2011 |
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's embattled president fired back Wednesday after a wave of arrests against his allies, contending it's part of a "politically motivated" campaign to undermine his government and display the power of hard-line forces loyal to the country's ruling clerics. The sharp-edged accusations by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad highlight his stunning transition from favored son of the theocracy to an apparent adversary after seeking to expand the authority of the presidency and challenge the clerics' grip on shaping politics and policies.
February 11, 2013 |
TEHRAN, Iran - There was nothing essentially new in the message to Washington from Iran's president Sunday: repeating last week's statement by the Iranian supreme leader that direct talks cannot happen as long as sanctions remain. What drew attention was how Mahmoud Ahmadinejad injected himself into it. He told crowds marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that he personally was ready to take part in one-on-one dialogue with the United States if Western economic pressures were eased.
May 15, 2011 |
TEHRAN, Iran - The spiritual mentor of Iran's president has harshly criticized him for his role in an internal power struggle that has split the country's hard-liners, indicating that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's own support base is badly fraying. The cleric is the latest high-profile figure to censure Ahmadinejad, who set off the spiraling political confrontation last month by firing the intelligence minister without consulting the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who quickly reinstated him in a public slap to the president.
June 29, 2005
"Blog" is short for "Web log," a diary on the Internet. Blogs can be endless and self-indulgent, or thoughtful and challenging. "Blog Cabin" offers a selection from recent high-profile blogs. Little Green Footballs http://littlegreenfootballs.com TEHRAN (Reuters) - Hardline president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that Iran would press ahead with its controversial nuclear program and said the Islamic Republic had no real need for ties with archfoe the United States.
June 2, 2011
Nuclear experts fault Japan SEOUL, South Korea - Japan didn't properly protect its nuclear plants against tsunami risks before the March 11 disaster that caused radiation to spew from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, a preliminary report by international nuclear experts has concluded. "The tsunami hazard for several sites was underestimated," according to a summary released Wednesday by a U.N. nuclear safety team probing the aftermath of a magnitude-9.0 earthquake that triggered a 50-foot-high wall of water, deluging the plant and causing power outages that caused the disaster to spiral out of control.
March 15, 2006 |
Able Danger is merely the most recent in a litany of controversial allegations championed by Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.). Last year, in a book called Countdown to Terror, Weldon detailed the revelations of an Iranian exile code-named "Ali" who, among other things, described a plot to crash planes into a U.S. nuclear reactor. In the mid-1990s, Weldon made headlines with charges that missing "suitcase-sized" nuclear weapons produced in the former Soviet Union had been secretly buried throughout the United States during the Cold War. Neither allegation has ultimately been confirmed.