Matthew Duss

Matthew Duss is a foreign policy analyst and a contributing writer for the Prospect. You can follow him on Twitter @mattduss.

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THE PASDARAN'S FAVORITE PUNDIT

Michael Ledeen tries punching above his weight:

"[Seymour] Hersh has been announcing the imminent bombing of Iranian nuclear sites for many months, and has now changed the lyrics to that chant. He now says that there’s been a change in program: we’re going to bomb military targets, Revolutionary Guards bases, and so forth. As usual, his sources range from the unnamed to the unreliable. He relies on Vincent Cannistraro, who has lied about me among his other inventions, and on Vali Nasr, who rarely sees anything to criticize in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The quality of Nasr’s analysis emerges in an amazing statement that Hersh quotes with favor:

ARABS AND HOLLYWOOD.

There's an Interesting LA Times story today on actors of Middle Eastern descent struggling with the roles available to them:

"Arabs and Arab Americans in Hollywood live in an interesting time. The appetite for Middle Eastern stories and themes boomed after 9/11 and grew again with the ongoing grind of the war in Iraq. But the roles suddenly being created for Arab-heritage actors often are limited to those of terrorists or are otherwise so poorly drawn that actors must swallow their pride to take them. And that's if they even get offered the parts.

Some in the community still see the changes as a sign of progress.

THE NEOCON MERGE TEMPLATE REVEALED.

Read the following and see if you can guess whether David Frum is writing about Iraq back in 2003, or about Iran today:

TODAY'S VERY SERIOUS, THOUGHTFUL ARGUMENT.

Jonah Goldberg brings his favorite analytical tools, the broad generalization and the unsubstantiated assertion, to bear upon the question of "national culture," with predictable results:

WHERE PARODY GOES TO DIE.

Via LGM, Ann Althouse on Hillary Clinton's laugh:

"I think it was her strategy to make us talk about that instead of substantive problems she has. It's a distraction. She's deliberately laughing in a way designed to derail us from going in a direction that would hurt her. (So was the cleavage.)"

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