Laura Rozen

Laura Rozen is a Prospect senior correspondent and a national security correspondent for The Washington Monthly.

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Iran Hawks Reorganize

Unchastened by the catastrophe of the Iraq war or the setback delivered to the White House and Republicans in the midterm elections in part as a result of it, Iran hawks have organized new efforts to promote U.S. support for regime change in Tehran. Among the latest efforts is the creation earlier this month of the Iran Enterprise Institute, a privately funded nonprofit drawing not just its name but inspiration and moral support from leading figures associated with the American Enterprise Institute. The Iran Enterprise Institute is directed by a newly arrived Iranian dissident whose cause has recently been championed by AEI fellow and former Pentagon advisor Richard Perle. Amir Abbas Fakhravar, 31, served time in Iran's notorious Evin prison before arriving in Washington in May, with Perle's help. Fakhravar, who advocates U.S. intervention to promote secular democracy in Iran, now seeks Washington's backing to lead an organization that would unite Iranian student dissidents. (I...

"T+1": OR HOW...

"T+1": OR HOW A BIPARTISAN IRAQ STRATEGY MIGHT EMERGE. From the proverbial well-informed correspondent: The story in the NYT today about Gates bringing in old advisors and critics of Rummy/Iraq policy and cleaning out the 'E Ring' seems to be more evidence that the administration is using the [Gates] nomination to signal and provide a down payment on a change in course. It looks like the administrations plans to meet with the [Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group (ISG)] next week (then the Dems will meet with them), and that the ISG will be the focal point for a new strategy, which increasingly looks like it may involve (at least informal) talks with Iran. We'll see how much these meetings actually SHAPE the ISG findings that will be released next month. In other words, it looks like the following process is unfolding: at time 't' the ISG meets with Bush/Dems, floats a few ideas, gets feedback, and integrates the feedback into its sense of what kind of bipartisan strategy is possible; then...

Crossed Lines?

E-mails recently forwarded to the Justice Department by a government watchdog group describe alleged efforts by staff of Congressman Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania to call Navy employees for information and negative statements about his Democratic opponent, retired Rear Admiral Joe Sestak. Two e-mails that were forwarded to the Sestak campaign by one current and one former Pentagon employee appear to detail guidance from superiors to staff not to speak with Weldon's office should it call soliciting information about Sestak; Weldon's office is described in one e-mail as “calling everyone and his brother” in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) about Sestak. A third e-mail written by a defense contractor to the Sestak campaign says that he had been told that Weldon's office had allegedly compiled a “hit list” of defense contractors whose officers had donated to the Sestak campaign, of which he was one, and suggested "retribution" against them. The e-mails were provided to...

Curt's New Hurt

"Weldon's day off to a bad start, then gets progressively worse," is how Pennsylvania Congressman Curt Weldon's hometown paper, the Delaware County Daily Times , put it in a headline yesterday. Indeed. Even as Weldon was denying the existence of an FBI investigation into whether he used his influence as a congressman to help out his daughter's government relations firm Solutions North America, the FBI was raiding six locations, including his daughter's home, that of her business partner, and the Jacksonville, Florida offices of her main client, Russia's Itera International Energy Corp. By nightfall Monday, The Washington Post was reporting that a grand jury impaneled in May had "obtained evidence gathered over at least four months through wiretaps of Washington area cell-phone numbers and has scrutinized whether Weldon received anything of value.” Weldon's denials of the investigation's existence petered off over the day, replaced now by accusations that the timing of the leak of the...

�TALENTED FABRICATOR� GHORBANIFAR ENLISTS CHENEY.

�TALENTED FABRICATOR� GHORBANIFAR ENLISTS CHENEY. We knew that Iran Contra arms dealer and info. peddler Manucher Ghorbanifar had managed to meet with Pentagon officials and with Congressman Curt Weldon in his quest to get back on the U.S. payroll as an intelligence asset in the wake of 9/11. We did not know that vice president Dick Cheney was part of the plot. This from Bob Woodward �s State of Denial : In Iraq, [chief Iraq weapons inspector] David Kay had a call from Scooter Libby. �The vice president wants to know if you�ve looked at this area,� Libby said. �We have indications -- and here are the geocoordinates -- that something is buried there.� Kay went to the mapping and imagery experts on his team. They pulled up the satellite and other surveillance photos of the location. It was in the middle of Lebanon. �That�s where we�re going next,� joked one of the imagery experts. At another point Kay got a cable from the CIA that the vice president wanted him to send someone to...

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