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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CLEARLY, OUR IRAN ANALYSTS HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED BY THEIR ABILITY TO ACTUALLY SPEAK FARSI.

Shorter Michael Ledeen, on the NIE:

"How could the U.S. intelligence community possibly think Iran is worth talking to?!! Haven't they read my book?!!"

I'm telling you, this guy is hilarious.

--Matthew Duss

THE INNOCENTS ABROAD.

In his continuing coverage of the NRO fabulist, Andrew Sullivan directs us to the Human Province, a Lebanon-based blogger who further disassembles W. Thomas Smith, Jr.'s fantastical tales of phantom Hezbollah brigades invading Beirut.

BUT THERE'S ONE THING I KNOW, EVEN THOUGH I'M YOUNGER THAN YOU.

While I'm glad that the conclusions of the newly released NIE have pushed the prospect of an inevitably disastrous Iran invasion substantially farther off the table for now, I think we're still left with very serious questions both about the brazenly dishonest process by which the President, the Vice-President, and their apparatchiks were clearly trying to build support for war with Iran based on a nuclear threat which we know now they knew to be nonexistent, and about the ideology which underpinned this effort.

NIE: IRAN NOT DEAD SET ON IGNITING APOCALYPSE.

Interesting:

A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb.

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The assessment, a National Intelligence Estimate that represents the consensus view of all 16 American spy agencies, states that Tehran’s ultimate intentions about gaining a nuclear weapon remain unclear, but that Iran’s “decisions are guided by a cost-benefit approach rather than a rush to a weapon irrespective of the political, economic and military costs.

AS IF TO EXHUME PARODY, STRANGLE IT WITH PIANO WIRE, AND REBURY IT.

Scolding Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for what he considers unacceptably conciliatory rhetoric at last week's peace conference, Commentary's Eric Trager suspects the source of Olmert's outrageous moral unclarity: Jimmy Carter's Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid and Mearsheimer and Walt's The Israel Lobby and U.S Foreign Policy:

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