Thursday, January 4, 2018

Paul R. Pillar — Gazing at Iran Through a Distorted Glass

With any country that, like Iran, has been the subject of acrimonious debate in Washington, pronouncements by American observers about events in that country have more to do with politics here than with what is going on over there. So it has been with much of the spinning and interpreting of protests in Iranian streets during the past few days. Some guidelines for intelligent, responsible, and useful commentary on those protests are in order, and applicable no matter what are the policy preferences of whoever is commenting....
Consortium News
Gazing at Iran Through a Distorted Glass
Paul R. Pillar, retired CIA officer | nonresident senior fellow of the Center for Security Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, a contributing editor at The National Interest, formerly federal executive fellow at the Brookings Institution, a visiting professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University.


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Matt Franko said...

"Nikki Haley can share the American experience of dispersing protests, tell us details of how mass arrests and the crackdown on Occupy Wall Street were made "

somebody tell her that was the previous administration... here we have these things called "elections"....

Tom Hickey said...

And you think that a Trump Administration would handle Occupy differently or less harshly. If so, on what basis?

Matt Franko said...


Trump: Occupy Wall Street is 'cool' (CNN interview with Piers Morgan)

He would have negotiated...