May 10th, 2008

Chris Keeley

Raids on Hizballah sites in Iran?

Raids on Hizballah sites in Iran?

From:  Ray Close
Date: Fri, May 9, 2008 at 4:07 PM
Subject: Raids on Hizballah sites in Iran?
To: undisclosed-recipients


This (enclosed, after my comments) is from Colonel Sam Gardiner, a retired USAF intelligence specialist who keeps a very sharp eye on the possibilities of a military attack on Iran.

I agree strongly with Sam's analysis, and feel that the percentages are becoming very high that the USAF sometime soon is going to whack some of those Iranian training bases (Hizballah-manned, apparently), on the Iranian side of the Iran-Iraq border, with exactly the objective that Sam suggests:  to teach those evil-doers a lesson they won't forget!   The decision to strike will actually be motivated primarily by an irresistable urge, stemming from pure frustration over continuing American impotence throughout the region, just to "do something".  This dangerous impulse has led us in the past to act aggressively in an effort to be perceived as tough and "forward-leaning" (a Don Rumsfeld term) in the fight against terrorism --- even though the actual positive gain in this case would be minimal, while the downside risks are enormous.  (Roughly analogous to kicking the family dog to show him who's boss.  Lest I seem partisan, the Clinton administration was prone to the same impulsive and equally futile actions.  Someday some psychologist will write a textbook on the disastrous influence of erectile disfunction on superpower decision making.)

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Chris Keeley

Treacherous Alliance wins CFR's Arthur Ross Silver Award

From:  Ray Close
Date: Sat, May 10, 2008 at 2:57 PM
Subject: Fwd: Treacherous Alliance wins CFR's Arthur Ross Silver Award
To: undisclosed-recipients


Since meeting Trita Parsi a few months ago and establishing correspondence with him, I have become one of his strong admirers. Ray
From: "Trita Parsi"

Date: Fri, 9 May 2008 13:00:01 -0400
Subject: Treacherous Alliance wins CFR's Arthur Ross Silver Award

Friends,

 

My apologies for this blatantly self-promoting email, but I wanted to share with you some good news:

 

My book "Treacherous Alliance – The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US" was just awarded the silver medal in the Council on Foreign Relations' prestigious Arthur Ross Book Award.

 

The prize is the "the most significant award for a book on international affairs." It honors books "that merit special attention for: bringing forth new information that changes our understanding of events or problems; developing analytical approaches that allow new and different insights into critical issues; or providing new ideas that help resolve foreign policy problems."

According to the jury, "This unique and important book takes a closer look at the complicated triangular relations between Israel, Iran, and the United States that continue to shape the future of the Middle East."

 

The gold prize went to "The Bottom Billion" by Oxford University Economics Professor Paul Collier. The Bottom Billion explains why the world's poorest fifty countries are failing and why traditional development programs haven't lifted them up.
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