FROM Robert Jervis
Iran: the Economy and the Bomb The prospect for a military strike against Iran's nuclear program is now part of the presidential campaign. In yesterday's foreign policy speech, Mitt Romney said the US should side with Israel when it comes to the "red line" for action against Iran's nuclear program. President Obama has said it should be an actual nuclear weapon. But Iran's economy is in serious trouble, partly due to economic sanctions. Will that alter the nuclear program? What do we really know about Iran's capacity or its intentions?
Iran: the Economy and the Bomb When it comes to Iran's nuclear program, Mitt Romney sounds more hawkish than President Obama, agreeing with Israel about where to draw a "red line." The President has said it should be an actual nuclear weapon But neither candidate has been specific about what to do if the "red line" is crossed. Would it mean an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities? Meantime, the Iranian people are suffering, partly due to economic sanctions. Will that, or even the threat of military action, affect the nuclear program? How much do we really know about how close Iran has come to building a bomb? Do we even know for sure that it wants one?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.