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With all due respect to Reid Smith, it does a great disservice to our readers to characterize Hillary Mann Leverett as “President Bush’s leading expert on Iran.” She and her husband Flynt Leverett left the Bush administration and burned the bridges behind them, claiming there was an Iranian “Grand Bargain” available that the administration should have taken but didn’t (the evidence for their claim is dubious at best). They have been professional apologists for the Islamic Republic ever since. Almost alone among Iran experts, they claimed that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the legitimate victor in the 2009 election.
Here’s Jeffrey Goldberg on how Hillary Mann, who was a critic of the Iranian regime, became Hillary Mann Leverett, who is anything but. More revealingly, here’s Lee Smith’s examination of the Leveretts and their relationship with the regime in Tehran.
What the Justice Department accuses the Iranian regime of — backing a shady figure who tried to hire gangsters from a Mexican drug cartel to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington — is indeed bizarre. But the Quds Force is used to hiring criminal gangs to carry out assassinations in the Middle East; that they might not understand that things work differently in North America is really not such a stretch, and it wouldn’t be the first time that a government’s black-ops unit wasted money on a harebrained scheme cooked up by an unreliable asset. Is it possible that there’s a piece of this story that the government has gotten wrong? Sure. But the fact that Hillary Mann Leverett says the Iranian regime is innocent of a given sin is meaningless. She always says that.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online