December 04, 2007

Feltman on Lebanon II

Boy, the Washington Institute sure picked the wrong day to issue its new report exploring joint U.S.-Israeli options for war on Iran, eh? Can anyone out there honestly see how hawks can re-build momentum toward bombing Iran after yesterday's new NIE?

Yeah, us neither.

Here's something from the Washington Institute that promises to be a little more relevant. TWI invited U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman and blogger Tony Badran to speak on the presidential crisis. You can listen to the event here. Badran writes a widely-read blog on Lebanon, but ... well, look, Badran is one of the most intelligent analysts out there, but his biases are known for being resolutely pro-March 14th. There's nothing wrong with that -- we all have our biases -- but Abu Muqawama wishes the institute had invited someone in addition to Badran who might be a little more critical of U.S. policy so that folks can see the diversity of opinion that's out there. It doesn't have to be Hassan Nasrallah, but if Jeffrey Feltman can join via speaker phone, surely they could have found a smart political scientist in the States or Lebanon to have given another perspective?