News and Analysis (9/26/07)

While some Iranians were receptive to Ahmadinejad’s boldness to speak in New York, others found the insults and jeers at Columbia University to be counterproductive, taking attention away from needed reforms and substantive dialog:

Former three-star vice admiral argues that a bi-partisan plan to withdraw from Iraq is possible if Democrats are willing to allow the necessary time to fully account for efficient withdrawal of troops and logistics, while the Republicans need to be more willing to diplomatically engage Syria and Iran to make the withdrawal easier and quicker:

“A second Iraq is going to be created where people of the country will suffer more than the regime” – Nazila Noebashari, head of Traf Co. Ltd.

Former top US intelligence official asserts that aging North Korean-made missiles with chemical warheads, not a “nuclear facility” was targeted by Israelis in Syria:

American-educated South African Muslim intellectual is allegedly barred from entering America due to vocal criticism of American foreign policies

In the latest development of the deadly Blackwater outrage, documents reveal State Department instructions telling the private security firm to not say a word unless given the green light from the White House:

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