In for Larry O’Connor, Stacy Washington (Stacy on the Right) speaks with Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, about his latest article, “Qassem Soleimani Is Dead: What You Need To Know And What Happens Next”. Stacy also speaks with Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, a contributor to National Review Online and The Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, about his latest article, ” Iranian Analytics”.

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  1. Arahant Member

    Always love hearing from VDH.

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    • January 6, 2020, at 8:05 PM PST
  2. Taras Coolidge

    Terrific (and complementary) pair of interviews!

    The first thing I did after listening to them was: listen to them again.

    Looking for Rubin’s new article, I came across this blog post of his, from 2015:

    Buried on page 95 of the draft of the nuclear agreement released by the Russians is the fact that sanctions will be lifted on Qassem Soleimani, head of the Qods Force, the elite unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps charged with export of revolution. In short, Soleimani is responsible for the deaths of more Americans than any living terrorist, and perhaps any dead one as well. Lifting sanctions on Soleimani is like agreeing to do business with Osama Bin Laden on September 12, 2001. (Emphasis mine.)

    Here’s an interesting bit of historical context from the article, referenced in the show notes, that Rubin wrote just a few days ago:

    Iranian bluster increased until, the following year [1988], President Ronald Reagan ordered Operating Praying Mantis after the Samuel B. Roberts struck a mine. That skirmish escalated into one of the largest surface naval engagements since World War II and led to the decimation of the Iranian Navy and Air Force. Iranian leaders blustered then as now, but refrained from attacking the United States directly for years after until the generation of military officials who experienced that day slowly rose through the rank and retired.

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    • January 8, 2020, at 1:55 PM PST