That Splintering Sound You Hear…
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  • Why doesn’t the IRS investigate them or the Iranian regime lobby NIAC? It is shameful that these people are given a platform to air their dangerous views.

    • Corlyss

      “It is shameful that these people are given a platform to air their dangerous views.”
      I don’t object to the platform. I object to the fact that they aren’t labeled agents of a foreign government and compelled to register as such.

    • wigwag

      Actually, Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett have little or nothing nice to say about Trita Parsi the founder and President of the National Iranian American Council. They don’t think much of him because they don’t think he’s pro-Iranian enough.

  • wigwag

    Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett have been called “crack cocaine realists” and that’s by their friends. I hate to wonder what their enemies would call them.

    Yesterday, Professor Mead penned a post entitled, “Middle East Mess: When Dems and GOPers Agree, Be Afraid.” His point was that liberal internationalists (who are overwhelmingly Democrats) and neoconservatives (who are overwhelmingly Republicans) a lot more in common than most people think.

    The problem is that when you take the libs and the neocons out of the equation, the only people you have left are the realists; people like Zbig Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft, James Baker, Lee Hamilton, Richard Lugar and the like.

    Is their any doubt that in their heart of hearts, Brzezinski, Scowcroft, Baker, Hamilton and Lugar agree with most if not all of what the Leveretts have to say?

    Is the point of view expressed by the Leveretts really all that idiosyncratic or does it represent the views of their more respectable realist colleagues? Isn’t the reality that the Leveretts are willing to shout what their fellow realists are only willing to whisper?

    If we’re disgusted by the Leveretts’ point of view shouldn’t we be equally disgusted by the views of Zbignew Brzezinski? Last time I looked, Brzezinski was on the editorial committee of the American Interest. What’s next; will the AI be appointing Flynt Leverett as editor in chief?

  • Atanu Maulik

    “Iran’s Shiite regime offers a wider range of choice for Iranian voters than the United States’ two-party system offers American voters?”

    The same thing can be said about a lot of other countries. For example in India the voters get to chose from a wide array of murderers, rapists, kidnappers and other thugs.

  • wigwag

    It is good to see Via Meadia excoriating the Leveretts; their positions are over the top and so is their rhetoric. My question is whether Professor Mead has the chutzpah to write a similar post repudiating Brzezinski.

    Brzezinski’s positions are every bit as extreme as the Leveretts and his rhetoric is as irresponsible as theirs or worse. It was just a few years ago that he actually implored the United States Airforce to shoot down Israeli Jets if they attempted to transit Iraqi airspace on the way to bombing Iranian nuclear installations. In an interview with the Daily Beast the when asked about an Israeli attack on Iran the former National Security Adviser to President Carter said,

    “They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq, are we just going to sit there and watch?” He went on to say “We have to be serious about denying them that right. We have to go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse.”

    Isn’t this just as irresponsible as anything the Leveretts have said? Given the choice of a military confrontation between the US and Iran and the US and Israel, the Leveretts would surely prefer an attack on Israel. Brzezinski’s quote shows that he agrees entirely.

    The Leveretts are clowns; it’s easy to repudiate them. But where’s Professor Mead’s courage. Shouldn’t he be criticizing AI editorial board member, Zbignew, as passionately as he criticizes Flynt and Hillary?

    The difference of course is that would take a little bit of fortitude.

  • Were they really taken seriously? The 1st time I saw a piece by the duo it smelled like they are working for the Persian rulers. All 4 readers of my blog knew that: http://fmpait.blogspot.com/2009/09/american-fifth-column.html

  • SF Dude

    Not much mystery here: the physically heinous Hillary Leverett is clearly in it for the group services provided by the Basij rank and file: “All right, men, close your eyes and think of Iran!”

    As for Flynt, one imagines they let him sit in the corner and watch.

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