Michael Rubin on Iran

For those Cats interested in what is going on in Iran, Spartacus commends the following podcast interview of Michael Rubin by Jonah Goldberg.  Michael Rubin is:

a former Pentagon official whose major research areas are the Middle East, Turkey, Iran and diplomacy. Rubin instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan on regional politics, and teaches classes regarding Iran, terrorism, and Arab politics on board deploying U.S. aircraft carrier.

The podcast can be found here.  Subscription is also recommended.

Very much worth the listen.  ISHO – In Spartacus’ Humble Opinion.

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5 Responses to Michael Rubin on Iran

  1. Bob of Brisbane

    Why don’t you rail against Saudi Arabia, Mr Spartacus, for what they are doing to Yemen? They are actually destroying the country and the people. Has this slippped under your radar?

  2. Mitchell Porter

    Neocons are such a type, one hardly needs to hear their actual words. I could just make up my own neocon expert. Let’s say… Jared Brzezinski, graduate of George Mason University, former editor of the Journal of Middle East Politics, worked in the Pentagon’s Crisis Anticipation and Management Group during the first term of George W. Bush and as a consultant for social media outreach during the first term of Barack Obama, author of “The Egyptian Threat: Why the Homeland of Mohammed Atta and the Muslim Brotherhood Needs Radical Reform”.

    Try it, it’s fun!

  3. I am Spartacus

    Yes. It’s great fun to criticise content without reading or listening to it. There was no policy discussion in the podcast (other than the recommendation to not preemptively attack). It was more about history and politics.

    And there was not any railing about anything.

  4. Vicki

    Suggest also twitter feed of Cole Bunzel.

  5. Mitchell Porter

    @Spartacus: I listened to the podcast. But Rubin is basically an intellectual adventurer on behalf of one governing faction in the American empire. He’s one of those AEI neocon men-of-mystery who just happen to show up on the fringes of events – he was in Iran in 1999 as the student revolt happened; he was an advisor in occupied Iraq; he is notorious in Turkey for editorializing that there might be a coup, a few months before it happened.

    By the way, I have never heard of @colebunzel, but he’s an academic jihadologist whose affiliations are clearly with the other imperial faction, the liberal internationalists. So we have representatives of both sides. You can learn from all these people, but, if we are to look at them from an Australian perspective, it is very much in our interest to understand the ideological currents with which they are affiliated.

    For that matter, we shouldn’t just derive our opinions of Turkey and Iran from American talking heads of any persuasion, when thanks to the Internet, we can also read commentary coming directly from those countries. For Turkey, I read op-eds from the Daily Sabah; for Iran, I try PressTV, which is a propaganda outlet, but still instructive.

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