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The Deal with Iran


The Ledeen clan is headed for Italy, the last such opportunity until 2nd Lt. Daniel finishes his active duty in the Marine Corps. He will start The Basic School in late June, and the Corps doesn’t give summer vacations, so we’re taking full advantage of this period. I’m going to try to write something more complete about the Saberi matter, since there is a lot of information beginning to come in. But I did want to note that Andrew Sullivan somehow thinks that I think we paid money to the Iranians. Nothing of the sort. Ransom isn’t always cash. If I had to bet, I’d say we ought to watch carefully the disposition of the Iranian Revolution Guards officers we hold prisoner in Iraq. If they’re released in the next couple of weeks, I’d be inclined to suspect that was at least part of the payoff.

Andrew also takes umbrage at my stereotypical use of the word “mullahs.” As if the Islamic Republic of Iran were governed by secular pragmatists, I suppose. But he’s an old friend and I’m happy to substitute “fanatics like Supreme Leader Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad.”

Meanwhile, soccer dad has a good roundup of the Obama administration’s various efforts to sooth the feelings of Messrs. Khamenei and Ahmadinejad.

But I’ll have more in the next day or two before we head for the airport.


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