Kudlow’s Money Politics

NR on Ahmadinejad

From the latest issue of National Review:

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has created a world-storm, but things aren’t going all his way. Power, including the conduct of foreign policy, is in any case in the hands of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, known as the Supreme Leader, and himself chosen by a special clerical body. In recent elections to that body, Ahmadinejad and his friends lost ground. Inflation and unemployment are both running around 30 percent. Gasoline rationing is due to begin in March. Demonstrations are met with force, and the prisons are full. But Ahmadinejad wants nuclear power above all else, and seemingly will carry on his war dance regardless of national and international opinion. The Security Council has imposed sanctions on Iran, but he dismisses these as a ‘rusty instrument’ and ‘a piece of torn paper,’ nicely mixing metaphors. The newspaper that reflects the Supreme Leader’s views has come out criticizing Ahmadinejad’s diplomacy for the way it has antagonized so many interests, and in another leading newspaper the man in charge of nuclear negotiations presses Ahmadinejad to end his involvement in the nuclear program. Perhaps they’ve noticed the reinforced American battle group in the Persian Gulf.

Larry Kudlow — Larry Kudlow is CNBC’s senior contributor. His new book is JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity, written with Brian Domitrovic.

Most Popular


God’s Will as Something to Laugh About

President Trump’s decision to appoint Larry Kudlow director of the National Economic Council was a big deal for free-market conservatives. The administration is not just picking up a competent policy wonk with significant experience and instincts in macroeconomics, but also adding a five-star talent in ... Read More
Politics & Policy

‘We Will Reduce Abortion’

Conor Lamb’s success has revived interest in “I’m personally opposed, but.” It’s a rhetorical convention — a cliché, really — that many Catholic Democrats have resorted to ever since Mario Cuomo popularized it with his speech at Notre Dame in 1984, as Alexandra DeSanctis explained a few days ... Read More


In a recent issue, we published a piece on Dante Della Terza, the great Dante scholar at Harvard (now in his nineties). Today, we have an expanded version on the homepage. After the magazine piece was published, I heard from Mark Helprin, the novelist, military analyst, and political writer. I had no idea he had ... Read More
Economy & Business

CRISPR Will Make GMOs Ubiquitous

Labels multiply in supermarkets faster than salmonella at a convenience-store sushi bar. It’s important to keep up; we should all be well-informed eaters. But the onslaught of clean food, natural products, sustainably produced, gluten free, butterflies everywhere, and GMO-free sea salt are just too much. The ... Read More

The Pope Francis Challenge

An unforced error from a Vatican communications office the other day drove me a little something like crazy. The nature of the unforced error is that it is wholly unnecessary and typically distracting. And so it was. Days before, as the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’s election as pope was approaching, a ... Read More