The other day I read this article on the normally high quality Foreign Policy web site, on how Israel may have “bought” airfields in Azerbaijan, to use to as staging grounds for an attack on Iran. Though dubious on a few points my reaction was “well, that’s interesting.” But I neglected to note the author of the article, Mark Perry, whom I have unapprovingly written about a couple of times already. How foolish and negligent of me, as I normally note the author’s name of anything I read. Had I seen that Perry was the author, I would have accorded the article the seriousness that it merits, namely little. But I only learned that Perry wrote it after reading this by Ehud Yaari, whom I respect rather more. He rubbishes Perry’s piece, which is not hard to do. From now on, when reading anything, I will make sure to look at the author’s name.
UPDATE: On Israel-Iran, the new leader of Kadima, Shaul Mofaz—former IDF chief-of-staff and defense minister (and who was born in Iran, lived there to age nine, and speaks Persian)—has strongly criticized Netanyahu’s approach toward the Iranian nuclear threat
“[Netanyahu] wants to present himself as the defender of Israel. All the evaluators believe there is more time. Iran is still not a nuclear country. The US is leading the effort against Iran, and it has to stay that way.” Mofaz warned that a premature military operation would be “disastrous” and limited in its effectiveness.
Very good. For this reason alone I hope he becomes Israel’s next PM.