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Iran’s Elections: Missing The Point

Short, pithy, packed with more wisdom than you find in bloviations ten times the length. If you are a State Department spokesman, asked what you think about exclusion of women from Iran’s presidential elections, here’s what you say. Condemn the exclusion, amplify the reasons, leave open the option of working with the winner. “Simple, clear, principled and flexible. Always the best combination. It’s called diplomacy” (413 words)

Usefulness Of Sleeper Spies

Why we’re naive and wrong to ridicule the alleged Russian sleepers operation. True that most will fail to get anywhere significant but they don’t need to. They can still be immensely useful

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