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Daoud Kuttab

Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan

Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is www.daoudkuttab.com. Close.

Daoud Kuttab

Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan

Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. more »

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July 1, 2008 9:36 AM

Covert Ops Don't Mean War

The Current Discussion: Seymour Hersh reports a $400 million U.S. covert action program against Iran. On a scale of 1 to 10, what's the likelihood of an American or Israeli military attack on Iran before Jan. 20 (Inauguration Day), and why? For extra points, name the date.

I hate to pour cold water on the idea that the U.S. will participate in a war against Iran. These covert activities are not an introduction to war - in fact, they're the best proof that war will not happen.

It's a rather far-fetched expectation that by spending some money and attempting to ferment internal strife within Iran, the government of Iran will start a civil war that will open up an opportunity for the U.S. to wage war against them. I also doubt the possibility that after an Obama victory, Bush would use the November-January period to attack Iran. I have the same doubts about the possibility that Israel will attack Iran. A country ready to attack doesn't make a huge PR campaign about its plans.

We will hear a lot of rhetoric between now and next January. But the mistakes of Iraq, the unanimity of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies about the suspension of Iran's nuclear weapons programs, extremely low public confidence in the president, and a Democratic Congress don't bode well for any president going to war unilaterally against Iran.




July 10, 2008 9:18 AM

Revive Bush's Promise for Mideast Peace

The Current Discussion: The G-8 summit is Bush's last hurrah as a world leader. What's one thing he can do to strengthen his legacy?


The one thing President Bush can do to salvage his legacy is to carry out his own public promise to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians before the end of his term. While this always appeared to be a tall order, it is not impossible. A number of the pieces are in place for such a deal and will be at least until this fall to allow him, if he chooses to focus on this mission, to make it work. It is known in the Middle East that only the power of the office of the President of the United States can move this process ahead.

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