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Washington Post journalist Robin Wright

By Faiz Shakir on August 9, 2007 at 5:57 pm

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takes issue with our post. We argued that her article this morning presented a one-sided platform for neoconservative pundits to articulate their long-running agenda to bomb Iran as “a new drumbeat for bolder action.” Wright disagrees:

This article totally misrepresents what I wrote and the intent, and I consider it intellectually dishonest to attack me or The Post for merely trying to identify the people, institutions and arguments for more aggression action against Iran. In three references, I pointed out that the people cited were either advocates of war in Iraq or echoed arguments to justify war in Iraq.

Second, the press is constantly coming under attack for not identifying early enough the arguments made for going to war with Iraq. I am trying to make sure that the press is devoting attention to what is beginning to be a critical mass for this argument on Iran. This was meant to be a benchmark piece in covering the emerging debate, which is no longer focused just on Iran’s alleged nuclear program but is also now tied to Tehran’s role in Iraq.

Third, the context for this article was also misunderstood and misrepresented. I was contrasting what this group of people think with what the administration has been trying to do with carrot-and-stick diplomacy with Iran over the past 14 months–as the lead sentence notes.

Finally, I am not an editorial writer. I am merely presenting the news–and this development. It is up the reader to determine how they feel about the people who make this case or the case itself.

I was surprised that the writer of this comment also did not go to the trouble of doing any research on my own writing on Iran (including several books dating back to 1973) or even looking at the piece I wrote in The Washington Post’s Outlook section two weeks ago about Iran. He might have developed a more realistic assessment of the context of both this piece and my work.

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