I about fell out of my chair. I have to praise the two segments on Saturday's Weekend Edition. Scott Simon interviewed Shibley Telhami of the University of Maryland about the US in Iraq and he gave an articulate explanation of why the US must commit to leaving Iraq and why the failure in Iraq is not a tactical one but a strategic and policy one--amazing!
In another segment Simon interviewed Ali Ansari, a professor at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland, about Iran and its role vis-a-vis Hezbollah in Lebanon. He is the author of a book called Confronting Iran, which is perhaps why he was on (I'm not sure.) He was also fairly measured and insisted that the level of Iranian influence over Hezbollah is uncertain. He also made it clear that the confrontational approach to Iran (and Syria) only worsens the situations in Lebanon and Iraq. Wow!