As Brad Plumer notes, this morning's New York Times has a front page story about how Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei is losing patience with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's demagoguery. But the story appeared yesterday in Asia Times under the byline of Pepe Escobar. I have no idea who Pepe Escobar is, but I have been reading his "Roving Eye" column for several years. He is one of the most interesting--and as far I can tell, informed--journalists writing about the Middle East. He travels there, and seems to speak and read several of the languages. He also has recently published a book, Globistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War. Escobar thinks that much of what passes for the war on terror is a war for energy. I think he is right about this.
--John B. Judis