Ali Gharib, New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy and LobeLog writer, discusses the neocon effort to keep war with Iran on the front burner, while the news cycle overwhelms their tired talking points; the old propaganda line that Iranians want us to bomb them, to give them a chance for regime change; the WikiLeaks documents that show Israel’s threats to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites (if the US doesn’t) are just hot air; and how observing the fates of N. Korea and Libya could lead Iran to conclude the best defensive strategy is building nuclear weapons and ceasing negotiations with the West.
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Bio: Pepe Escobar is a journalist based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He writes a column entitled The Roving Eye for Asia Times Online and is analyst and correspondent for The Real News Network.
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Bio: Aaron Libby is the State Representative of House District 139, which includes Waterboro and part of Lyman. He serves on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee during the 125th Legislature.
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Ali Gharib, New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy and LobeLog writer, discusses how American neoconservatives remain the hardest working warmongers around despite Israeli claims of success â€“ via Stuxnet sabotage and assassination of nuclear scientists â€“ in delaying Iranâ€™s (alleged) pursuit of nuclear weapons; Jennifer Rubinâ€™s venue-change from Commentary to The Washington Post, which <sarcasm alert> finally gets a pro-Israel perspective in mainstream media; and the WikiLeaks cable that shows internal Iranian politics prevented President Ahmadinejad from completing the 2009 low-enriched uranium swap deal.
Ali Gharib, New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy and LobeLog writer, discusses his article that challenges the conventional wisdom about Iranian interference in Iraq (supposedly verified by the WikiLeaks revelations), the New York Timesâ€™ (and former Judith Miller collaborator) Michael Gordonâ€™s career transition from ginning up war with Iraq to writing inflammatory articles on Iran, the rapidly changing negotiations on seating a coalition government in Iraq and how the NYT gives front page coverage to thinly sourced screeds against Iran and saves the exculpatory evidence for page 17.
Ali Gharib, New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy and LobeLog writer, discusses the FBI raids on antiwar activistsâ€™ homes, how Israel put Iran in â€œAxis of Evilâ€ after 9/11, the Global War on Terrorâ€™s conflation of national resistance groups (and any enemy of Israel) with international terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, neoconservative warmongers re-using the Iraq War playbook to gin up support for an attack on Iran, the tangled neocon web of familial relationships and the new cottage industry of neophyte Koran â€œscholarsâ€ quoting passages out of context to portray Islam as a religion bent on world domination.
This recording is excerpted from the KPFK Gustavo Areano program of August 5th. The complete recording can be heard here.
Ali Gharib, a New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy, discusses the hawkish turn taken by the middle-of-the-road think tank Council on Foreign Relations, the synchronized talking points of Iran war boosters that â€“ like Iraq before â€“ force antiwar opponents to prove a negative (or why the reality-based community is forever playing catch-up to historyâ€™s actors), solid economic reasons for a civilian nuclear power program in Iran and why Ret. Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerny is a warmongering lunatic.