Hillary Mann Leverett, former State Department official and co-founder of The Race For Iran, discusses President Obama’s interview with Jeffrey Goldberg – essentially a ploy to boost his pro-Israel credentials ahead of the AIPAC conference; why suffering Iranians are seen as a positive sign (to Obama) that sanctions are working as intended; the significance of defining the US “red line” on Iran’s nuclear program in terms of capability instead of action; the Obama administration’s fraudulent diplomatic outreach; and how sanctions are set up to fail, sowing the seeds of war and giving the next US president a streamlined path to attack Iran.
Hillary Mann Leverett, former State Department official and co-founder of The Race For Iran, discusses neoconservative Michael Rubin’s doubts about Iran’s 2003 “Grand Bargain” of diplomatic overtures to the US; how US and Iranian interests aligned against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, creating an opportunity for an al-Qaeda/MEK prisoner swap that may have prevented future terrorist attacks; the pushback from the US intelligence community/military against Israel and the Obama administration (proudly “marching in lockstep” with Israel); why Iran really is an imminent threat (to Israel’s regional hegemony, not existence); and why plans to use Syria as a conduit to effect regime change in Iran are not based in reality.
Hillary Mann Leverett, former State Department official and co-founder of The Race For Iran, discusses her article “Misrepresenting the Iran-Al-Qa’ida ‘Connection;’” how US hardball diplomacy with Iran squandered an opportunity to acquire al-Qaeda’s “next bin Laden” Saif al-Adel; why the US protected the MEK even though the group was on the State Department’s terrorism list and fought with Saddam’s regime against US troops in Iraq; Iran’s cooperation with the US on terrorism issues (both countries had grievances against al-Qaeda), including official talks between 2001-03; Iran’s problems repatriating Egyptians and bin Laden family members capturing after fleeing Afghanistan; and how the US media misleads Americans into believing Iran supports al-Qaeda.
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Hillary Mann Leverett, John Lindsay-Poland, Eric Margolis
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Hillary Mann Leverett will be on to discuss the spin connecting Iran and al Qaeda. Read her latest here.
Bio: Hillary Mann Leverett is CEO of Strategic Energy and Global Analysis (STRATEGA), a political risk consultancy. She worked as Director for Iran, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council in the George W. Bush administration. She also served as Middle East expert on the Secreatary of State’s Policy Palnning Staff, and Political Advisor for Middle East, Central Asian and African issues at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
From 2001-2003, she was one of a small number of U.S. diplomats authorized to negotiate with the Iranians over Afghanistan, al-Qaâ€™ida and Iraq. In the Clinton Administration, Leverett also served as Political Advisor for Middle East, Central Asian and African issues for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Associate Director for Near Eastern Affairs at the National Security Council, and Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. embassy in Cairo.
John Lindsay-Poland will be on to talk about how the DOD is using drug wars as an excuse to build bases in Latin America. Read his latest here.
Bio: John Lindsay-Poland is Research and Advocacy Director of the national interfaith organization Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR). He has served as director of the FOR Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean since 1989. He is editor of FOR’s Colombia Update; founded the FOR’s Colombia Peace Presence team; and is author of articles, reports and books on U.S. military policy and history in Latin America, including: Military Assistance and Human Rights: Colombia, U.S. Accountability, and Global Implications (2010); a 2008 report (with Amnesty International); Emperors in the Jungle: The Hidden History of the U.S. in Panama (Duke University Press, 2003); and Inside Panama (with Tom Barry, 1995, Interhemispheric Resource Center).
Eric Margolis will be on to discuss the latest developments in Yemen.
Bio: Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles appear in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times and other news sites in Asia.
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This interview is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of December 3rd, available here.
Hillary Mann Leverett, former State Department official and co-founder of The Race For Iran, discusses Obamaâ€™s campaign rhetoric about diplomatic engagement with enemy states and his subsequent appointment of advisers with contrary views; WikiLeaks cables that clearly show the duplicity of Obamaâ€™s dealings with Iran; how the 3-party enriched uranium swap deal was deliberately sabotaged â€“ in part by the US rebuff of Turkeyâ€™s mediation efforts â€“ in order to get support for new Iran sanctions; how Iranâ€™s nuclear program is used to check its rise as a regional power â€“ which is the primary US concern; how the Iraq invasion shifted the balance of Mideast power away from autocratic US allies; and the evidence that Islamic countries have no problem putting their national interests ahead of religious concerns.