Gareth Porter, an independent investigative journalist and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discusses why Trump’s anti-Iran talk is not much different than that of the last several administrations’ before his, going back to Bill Clinton’s presidency; and why actual US policy on Iran is controlled less by the president than the interests of the permanent national security state, which is hostile to Iran yet risk-averse and fond of the status quo.

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