Peter van Buren returns to the show to discuss his recent trip to Iran during which Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran Deal and the United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Van Buren wrote about his experience in a commentary piece for Reuters, “I just visited Iran. Here’s what I heard about the U.S.” Van Buren discusses his experience in Iran and the conversations he had, the consequences of withdrawing from the Iran Deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the Heritage Foundation, and whether the Iranian regime is under real threat from a popular uprising.
Peter Van Buren worked for 24 years at the Department of State including a year in Iraq. He is the author of “We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People” and the novel “Hooper’s War.” He is now a contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine. Follow him on Twitter @WeMeantWell.
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