Seymour Hersh, award winning investigative reporter for The New Yorker magazine, discusses his article “Iran and the I.A.E.A.;” how extensive CIA/JSOC espionage (and perhaps assassination and sabotage) in Iran failed to find any evidence of a clandestine nuclear weapons program; why Iran’s interest in nukes prior to 2003 was to hedge against an Iraqi weapon; the new IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, who has no problem regurgitating old innuendo to make a case for war; and why the bluster coming out of Israel exists mostly at the top, since common sense attitudes about Iran are common in lower ranks of the military and Mossad.
Today on Antiwar radio with Scott Horton:
Journalist Seymour Hersh will be on in a pre-recoreded interview with Scott done earlier in the week. He will discuss his new article, â€œIran and the Bomb: How real is the nuclear threat;â€ the lack of evidence for Iranâ€™s interest in nuclear weapons after 2003, despite extensive satellite and covert surveillance (and even before then, the idea was to counter an Iraqi nuclear weapon, not threaten Israel or the US); how the 2011 NIE reinforces the 2007 assessment, and makes the harsh sanctions on Iran look even more indefensible; Obamaâ€™s acute isolation within the White House echo chamber; and some sane advice from retired ambassador Thomas Pickering: stop hectoring Iran about a non-existent nuclear weapons program and negotiate like grown-ups.
Bio: Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine on military and security matters. He has also won two National Magazine Awards and is a “five-time Polk winner and recipient of the 2004 George Orwell Award.”
His work first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War, for which he received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. His 2004 reports on the US military’s mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison gained much attention.
Benjamin Tua will be on to discuss the winners and losers in the new Middle-East. See his latest here.
Bio: Benjamin Tua is a retired Foreign Service Officer. He served in Israel from 1982-1985. He currently is an independent analyst and Foreign Policy In Focus contributor.
Anthony Gregory will be on to discuss his new introduction toÂ Murray Rothbard’sÂ Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy.Â Read his latest article here.
Bio: AnthonyÂ GregoryÂ is a research analyst at the Independent Institute, Editor in Chief of Campaign for Liberty, moderator of the Beacon, policy adviser to the Future of Freedom Foundation and columnist for LewRockwell.com. He guest edits Strike the Root. His writing has appeared in such places as the Christian Science Monitor San Diego Union Tribune, Antiwar.com, the Journal of Libertarian Studies, Counterpunch, the American Conservative, Liberty Magazine, the Mises Institute blog, the Stress Blog, The Libertarian Enterprise and Liberty and Power, as well as in textbooks, journals and other outlets, and has been translated in several languages. He wrote for Michael Badnarik’s 2004 campaign. He got his B.A. in history at UC Berkeley in 2003, where he wrote his thesis on the 1993 Waco disaster.
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Seymour Hersh, award winning investigative reporter for The New Yorker magazine., discusses his article “Iran and the Bomb: How real is the nuclear threat;” the lack of evidence for Iran’s interest in nuclear weapons after 2003, despite extensive satellite and covert surveillance (and even before then, the idea was to counter an Iraqi nuclear weapon, not threaten Israel or the US); how the 2011 NIE reinforces the 2007 assessment, and makes the harsh sanctions on Iran look even more indefensible; Obama’s acute isolation within the White House echo chamber; and some sane advice from retired ambassador Thomas Pickering: stop hectoring Iran about a non-existent nuclear weapons program and negotiate like grown-ups.
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, author of the book Chain of Command and many important articles about the Bush administrationâ€™s Iran policy, discusses his new one for The New Yorker magazine, â€œPreparing the Battlefield,â€ Secretary Gatesâ€™s warning about long term consequences of an air attack, the turning over of much of Americaâ€™s covert action under the control of the Joint Special Operations Command to avoid oversight, the backing of Sunni radicals in Iran, Baluchistan, Kurdistan etc. in order to try to provoke the Iranian government into escalating as an excuse for war.