Scott Horton Interviews Wayne White

Scott Horton, August 31, 2007

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Wayne White, former Deputy Director of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia and Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute, discusses America’s march to war with Iran, Secretary Rice’s enabling of Cheney’s plot, the ratcheting up of the propaganda campaign, his belief that Iran indeed does have a nuclear weapons program, but has no intent to use them once acquired, his predictions for the massive crisis that will take place, the bad news for anyone thinking they’re actually going to mount a land invasion of Persia, the recent report by British scholars saying that plans include hitting as many as 10,000 targets, the opposition of the Joint Chiefs, the weakness of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s real authority in Iran, the EFPs and whether or not they come from Iran, Sadr and Hakim’s relations with Iran, Obama and Hillary’s threats against Pakistan and severe consequences of messing around over there, the empowering of al Qaeda that would take place in the event of war in Iran, the warping of American policy around the interests of the state of Israel and the fact that American support for Israel motivated the 9/11 plotters and pilots and creates hatred for the United States among regular people around the world every day.

MP3 here. (49:17)

Wayne White most recently served as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia. White also served as principal Iraq analyst and head of INR/NESA’s Iraq team from 2003 to 2005. He was Chief of INR’s Maghreb, Arabian Penninsula, Iran and Iraq division and State Department representative to NATO Middle East working groups from 1990 to 2002.

Mr. White served as Political Officer at the US interest section in Baghdad in 1983.

From 1978-1979, Mr. White served as a US Sinai Field Mission peacekeeper. White joined INR/NESA in 1979 as editor of INR’s Arab-Israeli Situation Report, and as an analyst for Iraq. He then served as Senior Analyst for Syria and head of NESA’s Lebanon Crisis Team.

White has traveled extensively in West Africa, North Africa, the Levant, Iraq and the Gulf. He has received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award five times, INR Analyst of the Year, and National Intelligence Medal for Outstanding Achievement and the Secretary’s Career Achievement Award.

A Philadelphia native, White has a BA and an MA in Middle East history from Penn State University.

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