Gordon Prather


Nuclear physicist and Antiwar.com regular Dr. Gordon Prather discusses the history of American nuclear weapons policy, how Israel’s attack on Iraq’s IAEA safeguarded Osirirk nuclear plant in 1981, drove Hussein’s program underground, the IAEA’s monitoring of Iran’s current nuclear program and Mohamed ElBaradei’s attempts to work things out, his worry that the U.S. may use nuclear weapons against Iran and that besides being a horrible slaughter it would reveal the uselessness of America’s nuclear arsenal for the whole world to see, the disloyalty of the neocons to Ronald Reagan over USSR policy, and his true motivations for writing what he writes.

MP3 here. (47:40)

Physicist James Gordon Prather has served as a policy implementing official for national security-related technical matters in the Federal Energy Agency, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Army. Dr. Prather also served as legislative assistant for national security affairs to U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla. — ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and member of the Senate Energy Committee and Appropriations Committee. Dr. Prather had earlier worked as a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico.