Army Lt. Gen. Robert G. Gard Jr. (Ret.), senior military fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation, discusses the possibility of war with Iran in the wake of the National Intelligence Estimate, the unreasonable demands of the U.S. State Department in order for negotiations to even begin, whether the Iranian leadership is too “crazy” to deal with, the hopefully slight possibility that the U.S. would use nuclear weapons in an air war against Iran, the Israeli bombing of Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981 and it’s counterproductive results, the status Iran’s relationship with the IAEA, Iran’s various offers for peace negotiations during the Bush years, America’s relationship with the Mujahideen e Khalq and their front the NCRI, possible consequences for American interests in the region in the event of war and the thin excuses for and enormous costs of putting a “missile defense system” in Eastern Europe.
MP3 here. (36:09)
Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr. is the Senior Military Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his work focuses on nuclear nonproliferation, missile defense, Iraq, Iran, military policy, nuclear terrorism, and other national security issues.
During his military career, Gard fought in both Korea and Vietnam, and served a three year tour in Germany. He also served as Executive Assistant to two secretaries of defense; the first Director of Human Resources Development for the U.S. Army, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and President of National Defense University (NDU).