Scott Horton Interviews Gen. Robert Gard

Scott Horton, February 24, 2008

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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).

5 Responses to “Gen. Robert Gard”

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  2. Simple logic indicates that US missile defense system in Eastern Europe is solely aimed at guarding US mainland against a possible retaliatory missile attack, after US has unleashed its devastating first strike capability on Russia.
    General Gard fails to explain Why Russians are making such great fuss over this issue if their missiles can in the event of war easily overwhelm these meager defenses.
    US has for a long time been striving to achieve nuclear primacy over Russia and China. (See the article by Keir Lieber and Daryl Press, “The Rise of U.S. Nuclear Primacy”, in the 2006 March/April issue of Foreign Affairs.)
    There the authors argue that the United States has achieved (or is just about to achieve) nuclear primacy, which would make the concept of mutual assured destruction obsolete by taking “mutual” out of it. The United States, the authors argue, is striving at the capability of destroying all — and they mean literally every single one – of Russian strategic launchers in a first counterforce attack.
    US first strike capability to decapitate Russia will be incomplete and insecure without its anti-missile defense components in Eastern Europe and the Far East.

  3. Former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge wrote: “The US has or is very close to achieving an unanswerable first-strike capability. Former chief of US Air Force Missile Defense, Lt. Col. Robert Bowman stated: “Missile Defense is the missing link to a First Strike”. After a First Strike, missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic will be very useful to shoot down any surviving missiles. The Russians may have no other choice but implementing Launch On Warning. The terrible consequences of a mistake will be caused by the bloody and inmensely stupid Pentagon.

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