Scott Horton Interviews Trita Parsi

Scott Horton, August 24, 2010

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Trita Parsi, author of the Salon.com article “A campaign for war with Iran begins,” discusses Israel’s preference for Iran’s Ahmedinejad instead of a moderate president, how Israel’s “qualitative edge” over the sum total of Gulf states is slipping away, doubts about the practical utility of the U.S.-Israel special relationship and why a U.S. reconciliation with Iran would mean the end of sanctions and expanded Iranian regional influence at Israel’s expense.

MP3 here. (10:17)

Dr. Trita Parsi is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States, recipient of the Council on Foreign Relation’s 2008 Arthur Ross Silver Medallion and the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

He wrote his Doctoral thesis on Israeli-Iranian relations under Professor Francis Fukuyama (and Drs. Zbigniew Brzezinski, R. K. Ramazani, Jakub Grygiel, Charles Doran) at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies while heading the largest Iranian-American organization in the US, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).

9 Responses to “Trita Parsi”

  1. Isn't there something odd about thinking Iran, if a regional power, would be pushed toward the Arab Street, when Iranians aren't Arabs and there's that whole Sunni-Shia thing? Parsi's speculation about Israel's worrying about that needs more explanation, next time you speak with him.

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  3. It seems that everybody wants to forget Fidel Castro´s warning that the recent sanctions give the US the right to inspect Iranian ships and the war is on come September. Castro predicts that the Iranian response will be to sink the US fleet in the Persian Gulf. Then the US will go mad and use nuclear weapons Castro said. He asked the US not to do inspections because it leads directly to war. We´ll be without 40 % of the oil, so we´ll have to ride a horse or a bike rather than go by car.
    There´s ONE good thing, thogh. The Pentagon won´t have any more justification for the missiles on ships in the Black Sea in Bulgaria and in Romania and Poland by 2015.

  4. Part 1 of 3

    Is Trita Parsi still trust worthy? I sincerely hope so. I wonder why months ago neocons planned to crash him, then they sort of eased .their attacks…why?

    Also in June 2009 he took the side of the phoney neocon-masterminded Greens. Didn’t he know who is Kenneth Timmerman? Didn’t he know what so many American scholars or insiders (Like Leveretts, McGovern or Paul Craig Roberts) were telling the Americans about the Greens… and who really won the election?

    I have half a dozen questions about this interview too. I might discuss them in appropriate time (after I get well). For now I pose just one

    He quotes Israeli sources who preferred Ahmadinejad’s re-election because he talks about crazy stuff. Did Trita really believes that evaluation is also in line with Israel’s Iran policies?

  5. Part 2

    I believe firmly that is either personal judgments of a few low-level analysts or a part of Israeli deceptive propaganda (Eric Margolis also bit this bait).

    Fact is the more days Ahmadinejad is in power and the more his interviews are broadcast in Press TV, Al-Allam, Aljazeera etc more and more young and old in Arab streets join the anti-Israel Camp. This is absolutely unacceptable to Israelis. (Tira should pay attention to the recent University of Maryland’s Arab opinion poll).

    If Trita poses this issue to someone who is familiar with the Game Theory then he can be definitely convinced why numbers prove beyond doubt that the true policy of Israel was to use the election opportunity to further destabilize, demonize and pave the way for another destructive war.

  6. Part 3

    I urge him to read the 38 page report of Eric A. Brill on that election ( here http://iran2009presidentialelection.blogspot.com/ ) or watch the WPO’s video (here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKG-hUyk1_0 ) then ask himself the grand question of “who were the foreigners who fabricated those Geobellsian big lies? And how far they succeeded in they goals?

    That lie of “fraud in June election” was so big nearly everyone in the world including Noam Chmosky the co-author of ‘Manufacturing Consent’ believed it…that lie probably is the ‘biggest lie of this century’!

  7. correction:

    In Part 3 instead of "they goals" please read "their goals"

  8. Trita Parsi's mentors for his Docotorate are not exactly innocent but rather sinsister when it comes to expanding American hegemony across the globe. Parsi's analysis of Israel-Iran-USA is not as credible as he (Parsi) likes to believe. I heard Parsi give a lecture two years ago on his book and was not all that impressed with many of his so-called "precise points."

    In short, I do not place that much trust or weight to Parsi's analysis. Like many dissertations, Parsi had to come up with an original argument, different than others on Iran and comparative studies. That being said does not make Parsi's analysis all that great.

  9. Actually, Trita Parsi is much closer in agreement with the neocons than the other way around. Parsi would not be "crying" if Iran was bombed any more than Iraqi expatriates had been during the invasion of Iraq.

    Parsi was validated during his PH.D. program by men who promote American hegemony, the New World Order and the USA calliing all the shots in the world. Parsi needs to be questioned about his intellectual mentors such as Francis Fukuyama Zbigniew Brzezinski. In fact, it was Brzezinski.who called for total dominance from Eurasia to the Persian Gulf region in books and journal articles. It was Brzezinski.who wanted President Carter to bomb/invade Iran during the hostage crisis in 1979 as well.

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