Hillary Mann Leverett


This interview is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of December 3rd, available here.

Hillary Mann Leverett, former State Department official and co-founder of The Race For Iran, discusses Obama’s campaign rhetoric about diplomatic engagement with enemy states and his subsequent appointment of advisers with contrary views; WikiLeaks cables that clearly show the duplicity of Obama’s dealings with Iran; how the 3-party enriched uranium swap deal was deliberately sabotaged – in part by the US rebuff of Turkey’s mediation efforts – in order to get support for new Iran sanctions; how Iran’s nuclear program is used to check its rise as a regional power – which is the primary US concern; how the Iraq invasion shifted the balance of Mideast power away from autocratic US allies; and the evidence that Islamic countries have no problem putting their national interests ahead of religious concerns.

MP3 here. (27:58)

Hillary Mann Leverett is a Middle East analyst and former State Department and National Security Council official. She is currently the chief executive officer of STRATEGA, a political risk consulting firm. She worked for many years in the US government on a number of Middle East issues, including as Middle East expert for the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff; political adviser on the Middle East, Sudan, and Central Asia at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and in U.S. embassies in Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia; and Director for Iran, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council. As one of a small number of U.S. officials authorized to negotiate directly with senior Iranian officials she participated in a number of secret negotiations on Afghanistan, al-Qaeda and Iraq.

Hillary is a Senior Fellow at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She writes frequently on Middle Eastern, Russian and South Asian issues in publications such as the New York Times, The National Interest and The Wall Street Journal.

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  1. Why was the warhead from MX put on Minuteman-3 ? The warheads from MX/Minuteman-3 and the D5 on Trident-2 are designed to minimize nuclear winter effects when used against hard targets rather than industrial targets. See ch. 9 in Nuclear Empire by Robert C. Aldridge. But it´s only for diplomatic blackmail, we presume. The stupid, crazy Pentagon will have it completed by 2014/15 with missiles on ships in the Black Sea and in Romania and Poland to take out the Russian second-strike force.

  2. It doesn´t make sense to use an unanswerable first-strike capability for blackmail as you risk at least Launch On Warning. Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-wrote that the missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland are a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike. To take out their second-strike force. Bob Aldridge resigned because a disarming first-strike capability is suicidal. Launch On Warning will destroy any Pentagon dream of winning the final war by ½-1 % casualties. Nevertheless, "the bloody fools in the Pentagon",Quote Gen. Harbottle, still aim to achieve a first-strike capability. Because they are crazy.

  3. Excellent interview with a very knowledgeable Hillary Mann Leverett.
    I, for one, am looking forward to becoming better acquainted with her work.
    Antiwar.com should make much more use of her insights on the Iran-conflict in the future for the benefit of people both in US and Europe.

  4. Excellent interview with a very knowledgeable Hillary Mann Leverett.

    I, for one, am looking forward to becoming better acquainted with her work.
    Antiwar.com should make much more use of her insights on the Iran-conflict in the future for the benefit of people both in US and Europe.

  5. H.M. Leverett characterization of Obama Presidency and its foreign policy is accurate and undeniably true.
    I remember an interview with Obama, at the very beginning of his term as president, in which he likened US foreign policy to a big ocean-going tanker heading in the wrong direction. He added that implementing changes in the course of US policies cannot happen overnight and will take time. Obama said he was going to correct the tanker’s course by making incremental changes starting from his first day of taking office.
    Now looking back, after almost 2 years of Obama Presidency, we see an ocean-going tanker utterly impervious to Obama at its helm.
    One will therefore wonder whether the big ship of American state is heading towards some big collision, which could be disastrous for US and the rest of the world.

  6. 'Iran implemented constructive policies – policies that were in their own interest…' Well, they don't have to do everything that Israel tells them to do.

  7. The commentator repeatedly references 'JSOC' almost as a generic group for which he can project his conspiratorial ideas. He appears to have very little understanding of what JSOC actually is.

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