Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses his piece “AIPAC Pushes Hard for War With Iran,” Keith Weissman’s breaking of his media silence to (badly) defend AIPAC, claiming there is no official program for regime change in Iran, the consistently evil John Bolton (but what a great foil he could serve for Ron Paul during the Republican primaries if he ran), how the US forgoes a necessary waiver when sending aid to Israel – required of all states with clandestine nuclear programs, how AIPAC uses leverage on domestic US issues (like Obamacare) to get their way on foreign policy issues, and the difference between Rosen/Weissman/Franklin espionage and Bradley Manning/WikiLeaks whistleblowing.
MP3 here. (20:09)
Grant F. Smith is the author of the new book America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government. He is a frequent contributor to Radio France Internationale and Voice of America’s Foro Interamericano. Smith has also appeared on BBC News, CNN, and C-SPAN. He is currently director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C.