Scott Horton Interviews Jason Ditz

Scott Horton, October 05, 2011

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Jason Ditz, managing news editor at, discusses his post “Experts Urge US Not to Reject Iran Nuclear Deal” and why the Obama administration is guaranteed to reject it anyway; how the loss of several thousand shoulder-fired missiles from the Libyan War have made civilian airplanes much more vulnerable to terrorist attacks; why infighting and confusion among Libya’s rebel groups guarantees an eventual NATO boots-on-the-ground occupation; and how the pushback of Afghanistan withdrawal dates makes a mockery of Obama’s promised 2011 deadline.

MP3 here. (17:59)

Jason Ditz is the managing news editor at His op-ed pieces have been published in newspapers and other media around the world.


7 Responses to “Jason Ditz”

  1. If Libya has these shoulder fired missiles why did they not use them against nato helicopters and planes.
    When they were used in Afganistan against the Russians the war came to an abrupt end.

  2. U.S. can't yes for an answer. Never has, never will. Long history.

  3. I'm still waiting to hear if U.S. has killed more Libyan innocents in a couple of months than Gaddafi killed in 40 years.

  4. Older missile technology make work fine against slow moving takeoff and landing commercial aircraft, but useless against fast and shielded military 'warbirds'.

  5. @steve
    shielded with what? and what warbirds?

  6. Any keen observer of Iran-Israel relations will note that the threats of preemptive strikes on Iran mostly coincide with what the Western powers consider to be turning points in their nuclear talks with Iran.
    The threat of a likely and imminent strike is thought to strengthen the West’s hand in their dealings with Iran, and hopefully extract negotiating points in the nuclear standoff.

    But the likelihood of a successful Israeli bombing campaign against Iran has been receding fast in the past decade.
    2009 afforded Israel a good opportunity to destroy all of Iran’s nuclear fuel in a single strike, when this fuel was lying out in the open at Natanz for 48 hours prior to it being removed to a another facility for higher enrichment and processing.

    The opportunity came and went. Israel had apparently very good reasons to look the other way and not destroy Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium which was in plain reach of their F-16s bombers.
    A good expression for the hollowness of the repeated Israeli threats of bombing Iran is the Texas saying: “ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE!”.

  7. Helicopters are shielded military warbirds?

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