Scott Horton Interviews Muhammad Sahimi

Scott Horton, November 10, 2011

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Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and political columnist on Iran issues, discusses his article “The IAEA Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program: Alarming or Hyped;” recycling the old “smoking laptop” documents into new allegations against Iran; debunking the story about a Russian nuclear scientist who supposedly helped Iran with nuclear weapons; leaving Iranians to form their own opposition parties without foreign interference; why David Albright won’t give up the Iran-propaganda business and get an honest job; how the 2007 and 2011 NIEs contradict IAEA claims about Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities; the “Bolton plan” of pestering Iran until they withdraw from the NPT – so a war can begin; and Iran’s long history of pragmatic foreign policy decisions, including cooperating with the US and Israel in various circumstances.

MP3 here. (42:14)

Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of chemical engineering & materials science and the National Iranian Oil Company chair in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California, has published extensively on Iran’s political development and its nuclear program. He is the lead political columnist for the web site PBS/Frontline/Tehran Bureau, blogs at The Huffington Post, and contributes regularly to antiwar.com and National Public Radio on issues related to Iran.

10 Responses to “Muhammad Sahimi”

  1. They're still flogging the same forged laptop. Sheesh.

  2. Jim White at emptywheel.net picked up on the nanodiamond from moonofalabama too. http://www.emptywheel.net/2011/11/08/the-declinin

  3. NEW DARKNESS — WHAT NEXT?

    This IAEA report is new darkness, a new pretense of good hiding misery, and in the mind’s eye of all the brainwashed mainstream, all the light that our hero light bearers have proclaimed has been forced to give way.

    So, comes now new light from AntiWar.com, new light that forces to give way new darkness by turning it into obsolete darkness as such lies enable people to all the more see the light.

  4. Excellent interview, this is so important.
    Moon of Alabama speculates that this whole IAEA debacle might be the main reason Denis Ross is being gutted from the Obama admin – i.e., being let go over this laughable episode.

    Also , I'm consistently impressed by how well Scott knows his material, and is informed on the subjects, he must read a LOT.

  5. Muhammad Sahimi is great!

  6. Check out the alarmist rhetoric of a fellow board member of Albright's ISIS in this History Channel propaganda piece on Iran:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWvXD3tXqbI

  7. NATO G.S. Rasmussen claims the missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland are necessary to defend us from Iranian nuclear missiles-sometime in the future-but if war happens, how will the Pentagon justify continuing the project ? A nuclear missile threat from North Korea ? Maybe they forget in the Pentagon Office For First Strike Plans that the Russians aren´t idiots. The result will be Launch On Warning, probably by 2014 and suicide by mistake because of the bloody fools in the Pentagon. Chief Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-resigned because pursuing a disarming and unanswerable first strike capability is suicidal.

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