Scott Horton Interviews Hillary Mann Leverett

Scott Horton, February 21, 2012

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Hillary Mann Leverett, former State Department official and co-founder of The Race For Iran, discusses neoconservative Michael Rubin’s doubts about Iran’s 2003 “Grand Bargain” of diplomatic overtures to the US; how US and Iranian interests aligned against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, creating an opportunity for an al-Qaeda/MEK prisoner swap that may have prevented future terrorist attacks; the pushback from the US intelligence community/military against Israel and the Obama administration (proudly “marching in lockstep” with Israel); why Iran really is an imminent threat (to Israel’s regional hegemony, not existence); and why plans to use Syria as a conduit to effect regime change in Iran are not based in reality.

MP3 here. (24:16)

Hillary Mann Leverett has more than 20 years of academic, legal, business, diplomatic, and policy experience working on Middle Eastern issues. In the George W. Bush Administration, she worked as Director for Iran, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council, Middle East expert on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, and Political Advisor for Middle East, Central Asian and African issues at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. From 2001-2003, she was one of a small number of U.S. diplomats authorized to negotiate with the Iranians over Afghanistan, al-Qa’ida and Iraq. In the Clinton Administration, Leverett also served as Political Advisor for Middle East, Central Asian and African issues for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Associate Director for Near Eastern Affairs at the National Security Council, and Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. embassy in Cairo. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Watson Fellowship, and in 1990-1991 worked in the U.S. embassies in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt and Israel, and was part of the team that reopened the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait after the first Gulf War.

Ms. Leverett has published extensively on Iran as well as on other Middle Eastern, Central and South Asian, and Russian issues. She has spoken about U.S.-Iranian relations at Harvard, MIT, the National Defense University, NYU, the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs, and major research centers in China. She has appeared on news and public affairs programs on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera (Arabic and English), and was featured in the highly acclaimed BBC documentary, Iran and the West. Along with Flynt Leverett, she appeared in the PBS Frontline documentary, “Showdown With Iran”, and was profiled in Esquire magazine. She has provided expert testimony to the U.S. House Government Reform and Oversight Committee.

Ms. Leverett is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brandeis University. She also studied at the American University in Cairo and Tel Aviv University. She currently teaches foreign policy at the American University in Washington D.C.

7 Responses to “Hillary Mann Leverett”

  1. Mrs. Leverett closing statement:
    Islamo-fascism became the vernacular… But it is not a war
    against Islam that we will ever have any hope of coming out
    of, not in terms of the right side morally, not in terms of our
    strategic position, and not in terms of our standing in the world.

    With crime and evil being one and the same thing, to enrich ourselves upon the misery of another, with crime being the only way such a grossly inefficient form of government as an Empire can plunder the wealth needed to survive, surely Islam or Empire USA must die so that the other may live.

  2. "What is reality?" It was funny to hear that question, out of context, in this interview, between the 16-18 minute mark.
    It's fundraising time, so here are some suggestions for things to buy via the Amazon link: 1. "Puppet," the most recent album by The Dreaming. This band features two 1990s industrial-rock veterans, Chris Hall (Stabbing Westward) and Johnny Haro (Econoline Crush, briefly Stabbing Westward), and has been around in one form or another for almost ten years now. Or, in contrast, if you want something happy… 2. "When the Music Starts," by Mt. Righteous. This came out several years ago, by a large collective of cheery musicians in the Dallas area. I saw them play a few times back then, and they "play it straight," so to speak. Not tacky, not silly, just fun.

  3. Atheism — Most stupid religion on earth

    Badreligion
    "What is reality?… Mt. Righteous… play it straight…
    Not tacky, not silly, just fun.”

    Above is the work of a religious fanatic called an atheist, one so god-ego inflated as to worship his mind thinking that no place in outer space is there an invisible God more intelligent then his mind.

    For whether there be a God or no God, whether there be one true morality or all a fake morality, any such conviction must be based on blind faith alone.

    For if the purpose of this world is to prove the harm in it, whereupon nature’s God will turn all things toward the good, impossible is it to prove right or wrong such a fact — until after the fact.

    Therefore, violate no man’s conscience, by violating his individual right of conscience.

  4. According to missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming first strike capability. Bob Aldridge wrote on the missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike." The US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously according to Bob Aldridge. Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 have an accuracy of less than 30 meters, enough to destroy a missile silo. This leads to Launch On Warning by 2020 according to Der Spiegel 49/2011.

  5. I'm not sure where all of that came from, but in any case, it is not a hobby to not collect stamps. Atheism is not a religion.

    Claims made without evidence can be dismissed without evidence, and atheists do.

  6. https://rt.com/news/american-super-conventional-b

  7. This public debate by Israel and the US concerning war with Iran is just to childish to be real and is probably being used to cover up something else that is going on that they don´t want us to know about or fucus on. It´s all a distraction.

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