Scott Horton Interviews Muhammad Sahimi

Scott Horton, February 26, 2012

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Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and political columnist on Iran issues, discusses his article “Deconstructing Lieberman’s Iran Resolution;” the false premises upon which Senate Resolution 380 is based; Iran’s closely inspected and safeguarded uranium enrichment program; rehashing the Qom facility “gotcha” lies from 2009; why the US isn’t interested in a diplomatic resolution, wherein sanctions are dropped in exchange for Iran implementing the Additional Protocol and allowing more stringent inspections; and why even regime change won’t stop Iran’s civilian nuclear program, unless Tehran is occupied for decades.

MP3 here. (28:02)

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.

11 Responses to “Muhammad Sahimi”

  1. At the risk of being wearisome, ladies and gentlemen, let me repeat the following:

    1. Iran doesn't have nuclear weapons. The CIA's National Intelligence Estimate ("NIE") agrees.

    2. Iran has the right to develop peaceful nuclear energy under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which it's a party.

    3. Israel has hundreds of nukes. Israel has never signed a nuclear treaty. Israel has never agreed to any inspections.

    4. The U.S. Government subordinates American interests to those of Israel. O-Bomb-a and The Pantsuited One are willing to suffer Israeli outrages against America.

    5. Senator Joe LIEberman (Zionist-Israel)–er, Connecticut–is a fascist, an Israel-Firster, and a warmonger. He ought to be tortured–er, uh, "waterboarded"!–and then shipped to Israel, with orders to stay there.

    Best regards to Professor Sahimi.

  2. Progressive Democratic Hero Elizabeth Warren Enlists to Serve AIPAC’s Pro-War Agenda

    “Warren ‘s statement on Israel consumes far more space than any other foreign policy issue on the page (she makes no mention of China, Latin America, or Africa). To justify what she calls the “unbreakable bond” between the US and Israel, Warren repeats the thoughtless cant about “a natural partnership resting on our mutual commitment to democracy and freedom and on our shared values.” She then declares that the United States must reject any Palestinian plans to pursue statehood outside of negotiations with Israel. While the US can preach to the Palestinians about how and when to demand the end of their 45-year-long military occupation, Warren says the US “cannot dictate the terms” to Israel.

    “Warren goes on to describe Iran as “a significant threat to the United States,” echoing a key talking point of fear-mongering pro-war forces. She calls for “strong sanctions” and declares that the “United States must take the necessary steps to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon” — a veiled endorsement of a military strike if Iran crosses the constantly shifting American “red lines.” Perhaps the only option Warren does not endorse or implicitly support is diplomacy. Her foreign policy views are hardly distinguishable from those of her Republican rival, who also marches in lockstep with AIPAC.”
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    .http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/02/26-8

  3. I strongly agree. Sen. Lieberman is an Israel-Firster. I don't think that there is any doubt about this, and I would like to see if anyone in our media has the cohones to defend him. Second, he is a racist, but believing that he is one of the Chosen of God, I can understand his views here. Since he obviously and blatantly puts Israeli interest before those of the U.S. and his constituents, I think that he should not be given access to confidential files. He should also be put on a list of people to be monitored in the cause of Homeland Defense and in general be treated with the contempt that he deserves

  4. We need a Israel-fister in congress to balance Israel-firster.
    Who about it Fuller? Why don’t you run for congress? The pay is good and the job is pretty secure. On top of that your son can inherit the job!

    What makes you an expert in politics, Sahimi? Surly, records show that your linguistical knowladge is not much to brag, ey???
    Are you somehow connected to Iraninan government? That said fcuk that Lieberwoman and all Israel-firsters. Seamits too! Fcuk’em all.

    Perhaps Che was right! Maybe US needs a National Council in Mexico. Like those in Libya and Syria!

  5. Lieberman is a U.S. citizen, but an Israeli patriot. That should suffice for describing this turncoat.

  6. Tankkee you Escott! 5 megabyte power plant in Tehran is Abbselutlee inkredibal Escott!
    Now it would be fun if congress sessions were conducted in Hebrew!
    That would wake some people up, don’t you Tinkk Escott?
    I’ll bet Lieberman speakes perfect He-brew.

  7. US citizens should take heed before they elect another Israeli-FIrster to Congress. We cannot afford any more spying and lobbying in favor of Israel when such activities are not in the best interests of the US itself. Beside, it is high time that Israel joins the other civilized nations and admits that it has nuclear weapons……and will allow inspections. Iran is not our enemy; Israel is.

  8. [...] this crash-course and obtain enough HEU for a bomb is 12-18 months (Muhammad Sahimi interviewed here).  This would give the US/Israel plenty of time to destroy Iran’s infrastructure in the [...]

  9. We could also add that the past and present heads of the Mossad (Mier Dagan and Tamir Pardo)have both stated that Iran is not a threat to Israel. Ehud Barak, Minister of Defense, in an interview on Israeli Army Radio (Jan 18) "Any attack against Iran is a long way down the road". All the constant wild statements and speculation about Israel attacking Iran is BS. Read Haaretz and you get a better idea of the reasons for all the non-existant threats aginst Iran. It allows the Israelis more time to keep building on the West bank and force out all the Arabs.

  10. He is only one of the traitors in Congress with dual citizenship with Israel. One more reason to have a Constitutional amendment that outlaws any person with dual citizenship with another country to any type of position in the US Government.

  11. I love what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work
    and exposure! Keep up the great works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to our blogroll.

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