The US has made a fine art of portraying the leaders of countries that it dislikes and seeks to overthrow or even invade as irrational and aggressive people with whom it is no use talking and that the only thing they understand is force and sanctions and threats. We have seen this time and again, with Iran being the latest target, though Syria has also emerged as a new enemy.
Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett are two people with solidly establishment credentials, working in the administrations of both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton on national security issues. They have written a new book GOING TO TEHRAN: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Here is an interesting 30-minute interview given by the Leveretts to Glenn Greenwald where they examine the various arguments put forward by the warmongers as to why Iran should be attacked with sanctions and even military strikes.
The Leveretts say that it is a huge mistake to think of that country as run by religious fanatics. They say that Iran’s leadership is fundamentally defensive and rational in its behavior and fiercely devoted to preserving Iran’s independence. It has good reason to think that they are being attacked by the US and its proxies in the region. The US can and should be able to reach a deal with them.