Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Kenneth Pollack, former CIA analyst with 25 years of experience working on the Middle East, discusses America’s intractable problem with Iran, Tehran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, and the decades-long tensions that led us to this point. In Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy, he lays out key solutions to the Iran nuclear ques­tion, and suggests ways to renew our efforts and to combine negotiations and sanctions.


Kenneth Pollack

Comments [12]

jgarbuz from Queens

To John from the Heights

So we support a Hitler to keep a Stalin in check? Many did feel that way until Pearl Harbor. Yes, we supported Saddam against Khomeini in the 1980s, and that was wrong. But then he was invading Kuwait, shooting Scuds into Israel, etc. By 2003 he had to go. We did it. Our mistake was hanging around. After he was gone, we should have let the Iraqis settle things amongst themselves as is going on in Syria and Iraq right now. We cannot settle the ethnic or religious differences in the region. The thing we can do is keep WMDs out of the hands of dictators and fanatics. That was our goal in Iraq, but who knows what really happened? Maybe some of Saddam's missing chemical stockpile is in Syria? Who knows?

Oct. 01 2013 01:03 PM
Johsn from The Heights

#jgarbuz: What planet are you living on?! Iraq was a catastrophic failure. We got rid of Saddam and created a power vacuum in the region that gave us the problem that we now have with Iran because Iraq was no longer capable of keeping them in check. Clearly you don't remember everyone pointing out that getting rid of Saddam would create the power vacuum. 3 TRILLION dollars later, (money that should've been spent in our country [see crumbling infrastructure and national debt]) we have nothing to show for our efforts in Iraq except dead bodies and a wasteland that is becoming a breeding ground for jihadists. I think you need a little reminder so I'll give it to you: Saddam was not connected to 9/11. That, along with "yellow cake" was the trumped up reason for going into that war. School yourself before you speak anymore. Your ignorance is irritating.

Oct. 01 2013 12:49 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Actually Iraq was a great victory for the US military, until the left wing press started making a big deal about the missing WMDs and the Abu Ghraib fiasco. But we defeated Saddam, caught him, and got him hanged. We should have left at that time, but we stuck around, and that was wrong. That's when it got costly and we lost a few thousand GIs. But it would have been a great victory if not spoiled by the liberal press.

Oct. 01 2013 12:36 PM
jgarbuz from Queens


Jews BUILT many of those corporations and businesses. Zuckerberg BUILT Facebook. Groves helped to BUILD Intel. Jews basically built Hollywood. And the list goes on. The Muslims build NOTHING in America. The US owes the Muslims NOTHING and the Jews a lot.
Now is the time for America to do the right thing and stop the Iranian bomb program, or else ISrael will do so in a much more painful way. THis is Iran's last chance to save itself.

Oct. 01 2013 12:34 PM
John from The Heights

Thanks for pointing out your guest was in favor or invading Iraq. I stopped listening to this "expert" at that point since it was so, so, so OBVIOUS to anyone with an open mind that invading Iraq was a completely trumped up smoke screen that had nothing to do with 9/11. This guy should switch places with me and the millions marching against the war in the lead up to the invasion. We got it right. He got it wrong, wrong, wrong. I would do the exact opposite of anything this guy recommends and sure the hell wouldn't buy his book.

Oct. 01 2013 12:31 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Pollack is like most Jewish leftists, always eager to trust someone else. Did the US bomb the concentration camps in WWII? Bibi is absolutely correct not to trust Obama or anybody else. Israel has nukes, and if Obama does not gently and sweetly get rid of the Iranian nuclear problem, Israel will, though it won't be pretty. It may cost Israel a lot too, but if the Jews survived the Holocaust, we'll survive a war with Iran BEFORE they get the bomb! Later is too late.

Oct. 01 2013 12:30 PM
Oscar from Ny

America could care less about Iran and Syria and others, it's the Zionist infiltrated in the corporations around the world that prompt America to war, mr Obama should be careful with me Netanyahu because Netanyahu is a skilled assassin and only thinks of murdering ppl around the world, Israel is a rogue terrorist state and that's why we keep them close.. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer... The corporations owned by few are influenced by greed and satan, they wish to live forever so they settle and settle anywhere they go..

Oct. 01 2013 12:27 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Obama probably would not have been elected if not for Jewish votes and wealthy left wing Jewish supporters. You bet he owes the Jews something. And that something is defending Israel. That's a fact of political life.

Oct. 01 2013 12:20 PM
Laura from UES

Your guest needs to flesh out the part where he says Iran has not capacity to target the US. A huge percent of Americans if given THE FACTS would favor zero intervention in Iran.

Does AID to Israel stop because of this shutdown?

Oct. 01 2013 12:20 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

If you are not a South Korean,or not Japanese, of course you don't care about North Korea's illegal nuclear program.
And how does anyone know that the US would retaliate in revenge? Who says so? Why would anyone trust the US to defend them now? Based on what?

Oct. 01 2013 12:17 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

"Just" Sunni-Shia problem? Ha. Almost funny.

Israel "wants" to be the sole nuclear power in the region? No, Israel wants to survive in its ancient land in "the region." Anyhow, to whom does the region belong to? Arabs? Muslims? Iranians? Turks? And who said so?

Oct. 01 2013 12:15 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

I think if Iran makes peace with Israel, 95% of its problems with the US will go away. No US president can or will make a full peace with Iran as long as Israel is threatened. The Jewish vote, political and economic support helped put Obama over the top. Their price? Protect Israel. That's the bottom line. Also, Saudi Arabia with its oil fields has to feel protected too.

Oct. 01 2013 11:27 AM

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