WPSU, Penn State’s public broadcasting station, did a thoughtful interview with Flynt about our book for its “Conversations from Penn State” series, which was broadcast last night and is now available online. The discussion delves into an array of topics, including
–our motives for writing Going to Tehran;
–the highly polarized reaction to it;
–the strategic and moral imperative of preventing a U.S.-initiated war against the Islamic Republic;
–Iran’s right to enrich uranium under international safeguards, and Israel’s bogus “red lines” for Iranian nuclear development;
–the myths and cultural blinders that warp American views of the Islamic Republic;
–the George W. Bush administration’s efforts to censor our criticism of U.S policy;
–how Obama’s Iran policy is, in some ways, worse than Bush’s; and
–why “Nixon to China”-style rapprochement with the Islamic Republic is the only way for the United States to avoid strategic disaster in the Middle East.
The half-hour episode, also titled “Going to Tehran,” is available on You Tube, see here, and on WPSU’s Web site, see here (with about 15 minutes of additional discussion). We encourage everyone to take a look.
–Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett