Hillary Mann Leverett on U.S. Options in Iraq on C-Span’s Washington Journal and Seyed Mohammad Marandi on CCTV on the U.S. and Saudi Roles


As the Iraq crisis continues, we want to highlight two very insightful media interviews.  Hillary appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal this morning to discuss U.S. options in Iraq; to watch the segment, click on the video above or here.  (A personal thanks from Hillary to Fio for ‘live streaming parts’ of it.) Also, our colleague Seyed Mohammad Marandi at the University of Tehran went on CCTV to talk about the U.S. and Saudi roles in the current crisis; to watch that segment, click here.

–Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

 

 

10 Responses to “Hillary Mann Leverett on U.S. Options in Iraq on C-Span’s Washington Journal and Seyed Mohammad Marandi on CCTV on the U.S. and Saudi Roles”

  1. James Canning says:

    Senator Lindsey Graham (R- South Carolina) has called for working with Iran to defeat Isis.

  2. Richard Steven Hack says:

    Obama to Send Up to 275 U.S. Armed Forces to Iraq
    http://www.nationaljournal.com/defense/obama-to-send-up-to-275-u-s-armed-forces-to-iraq-20140616

    That didn’t take long for “no boots on the ground” to be overthrown.

    Of course, this is a pittance intended merely to shore up the defenses of the Embassy – or more likely, to protect the evacuees as they leave. It shows Obama knows things are going to get worse and it’s unlikely Maliki’s government will maintain control.

    Even if Baghdad is not overrun, there’s little doubt there will be far more violence in the capital and around the Green Zone once the insurgents settle in the territory they have captured. There has been nearly a return to the level of violence of 2006-2007 in the last few months (if you’ve been watching the daily casualty figures at antiwar.com) and that will likely continue.

  3. Richard Steven Hack says:

    Obama considers special forces to help in Iraq
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/obama-considers-special-forces-help-iraq

    Still more “boots on the ground”…but, hey, they won’t be “combat troops”…LOL

  4. Richard Steven Hack says:

    Marines, US Warships Head Toward Iraq
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/marines-protect-embassy-tensions-rise-baghdad/story?id=24152521

    That’s another 500 “boots on the ground”…

  5. Richard Steven Hack says:

    Pentagon: No joint military acts with Iran in Iraq
    http://news.yahoo.com/pentagon-no-joint-military-acts-iran-iraq-163311045–politics.html

    ‘Course not…the US wants the option to bomb Iranians in Iraq…

  6. Richard Steven Hack says:

    Pentagon, State Dept. at odds over coordinating with Iran on Iraq crisis
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/16/pentagon-state-dept-odds-over-coordinating-iran-ir/

    Turf war…means nothing…

  7. Empty says:

    RSH,

    “That didn’t take long for “no boots on the ground” to be overthrown.”

    You seem cynical. It’s possible that Obama hasn’t lied. They could all be wearing sandals and flip flops.

  8. Photi says:

    Very excellent to see Hillary Leverett on Washington Journal. Hillary is absolutely right about ideologues and other agenda-driven voices silencing out the actual expert advise that should be sought by Congressional, State Department and White House officials. She makes a great point about what used to be known as scholarship, such as becoming familiar with other societies and cultures, even ones we might have some disagreement with, is now increasingly considered as “apologetics” for some Washington policy circles.

    Favorite quote: “Countries don’t have friends, they have interests.” (at about 14 min mark on video link)

    reaction to Lindsey Graham is spot on, ‘a remarkable turn of events…’

  9. Richard Steven Hack says:

    Empty: “You seem cynical. It’s possible that Obama hasn’t lied. They could all be wearing sandals and flip flops.”

    LOL Nope, Obama only allows expensive Jimmy Choo’s…

  10. James Canning says:

    John McCain has attacked the notion put forward by Lindsey Granahm, that US and Iran should work together re: Isis problem in Iraq.