Stephen Kinzer discusses The Folly of Attacking Iran.
When last November's National Intelligence Estimate report concluded that Iran had halted its nuclear-weapon program back in 2003, the Bush Administration's push for a sequel to the Iraq War seemed dashed. But even with these findings, little diplomatic progress has been made, and periodic flare-ups (like the Strait of Hormuz affair) still loom large.
Foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer inaugurated this lecture tour to help clear up the many misconceptions surrounding the delicate issue. He touches down at Grace Cathedral to discuss diplomacy's necessity with political analyst Barbara Slavin and Reese Erlich, author of "The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of US Policy and the Middle East Crisis"- Grace Cathedral
Reese Erlich began his career in journalism in the 1960s as an investigative reporter for the magazine Ramparts. He reports regularly for NPR, CBC, ABC (Australia), Radio Deutsche Welle and The World, as well as several newspapers. He was a contract correspondent for Common Ground Radio, a weekly public radio show covering international affairs. Reese co-authored the book Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You with Norman Solomon (2003). He has produced many radio documentary series, including Perspectives in Jazz, The Iran Project and The Russia Project.
Stephen Kinzer, Award-winning foreign correspondent for The New York Times who has reported from more than fifty countries and served as the paper's bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua; and, has authored All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror and Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds.
Barbara Slavin is Assistant Managing Editor for World and National Security of The Washington Times and the author of a 2007 book on Iran entitled "Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation." Prior to joining The Times in July 2008, she was senior diplomatic reporter for USA TODAY, responsible for analyzing foreign news and U.S. foreign policy.