October 23, 2007

(guest blogged by Bill W.)

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CSpan's Washington Journal had Flynt Leverett on to discuss his latest article in Esquire Magazine " The Secret History of the Impending War with Iran That the White House Doesn't Want You to Know"

In the years after 9/11, Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann worked at the highest levels of the Bush administration as Middle East policy experts for the National Security Council. Mann conducted secret negotiations with Iran. Leverett traveled with Colin Powell and advised Condoleezza Rice. They each played crucial roles in formulating policy for the region leading up to the war in Iraq. But when they left the White House, they left with a growing sense of alarm -- not only was the Bush administration headed straight for war with Iran, it had been set on this course for years. That was what people didn't realize. It was just like Iraq, when the White House was so eager for war it couldn't wait for the UN inspectors to leave. The steps have been many and steady and all in the same direction. And now things are getting much worse. We are getting closer and closer to the tripline, they say. ... (read on)

You may recall Flynt Leverett from when he and his wife Hillary Mann, who co-wrote the now infamous redacted NYT Op-Ed and its corresponding "What We Wanted to Tell You About Iran" which linked to already published sources for all of the redacted info the White House was desperately trying to keep hidden, which Raw Story followed up on with their "The redacted Iran op-ed revealed." Much of Leverett and Mann's work helped form the basis for an amazing PBS Frontline Special which aired Tues night, " Showdown with Iran" which you can watch online. Look for us to be bringing you more on that later here at C&L.

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