Monday, October 22, 2007

PBS Frontline: Showdown With Iran


FRONTLINE presents
Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS

As the United States and Iran are locked in a battle for power and influence across the Middle East -- with the fear of an Iranian nuclear weapon looming in the background -- FRONTLINE gains unprecedented access to the Iranian hard-liners shaping government policy. In Showdown with Iran, airing Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), FRONTLINE examines how U.S. efforts to install democracy in Iraq have served to strengthen Iran's position as an emerging power in the Middle East.

"You will not find a single instance in which a country has inflicted harm on us and we have left it without a response," deputy head of Iran's National Security Council Mohammad Jafari tells FRONTLINE in his first television interview. "So if the United States makes such a mistake, they should know that we will definitely respond. And we don't make threats."

There are increasing signs that the Bush administration is seriously considering military action before it leaves office if Tehran continues to defy U.N. demands that it cease enriching uranium for its nuclear program -- a program the Iranians insist is for peaceful purposes. "The president has said repeatedly that it is unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons," former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton tells FRONTLINE. "If action is not taken in terms of regime change or, if need be, the use of military force, the question of when Iran achieves nuclear weapons is entirely in Iran's own hands. And that is extraordinarily undesirable."

But Richard Armitage, President Bush's former deputy secretary of state, warns, "It would be the worst of worlds for an outgoing administration to start a conflict."

From the Press Release.


JR's Thumbprints said...

Nothing else has stopped the Shrub from doing what he wants. I'm sure he doesn't mind leaving a bigger mess for the next person in office.

the walking man said...

Possibly a way to extend his term by declaring marshal law and holding off the next election if he starts another war. Which may have been the plan all along when he took out the only secular government in the middle east that actually was keeping Iran in check even though they (Iraq) were being kept in check by near constant US and British air strikes.

just a thought


Anonymous said...

Where is the hot girl with this one? Come on man, I depend on you for this.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm going back to watching horror movies now. They are much less scary.

Danny Tagalog said...

Well, Iraq is on the way (many many generations off) to having a western form of government. It's only natural that the globalists will have a go at Iran - not that I'm convinced they are all sweetness and light - why would they be?

Danny Tagalog said...

sorry, I meant 'pseudo-western' lifestyle. Of course it's far more complicated than that, but the wheels are moving in the direction aimed for...