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The Accidental War: American-Iranian Relations
We started this segment with a CNN report on the U.S. navy's war games near the Straits of Hormuz. The man issuing the warning is U.S. navy Vice Admiral Ted Carter. Many analysts and policymakers are aware of the prospects of an accidental spark igniting a conflagration.
To discuss the threat of accidental war, we were joined by David Crist. He is an historian for the U.S. government, he is also a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps reserve. His new book is called The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran. And Patricia Degennaro is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute. They were both in our Washington Studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.
Related Links from our Archives:
1) Last year, guest host Jim Brown talked to retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner. Colonel Gardiner specializes in war games exercises at the U.S. National War College and he has run several scenarios about a war against Iran. This item aired November 10th, 2011.
2) Queen Farah Pahlavi is the widow of Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi. She worked to extend women's rights under his rule. This item aired on June 22, 2009
3) In the summer of 2010, a computer virus called Stuxnet was discovered, almost by accident. It turned out to be one of the most sophisticated computer viruses ever seen. It turned out to be a cyber-weapon of unprecedented power, designed specifically to target Iran's nuclear centrifuges. This item aired March 12, 2012.
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