In this interview we talk to a retired U.S. Army Colonel (31 years) and the former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell (2002-2005), Prof. Lawrence Wilkerson, about the recent situation in Iran. We begin the discussion by providing context on U.S.-Iran relations post World War II, the military industrial complex and the forces that are influencing the Trump administration to go to war with Iran. In addition we analyse the effects that U.S. sanctions are having on Iran and examine the possible consequences of a U.S. attack on Iran. Finally we talk about the role of the anti-war movement during this period and whether it could prevent a war with Iran.
VIDEO: How close are we to a War with Iran? | Interview with a Former Insider & Retired Army Colonel
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Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy Lawrence Wilkerson’s last positions in government were as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff (2002-05), Associate Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff under the directorship of Ambassador Richard N. Haass, and member of that staff responsible for East Asia and the Pacific, political-military and legislative affairs (2001-02). Before serving at the State Department, Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army. During that time, he was a member of the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College (1987 to 1989), Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93), and Director and Deputy Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia (1993-97). Wilkerson retired from active service in 1997 as a colonel, and began work as an advisor to General Powell. He has also taught national security affairs in the Honors Program at the George Washington University. He is currently working on a book about the first George W. Bush administration.