C=SPAN: Flynt Leverett
Mon Dec 18, 2006 16:08

12/18/06 C=SPAN: Flynt Leverett - leverett@newamerica.net
Senior Fellow; Director, Geopolitics of Energy Initiative

Flynt Leverett
Senior Fellow; Director, Geopolitics of Energy Initiative

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Dealing with Tehran
Event | December 18, 2006


Flynt Leverett is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Initiative in the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. Most recently, Dr. Leverett was a Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy. Prior to that, he had a distinguished career in government, serving as Senior Director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council, Middle East expert on the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff, and Senior Analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Dr. Leverett is the author of Inheriting Syria: Bashar's Trial By Fire, a study of politics and policymaking in Syria that also offers recommendations for U.S. policy toward this critical country. He has published articles on the strategic implications of energy market trends, China's energy-driven engagement in the Middle East, Middle Eastern regional security, intelligence reform, and other issues in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Dr. Leverett has appeared on a wide range of news and public affairs programs, including BBC's The Doha Debates and Hard Talk, CNN's Capitol Gang and Lou Dobbs Tonight, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, NPR's Fresh Air, PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. He speaks regularly in prominent fora worldwide. He holds a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Flynt Leverett Calls Ken Pollack 'Flat-Out Wrong'
FILE UNDER: U.S. Policy in the Mideast

A few minutes ago in a speech before the New America Foundation, Flynt Leverett, a former CIA and NSC official, attacked Kenneth Pollack, the "thinker" at Saban/Brookings who served up the Iraq war on a silver platter for liberals. Leverett said Pollack had made a "deeply-flawed and flat-out wrong case regarding WMD," which led him to assert in his book The Threatening Storm that invading Iraq was "the conservative option."

The speech was remarkable because Leverett once worked alongside Pollack at Brookings. Sort of like Anatol Lieven, who had to parachute out of Carnegie when they didn't want to hear what he had to say about Israel. "People at the thinktanks have courage somewhere between a seaslug and sheep-guts," Lieven told me earlier this year.

Always nice to see the war-party delaminating.

Amazing that Pollack maintains such credibility. "Now he's doing it on Iran," Leverett notes, pointing to a Dec. 8 Op-Ed in the Times. At CFR not long ago Pollack was all-but-praising neocon Reuel Marc Gerecht's burn-down-the-house option for Iran.

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