IRAN & The U.S.: Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies

IRAN & The U.S.: Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies
by Haj Seyd Mammad

Barbara Slavin, senior diplomatic correspondent for USA Today, talks about the complicated relationship between the U.S. and Iran over the years and the Bush administration's hardline approach towards that country in her book: Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation.  She discusses her book with Trita Parsi, co-founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council

Mr. Parsi is the author of the recently published book, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States

An interesting conversation. Hope you enjoy it:


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Thanks for the video ...

by Michael_Manley (not verified) on

I have seen both Trita Parsi and Barbara Slavin on several television shows promoting dialogue between Iran and U.S.

For those who are eager for U.S. to attack Iran, especially those supportiung Israel, I must say look at what happened in Iraq. Iran is almost three times bigger, with three times more population who are highly nationalistic.

If you are looking for Armaggedon, and hell breaking loose in the Middle East, then encourage U.S. to go to War with Iran. This is a War that no one is going to come out the winner, especially U.S. It's that simple!!

Haj Seyd Mammad

Some 'Reviews' Of This Book

by Haj Seyd Mammad on

“Barbara Slavin has had a unique opportunity to follow the difficult recent history of the United States and Iran and extraordinary access to high-level officials on both sides. She is a seasoned journalist and foreign policy expert whose insights about Iran should help Americans understand Iran and U.S. options for dealing with a fascinating, complicated, and crucial country.”—Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
“Barbara Slavin is uniquely qualified to address in-depth and with insight a uniquely complex and significant challenge facing U.S. foreign policy.”  —Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. National Security Advisor
 “I know Barbara Slavin as an accomplished, well-sourced journalist, who not only has a way with written words, but is equally eloquent when discussing foreign affairs during her frequent appearances on television.”—Caryle Murphy, Washington Post reporter and author of Passion for Islam


I believe that the BEST thing

by Mostafa K (not verified) on

that the U.S. can do is to just stay out of Iran.

The present regime in Iran is the direct result of the U.S. interference back in 1953. Had the U.S. not interfered in Iran, and toppled the government of Dr. Mossadeq, that instead of this Islamic Government, we would have had 50 years of Parlimentary Democracy.

By toppling the Mossadeq government, and the political repression that followed under the Shah, made sure that when Shah left in 1979, that there were no other 'viable' political organizations to fill his vacuum but the Islamists.

To those who say that Mossadeq's government was infiltrated by the Communists (Tudeh), that was nothing but a 'ruse' created by the British to frighten the Americans. Recent CIA documents released under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) have confirmed this 'ruse'. Toppling Mossadeq's government was all about 'Oil'. - Nothing else