Political Animal


March 09, 2012 9:40 AM Pillar On Morning Edition

By Ed Kilgore

Maybe you caught it at home, work or in traffic, but Paul Pillar was on NPR’s Morning Edition to discuss his article from the March/April issue of the Washington Monthly, “We Can Live With a Nuclear Iran.” Check it out. He answers some of the questions you might have had about his provocative, if calmly expressed, argument.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • zandru on March 09, 2012 10:05 AM:

    Kudos to NPR for airing this alternate opinion! I think I'll send a check to my two local stations.

  • curtis n. stevens on March 09, 2012 10:15 AM:

    I would like a copy of "Pillar on morning edition".

  • Josef K on March 09, 2012 11:12 AM:

    My first reaction to the article in question was "Well, DUH!!!" Dear gods, its like we've fetishized nuclear weapons to the point where we loose all perspective.

    What's making me really nuts is all the coverage I've heard has focused on Ahmadinejad, who is not the actual leader of Iran. That would be the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei. Ahmadinejad couldn't order a Corporal to cross the street, never mind a military strike.

    It would be nice if our media would actually get these little facts right.

  • Rick Taylor on March 09, 2012 11:12 AM:

    While I agree with Pillar's arguments, I don't think they're helpful at this time. Iran does not have a nuclear weapon and is not on the verge of getting a nuclear weapon.

  • bdop4 on March 09, 2012 11:22 AM:

    Rick, I'm confused. Why aren't Pillar's arguments helpful? Do you want us to go to war with Iran even though it "does not have a nuclear weapon and are not on the verge of getting a nuclear weapon"?

    Right now, Pillar is one of the few voices of sanity out there.

  • prellmechanik on March 09, 2012 11:51 AM:

    Wonderfully clear thinking on this issue. I'm surprised also to hear that leaders of Mossad, past and present, also believe the risks of Iran's possession of a nuclear bomb are overestimated and do not pose an 'existential threat' to Israel. I couldn't agree more.

  • Rabbler on March 09, 2012 1:43 PM:

    NPR will have to beat the drums long and loudly to make up for this egregious violation of groupthink.