Airstrikes, Israel, and Iran

Is Israel preparing right now to bomb Iran? We get a provocative report.

Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits in the cockpit of an F-15i fighter jet at an airforce base in southern Israel, Aug. 11, 2009. (AP)

Writer Jeffrey Goldberg does not run from the sound of war drums. Before the Iraq War, he wrote that the U.S. invasion of Iraq would be remembered as an act of “profound morality.”

Now, Goldberg has talked with dozens of U.S. and Israeli officials and come out with an Atlantic cover story headlined “Israel is Getting Ready to Bomb Iran.”  To hit its nuclear program. Most likely, he writes, by next July.

The piece is big, scary, controversial. Some call it “propaganda,” some don’t.

We speak with Goldberg, and his Atlantic colleague Robert Kaplan, about the U.S., Israel, and an Israeli strike on Iran.

-Tom Ashbrook


Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic. His new article is “Israel is Getting Ready to Bomb Iran.” His memoir about his time in the Israeli Defense Forces is “Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror.”

Robert Kaplan, national correspondent for The Atlantic and a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His new article is “Living With a Nuclear Iran.” His forthcoming book is “Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power.”

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