For over a quarter century, Iran has been one of America's chief nemeses. Ever since Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah in 1979, the relationship between the two nations has been antagonistic: revolutionary guards chanting against the Great Satan, Bush fulminating against the Axis of Evil, Iranian support for Hezbollah, and President Ahmadinejad blaming the U.S. for the world's ills.
"Solid introduction to contemporary Iran"
Conventional wisdom about the 1953 coup in Iran rests on the myth that the CIA toppled the country's democratically elected prime minister. In reality, the coup was primarily a domestic Iranian affair, and the CIA's impact was ultimately insignificant.
The nuclear deal that the United States and five other great powers signed with Iran in July 2015 is the final product of a decade-long effort at arms control. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ranks as one of the most deficient arms control agreements in history. But Barack Obama has pledged to spend the remainder of his tenure fending off congressional pressure to adjust its terms. An even larger issue is Washington’s lack of a comprehensive Iran policy.
Tonight on the program, an update on the U.S. election and the candidates' impending choices for running mate. Nick Confessore of The New York Times and Mike Barnicle, contributor to MSNBC, weigh in.
Next, we revisit Charlie's conversation about race with Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama.
We continue with a discussion about last year's historic nuclear deal with Iran. Charlie is joined by David Sanger of The New York Times; Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations.
We conclude with a look at the film “The Infiltrator” with director Brad Furman, actor Bryan Cranston, and Robert Mazur, whom the film is based on.
To begin with, scrap the nuclear deal.