Michael Ledeen on the Potential Collapse of Iran’s Khomeinist Regime


For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had historian, Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State and consultant to the National Security Council during the Reagan administration, author of 38 books and most pertinent to today, Iran expert, Michael Ledeen on the podcast to discuss among other things:

  • The impending collapse of the Khomeinist regime and what the U.S. can do to accelerate it
  • The false narrative about alternatives for Iran being either appeasement or war
  • The history of U.S. intelligence failures in Iran
  • How secular and liberal Iran’s dissidents actually are
  • Whether there is a wedge that can be exploited between Iran and Russia
  • What will become of Hezbollah if the Iranian regime collapses
  • The allegedly political witch hunt against Iran hawk and Israel supporter Larry Franklin as an illustration of historic anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the foreign policy and national security establishment
  • Ledeen’s theory that Gen. Michael Flynn — with whom Ledeen co-authored the book, The Field of Fight — falsely pled guilty, and the real reason why Gen. Flynn was targeted in the first place

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  1. Simon Templar Inactive
    Simon Templar

    May I just listen to the parts that I’m interested in or must I listen to the whole thing?

    If I must listen to the whole thing, how much of my time do you think that that will consume?

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  2. Simon Templar Inactive
    Simon Templar

    Did Mr. Ledeen support or oppose Iran-Contra?

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  3. Hang On Member
    Hang On

    Not sure which I’ve heard longer: Iran is going to have a nuke or the regime is going to fall. And from roughly the same group of people. Neither has happened. So at some point, I quit listening.

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