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Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh on whether the US saw Israel's recent battle in Lebanon as a kind of preview of an attack on Iran.  Plus, a look at the changing balance of power in the Middle East.

Producers:
Frances Anderton

Main Topic Washington's Interest in Israel's War 24 MIN

He's one of the most prominent investigative reporters in the United States and this week he again outrages the White House and the Pentagon. Seymour Hersh is convinced that President Bush wants to attack Iran before he leaves office. In his New Yorker piece this week, "America's interest in Israel's war," he quotes a "former senior intelligence official" talking about how Vice President Cheney's office viewed the Israeli attack on Lebanon. Warren Olney talks with Hersh about whether the US saw the recent battle as a kind of preview of an attack on Iran.

Guests:
Seymour Hersh, Staff Writer, New Yorker

Making News Hezbollah and the Balance of Power in the Middle East 6 MIN

The skirmishes are still going on, but there has been no escalation by either Hezbollah, and Israel has begun to withdraw its troops from southern Lebanon.  Meantime, the Presidents of Iran and Syria are boasting that what they call Hezbollah's victory has altered the balance of power in the Middle East.  Robin Wright of the Washington Post agrees that things have changed.

Guests:
Robin Wright, US Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson Center (@wrightr)

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