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  September 1, 2017

William J. Perry: The real risk of nuclear war

The former Secretary of Defense discusses the current nuclear threats the world faces and how we got to this point.


Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of Truthdig. He's also a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and host of the KCRW podcast Scheer Intelligence. For decades, Bob was the national correspondent, and then columnist, for the Los Angeles Times. He's the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup, The Pornography of Power, and most recently They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

William J. Perry served as Secretary of Defense under President Clinton and is the founder of the William J. Perry Project, to educate the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons. The author of the recent book My Journey at the Nuclear Brink tells host Robert Scheer he believes now is a far more dangerous time for the possibility of nuclear war than during the Cold War. He attributes increased tensions between Russia and the United States to the expansion of NATO in the 1990s. While Perry doesn't believe North Korea would conduct a preemptive attack, he acknowledges that a minor military conflict in the region could easily escalate to a major conflict potentially leading to a nuclear war.

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