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January 12, 2007

Bleak Expectations

The Age of War coverThe eminent historian Gabriel Kolko says he's not a pacifist, yet I see more than a few strands of 'Quaker-like' ideas in his outlook. A good thing. This important conversation ranges widely, from Iraq, to Bush's character, to politics, to the global financial system, to political theory, and back again. Though not a policy person (with the immediacy of analysis that that entails), Professor Kolko possesses unusually broad perspective and deep insight, plus personal experience and interesting direct knowledge of certain principals. Henry Kissinger, for example, who has been his foe ever since they were students together at Harvard. It's an honor to talk with Professor Kolko and I enjoyed our conversation thoroughly. Total runtime here of an hour and eight minutes. Please pass this one along to your friends.

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This was a fantastic show. I'm encouraging my friends and family to listen. Great job. Thanks.


Dear George,

Another fruitful conversation on a wide range of issues; thank you.

I'm a bit puzzled that neither you nor Prof. Kolko broached the matter of energy policies in relation to the mess in Iraq and the Greater Middle East, as though the oil & gas strategic interests of the Euro-Atlantic Axis were absent from the equation.

In addition, when all eyes are fixated on Iraq, don't you think that the presence of two US aircraft carrier strike groups in the Persian Gulf and the nomination of an Admiral from the Navy as commander in the region are telling signs that the mess may soon include Iran?

Please read again the speech Mr. Bush gave last Wednesday. These two paragraphs are particularly telling:

"Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity and stabilizing the region in the face of extremist challenges. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We'll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.

"We're also taking other steps to bolster the security of Iraq and protect American interests in the Middle East. I recently ordered the deployment of an additional carrier strike group to the region. We will expand intelligence-sharing and deploy Patriot air defense systems to reassure our friends and allies. We will work with the governments of Turkey and Iraq to help them resolve problems along their border. And we will work with others to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons and dominating the region."

Patriot missiles, aircraft carriers...not exactly the kind of fire power needed in Iraq, no?

Look, I hope I'm proven wrong and that the "realists" within the Establishment will prevail (if they are not already on board), but you can add me to the ranks of the pessimists.

I wish your flu becomes history soon!

Best regards,
Gilles


Great interview. I was particularly impressed by his continued emphasis on "the x factor", or the unknown. If you live long enough, you realize that what usually happens is what you hadn't thought about.


I enjoyed listening to Prof. Kolko.
I indeed agree with him that the Empire, thanks to the neocon cabal, is in serious trouble. The Mideast is burning in fire and the puppet governments are very scared. South America and Mexico are also becoming more anti-US by the day. The tyrant does not comprehend the gravity of the situation. He is the one who did not know the difference between Shiites and Sunnis before the invasion of Iraq(he still does not know).

The war was started by the military industrial complex and the oil cartels. Bush and the congress just implement their orders.

GE, Westinghouse, Halliburton, Lockheed, Exxon, and Shell, to name a few, run the country, not Bush. They are the warmongers who do not care about the Americans, Iraqis, or Afghans. They are profiteers at the expense of the blood of mankind.

The US has already lost the war in Middle East. Iran, and not the US, is the next dominant power in the area. But Bush, Cheney, Condi Rice, and the cabal are so stupid and arrogant that they do not want to confess to their mistakes.

Thank you for your good program.

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