Scott Horton Interviews Juan Cole

Scott Horton, March 21, 2008

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Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan and proprietor of the influential blog Informed Comment, reviews the piles of lies told by the government in order to justify the occupation of Iraq over the last 5 years.

MP3 here. (34:14)

Juan R. I. Cole is Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively about modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. His most recent book is Sacred Space and Holy War. His blog, Informed Comment, is a widely read source for Middle East news and commentary.

12 Responses to “Juan Cole”

  1. In July ’03 Rumsfeld denied there was a growing guerrilla war in Iraq and told the press “call it what you like and be held accountable”. He should have lost his job right then and there.

  2. Scott,

    My problem here is that you would interview Juan Cole as someone to talk about the many lies that led us into this war. As I remember it, Cole actually supported going to war in 2003 because he claimed the Baath Party was so horrible (and because he has always been pro-Shiite and therefore thought of Saddam as an enemy). Also, for the first few years of the war, he was strongly against withdrawing any U.S. troops claiming it would lead to a bloodbath. This guy is a charlatan who thought it was OK for the U.S. to violate international law because it supposedly would help his favored group (the Shiites). Now he never mentions that he was originally for getting into this disaster in the first place.

    RK

  3. Juan Cole is quite far from being a charlatan. He is one of the rare voices who has actually had the guts to tell the truth about what’s going on in the Middle East and he has paid the price for it in his career.

  4. Hm,

    That’s not an answer MM. What of RK’s assertions?

  5. Whatever he said in 2003, he is right now about the lies that led to war in Iraq. Don’t forget about the whopper about Anthrax. It was related to the Iraq met with Al Qaeda myth. As Powell alluded to the moble weapons labs (also a lie) being used to make Anthrax.

    It turned out the anthrax came from our own labs and the man caught on tape stealing it was a Zionist dual citizen with Israel Philip Zack. Just like the authors of all the other lies. But hey, you can rip on Bush all day but it has to stop there because Israel is immune from everything. Because we decided conspiracies are impossible.

  6. Dain, it’s not an answer and RK did not ask a question. Yawn. And as for his assertions, well, what of them? It would seem to me that he would need to back them up. Please, show us where it is documented the Professor Cole supported the war in 2003. And why not ask him yourself rather than support the witch-hunt?

  7. Rk’s assertions are flat-out false: Juan Cole NEVER supported the US invasion of Iraq, and if RK (or anyone else) takes the time to look at Cole’s past posts, RK will find that he is confusing Cole with someone else.

  8. Just like the authors of all the other lies. But hey, you can rip on Bush all day but it has to stop there because Israel is immune from everything. Because we decided conspiracies are impossible.

    Yeah, when are the folks at Antiwar.com going to ever get around to mentioning Israel anyway?

  9. Cole did support the invasion of Iraq for the reasons rk cites. That doesn’t mean he’s not a courageous and able opponent of the war now.

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  12. “My own knowledge of the horrors Saddam has perpetrated makes it impossible for me to stand against the coming war, however worried I am about its aftermath.” – Juan Cole, History News Network, Feb. 4, 2003.
    http://hnn.us/articles/1242.html

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