Scott Horton Interviews Patrick Cockburn

Scott Horton, December 23, 2008

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Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the enforcement power of Iraq’s Status of Forces Agreement in light of comments by General Ray Odierno, the influence Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani still has over the major decisions on Iraq’s future, the disappearance of Iraq as a media topic since the “successful surge” narrative became definitive, the instability in Kurdistan, how the U.S. inadvertently aided Iran’s rise as a regional power and the perils of not learning from history’s blunders.

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Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, has been visiting Iraq since 1978. He was awarded the 2005 Martha Gellhorn prize for war reporting in recognition of his writing on Iraq. He is the author of The Occupation: War, Resistance and Daily Life in Iraq and Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia revival and the Struggle for Iraq.

5 Responses to “Patrick Cockburn”

  1. According to former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge-www.plrc.org-the Pentagon´s strategy for Nuclear War is a coordinated First Strike attack on Russian and Chinese submarines and missile silos, command centres, and bomber bases. According to Bob Aldridge the US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously.
    Please see the article by Keir Lieber and Daryl Press, “The Rise of US Nuclear Primacy”, in the 2006 March/April issue of Foreign Affairs.
    According to former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge the US aims to achieve a disarming, unanswerable first-strike capability. In his view, the deployment of the RS-24 missiles won´t stop the US from achieving a First-Strike Capability.
    The Russians may have no choice but implementing Launch On Warning.

  2. I can’t wait till all those mercenaries get stranded in Iraq and Afghanistan after the U.S. government can’t pay the bills and collapses. I’m sure they’ll get along just fine with all those locals they ‘liberated.’ Ha!

  3. It would be nice to parachute Bush, Feith and Kristol into Tikrit with a couple of combat knives, a dead chicken and a box of matches!

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