Philip Giraldi

Some Reasons for Optimism


Philip Giraldi, contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine, discusses the disposition of U.S. diplomacy in the Obama administration, the role Dick Cheney played in scuttling a Syria/Israel peace agreement, Obama’s use of unofficial envoys to float diplomatic trial balloons in Iran and Russia, the fate of Hamid Karzai and why the Pyrrhic nature of the Israel lobby’s recent victory over the realists has been greatly exaggerated.

MP3 here. (41:43)

Philip Giraldi is a former DIA and CIA counter-terrorism officer, member of the American Conservative Defense Alliance and contributing editor at the American Conservative Magazine. His Smoke and Mirrors column is a regular feature on

8 thoughts on “Philip Giraldi”

  1. Why does President Obama say that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons ? ThereĀ“s zero evidence for that claim. Is President Obama mad ?

  2. In this interview, Mr. Giraldi basically states that the political-military-industrial elite, that governs our United States of Empire, doesn’t really give one damn about the economic well-being of the American people. I couldn’t agree more. I have thought for many years now that our insufferably arrogant, greedy and power-hungry ruling class cared only about enriching themselves and to hell with the rest of us. However, this time they have apparently gone too far. Our rulers have now brought the entire country to the very brink of total economic collapse. Therefore, because of that, they have sown the seeds of their own destruction. And, no ruling class in history – including the Roman one – ever deserved that fate more than they do. I just hope and pray that there is liberty, prosperity and peace for the rest of us on the other side of the empire’s impending collapse. God help us all.

  3. Oh yeah sure, the troops are abandoning their bases in Germany, Korea, and Iraq as we speak, because of some bogus accounting garbage. Lay off the crack pipe dude. The U.S. gov’t is a permanent fact of history. Get used to it.

  4. Yes, O’Bombya is nuts, alright. Afghan surge, then backpeddling on the “I will bring
    the troops home from Iraq” lie, and never does the son of a bitch repeal the ‘Patriot (Enabling Act) Act’ or the John Warner Defense Act, or any of the other bullshit the neocon fucks jammed down our collective throats under threat of MARTIAL LAW (which, by the way, looks more and more likely under O’bombya, btw!).

    I didn’t vote for this jackass O’Bombya, and nobody with a functioning brain did, either. I voted for Cynthia McKinney, and knew that a vote for O’Bombya was a vote

  5. A fine interview like always.

    Just a small comment from me. Scott you are not fully correct when you say the Taleban are the only organised political movement among the Pashtuns. There is also the Hezb-e-Islami of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

  6. As always, good to hear from Giraldi.

    You don’t know what the hell to expect from Obama. He makes a video address to Iran that’s full of pretty words. Obama also says that Iran is developing nukes, and that Iran aids terror. He also remained silent while Israel committed atrocities in Gaza. His grovel-in-the-dirt speech to AIPAC last year is well known.

    What is Iran–and the rest of the MIddle East–supposed to think?

    Dingo Dawg: Your points are well taken!

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