Scott Horton Interviews Lawrence Wilkerson

Scott Horton, March 27, 2009

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Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell during his tenure as Secretary of State, discusses how the Bush administration ignored the perfectly adequate Geneva Conventions guidelines for classifying war-zone detainees, the ethical and practical considerations of detaining and interrogating innocent civilians to “fight terror,” the counterclaim to Dick Cheney’s assertion that torture prevents terrorism and the end of an Israel/Palestine two state solution. Wilkerson also says he would cooperate with the prosecution of Dick Cheney for war crimes – not that that would ever happen.

MP3 here. (30:10)

Larry Wilkerson is a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. He is chairman of the New America Foundation/U.S.-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative and wrote “Some Truths About Guantanamo” as a guest post on The Washington Note.

10 Responses to “Lawrence Wilkerson”

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  2. Kudos to Mr. Wilkerson and his patriotic commitment to his Homeland. only by prosecuting war criminals like Bush and Cheney will the USA restore Face in front of the world. Heck, maybe even Britain will step up to the plate and throw Toni Blair in front of a War crimes Tribunal.

  3. What about the fact that the invasion was illegal to start with? Just like the never ending discussion on WMD in Iraq. WMD was irrelevant. Preventive war is illegal.

  4. Do you really believe waterboarding is toture. I know the geneva convention says it is, and for that you want to try Cheny and Bush for war crimes? What about Al-Queda in Iraq who wear no unimors, blend in with the population and take pock-shots at U.S. SOLDIERS. What do you think should happen to them? You don’t care, your just mad that those American Killers are being waterboarded.
    And Rune, do you even think before you write or speak. The Possiblilty of Weaopons of MASS DESTRUCTION falling into our SWORN ENEMY’S hand is IRRELEVENT? We should have just ignored the (now proven false) evidence? Let me ask you something, I you were sworn in as President of the United States, and you job was to protect the Citizens of our country, what would you do if somebody came to you with intelligence that said that A leader of a country who continuouesly says “Death to America” now has WMDs. Would you sit back and wonder if he did, or would you do something about it? I know what I would do, do you?

  5. Do you really believe waterboarding is toture.

    Uhm yes. Ask Christopher Hitchens, who supported it until he had it done to him.

    What about Al-Queda in Iraq who wear no unimors, blend in with the population and take pock-shots at U.S. SOLDIERS. What do you think should happen to them?

    Arrest them, try them, or kill them in the battlefield. Like the US and every other occupying country in the world has always done. Of course, if the US soldiers weren’t in Iraq, AQ wouldn’t be able to shoot at them.

    The Possiblilty of Weaopons of MASS DESTRUCTION falling into our SWORN ENEMY’S hand is IRRELEVENT? We should have just ignored the (now proven false) evidence?

    Uhm, YES. Until you can prove the information is correct. But that is the problem – the professionals whose job it was to assess and verify the information were subverted by by Cheney and Bush in order to purposely give them the false information they wanted. These guys were calling for the invasion of Iraq long before they were even in power, solely for controlling oil production or for profiting from it. It was a self-fufilling prophesy.

    There was no WMD and the Cheney and Bush folks knew it. The created the entire issue out of whole cloth in order to have an excuse for war.

    Really, you are truly a patriot, but I mean it of course in the Samuel Johnston meaning of the word – last bastion of the scoundrel.

  6. Recently Gen. Petraeus said in an interview on Iran, “Are they a threat? Certainly.” There´s zero evidence for that claim. It´s pure propaganda.

  7. “what would you do if somebody came to you with intelligence that said that A leader of a country who continuouesly says “Death to America” now has WMDs. Would you sit back and wonder if he did, or would you do something about it? I know what I would do, do you?”

    What, then what about Russia,Israel,India,Pakistan,N.Korea etc? Besides,who threatened who? “You’re next”.(Perle) “All options are on the table!” (Billary)

    Mike,thank you, but even if the information on WMD was correct it would still be preventive war. “the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.” (Pilger)

  8. Cheney is a “hypernationalist”?

    Is that similar to how Cheney is a “conservationist” because he likes to hunt & fish whilst disemboweling environmental regulations?

    Of course. That explains why he bought a mansion in Dubai, and why he serves his other Middle East masters.

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