Patrick Cockburn

What’s really going on in Afghanistan and Iraq?


Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the duplication of (illusory) successful U.S. strategies in Iraq for use in Afghanistan, the U.S. drone missile strikes that kill a few Taliban but anger millions of Pakistanis, Nouri al-Maliki’s continued assertion of Iraqi sovereignty and how the Iraqi Sunnis are squeezed between contradictory political pressures from Islamic radicals and the Iraqi government.

MP3 here. (25:00)

Patrick Cockburn was awarded the 2009 Orwell Prize for political writing in British journalism. He is the author of Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Battle for the Future of Iraq.

4 thoughts on “Patrick Cockburn”

  1. Odd how talks now center upon the “Leaders” of Iraq and Afghanistan as if thye US was not there.

    Too all those who said the US was losing in Iraq, the Empire was failing, Iraq is a conquered country and no more than a US territory to be bled for its eenrgy and strategic positioning in the fututer.

    Afghanistan is not quite such an easy project but it is suceeding in as much as the Caspain Sea Energy routes needed at beginning of occupaiton have been completed and are safe from harm.

    To be completed Pakistan and parts of Afghanistan must come under full control of NATO interest; yes US led NATO but never the less NATO, in order for the newer lines to be built but they will be built.

    Many underestimated and still underestimate the ability of US to carryon such foreign engagements and have not realy kept abreadst of our many ongoing operations in Caspain Sea and African and now our sudden interest in Latin America; not to mention the Phillipine Islands where we have had a few thousand “Advisory Force” members engaged in fighting with their National Troop against insurgents.

    US hegonomy is only just beginning, there is all of Africa yet to go, Iran and quite possibly once more upon the Asian underbelly nations.

    As we becoeme a more structured nation in social and economic ordr we also seem to be gaiing in the militarization of the popualce as well, so he future of warfare looks like a safe investment for many years to come.

  2. how can a anti war station talks about strategical mouvements that must be made to implement the current war in the border of afghanistan and pakistan. .when, we all known that the reason is not the talibans or bin laden. but the oil .and the pipeline to china ,this war on terror ia a fraude{

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