Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the emphatically relative phrase “Baghdad is better,” imminent U.S. withdraw from Iraqi cities, former Sunni insurgents – gone mainstream – that can’t go back again, the status of Kurdish post-invasion land grabs and the awarding of Iraqi oil contracts to foreign corporations.
MP3 here. (28:22)
Patrick Cockburn was awarded the 2009 Orwell Prize for political writing in British journalism. He is the Middle East correspondent for The Independent and a frequent contributor to CounterPunch.org. Cockburn is the author of The Occupation: War, resistance and daily life in Iraq and Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Battle for the Future of Iraq.