Scott Horton Interviews Patrick Cockburn

Scott Horton, March 13, 2010

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Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the four major political coalitions vying for power in Iraq, why sectarian conflicts (despite what most Iraqi’s say) remain the basis for Iraq’s political disputes, the multitude of forces working against a US presence in Iraq beyond 2011 and how the Marjah offensive marks a return to propagandized embedded journalism.

MP3 here. (28:13)

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.

7 Responses to “Patrick Cockburn”

  1. The simple answer to all of this chatter is that the American people no longer have purview over their government… It is directed by powers and forces that have no concern for them other than that of a teat from which they can feed. When the teat dries up they will move on to other sources of sustenance… They are using America's energies and resources to fuel their drive for global dominance while the people are set up to argue amongst themselves over this and that. Polarize, divide and conquer; these strategies are proven, still alive, and well.

  2. Hi there, what is the track at the beginning? Cheers!

  3. Cockburn is close to useless. You ask him a question and he hems and haws and says nothing and appears to refuse to connect any obvious dots, and then he offers his own completely ridiculous explanations – eg, that the sole reason the US wants to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan is fear of appearing to lose (nothing to do with controlling Central Asia? Wtf? This guy is an expert or some bs? Virtually the entire US foreign policy establishment has long been preoccupied with controlling Central Asia, and if Cockburn can't figure that out, how useless is he?? Then too he declares that Pakistan isn't really all THAT worried about India essentially controlling Afghanistan to Pakistan's rear. Wtf?!! Of course Pakistan mortally dreads having India to all intents and purposes bracket Pakistan by gaining a degree of influence and control in Afghanistan. This is freaking elementary.
    I am so sick of pretentiously clueless alternapundits.

  4. Please don't invite this guy back. He is way ineffective.

  5. Scott, please bring Patrick Cockburn back as often as possible.

  6. The USA has been an oligarchy right from the beginning.

  7. Yes, as often as possible! Also, bring back Gabriel Kolko!

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