Scott Horton Interviews Ann Wright

Scott Horton, June 23, 2010

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Former State Department diplomat Ann Wright discusses her reasons for joining the Gaza aid flotilla, her firsthand account of the Israeli raid on the MV Mavi Marmara and Challenger 1, the use of collective punishment to effect regime change and Obama’s silence on the death of nine activists including a US citizen.

MP3 here. (26:33)

Ann Wright grew up in Bentonville, Arkansas, and attended the University of Arkansas, where she received a master’s and a law degree. She also has a master’s degree in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. After college, she spent thirteen years in the U.S. Army and sixteen additional years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel. She is airborne-qualified.

In 1987, Col.Wright joined the Foreign Service and served as U.S. Deputy Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone, the largest evacuation since Saigon. She was on the first State Department team to go to Afghanistan and helped reopen the Embassy there in December 2001. Her other overseas assignments include Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, Micronesia, and Nicaragua.

On March 19, 2003, the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Ann Wright cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation of a Muslim, Arab, oil-rich country would be a disaster. Since then, she has been writing and speaking out for peace. She fasted for a month, picketed at Guantánamo, served as a juror in impeachment hearings, traveled to Iran as a citizen diplomat, and has been arrested numerous times for peaceful, nonviolent protest of Bush’s policies, particularly the war on Iraq.  In the last year, she has been on delegations to Iran and Gaza. She lives in Honolulu.

13 Responses to “Ann Wright”

  1. I just saw an interview with Ann Wright at the US Social Forum, thanks for interviewing her! Here's the interview: http://www.livestream.com/freespeechtv/video?clip

  2. In an honest, internationally supervised election, the Palestinians voted for Hamas. The U.S. Government–that exemplar of Truth, Justice, and The American Way–was perfectly satisfied, right?

    Wrong.

    You see, the boys in Tel Aviv don't like Hamas. And because Israel controls
    "American policy" in the Middle East, they passed the word to Washington not to recognize the election. The Palestinians voted, sure, but they didn't vote the way the U.S. and Israel wanted 'em to. That's a no-no. Israel's degenerate blockade is punishment, not "security" or any of that bullshit.

    The U.S. Government had nothing to say against Tel Aviv regarding the aid flotilla. Of course, the U.S. has always endured Israeli crimes ("Lavon Affair," U.S.S. LIBERTY, massive espionage, and the like).

    All the best to Colonel Wright.

  3. Please interview Kevin Carson. Why isn't he a regular guest?

  4. When you give a terrorist state $3 billion a year in military aid to commit war crimes, shouln't you turn a blind eye on its crimes? That's why 87 senators support israel's piracy in the Meditarranean and terrorism in Dubai!

  5. Lisa,

    Kevin likes his privacy. I've nagged enough about interviews. We are just pleased that C4SS.org staff members show their support for Antiwar.com in many many ways.

    Peace,
    Angela

  6. Lisa,

    Kevin likes his privacy. I've nagged him enough about interviews. We are just pleased that C4SS.org staff members show their support for Antiwar.com in many many ways.

    Peace,
    Angela

  7. Israel will never change by itself, never. It will take a catastrophe.

  8. It's absolutely astonishing to watch the US support and pay the political and financial bills of rogue Israel
    year in and year out……the hatred aimed at the US in even so-called allied countries is because of Israel and its crimes. I pray for the day when Israel is brought to heel and defanged …but I don't count on the americans to do that….the rest of the world will though….

  9. That is correct. Consider the killing of Christ who many consider the "Son Of God".
    That will stimulate a catastrophe which will be labeled an "Act of God".
    This could be it. http://www.barry.warmkessel.com/SynopsisComet.htm
    ARE THERE ANY CREDIBLE PRECISE PREDICTIONS?
    There need not be a real "God" for this to transpire.

  10. The election of Hamas was largely provoked by US and Israeli politicians who threatened Gazans before the election with harsh penalties if Hamas were to win. Hamas could not have had better PR. This was done in order to legitimise Israeli violence against Gazans. The West Bank is the real prize for the Pharisees; Gaza is just a training ground with live targets. It is that simple, it is that callous.

  11. Were is the source for this thirty Israeli's that have been killed by Palestinian rockets into Gaza over the last six years?

    "Based on B'Tselem’s research, from June 2004 to the end of Operation Cast Lead, on 17 January 2009, 19 civilians were killed in Israel by rockets and mortar fire by Palestinians."
    http://www.btselem.org/english/Israeli_Civilians/

  12. Pro-Israeli firsters hold high positions of power in the USA.
    This explains everything.
    Until you change this, nothing changes.

    Nuff said..

  13. We need to get money out of politics in US. We need to have publicly-funded elections. Until and unless we do that, we will keep getting what we are getting – elected officials who do not represent us, but work only to keep the money coming to them from lobbies, including Israel.

    So sad.

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