Scott Horton Interviews Eric Margolis and Tom Engelhardt

Scott Horton, July 29, 2010

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This recording is excerpted from the KPFK Strategy Session program of July 26th. Scott Horton separately interviews Eric Margolis and Tom Engelhardt. The audio for Tom Engelhardt begins around 17:10. The complete recording can be heard here.

Internationally syndicated columnist Eric Margolis discusses the differences between the WikiLeaks Afghan War files and the Pentagon Papers, why the media won’t press the issue and inflame public opinion against the war, the U.S. ultimatum after 9/11 that made Pakistan walk a tightrope between servitude and strategic interests, how private mercenary contractors got out of control and why troop surges are usually met with even larger resistance surges.

Tom Engelhardt, author of The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s, discusses the flood of new leaks following the WikiLeaks blockbuster, a possible insurgency within the U.S. military or intelligence services that is determined to end the Afghanistan War, the unprecedented secrecy revealed in the “Top Secret America” Washington Post piece and the markedly different emphasis in the U.K. Guardian vs. The New York Times on the WikiLeaks documents. The show ends with listener calls and some Q&A.

MP3 here. (44:44)

Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles appear in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times and Dawn. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.

Tom Engelhardt created and runs the Tomdispatch.com website, a project of The Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. He is the author of a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture, and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, as well as a collection of his Tomdispatch interviews, Mission Unaccomplished.

4 Responses to “Eric Margolis and Tom Engelhardt”

  1. yaddayaddayadda… Everything is screwed up so just keep sending us your money and we will keep telling you that it is. Someone is going to fix everything, real soon now, so just hang in there and be patieint. You are being gamed people, wake up.

    "If we serfs are ever to escape the grip of our overbearing, self-appointed nobility, the first requirements will be to recognize correctly our current condition, to denounce openly its injustice and idiocy, and to deride every claim of legitimacy or entitlement our rulers have the temerity to make or presume."
    http://www.independent.org/blog/?p=7134

  2. Because of the absurdity of our media at present, I thought it would be good to include a bit of levity…

    A Fox News headlines about the Wikileaks Warlogs:

    The Pentagon is upholding our defense of marriage (the Warlogs cite 6 wedding parties attacked), because they are preventing non-christian marriages. They may even be preventing abortions by killing all the poor people who will choose abortion over life of the fetus.

    Obama leaked the documents because he is a secret muslim.

    We can't end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq because it would destroy jobs and increase unempoloyment.

    We must continue the wars to prevent illegal Afghanies and Iraqis from entering the US.

    Spc. Bradley Manning is not a patriot because his namesakes play for the Giants and Colts (and Saints from years gone by).

    I'd like to read more ideas if anyone can contribute.

  3. Why was the MX warhead put on Minuteman-3 ? To minimize nuclear winter effects after a First Strike against hard targets ? The bloody fools in the Pentagon have been working on this for at least 40 years. The chief Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-realized the suicidal nature of an unanswerable first-strike capability and resigned. Missiles in Poland, Romania and Bulgaria ?! In the Pentagon they think that we are all stupid and believe any fairy tale. But they are stupid, crazy and bloody fools. A First-Strike Capability doesn´t make sense because of Launch On Warning. We are on the road to suicide because the bloody fools in the Pentagon aim to achieve a first-strike capability. Was that what happened on Mars ? We still don´t know. My surgeon in Colombia suggested that it was all-out war between the Moon and Mars very long ago and the survivors settled here, so we are a mix of three kinds. But we don´t really know, do we ?

  4. Oh, calling BS on Margolis on Brits in Malaya. Insurgents there were ethnic Chinese, about 10% of the pop (iirc) who did not have the support of the locals, quite a bit different from what's going on in Afghanistan.

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