Fred Branfman


Fred Branfman, author of the Alternet article “Mass Assassinations Lie at the Heart of America’s Military Strategy in the Muslim World,” discusses several common-sense reasons “why they hate us” (it isn’t our freedom), how the “McChrystal ratio” exposes the bankruptcy of COIN strategy, the incredibly broad scope – both in number of forces employed and geographic space – of U.S. assassination policy, why (unlike CIA ops) these killings don’t require Presidential approval or reports to Congress, how Petraeus’s strategy seems focused on his short term career goals, why taking on 1.3 billion Muslims is national suicide and how the upcoming Republican midterm election sweep will hasten U.S. economic and societal collapse.

Here is the 3 minute video of John Pilger interviewing former CIA officer Duane Clarridge, who is presently advising CIA assassination efforts in Pakistan.

MP3 here. (51:34)

Fred Branfman is a writer and longtime activist who directed the Indochina Resource Center during the war in Indochina. He edited “Voices From the Plain of Jars: Life Under an Air War” (Harper & Row, 1972), that exposed the U.S. secret air war in Laos. Visit his Web site.

6 thoughts on “Fred Branfman”

  1. We need a new FDR to rescue us from rabid republicans??? Economically rescued by WWII??? If that's the case why aren't we being economically rescued by the wars in Afgan-Iraq? Up until that point in the conversation but after these points I have to go back and listen with suspicion.

  2. Is Fred a shill for the softer power of the Democrats or just deluded… What protests? The homeless masses of America organizing? What economic collapse is he talking about – whose crisis? US Corporate profits are soaring at record levels (even when revenues are down) because of intensified exploitation of the working man and woman. This economic crisis is being neatly solved by a massive and systematic downshift of living standards for the working and middle classes and cuts in social services implemented by the very regime con-artists they elected. We are not headed for a police state; we are already there. The passivity of the masses and the passifying role of the phoney Democratic party 'progressives' explain the fact that the police power of the state is not unleashed on every street corner. The police departments have been militarized, hugely overfunded and a policy of assassinating the 'bad guys and gals' can be easily implemented here because it is promoted by everyone's hero, General Petraeus.

  3. I'd point out that one of the prime reasons for assassinations is to prevent anyone to live with whom the U.S. might negotiate.

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