Eric Margolis


This interview is excerpted from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles radio broadcast of September 20. The entire show (1 hour segment) can be heard here.

Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses how the Afghan election failed to confer any legitimacy to the government and was a total waste of time and money, why the Afghan Army’s minimal Pashtun representation bodes ill for future security and cohesion, the incredible hubris of the “government in a box” strategy for pacifying Marja, the stealthy U.S. occupation of Pakistan and how the increased violence in Kashmir complicates U.S. regional strategy.

MP3 here. (19:57)

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 is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.

As a war correspondent Margolis has covered conflicts in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Sinai, Afghanistan, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, El Salvador and Nicaragua. He was among the first journalists to ever interview Libya’s Muammar Khadaffi and was among the first to be allowed access to KGB headquarters in Moscow. A veteran of many conflicts in the Middle East, Margolis recently was featured in a special appearance on Britain’s Sky News TV as “the man who got it right” in his predictions about the dangerous risks and entanglements the US would face in Iraq.

Margolis is the author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet and American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World.

14 thoughts on “Eric Margolis”

  1. Eric Margolis is indeed "the man who got it right." His latest book "The American Raj: Liberation or Domination?:Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World" is a political tour de force among modern historiographies.

    The major media could do well to emulate Mr. Margolis honest reporting.

  2. Let's see: We destroyed one country (Iraq). We're in the process of destroying 2 more: Afghanistan and Pakistan. We would like to destroy a 4th: Iran, and possibly 5th Syria, and shielding Israel which is destroying the people of Palestine. We probably wouldn't mind at least crippling Venezuela and Bolivia, and definitely plotting a coup in both nations. So, after all this and who knows what secret mayhem the CIA is up to in other parts of the world, why do they hate us?

    1. Anything for a simple and simplistic life, eh Robert? (Assuming Robert is serious; if I'm missing your irony, then please accept my apologies and ignore the following.)

      With all the evidence of decades of US imperial overreach and abuse that actually IS supported by readily available objectively verifiable evidence, the 911 "Truthers" fixate and insist upon a fantasy plot that might be a B- TV script.

      If the US Government is so all powerful and omnipotent and omniscient, why did it not make the 911 hijackers Iraqis, Afghans, Yemenis, and Iranians to fit the US follow-on wars and aggressions better? If you're writing the script and controlling everything, why not make those choices instead of making the 911 hijackers from countries allied with the US?

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