Scott Horton Interviews Philip Giraldi

Scott Horton, December 11, 2010

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Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses the difficulty of repairing relations between Turkey and Israel while right-wing political pressure on Netanyahu keeps him from apologizing for the flotilla massacre; how further significant releases make it clear WikiLeaks is indeed performing a valuable public service (in contrast with Giraldi’s previous skepticism); how the US provides material support for terrorism – in terms of money and weapons for the PKK; and why the US is just asking for more blowback by supporting a fringe Marxist-Islamic cult against the Turkish state.

MP3 here. (18:09)

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is a contributing editor to The American Conservative and executive director of the Council for the National Interest. He writes regularly for Antiwar.com.

8 Responses to “Philip Giraldi”

  1. Why weren´t the anti-missile missiles put in Turkey ? That was the most obvious choice. Because it has nothing to do with Iran. Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-resigned because the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming first-srike capability. Robert C. Aldridge wrote: First Strike! The Pentagon´s Strategy For Nuclear War and Nuclear Empire (ch. 9 on anti-submarine warfare). Bob Aldridge commented on the missiles to be deployed on ships in the Black Sea in Bulgaria and on land in Romania and Poland: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". Only as diplomatic blackmail, of course. But anyway. The Russian answer can only be Launch On Warning. And it may all be a mistake. Because of the stupid, bloody fools in the Pentagon.

  2. Nuclear War means First Strike as Professor J. Edward Anderson put it. Why else fitting Minuteman-3 with MX warheads than reducing nuclear winter effects following a first strike. The same design goes for the D5 on Trident-2 according to Professor Paul Rogers. The missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland are to take out the second-strike force.

  3. People say, "Don´t worry about Russian Launch On Warning following the missiles in the Black Sea and in Romania and Poland. They have got American computers ! But as the Pentagon gives them no choice but letting the computers decide. There´s hardly time for anything else with a perceived unanswerable first-strike capability. Bob Aldridge realized this and resigned. They should all resign in the Pentagon´s Office For Special First Strike Plans.

  4. The missiles in the Black Sea and in Romania and Poland are meant to take out surviving missiles following a first strike by Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 D5 and simultaneously anti-submarine warfare. Robert C. Aldridge: Nuclear Empire, ch. 9. MAD is mad enough but it´s not an accepted concept in the Pentagon. As they go for an unanswerable first-strike capability, they are suicidal. Launch On Warning can be made automatic because the bloody fools in the Pentagon gives time for nothing else.

  5. When Israel attacked the aid flotilla last May (and lied about the circumstances afterward), I hoped that Turkey would declare war on Israel. I felt that the Turks should uphold their national honor (unlike the U.S., which rolls over for whatever crimes and abuse Israel hands out). At the very least, Israel owes Turkey a huge apology.

    Yes, WikiLeaks is doing invaluable service by exposing the U.S. Government's wrongdoing, duplicity, and arrogance.

  6. Murdering 9 Turkish activists by Israel leaves 80 million minus 9 Turks behind alive and well.
    The difference is Turkish perception of Israel rapidly changed. Now Turkish population can easily accept a war against Israel.
    When a war breaks out between Turkey and Israel, volunteers will create riots in front of Turkish army enlistment centers, wanting to be sent to war.

  7. [...] organizace PKK, a to proti Turecku – svému spojenci v NATO (z toho zůstává rozum stát bývalému činiteli CIA v Turecku Philipovi Giraldimu) . Další shrnutí informací, které vyšli najevo z odhalení Wikileaks – zejména o [...]

  8. Turkey's treatment of the Kurds has been nothing but scandalous. No intellectually honest or morally decent human being can argue against the fact that Kurds in Turkey have been subjected to cultural apartheid and gross human rights violations. How Giraldi could pretend not to notice all that viciousness begs an answer. And tells someting about Giraldi the human being.

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