Max Blumenthal


Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, discusses the strange cabal of supporters behind the anti-Islam groups that gained prominence during the vigorous protests against the “Ground Zero mosque;” the fraudulent “terrorism consultants” spreading misinformation about Islam to US law enforcement agencies; how the David Project – an Israel-lobby-created college campus group targeting pro-Palestinian academics – laid the foundation for the Islamophobia crusade; Pamela Geller‘s interesting history and close affiliation with European fascists; and how widespread fear of a global Islamic caliphate gives the US empire a reason for existence and serves to justify the otherwise nonsensical wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MP3 here. (23:42)

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Huffington Post,, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a writing fellow for the Nation Institute. His book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.

8 thoughts on “Max Blumenthal”

  1. While Mr Blumenthal has been very informative and useful. Politically, his website video criticizes the 'end the fed' campaign of republicans (read Ron Paul). While Mr Raimondo and Antiwar want a right-left anti-interventionist alliance, there are still deep divides. The left (old style thinking?) sees the tea party as just a FOX news rent-a-mob.

  2. sans,
    I don't disagree with your assertion, but the Tea Party HAS been co-opted by Fox,Palin and all anti-intervention/anti-military talk has been purged. I am probably more liberal than you, but I appreciate Ron Paul–have a Ron Paul sticker and t-shirt. The only politico I've worn is Voltaire.

    I wish we could all just get along, especially the third party movement. I was particularly touched by Ron Paul's initiative to gather all the 3rd party candidates who pointed out that they agree on 85% of the issues. Actually, the total absence of debate has utterly dispirited me.

    All I know is that NO WHERE in the political process do legislators ask, what is the most efficient and artful policy solution. No, every problem has it's solution lobby to fix the problem they were designed to fix. No concern is given to priority or degree, it seems the principle motivator is campaign cash and hastily scratching the back back.

  3. All Afghans are not Taliban, and all Taliban are not al-Qaeda. During my 5th tour to Afghanistan in 1997, I met with the Taliban Foreign Minister in Kandahar as well as a number of other officials. During several interviews one theme continually and critically-emerged: "The guest is burning down the guest house" a not so subtle reference to Osama bin Laden by the Foreign Minister.
    Not a single official had anything negative to say about the U.S. There were allegations of a biased press rife with propaganda. The Taliban seriously concluded that bin Laden was nothing more than a cheerleader for the 9/11 highjackers and played no hands-on role in the plot.

    This is why they steadfastly insisted that the U.S. provide some proof. Eventually, they dropped that requirement and offered up bin Laden with no preconditions to waiting FBI agents across the border in Pakistan.

    Perhaps one day, WikiLeaks will show that Osama bin Laden provided nothing more than public relations/justification for the U.S. attack. Today, with much water under the bridge, many researchers are convinced that failed negotiations with UNOCAL for the proposed pipeline (TAP) was the motive-force behind the U.S. attack.

    1. hey Bruce…. during you 'tour', did you ever meet a real live member of al Qaeda…??.. you see some of us think al Qaeda is a concoction of western govt's imaginations…

      let me know..

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