Philip Giraldi


This interview is excerpted from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of January 28th. The original is available here.

Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses the beginning of the end of Hosni Mubarak’s rule in Egypt; the uncertain political roles of Mohamed El Baradei and the Muslim Brotherhood; mixed messages from the US government (which must balance lip service for “democracy” with an Israel-centric foreign policy); how the large, disaffected youth populations in many Arab countries energize revolutionary movements; Obama’s fanciful SOTU speech that wildly diverged from reality; the CIA-Egypt partnership in “extraordinary renditions” that dates back to the 1980s, at least; and how commodity price increases have the potential to foment popular unrest in Western countries.

MP3 here. (30:11)

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

19 thoughts on “Philip Giraldi”

    1. All very well. But if America, the ultimate rogue state, which has over the last 60 years richly demonstrated that it has no idea what it is doing, would keep its political corruption to itself and take its venal hands off everyone else's business, we would all be a lot better off.

      While I am in the mood, I shall vent some spleen. I wonder how many of you in America realise how deepy hated your criminal and profoundly anti-democratic government is in the civilised world? Here in Austraiia, as well as in the UK (my native country) you will find very few people who are foolish enough to dislike individual Americans — many of us, myself included, have family all over the English-speaking world — but you will find any number of us who regard the broken and utterly corrupt government of the US as the most serious threat to peace, and the current incumbent of the White House as a fair contender with his cretinous predecessor for the title of worst president in American history.

      It's up to you to fix it; and if you can't remember Dr King, you might like to look at Egypt. For the sake of us all, read your Constitution — flawed as it is, it's better than nothing — and get your act together.

  1. It would appear that the Muslim Brotherhood is but a bit player in the current Egyptian drama now unfolding. This is interesting as there are forces in the US that seek and act on every opportunity to discredit anything that purports to be Muslim and or Islamic. The truth be known, "Ikhwanis" are and have been politically sidelined for decades, a relatively benign organization on the Egyptian political scene.

    So, all the fuss over whether or not the Brotherhood will emerge in a leadership role in Egypt will only serve as anti-Islamic rhetoric for the Western cabal of fear mongers.

  2. Egypt needs a leader who'll put his country's interests first and foremost. In other words, he can't be a puppet of the U.S. and Israel. Mohamed ElBaradei would likely be such a man.

    I didn't watch O-Bomb-a's State of the Union speech. After all, it's the Hack-in-Chief addressing the assembled hacks of the Parliament of Whores–er, U.S. Congress. Nothing good ever results from this, right?

    Giraldi's right: There's a vast disconnect between Joe Sixpack in Peoria and the District of Corruption Establishment.

  3. NOT to defend Hitler and I repeat – NOT to defend Hitler – but – the Zionist controlled Churchill declared war on Germany after the invasion of Poland yet the brutal dictoator Stalin and Russia became an ally to England and the West against Germany in WWII.
    As FDR responded to an aide when told that Stalin was a brutal dictator: "but he is our dictator" – and so began the American policy of installing / supporting dictators.
    And why are we so surprised that – when such dictators are disposed – the people turn against the US?
    Every step is being taken by Washington to destroy 'democracy' and freedoms here in America – we sure do NOT want the peoples of this green Earth to be free – better that they ruled by "our dictators" – right?

    1. It would be interesting if you could actually cite this FDR "quote" about Stalin, for I don't believe it actually ocured…

      (You may have this confused with FDR's statement/quote about Somoza in Nicaragua, wherein FDR said," he is a son of a bitch, but he is our son of a bitch."

      I believe the US began "supporting" the Soviet Union militarily when the Nazis declared war on the US, on dec 10, 1941….

      1. Roosevelt and Churchill called Stalin Uncle Joe. The greatest mass murderer in the history of the world up to that time was their bossum pal and drinking partner. They loved him so much that they gave him eastern Europe.

        1. Everyone called him Uncle Joe — it's what is known as 'irony', a device which requires a little subtlety to understand (you'll find 'subtlety' in your dictionary, if you have one and are able to read it, on both of which counts there seems room for doubt). Similarly, your own government has long been known as 'Uncle Sam', despite its signal lack of avuncular qualities ('avuncular' can also be found in dictionaries, as can any other word which might puzzle you).

          Your other remarks (leaving aside your atrocious spelling — the word is spelled 'bosom'), represent a seriously under-nuanced, if not, as I suspect, utterly uninformed, reading of history.

      2. re: "supporting" the [USSR] …"

        Well, sort of. FDRs 1st actions supporting Stalin were 'behind the scenes' (so-to-speak) and happened during the Finn-USSR War when he (FDR) halted sales of military equipment to embattled Finland. Tons of supplies purchased by embattled Finland were never delivered.

  4. Interesting. We must suppress the democratic rights of 80 million people in Egypt in order to 'protect the democratic rights of 5 million Israelis'. Can't politicians do the math ? Apparently the only math they know is how much $ AIPAC can give them.

  5. Philip Giraldi's comment about the stupidity of looking through "Israeli Prism" for US foreign policy nails it on the head.

  6. Thawrat AL_Tunis/Msr will end as sold disCOrpz jordan and walidzynSPY By bribed Azhaar'z to Abodbradee iLabz under Global Naked Palin Blackwaterz…Thawrat Al_Million Masjid is UE Khelafah Rasheda NOW

  7. …the Zionist controlled Churchill …

    Can we have some evididence for this astonishning assertion? There is history and there is foolish conspiracy theory; and alas, Americans tend as a nation to be sadly ignorant of the first and equally sadly prone to the second.

  8. It's easier to pull into the drivethrough, hand a guy some money and drive off with your happy meal than it is to go to the store to buy meat, potatoes, bread, cheese, etc and go home and cook it yourself. That requires time, effort, and more money.
    In the same way we find it easier to hand the dictator a check, he says, "I got your back". We don't care what went on in the fast food kitchen behind the scenes to make that happy meal appear in our hands. Not unless we are forced to. Even then we just fire a few people and then return to handing the guy at the window some money and driving off with our happy meal.
    Why bother with Lobbying firms, PR, political and official bribes, rapport, and investment? Those are the trappings of a Democratic Republic like ours. Who has the time, money, and patience for ensuring their own interests in a place like that? You have to make your own happy meal, and if you screw up, you get to pay to replace what you messed up and start over. If the guy at the window gets your order wrong you can just yell at him a little and make him do it over…it's your money, right?

  9. One of our great inside info guys who sold us out for years while 18 year olds were going off to war. This guy gets his inside info from Ryan Dawson's website. If that doesnt tell all I dont know what to tell you. You people with a mic, you people with the ability better start pinning the tail on the donkey and quit being asses. You have the guts of a grasshopper.

  10. Giraldi goes on and on about Palestinian rights. Fair enough. He would be believable had he not acted so callously on the rights of other dispossessed minorities. For example, has he ever spoken against the oppression of the Kurds, and criticized Turkey? No, he has never done that! Has he ever even mentioned the fact that in the past two decades hundreds of Kurdish villages were burned to the ground by the Turkish government? In fact, Giraldi has not only remained silent on these atrocities, he has also tried to whitewash and justify these dastardly state crimes.

    Giraldi does not have any genuine concerns about human rights (nor for that matter, about the plight of the Palestinians); he is someone who is simply viscerally anti Israel. That is OK too, as long as he is straightforward about it. Otherwise, when he wraps his vitriol in human rights claims, he is being extremely disingenuous.

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