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 Antiwar.com.