Scott Horton Interviews Philip Giraldi

Scott Horton, May 21, 2011

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Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses Obama’s underwhelming speech on Middle East policy, hyped by the NY Times because it broached the subject of Israel’s 1967 borders; how Obama’s speechwriters really earned their money this time, twisting language and logic to please multiple constituencies; Israel’s enduring and perplexing ability to influence US foreign policy; why war in Pakistan is too crazy to even consider; the few remaining options for NATO in Libya; why Osama bin Laden was not capable of being a terrorist mastermind at the time of his death; and how former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s easily-met million dollar bail marks the difference between the world’s elite and the rest of us.

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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.

11 Responses to “Philip Giraldi”

  1. GREAT INTERVIEW, keep them coming. We are out here listening and reading.

  2. “Bahrain is a long-standing partner, and we are committed to its security. We recognize that Iran has tried to take advantage of the turmoil there, and that the Bahraini government has a legitimate interest in the rule of law. Indeed, one of the broader lessons to be drawn from this period is that sectarian divides need not lead to conflict. In Iraq, we see the promise of a multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian democracy”.

    Is all oratory by the US/EU-NATO capitalism system.., is from within the systems nature talking for the US/NATO interests with continues of the same policies toward nations in Middle East.., one thing is for sure.., anything and everything that any US president been saying about a Palestinians states for last 20 years or so have turn out to be rhetoric saving the US and EU emporium interests to begin with.

    The only change here is that Barack Hussein Obama is point out the notion presented by Saudis 5-10 years ago into his speech asking for Israel to go back to 1967 Israeli borders.., in that regard Israel already have rejected the idea.., which means that there is not going to be any peace no matter what Obama have said or going to say or for that matter the up coming president; nonetheless’ throughout the years Israel has rejected anything and everything that practically been presented to them. In the other hand and in regard to what happening in Middle East and Libya.., once again a US president been humiliated by Israel rejecting the idea in peace or for that matter establishing a Palestinians States making sure that the Middle East turmoil is going to continue benefiting Israel political demands asking for more change all over the Middle East.., today is Hama’s, tomorrow is Iranian, after tomorrow is Saudi Arabia and later Israel will demand for US to remove President Chaves in Venezuela or the Chinas communist regime for Israel to negotiate with Palestinians. So the question is: where would it end and when would the US wars ends.

    Talking about peace between Islamic sects is yet another reelection party line based on Obama doctrine mimicking Jimmy Carter doctrine.., regarding religious democracy and how to achieve it in Middle East.., but the idea behind democracy no matter how you look at it is not based on religion.., so by US and EU establishing and supporting Muslims Brotherhood is establishing another dictatorial regime which would not work for democracy and Israel will reject to that as well.

    Here, Iran and Iraq are example of what kind of ”democracy” that Obama is talking about.., or for that matter Bahrain and other royal tyrants family which Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Power and Obama is protecting., the brutality, murdering and displacing Sunnis or Shiites’ or Christianity is a daily happening in Iraq, the brutal Saudis or Bahraini or Iranian regime killing of its people, Israel militarism regime hand in hand with its religious fundamentalisms killings of Palestinians.., the non existing freedom of speech, the non existing rights of women and or political parties.., and whatever is there is only based on religious framed laws; therefore the notion that there will be a peace and democracy later in time is ridicules by itself.

    Mr. Obama.., Israel is designed and based on idea in Zionism.., as US and EU are imperialism.., here there is that idea .., Zionism and Imperialism.., bounding US/NATO and Israel which in reality all the party have a common goal and that is: by dividing it they would rule the world.., it started many years ago and been active since then.., here for US to show the world that the US idea is truly based on democracy, it needs to separate itself from AIPAC.., AIPAC is representing Israel interests in US.., therefore it is not a peace core nor a American social movement but rather a economical and political movement that Israel have built in US.., penetrating the US social political and economic system .., here by US government ignoring that influence and not acting on be half of American people whom are demanding such separation then US militarism is going to be at war to when its ends.., that is to say if it ends.

    Having said that: democracy is a two way street leading to all other junctions.., limiting it then is going to be a one way street.., therefore, for last 50 years or so is all been talks and no actions from US or EU to force Israel to accept the fact that they cannot go around calling themselves the only democracy in the region receiving all kind of economical and political help from US and EU while it is Israel who sabotaging the peace and forthcoming of a democratic government of Palestine.., while such behavior been one of the reasons for uprising of religious fundamentalism in Middle East .., so if Obama wants peace then Israel have to be forced to accept the peace plan accepting what the Palestinians are formed of.., if not.., then boycott the country and reject all kind of payment to Israel.., ($whatever the billions amount is that US annually paying to Israel) . As US and EU have done to Iraq.., doing it to Libya and Syria and other nation in Middle East.., then for the sake of peace US and EU needs to boycott Israel.., then and only then Obama doctrine is about democracy and not just a rhetoric in peace or democracy.., otherwise as many president before the entire matter is just another re-election lies as before.

  3. The Libyan war is not about democracy nor is about Libyan oil or anything in that regard.., is about stopping African Union and its progress toward a unity of all African country and Barack Hussein Obama and French president Sarkozi so as Cameron know about it. Sarkozi is a thieve so is the Americans government whom is withholding the Libyan peoples assets in US. Is $32 billion dollars and that is why there is a war in Libya and Muslim Brotherhood and Saudis are part of it.., what they are trying to do is first to sallow the Libyan assets then for NATO to have a military base in Libya where they eventually proceed and have more military bases in African Horn Country protecting Saudis from Red Sea stopping the African Unifications by all means . That is what is going on behind the closed doors and that is why there is rape accusation against IMF former president Khan.., read this:

    AFRICAN MONETARY FUND, AFRICAN CENTRAL BANK, AFRICAN INVESTMENT BANK

    The US$30 billion frozen by Mr Obama belong to the Libyan Central Bank and had been earmarked as the Libyan contribution to three key projects which would add the finishing touches to the African federation – the African Investment Bank in Syrte, Libya, the establishment in 2011 of the African Monetary Fund to be based in Yaounde with a US$42 billion capital fund and the Abuja-based African Central Bank in Nigeria which when it starts printing African money will ring the death knell for the CFA franc through which Paris has been able to maintain its hold on some African countries for the last fifty years. It is easy to understand the French wrath against Gaddafi.

    The African Monetary Fund is expected to totally supplant the African activities of the International Monetary Fund which, with only US$25 billion, was able to bring an entire continent to its knees and make it swallow questionable privatisation like forcing African countries to move from public to private monopolies. No surprise then that on 16-17 December 2010, the Africans unanimously rejected attempts by Western countries to join the African Monetary Fund, saying it was open only to African nations.
    http://www.rightsmonitoring.org/2011/04/why-the-w

    That is why there is a war and that is why US/NATO are nothing but a militarism regimes wanting to be the pirates of the world stealing the people assets at the same time.., this is the nature of capitalism.

  4. O-Bomb-a's speech was bullshit. Of course, everything The Blessed One says is made up of the same substance. He's a hapless, bought-and-paid-for cipher, owned by Israel, Wall Street, Big Pharma, Big everything.

    The U.S. Government, to its colossal disgrace, subordinates itself to Israel, that criminal Zionist entity. (That's another reason why the U.S. is on the way out.) Thankfully, countries like Turkey and Egypt are getting away from the U.S.-Israel orbit. . . .

  5. [...] Source: Antiwar.com [...]

  6. O's speeches are sell tested & designed to deceive.

  7. In contrast to what I typed before, how it usually works out is that O has a particular talent for finding the sweet spot guaranteed to piss off all sides to the maximum degree.

  8. Obama has always been under total control of the leftwing of the Israeli Lobby. That wing seems a little saner then the rightwing. They can see that there has to be a settement of the Palistinian issue sooner rather than later. However both don't want to make the sacrifices that a real settlement would need. There may well never be peace in the Middle East.

  9. Politico BS24X7:U$Israel FedMosXsad is recyclinc 57islamic GreenZoO Govnr's is The name of their World Mafia always Holifireworkz.w.atch M$r buy-sell eGov-bodiez

  10. Leave him alone, he's Irish doncha know!

    (His name is actually O'bama.)

  11. African Monetary Fund? Whose bank account will that end up in?

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